Syphon Filter 3

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Syphon Filter 3
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Developer(s) SCE Bend Studio
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Producer(s) Connie Booth
Marc Blank
Darren Yager
Designer(s) Jeff Ross
Programmer(s) Christopher Reese
Artist(s) John Garvin
Writer(s) John Garvin
Richard Ham
Composer(s) Christopher Stevens
Series Syphon Filter
Platform(s) PlayStation
Release date(s)
  • NA November 5, 2001
  • EU November 30, 2001
  • PAL October 18, 2007 (PSN)
  • NA June 12, 2008 (PSN)
Genre(s) Third-person shooter, stealth
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Syphon Filter 3 is a third-person shooter video game developed by SCE Bend Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation. It is the sequel to Syphon Filter 2. The game holds the distinction of being the last first party game released for the PlayStation.


Secretary of State Vince Hadden brings in Gabe, Lian, and Mujari to testify in Congress about their relationship to the Agency. He considers all three to be guilty, and questions them after they assassinate Shi-Hao from a hotel in Japan. The three do not realize that Hadden is involved in the conspiracy, and is looking for scapegoats.

Gabe begins by describing the first Syphon Filter investigation. He and Lian went to Costa Rica to find missing Agent Ellis. When they arrive, the two see that Erich Rhoemer has ordered Ellis killed, but Gabe must continue his mission and identify what Rhoemer was doing at the drug plantation. Gabe chases Rhoemer onto an airplane despite his Agency superior Edward Benton warning against it. Gabe did not know back then that Benton and the Agency controlled Rhoemer, who escaped from the plane.

Mujari testifies next, and tells Hadden how he once worked for a resistance during the Apartheid era in South Africa. At the Pugari Gold Mine, he discovered that mining slaves had caught a deadly plague and the mine owners were covering it up. Mujari retrieved samples and gave them to Teresa.

When it's Lian's turn to testify, she mentions her first meeting with Gabe during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Lian was working for the Chinese MSS, and Gabe saved her from an ambush. In turn, she agreed to distract Soviet forces so he could move a convoy of weapons into Kabul.

During Lian's testimony, Gabe goes to Ireland with Mi6 agent Maggie Powers in an effort to sink a shipment of Syphon Filter. On board the S.S. Lorelei, Gabe plants several explosives and finds a document that will point to a virus test site in Australia. He also looks for any information on the mysterious arms consortium that controls the Agency. With the bombs set, he and Maggie leave the freighter.

While Lian is describing how she met Elsa Weissinger at the Costa Rica mission, Gabe and Maggie fight IRA terrorists looking to take the virus themselves. Gabe uncovers a mole in Mi6, Nigel Cummings, who is aiding them. He kills Nigel and secures the last viral transport on the docks. Then they sink the S.S. Lorelei.

Back in Washington, D.C., Gabe talks about his first meeting with Benton in Afghanistan. Benton claimed to be a CIA agent transporting weapons to Afghans rebelling against the Soviets, but when Gabe and Ellis escort the convoy, the Afghans attack them. Gabe gets into Kabul and meets Lian, who sets up the diversion. However, a tank gets in their way, so Gabe destroys it. He learns that Benton was supplying arms to the Soviets, and was really an Agency operative.

As Hadden questions Gabe, Lian teams up with Maggie to kidnap Elsa from the Australian test site. Elsa is ready to betray the conspirators since Aramov left her behind, and she has Lian assemble a vaccine for aborigines held captive by Commander Silvers. Silvers plans to kill the test subjects, so Lian kills him first. When she returns to Elsa, Lian finds her gone.

Hadden accuses Gabe of lying and corruption. He thinks Gabe murdered Teresa Lipan, but Teresa surprises him by appearing in person. Chance had only injured her, not killed. She describes her first meeting with Gabe during her time as an officer with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. A group of NSA agents headed by Colonel Silvers were posing as FBI to eradicate a private militia that had recovered data from a government satellite. Gabe, as an Agency operative, saved her life, and helped her when she rescued the wife and son of the militia leader. She left the ATF and joined the Agency.

Teresa faked her death to find the people behind the Agency. Her investigations into Aramov yielded a connection to Vince Hadden himself. Before Gabe can arrest him, Mara kills Hadden. She and several consortium terrorists take over the Senate building, but Gabe prevents her from detonating any explosives. He chases her onto a train full of hostages, and wounds her, thinking it will do.

In a post-credits cutscene, Mara escapes later on. Gabe promises he will find her, but for now the Syphon Filter crisis appears to be over since the death of Hadden. Gabe will become the new Agency director, and free it from corruption. Little does he know that an operation is ongoing near the S.S. Lorelei's wreck site. People are recovering the viral crates.


The game was originally slated for release on September 25, 2001. However, the fallout of the September 11 terrorist attacks, forced Sony to indefinitely postpone the release while modifying the marketing campaign.[1] The game was eventually released on November 5. The game's original cover had Gabe and Lian in action inside a courtroom that had a US flag in the background amidst a swirl of gas. The anthrax scare following the attacks resulted in the cover being changed to a simple one showing Gabe and Lian's faces, while the header line "United States Federal Bureau of Investigation" on the back cover was changed to "Agency Mission Briefing." [2]


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 74.61%[3]
Metacritic 73/100[4]

Syphon Filter 3 received mixed reviews from critics. It received a score of 74.64% on GameRankings[3] and 73/100 on Metacritic.[4]


  1. ^ September 20, 2001 4:39PM PDT (2001-11-30). "Sony delays Syphon Filter 3 -". Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  2. ^ "Game Rave Presents: Syphon Filter 3 - September 11th Version". Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  3. ^ a b "Syphon Filter 3 for PlayStation". GameRankings. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Syphon Filter 3 for PlayStation Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 

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