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.

In Washington, D.C., Edward Benton, the Agency Deputy Director, is briefing Logan's mission to Agency Director Thomas Markinson and a shadowy, unnamed figure. Several weeks later, Gabe and Lian investigate a mysterious viral outbreak in Nepalese Himalayas which leaves only a single survivor. (Lian describes this as impossible.)

The game begins one month after the events in Costa Rica. The Agency attempts to trace Rhoemer, but the latter and his terrorists have launched an assault on Washington, D.C. Gabe defeats Pavel Kravitch, Rhoemer's communications expert, which allows him to gain entry to the Washington Metro. Once inside, an explosive goes off leaving Gabe trapped underground.

He pursues Aramov, catching her in the tunnels before heading to a nearby park to aid in the defusing of several viral bombs, but learns that Aramov has escaped custody. Making his way to the Freedom Memorial, Gabe takes on and defeats Jorge Marcos, Rhoemer's trigger man, before he incinerates Girdeaux.

Lab results show that Syphon Filter is a deadly next-generation biological weapon, capable of targeting specific demographics. Jonathan Phagan, PHARCOM's CEO and founder, attends a gala at his new Expo Center Museum in New York City, where he is taken captive by Aramov and Benton is revealed as a double agent. Gabe kills Benton and frees Phagan, but Aramov, who is captured, again escapes custody.

Gabe goes to Rhoemer's secret base in Rozovka, Kazakhstan. He kills Rhoemer's commander Vladislav Gabrek and destroys the base, but Lian is taken captive and seemingly killed by Rhoemer.

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 received a score of 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.