Developer SMAC Publisher Mode 7 Format PC Origin UK Release 2017
Frozen Synapse’s developer turns publisher for this stylish cyberpunk action game set in a futuristic Japan. It’s as vibrant as it is violent, with an isometric perspective reminiscent of a more colourful take on Bullfrog’s original Syndicate. Here, though, you’re in direct control of a lone assassin, sneaking, leaping and shooting your way through a large open world as you try to uncover a conspiracy. The sprawl, meanwhile, is stripped back for the game’s competitive multiplayer mode, which takes place on small, densely populated maps. Packed with disguises, secrets and athletic gunplay, this could be one of 2017’s most dazzling debuts.