Syphon Filter 2

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Syphon Filter 2
Developer(s) Eidetic
Publisher(s) 989 Studios
Producer(s) Darren Yager
Designer(s) Richard Ham
John Garvin
Marc Blank
Programmer(s) Chris Reese
Marc Blank
Norman Chang
Artist(s) John Garvin
Michael Maxwell
Rob Kraft
Writer(s) John Garvin
Richard Ham
Composer(s) Chuck Doud
Series Syphon Filter
Platform(s) PlayStation
Release date(s)
  • NA: 14 March 2000
  • EU: 20 July 2000
Genre(s) Third-person shooter, stealth
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Syphon Filter 2 is a third-person shooter stealth video game developed by Eidetic and published by 989 Studios for the PlayStation. The game's plot picks up immediately after where the previous Syphon Filter ended. It is the second title in the Syphon Filter series.


Gabe and Lian are now targets of the Agency after uncovering its connection to Syphon Filter. Agency operative Dillon Morgan captures Lian at the PharCom warehouses, forcing Gabe and the CBDC soldiers to rendezvous with ex-agent Teresa Lipan in Arizona. En route, the Agency sends a squadron of F-22 Raptors to intercept their transport over the Colorado Rockies, so Gabe and CBDC Lieutenant Jason Chance head down the mountain in search of their plane and a box of PharCom data disks. Michael Archer of the Agency attempts to stop them at all costs.

A group of conspirators, including Mara Aramov and Agency director Lyle Stevens, make a deal to deliver the virus to a rogue Chinese general named Shi-Hao. Meanwhile, Lian recovers in a U.S. air force base where Morgan and two operatives are working with Dr. Elsa Weissinger of PharCom to extract infected plasma from test subjects. Lian learns that the other subject was Phagan, who survived his gunshot wound long enough for the Agency to take the plasma. Weissinger protests that Phagan is useful and should be kept alive for research, but Morgan, not intending that the government find Pharcom's CEO infected with an unknown virus, deactivates his life support, killing him and tying up a loose end.

Lian eventually escapes the medical building and interrogates Agent Thomas Holman to learn that Morgan is planning another operation to the PharCom Expo Center to find an encryption disk. She leaves the base in a helicopter and teams up with Gabe to battle Archer's forces. Gabe shoots Archer during his escape, and recovers the PharCom data.

The protagonists follow Holman's lead to the Expo Center and kill Morgan before he can recover the disk he sought. After decrypting the PharCom data, Teresa realises that some information is missing. The other half must be with Uri Gregorov, director of the Russian SVR, who appeared at the warehouses before Gabe left. Since Lian and Uri know each other, they agree to meet in Moscow.

Aramov instigates a gunfight while they meet and Lian pursues Gregorov. Lian later learns he is an impostor working for Mara and trying to find the other half of the data. The man confesses that the real Gregorov is in a Russian gulag, Aljir Prison, which once held Lian. Gregorov uncovered a plot to sell the virus to Shi-Hao, so Aramov intervened. Lian goes to stop Gregorov's execution, but collapses from the virus. Gabe takes her back to the States, while Gregorov promises to handle Shi-Hao.

Gabe and Teresa arrive back at the Virginia safehouse overseen by Lawrence Mujari, a freelance pathologist. They decide to trade the PharCom data to the Agency for Lian's vaccine. Director Stevens double-crosses Gabe in the Agency's New York City labs, but Logan escapes and forces Dr. Weissinger to give him the vaccine. Gabe also finds out that Chance survived the mission in Colorado, and sets him free.

Pursued by NYPD SWAT cops (who believe Gabe is a wanted terrorist) and Agency personnel, Gabe and Teresa hurry back to their helicopter. Along the way, Logan is forced to provide cover for a SWAT officer whose partner is wounded. He does so, but Stevens, who took the cop hostage, orders him to drop his weapon. Despite Logan surrendering, Stevens kills the officer anyway. Before he can get shot, Gabe is thrown into the sewers by an explosion that Teresa sets off. Gabe and Teresa eventually corner Stevens, shooting him in cold blood. Assuming that Chance was killed since he failed to respond to radio calls, Gabe brings Teresa to the rooftop.

They reach the helicopter to find Chance waiting in impenetrable Agency-issued super-armor. He was really working for them, and he seemingly kills Teresa. Gabe suspected it since the Agency always knew where he was in Colorado. Both men fight, and Gabe kills the man he trusted with an assault shotgun that drives Chance into the helicopter blades, beheading him.

A news report reveals that the Agency's existence is now public, and U.S. Secretary of State Vincent Hadden promises that the government will investigate. Gabe cures Lian and makes a grave for Teresa. He, Lian, and Lawrence hold a small memorial and promise to keep fighting, while soldiers watch them from a distance. In a post-credits scene, Hadden and Aramov emerge from a helicopter, with Aramov saying that the Administration will soon fall allowing Hadden to become President. Although he could end it here, Hadden has other plans for Gabe.


Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 81.47%[1]
Review scores
Publication Score
Game Revolution B+[2]
GameSpot 6.6/10[3]
IGN 8.9/10[4]

The game received an average score of 81.47% at GameRankings, based on an aggregate of 29 reviews.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Syphon Filter 2 for PlayStation". GameRankings. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Brian (1 March 2000). "Syphon Filter 2 Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  3. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (20 March 2000). "Syphon Filter 2 Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Perry, Doug (14 March 2000). "Syphon Filter 2 Review". IGN. Retrieved 21 September 2015.