YMMV / Syndicate

  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The tension music from Syndicate Wars.
  • Good Bad Bugs: Playing the game on a modern computer will have an unexpected benefit. Time will pass more rapidly, meaning your income will flow amazingly fast and your research will be done in record time. Early missions will then become a joke since your squad will be able to equip the latest weapons and body modifications.
    • Syndicate Wars has a bug in the PC port, where you sell a weapon from the first three agents, select all the agents, then select the weapon you want to buy or sell. In this case, the sell button is still active. This can be done ad nauseum for easy money, and even before you begin the first mission of the game.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The Persuadatron working its magic. The exact same sound has been inherited by the 2012 game.
    • The minigun's short bursts of death. Again, inherited directly.
    • The jingle that plays once you've finished a mission.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The Leonardo Device (used by the Syndicate to "enhance" their agents), a giant wheel that holds the subject in a "Vitruvian Man" position (hence the name, presumably) and then rips bits off them to replace with cybernetics.
    • There's also the agent 'recruitment' process, which involves finding a random innocent civilian with the appropriate physique, kidnapping them, implanting a mind-control chip in their brain to suppress their free will, then strapping them into the aforementioned device to receive modifications.
  • Surprise Difficulty:
    • The expansion pack, despite using the same map structure in the original game, is much harder than the original. You practically need to memorize the map and in-mission events before you can even attempt to complete the level.
    • Even more surprising is the very first thing that happens in the sequel, Syndicate Wars. Your one agent starts on a long exposed dock, and is immediately shot in the face with the most powerful weapon from the original game.
  • That One Level: The Atlantic Accelerator. To elaborate, all the syndicates and the guards have teamed up to take you and your agents down, and they are all durable and armed to the teeth. Unless you have agents with lasers, shields, launchers, or a combo of the three, this mission will be impossible to complete.

2012 Series Reboot:

  • Anvilicious: Richard Morgan stated that the themes in the original were "subtle" and he was "playing them up," which seems to translate to beating you over the head with the idea that the Crapsack World of Syndicate is, in fact, not nice.
  • Breather Level: The levels "EuroCorp," "The Floating City," "Downzone," and "Human Resources" feature no actual combat, and focus more on world-building and exposition.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Jack Denham, CEO of EuroCorp, gained immense power with his DART chips—which work like computers inserted into the brain—and will do anything to maintain his dominance. Forcefully drafting agents by finding babies with good combat genes and killing their parents, Jack uses his agents to terminate any opposition to EuroCorp, uncaring if civilians get involved. When a section of Manhattan rioted due to food shortages, Jack responded by sealing off the poverty-stricken area and leaving them to starve. Confronted by rogue agent Miles Kilo for his cruelty, Jack gives an elitist rant and tells Kilo the best someone like him could hope for is to be a tool for a man like Jack.
    • Agent Jules Merit is Jack's head enforcer and a callous killer. Encouraging his protégé, the aforementioned Kilo, to not worry about killing civilians, Merit goes on to shoot an unarmed man just moments into their first mission. While the duo are escaping by train, Merit makes a point of shooting each and every passenger he comes across in a car, before tricking the conductor into opening the locomotive room and killing him too. When EuroCorp scientist, Lily Drawl, turns traitor out of disgust with the company's practices, Merit happily tortures her to mentally break her so her DART chip can be extracted. Attacking Kilo as he tries to make his way to Jack, Merit reveals any seeming friendship between the two to be non-existent and tries to kill him.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: So far, pretty much every track used in the trailers. Cyberpunk Is Dubstep, and so far, Skrillex [1] and Nero [2] have each remixed pieces from the original game.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Fans of the original games were less than pleased with the reboot.
  • It's Short, So It Sucks: The game suffers from this big time, being roughly the same length as a pretty average First-Person Shooter.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Chip extraction. This is done with a specialized tool which consists of a handle with a spike at the end which you jab into a person's ear or nostril, whereupon thin cables extend from the spike, dig into the brain and tear the chip out. The game gives you a lovely X-ray view of the head so you can better appreciate what is happening.