Syphon Filter 5 is the answer to Metal Gear on the PS3

February 14, 2009

Syphon Filter 5 is the answer to Metal Gear on the PS3 Syphon Filter was one of the most popular franchises on the PSOne back in the day. It was also once considered to be a direct contender to Metal Gear Solid on the PSOne. However, after a long slumber on the PSP, the game may make a next gen comeback to give the Metal Gear franchise a run for its money.

I have fond memories of the original Syphon Filter game developed by Eidetic studios (now known as Sony Bend). You could say that the first Syphon Filter game put third-person shooters on the map. Back in 1999, Syphon Filter was considered to be Metal Gear Solid’s direct competitor in the stealth-action genre. Both games were released three months of each other so it was natural that the games would be scrutinized and compared.

Although, Syphon Filter had stealth elements in the game, it did not heavily rely on it like the Metal Gear series. In the game you could use almost any object to take cover and lean over to take shots at the enemies. The game garnered great reviews (Metacritic: 90) with sites such as IGN putting it into the top 25 games out of 1,639 titles on the PSOne.

There has been hints dropped recently that Syphon Filter 5 may be in the works with Sony Bend putting up a job posting looking for a PS3 developer. Also, according to the PCB Production Credits page, there is a listing for: SYPHON FILTER 5 – (Facial Mo-cap) – PLAYSTATION3- SONY BEND. It is good to know that the game will heavily utilize Mo-cap down to the facial expressions.

I can’t shake the feeling that Sony may be preemptively bringing this old franchise back onto the main platform. The company is probably preparing to combat a potential vacuum that could be created if the Metal Gear franchise goes multiplatform. In my opinion there is still a good chance that franchises like Metal Gear and Gears of War will go multiplatform in the future. Stay tuned for more information as we find out more about the mysterious Syphon Filter 5.

7 Responses to “Syphon Filter 5 is the answer to Metal Gear on the PS3”

  1. lock_down:

    Gears ever coming the PS3 would be interesting. What would Guerrilla make of that? They spend millions making KZ2 and the inevitable KZ3, only for your primary FPS competitor (Crysis excluded) to wander onto your system. But then again, it’s never going to happen.

    MGS4 isn’t going multi-plat anytime soon. Kojima has no love for the 360, that and lack of a Blu-Ray drive; And there’s no way MS are going to let Gears go multi-plat, so there’s probably no need for Sony to dredge up Syphon Filter.

    “Sony Bend” though eh,….what a cool studio name.

  2. darkwhitehair:

    wait what???

  3. chillyfish:

    Pffft! vapour…

  4. Bourne:

    Ahhh syphon filter. That was good game, didn’t measure up to MGS1 in terms of fun and storyline, infact i can’t remember it measuring up in anyway… but it did have a good feeling about it.

  5. lock_down:

    Doesn’t Gabe die anyway?

  6. phranctoast:

    I’d still be surprised if Metal Gear went Multi console. Sony should have assured that it didn’t. They also sold over 4.5 million copies. There was probably a clause in the contract which stated it could stay console exclusive if it sold “x” amount of copies.
    Who knows about Gears. I still think Epic will be bought out by MS. It would be a smart acquisition for them considering they license out the Unreal Engine, and when used properly is one of the best looking engines out there.

    Syphon Filter was better than The Metal Gear in one thing. Controls.

  7. Barnabe Jones:

    I missed the original PS One version. I did try the demos for the PSP games. They weren’t too bad once you got a handle of the controls.

    I think MGS should stay exclusive. Sony could afford to pay for at least one. Even if they had to sacrifice some of there less then stellar first party games like Lair, Genji, and Folk Lore… it would be more than worth it.

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