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
Jeff Ross
John Garvin
Marc Blank
Darren Yager
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
Martin Cable
Spencer Boomhower
Tim Branan
Wayne Leung
Julian Liao
Bart McLaughlin
Brett McLaughlin
Alan Pashley
Eric Fong
Writer(s) John Garvin
Richard Ham
Composer(s) Chuck Doud
Series Syphon Filter
Platform(s) PlayStation
Release date(s) NA 20000229February 29, 2000
EU 2000
NA September 10, 2009 (PSN)
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.


Gabriel Logan, Lian Xing, and a squad of CBDC agents attempt to leave Kazakhstan after gathering Jonathan Phagan's back-up files only to be ambushed by the Agency, who capture Lian. The SVR arrives to cover Gabe's tracks, as he attempts to swap the data for Lian's vaccine from the Agency.

Gabe, along with the CBDC agents, are shot down by fighter aircraft over the Rocky Mountains while en route to Arizona to meet with former Agency operative Teresa Lipan. Gabe and the CBDC agents manage to parachute to the ground but Phagan's data disks remain on the plane, which crashes somewhere in the Rockies. With the aid of Lieutenant Jason Chance, Gabe locates the crash site containing the information on the Syphon Filter virus on the disks, while fighting off pursuing Agency commandos. Meanwhile, Lian sabotages the Agency's pursuit of Logan, interrogates a former colleague of hers named Thomas Holman and escapes McKenzie Air Force Base in Colorado. Having requisitioned a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, Lian regroups with Gabe and transports him to the crash site. In an intense firefight, Gabe recovers the disks, learning afterwards that Teresa lost contact with the CBDC agents while flying to Arizona.

Despite having the disks, they are useless without the encryption codes. Lian's intelligence from Holman leads them to the Pharcom Exposition Center in New York City. Gabe infiltrates the Expo Center and finds Agency operatives covering their tracks. After fighting his way through the Expo Center, Logan sees that Deputy Director Dillon Morgan has rigged the center with explosives. Teresa manages to defuse the explosives, while Logan kills Morgan and retrieves the codes. When the encryption disks are analyzed, it turns out that they only have half of the encryption data, and that the other half are in Uri Gregorov's possession. A meeting is set up in a nightclub in Moscow, with Lian unaware that she is meeting an impostor hired by Mara Aramov. Aramov's thugs instigate a shootout, with Lian being forced to chase the impostor before the SVR intervenes.

Looking into more of the agency's dealings, the protagonists learn that its director, Lyle Stevens, is trying to sell the Syphon Filter virus to a renegade Chinese general named Shi Hao, attempting to lead a rebellion in the Heilongjiang province, contested by Russia. They also learn that the real Gregorov is being held in Aljir Prison, located in a remote region of Siberia. Lian infiltrates the prison to save Gregorov, knowing the layout from her previous imprisonment. She sabotages the electrical system to stop the execution, inadvertently starting a riot, at which time Aramov, for reasons unknown, kills the guards. Lian makes her way to the execution chamber and frees Gregorov. Lian and Gregorov fight their way out of the prison, but Lian collapses just as they are extracted. Now in possession of the complete data, Gabe attempts to negotiate with Stevens.

With Lian's time running out, Gabe arranges a meeting at the Agency's New York laboratory to retrieve the vaccine. He knows that Stevens will double-cross him and eventually he does. The agency's medical expert, Elsa Weissinger knocks him out while he is restrained. With a smuggled poison tooth, Gabe kills the scientist operating on him and is free to move about the facility. He learns that Chance survived in Colorado and frees him from his cell. Gabe eventually locates Weissinger and recovers the vaccine, only for Weissinger to put the facility on alert. Gabe escapes the lab after a fierce firefight, and is in a protracted pursuit by both Agency operatives and the NYPD SWAT team. Gabe makes his way to an apartment terrace where he assists a female SWAT officer in killing snipers which have pinned down her partner. Shortly after neutralizing the threat, Gabe learns that Chance did not show up at the extraction point, and assumes that he is dead. Stevens holds the female officer hostage and executes the officer. Before he can kill a surrendering Gabe, Teresa detonates C4 to facilitate Gabe's escape.

Gabe and Teresa fight past Agency operatives en route to a parking garage. Gabe and Teresa corner Stevens at the top floor of the garage before they execute him. As the pair go to the helicopter, they find Chance, dressed in full body armor, having been undercover for the Agency. He aims a gun at Gabe, but Teresa is shot instead when she pushes him out of the way. Chance and Logan enter into a shootout, with Gabe using an automatic shotgun to blast Chance backwards into the helicopter's tail rotor.

Gabe cures Lian with the vaccine, and mourns the loss of Teresa. In a post credits scene, Secretary of State Vince Hadden calls off the raid to capture Logan and Xing, stating that he has other plans in store for them.


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 81.47%[1]
Review scores
Publication Score
IGN 8.9/10[2]

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 March 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ Perry, Doug (14 March 2000). "Syphon Filter 2". IGN Entertainment. Retrieved 21 September 2015.