YMMV / Syphon Filter

  • Ass Pull: Jason Chance as Unit One. They don't even sound alike.
  • Awesome Music: Just one example:
  • Ear Worm: The Theme Tune from the original PlayStation trilogy.
  • Game Breaker:
    • The air taser, wihout a doubt. Infinite range, infinite ammo, considered a stealth weapon, and can kill a helluva lot of baddies in relatively short time. Plus it's fun to hear them scream and see them catch on fire.
    • In The Omega Strain, the E.P.D.D., an advanced version of the air taser, is the best weapon in the game, as it has ridiculous range, and can sometimes punch through flak jackets (usually in two hits), meaning that you can kill almost anyone you come across.
  • Good Bad Bugs:
    • In The Omega Strain, enemies will sometimes appear with weapons stuck in their necks, making it impossible to shoot the player, who can run around without fear of being hit. However, it can happen to the player as well.
    • In the last stage of Syphon Filter 3, Mara Aramov is hiding behind bulletproof glass with a hostage whom she kills if one gets too close. Normally you would need the gun that shoots through walls, get above her and snipe her through the floor. However, due to hardware limitations, the environment tends to get flushed out after a certain distance to save memory. This means that, if one keeps targeting Mara and slowly backs away until the bulletproof glass panel poofs out of existence, a simple pistol can do the job.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In 2, about halfway into the game, Lian Xing arranges a meeting with a former partner, Uri Gregorov, at a neutral meeting point: a techno dance club. But their meet-up is ruined by an attack on the club to try and assassinate Lian. And the date that this happens on in the mission dossier? 09/11.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: A common complaint is that the original trilogy's barely changed over time, in both graphics and gameplay.
  • Memetic Mutation: Gabe's running animation in the first three games, due to how goofy it looks. Many like to think that he runs like that because he didn't have enough time to get to the bathroom.
  • Most Annoying Sound:
    • "Cobra is down! I repeat, Cobra is down!"
    • "You're runnin/almost outa time! PICK UP THE PACE!"
      • Imani Gray is one of the most irritating characters in the Syphon Filter series, because she's constantly yelling/whining at you to do something, or to pick up the pace. Which makes her death all the more satisfying.
  • Narm Charm / So Bad, It's Good: For some, the voice acting in the original PS1 trilogy. The French version is even worse...or better.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The song playing 2's Club 32 sounds like a techno version of "Dancing Queen".
  • That One Level: Syphon Filter, along with Metal Gear Solid, was one of the first games in the modern era (starting with the PS1 onward) to use stealth and cover tactics to accomplish a mission. Notable examples that can still frustrate gamers today:
    • In Washington, D.C., there is the tennis court level where you have to make precise silenced-night vision sniper shots.
    • The museum level relies on evading or shooting multiple mooks.
    • The snow base level. You have to plant C4 on each of the base's fuel tanks while remaining unseen by the mooks. And the subsequent base tower level, which requires you to have enough ammo to fend off a helicopter whose pilot shot automatic rounds at you.
    • The catacombs levels are sprawling. Fun to play, but extremely open world for its time.
    • The PHARCOM warehouses. Infinite spawning mooks and very confusing layout. Also, you have to use the infrared-style device to get what you need to advance, which are not at all easy to find, and you are not at all told that you needed to use them.
    • The missile silo level requires you to navigate a series of catwalks and metal beams to disarm the missile and escape before it launched.
    • The sewers in 2. Narrow passages, almost no cover, and infinitely respawning Agency Elite Mooks randomly appearing both in front and behind you. A luck based mission.
    • The bonus missions in The Omega Strain have you playing characters from the earlier games (Gabriel "Gabe" Logan, Teresa Lipan, Lawrence Mujari, etc.). Sounds cool, right? The problem is that these bonus missions can be quite long, have multiple objectives, are all stealth based, and if you get spotted, it's an instant game over. And because there are no checkpoints, if you fail, you have to start all over again from the beginning.note  This is especially problematic in Mujari's mission, where you have to sneak through a bombed-out village that has plenty of places for enemy soldiers to hide, and you can't kill any of them. The general consensus among Syphon Filter fans is that this is the most frustrating mission in the entire series.
  • The Scrappy: Imani thinks she is Jack Bauer but ends up being a lot bitchier, constantly harassing and putting down the player, only to end up killed early in the game.
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