Syphon Filter

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This article is about the first video game in the series. For the game series, see Syphon Filter (series).
Syphon Filter
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Developer(s) Eidetic
Publisher(s) 989 Studios
Designer(s) Richard Ham
Darren Yager
Jeff Ross
John Garvin
Chris Reese
Programmer(s) Chris Reese
Marc Blank
Norman Chang
Tom Plunket
Tim Midkiff
Dave "Aardvark" Eaton
Artist(s) John Garvin
Michael Maxwell
Rob Kraft
Wayne Leung
Klee Miller
Scott Wagner
Darrin Hart
Sarah Houston
Shih-Hao Lai
Writer(s) John Garvin
Richard Ham
Composer(s) Chuck Doud
Series Syphon Filter
Platform(s) PlayStation, Android
Release date(s) PlayStation
NA 19990131January 31, 1999
EU 19990709July 9, 1999
JP 19990812August 12, 1999
NA December 4, 2006 (PSN)
PAL September 20, 2007 (PSN)
March 25, 2011
Genre(s) Third-person shooter, stealth
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution CD-ROM, download

Syphon Filter is a third-person shooter stealth video game developed by Eidetic and published by 989 Studios for the PlayStation and Android.[1] It is the first game in the Syphon Filter series.


Gabriel Logan and Lian Xing are operatives of The Agency, on the trail of Erich Rhoemer, an international terrorist of Nepal. In August 1999, Agent Ellis attempted to infiltrate Rhoemer's narcotics operation in Guácimo, Costa Rica, but was discovered and executed by ex-KGB agent Mara Aramov. Rhoemer then ordered Anton Girdeux, a French mercenary, to burn down the plantation to hide the evidence of their Syphon Filter research.

As Gabe and Lian get caught up in an operation to save Washington D.C. from being destroyed by the viral bombs the Rhoemer has created. Gabe fights Mara and find out the bombs are being held in the park, and eventually he comes up against Anton Girduex, armed with a flamethrower but is defeated and burnt alive. The Agency decides to investigate a multi-million dollar company called Pharcom, but the report done by Edward Benton is found to be inconclusive, but Gabe is sent to look into the company founder, Johnathan Phagan, but Gabe discovers that Edward has been a mole inside The Agency for a while, and the one responsible for exposing Ellis. Gabe kills Benton and The Agency captures Aramov.

Gabe is then sent to infiltrate Rhoemer's stronghold in Uzhhorod, Ukraine, which is an abandoned cathedral. Injecting viral patients with what he is convinced is an antidote, Gabe descends deeper into the cathedral to rescue Lian; who explains that there is no 'global' antidote for the virus. They also find Phagan, who is later fatally shot by Aramov. She decides to help the Agency, since she has nowhere else to go.

Gabe then infiltrates the PHARCOM warehouses in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where PHARCOM security is battling Rhoemer's mercenaries. Gabe learns that Markinson, who had been secretly negotiating with Rhoemer to obtain Syphon Filter for the Agency, had made Gabe inject the patients with potassium chloride.

Rhoemer reveals he has captured a Soviet-era nuclear ICBM. He shoots Markinson in the head and starts the launch sequence for the missile. Gabe cannot prevent it from launching, so his only hope is to initiate its self-destruct sequence once it is in the upper atmosphere. Gabe successfully destroys the missile.

Rhoemer, furious at Logan's interference, engages him in a final showdown. Gabe is able to kill him and avert World War III. Gabe and Lian both disillusioned with their trust in the Agency ponder the situation as the camera zooms out over the warehouses.

In a post-credits scene, the shadowy figure from the beginning of the game is holding a sample of Syphon Filter inside the Agency's headquarters with Aramov, who is laughing.


Syphon Filter received positive reviews from critics. It currently has a 86.93% on GameRankings[2] and 90/100 on Metacritic.[3]


  1. ^ "Syphon Filter™ - Android-apps op Google Play". 2011-09-23. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  2. ^ "Syphon Filter for PlayStation". GameRankings. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Syphon Filter for PlayStation Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved March 25, 2014.