Syphon Filter: Combat Ops Is First PSN Game for PSP
Combat Ops was released the week of Thanksgiving on the web-only PlayStation Store as a USD 9.99 downloadable PSP title. IGN has handed it an Editor’s Choice Award and an 8.5 score, citing how it does so much so well:
It’s ten bucks, and even if you only create two or three maps and play’em online, the fun and frantic missions should cover the cost. This game’s deep and easy to play…
…you should pick this up — it’s a shining example of how online on the PSP — voice, votes, boards and user content — should work.
This seems to fit closely with how well-developed the original Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror’s online play was, and the reviewer does mention that this game plays nearly identically to Logan’s Shadow minus two maps. Except for the mission editing, which is very nice. For the full bank of features, check out the PlayStation Blog post about them.
One of the biggest features of the game is that you can log into the game using your PlayStation Network ID and your friends list is immediately available. That makes Combat Ops the very first PSP game with PSN connectivity, even if it’s only adopting the friends list.
The chief worry of the IGN reviewer was that the servers seemed to be pretty empty. The online leader boards, navigation, and menus are all excellent, and the ability to vote on the user-generated levels is welcome, but unless it picks up noticeably it may be hard to get games together. As for relying on user-generated content, the PS Blog entry notes that there are 20 missions that were generated by Sony Bend for end-users to enjoy and, if they want, use as starting pionts for building missions.
To be fair, though, the same worries were voiced about Warhawk for the PS3, and that game has turned into a successful and busy online game. Is this what’s in Combat Ops future?