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A secret US government called "The Agency" sends agent Gabe Logan around the world to stop terrorists and find out about the secret weapon called Syphon Filter.

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Credited cast:
John Chacon John Chacon ... Gabriel Logan (voice)
Ava Fang Ava Fang ... Lian Xing (voice)
Eric R. Hilding Eric R. Hilding ... Thomas Markinson (voice)
Anna Muravitskaya Anna Muravitskaya ... Mara Aramov (voice) (as Anna Murivitskaya)
Art Freedman Art Freedman ... Jonathan Phagan (voice)
Doug Boyd Doug Boyd ... Erich Rhoemer (voice)
Frederick L. Gillette Frederick L. Gillette ... Edward Benton (voice)
Jason Cusson Jason Cusson ... Anton Girdeux (voice)
Bob Sáenz ... Additional Voices (voice)
Rahman Shamilov Rahman Shamilov ... Additional Voices (voice)
Joel F. Martinez Joel F. Martinez ... Additional Voices (voice)
Gary Barth Gary Barth ... Additional Voices (voice)
Buzz Burrowes Buzz Burrowes ... Additional Voices (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mari Luz Rodrigo Mari Luz Rodrigo ... Mara Aramov (voice)


The secret "Agency" in Washington D.C. sends Gabe Logan and his partner Lian Xing around the world to investigate a recent outbreak of viral weapons by a German terrorist named Erich Rhoemer. They go to New York City, and many places in Russia to end these actions. Also, PHARCOM a biotechnical corporation that was helping investigate these viral outbreaks is thought to be involved. Syphon Filter is a super weapon that if gotten into the wrong hands may bring the entire world under terrorist control, but who's funding it? Written by Sam

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Directive: Eliminate the Syphon Filter Virus


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English | Russian

Release Date:

17 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Syphon Filter See more »

Filming Locations:

Almaty, Kazakhstan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

989 Studios, Eidetic Inc. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The game's timeframe takes place from sometime in August 1999 to 8 September 1999. This can be figured out from the date/time info on the in-game PDA equipment See more »


Mara Aramov is Russian, but her last name should actually be "Aramovna," because Russian surnames have masculine and feminine forms. See more »


Mara Aramov: Tell me where the virus labs are!
Jonathan Phagan: I don't know!
Mara Aramov: Tell me, or I will kill you!
Jonathan Phagan: I can't tell you!... Don't kill me!
Mara Aramov: You have 'till the count of 10 to tell me!
Jonathan Phagan: Please... don't!... I'll pay you!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, a man is shown looking out Markinson's office window with Pharcom boxes in the foreground. Mara Aramov walks up to him and whispers something in his ear, he replies "well done my dear, well done..." she then runs off laughing and the door is left open for a sequel See more »

Alternate Versions

Early drafts of Gabe and Lian were of having Gabe with buzz-cut army style haircut, and Lian with short red hair. These drafts however evolved into Gabe and Lian as we know them now and can be seen as a secret code on _Syphon Filter 2_ (2000). See more »


Referenced in Troldspejlet: Episode #23.17 (2000) See more »

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Become a secret Agent in this realistic & mature action adventure trek.
7 January 2018 | by KeyC0deSee all my reviews

You are secret agent Gabriel Logan. Together with your partner Lian Xing, you track down a terrorist named Erich Rhoemer. When contact with fellow agent Ellis is lost, "The Agency" (a covert US investigation bureau) dispatches their best operative, Logan, to find him. Logan learns of a deadly virus, code-named "Syphon Filter" and Rhoemer's evil scheme to use it. Thacking down his trail the game transports you to exciting places and ventures, all with highly varied environments, from the snowy mountaintops of Nepal, to tropical rainforests and in Washington DC. Tables turn and Logan realizes that "The Agency" director Thomas Markinson and his subordinates, did not reveal all information to him. He must uncover how deep the rabbit hole goes while simultaneously stop Rhoemer and his goons.

I find the story mature and well structured. Intriguing cast of characters, coupled with top direction & excellent pacing you will find the game riveting. Not once does the game stop you from being intrigued. The many cinematics are nicely depicted (FMV), further immersing you into the story. The combat system is highly enjoyable and the controls are decent. Boss battles are exciting and hard, to say the least. Each boss has some weakness that you must find and exploit to defeat him. This weakness isn't obvious at all. You start thinking of alternative ways only after you've failed and died aplenty. Each boss has a unique style and character making them memorable, requiring a tactical approach to confront them, instead of going full guns blazing and hope for the best. The action styled UI will never confuse you. You control the character from a third person perspective. Graphics were amazing at release time (I remember being blown away when I played it first in ~2001). This is more of an action game, rather than a stealth game, but there are many game levels in which stealth is absolutely essential. The stealth system isn't as thorough as other games, like MGS, or Splinter Cell, but it's there, it's decent and additive to the experience. You progress the game through a lengthy amount of missions (each "mission" is a game level). In most of them you assume the role of Logan, while in a few others you play as Lian Xing.

You have to notice a certain amount of detail placed upon everything, from the environment to animation, to generic dialogue and muzzle flashes. The weapons (the tazer!) all immersive, nothing too excessive, in the game's setting and timeline (1999). I find myself that the more I investigate and learn more about the game the more I learn things from it as I grow up. Little things that are there and you probably wouldn't expect from such a game. It plays like an action packed, espionage movie, with engaging environments and highly entertaining gunplay/gameplay.

Of course, I can't review this game without speaking about the soundtrack. The original score is fantastic. It has a 90s fast-pased synth, electro vibe to it. Part stealthy, part hackery, All badass! It is captivating after so many years and it remains in my dreams ever since. As for the sound effects, such as weapon sounds, interactions, generic dialogue, voice acting (although speaking of voice acting in this low-detail era of gaming isn't that "precise") they're all excellent as well. I don't know/remember of a single instance where the audio department suffered one bit.

The game is still perfectly playable and enjoyable. A true accomplishment by 989 Studios, even though I've read they experienced a lot of technical difficulties and hadn't before worked before on a video game of this scope. I remember when my Dad bought this game for PS1 and we played it both together. It has been one of my fondest memories of my life that I will treasure forever. Even if you haven't played it before, I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised if you decide to get it now and i recommend you do so. The video game did sell well spawning a series of sequels, but not as good as it could have, possibly due to it being rivalled by Metal Gear Solid also released at about the same time.

4/5 story & characters 5/5 atmosphere 4.5/5 graphics 5+/5 audio & soundtrack 4/5 gameplay 5/5 entertainment 4/5 length & replayability

Rating: 9/10 - Amazing

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