Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Achievements: Syndicate multiplayer tipped


There were some people out there (ourselves included) who baulked at the idea of a Syndicate reboot with so much having changed from the classic 1993 original. While it retains much of the styling and atmosphere of the first isometric game, many just couldn't forgive the wholesale changes that saw the new Syndicate emerge as a first person shooter. Sacrilege. 

But wait, after an extensive playthrough and countless hours spent glued to the screen, even the Luddites will admit that Starbreeze's offering is actually pretty awesome - especially in multiplayer.


Although enjoyable, the single-player campaign pales in comparison to the co-op mode, which allows up to four players to run and gun through nine lengthy missions. This game is stingy as hell with achievements - even after completing the solo levels, you'll only have earned about a third of them - so multiplayer at least gives the opportunity to collect a few more accolades!

After much trial and error, Megabits team decided to pen a quick survival guide that may help you conquer this Machiavellian world.


10) THE MORE THE MERRIER
Make no bones about it, this game is tough as anything on the harder difficulties. The enemies are brutal, their weapons are powerful and the missions are long and tricky. We therefore can’t stress the importance of getting as many like-minded friends onboard for the challenge. The game supports four players in the multiplayer missions, which may make life a little easier.

9) DON’T GET STARSTRUCK
Sure you can dive into the various maps and opt to set the difficulty at the highest three-star rating… but you will die… very quickly and very often. Start slow. Play each mission on the one-star rating, and by the end of the nine maps you’ll have accrued a fair bit of XP, tech chips and weapon research. You’ll also have a decent knowledge of the layout, paths and cover – essential as the enemies get A LOT tougher on each setting. Good luck!


8) MAX OUT RESEARCH
Within the weapons research menu, concentrate on maxing out only your two preferred guns at first. It makes no sense to research each weapon a little and it won’t help you much either. You start each mission with a primary weapon and a sidearm. We favoured the sniper rifle as our main gun (great range and also pretty handy close up) so worked to upgrade this first. We’d suggest you also max out your preferred handgun and then perhaps a shotgun or assault rifle too as these are always dotted around the map, which means ammo is always available.

7) MAKE USE OF DART OVERLAY
Not only is this nifty device capable of highlighting enemies through walls but, upgrade your agents appropriately, and it can also provide a much-needed health boost and make your guns inflict more damage.

6) USE YOUR HEAD – OR THEIR HEADS ANYWAY
One shot kills are lifesavers when surrounded by bad guys bearing gauss guns! A well-placed shot to the head is an instant kill on normal difficulty and will go some way to seeing off even Sergeants on the higher settings too. Not only that but it rewards you with some decent XP and looks cool when their limp, lifeless bodies slump to the floor.


5) HIGHER SETTINGS, HIGHER SCORES
We may have warned you off the tougher difficulties (see number 9) but it’s worth knowing that you get loads more points with everything from kills to completing missions, than you would in a one-star game. And what do points make? Super agents!

4) DON'T RUN OFF
Just like games like Megabits favourite Left 4 Dead, never leave your colleagues and run on too far ahead. All too quickly you can be swamped with enemies and shot to hell. If you stay close to your allies, you can easily revive them when they need a reboot. And, believe me, you will need reviving them a lot! Hopefully, they can return the favour.

3) USE YOUR TECHNOLOGY
Use your applications to get extra points. Damage link is probably the best app for XP because it boosts damage and awards you for every kill you "assist" with. Pop that on just before a busy section and you'll get stacks of points. It's worth trying out a variety of applications to see which ones suit you best. The shield is always handy too!


2) SET ASIDE SOME TIME
The co-op mode will consume many hours thanks to the decent-sized maps and difficulty settings. A one star mission generally seems to last 30-60 minutes depending on whether you know what you're doing. Two stars can easily add an hour to that... and three stars? Just try it! Remember though, you can't save mid mission, so if you run out of time and have a life to lead, you'll have to shut down and start all over again the next time.

1) ENJOY AND EXPERIMENT
The respawn points in Syndicate are really generous, meaning you never have to restart too far away from where you died. Handy really, as you'll see that death screen over and over again. But having so many checkpoints means it's worth trying out different tactics when you get stuck; perhaps running in all guns blazing is a good technique, or picking off the bad guys from distance? Try different paths and different weapons and loadouts - and eventually you'll find the right formula.


*Thanks to NeoSanchez75 for helping with this guide - and rebooting me time and time again!

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