You are John Blade, commander of HardCorps, an elite security force dedicated to protecting the people of Freeport City. Four years have passed since your first battle with Elexis Sinclaire, a beautiful, brilliant, and ruthless scientist who is out to remake humanity according to her own twisted vision.
User reviews: Very Positive (311 reviews)
Release Date: May 10, 2006

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"Surprisingly fun source engine based singleplayer game with some interesting (and fun) design."
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You are John Blade, commander of HardCorps, an elite security force dedicated to protecting the people of Freeport City. Four years have passed since your first battle with Elexis Sinclaire, a beautiful, brilliant, and ruthless scientist who is out to remake humanity according to her own twisted vision. The law has failed to bring Elexis and her multi-billion dollar empire, SiNTEK, to justice, so Blade is determined to take matters into his own hands. Joining Blade on his mission are JC - a hacker with a secret to keep - and Jessica Cannon, a fiery rookie who can find her way into any secure facility.

Enter the living, breathing world of Freeport City, a futuristic collision of New York, San Francisco and Tokyo. As Freeport continues to suffer from mutant attacks, you must now bring down Sinclaire before she can set her deadly plan in motion and alter the shape of humanity forever.

SiN Episodes™: Emergence launches the new era of episodic gaming. A first person shooter powered by Valve's award-winning Source™ technology, SiN Episodes offers unprecedented interactivity, an engrossing story, and a revolutionary dynamic difficulty system that provides a custom experience based on your skill level and play style.

  • Intense Combat: Face off against ruthless enemies, like jetpack soldiers and mutants that evolve as you fight them. Witness enemies that adapt to your actions and truly work as a team, as they cover each other and help fallen comrades to get back on their feet.
    Outsmart your opponents by using your surroundings to your advantage as you set up traps using lethal elements of the environment. Location-based damage rewards accuracy while melee combat moves enable you to get up-close and personal.
  • Unprecedented Interactivity: Blast your way through highly interactive environments powered by an enhanced version of the Source engine. Characters dynamically react to what you're looking at and the environment. Target and shoot off specific vehicle parts and literally blow cars to pieces. Experience the next level of vehicle combat with a flexible positioning system enabling you to move around the interior with an unprecedented degree of freedom, allowing you to pick the ideal position to attack that enemy position up ahead.
  • Personal Challenge System™: Driven by one of the most elaborate statistics systems ever created, SiN Episodes will constantly adapt to your playing style and offers a challenge that is custom-tailored to your skill level.
  • Episodic Delivery: Buy as little or as much of the game as you want, with each installment offering 3 - 6 hours of action-packed gameplay. But tread lightly, as the choices you make may influence future episodes in unforeseen ways.
  • Source Powered: Utilizing the same engine that powered Half-life® 2, Emergence gives you stunningly gorgeous graphics and intense physics-based gameplay.

System Requirements

    Minimum: 1.2 GHz Processor, 256MB RAM, DirectX 7 level graphics card, Windows XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

    Recommended: 2.4 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM, DirectX 9 level graphics card, Windows XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

Helpful customer reviews
15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
Pre-Release Review
I love it. Wish there was a second episode.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
I loved the shooting. It was fun. Setting jackpack men ablaze and blasting peoples heads clean off made my day. But when you turn on cheats, oh boy it's a whole new thing. Oh yeah and 10/10 jiggle bone placement on the ladies, that made me smile and laugh. But instead of spewing random things I'll say this, I know you're here from Inside Gam- I mean, uh Funhaus... Yeah... But I recommend this game... BLADE!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Waste of what could have been a great series. I loved the original Sin and i loved this. I recommend buying Episode 1 however since it is very fun
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
A perfect entry in a series now discontinued games, it would have made you wonder what the next episodes would've been like - this game tells the next chapter in the story of SiN, preceeded by the original game entitled simply "SiN"

The game follows the story of the main character, Blade, who (without going in to too much detail) has been injected with the U4 drug, a powerful chemical used to transform humans in to grotesque recombinant creatues, and he must find justice against Elexis Sinclaire, the woman who had the proceedure done to him and who is threatening the lives of potentially everyone in the world.

The game is diverse in it's enemies, one moment, you're fighting jetpack ninjas, the next, giant quadrapedal mutants who throw energized chunks of earth at you; this is part of the game that deserves heavy merit, as the designs of both the mutants and the humans alike are very unique, and much different from those of the original SiN characters.

Furthermore, it's weapon variety, while vastly limited from the original SiN, still manages to keep the game entertaining, with grenades that ignite enemies in it's vicinity of blast, to magnums that fire tracer rounds, and even shotguns that fire ricochetting pellets, you never lose the charm of using the same weapons over and over again to execute the same NPCs, probably the most entertaining thing about these weapons is being able to blow the visor and helmet off a ninja's unsuspecting head.

Finally, the level design is splendid, while the same industrial feeling is kept constant and applied to every single level, giving it a rather unadventurous feeling at some points, it manages to keep it's style consistant; debris covering every area that demands it, stunning views of the industrial regions, cities vehicles, towering buildings and skyscrapers, as well as dark, gloomy sewers and the abandoned interior of a ship, this game certainly keeps on giving, and again, it really does raise the question of what the newer entries in the series could have been like, it can only get better with story advancement, surely, but with the sad truth of the developers, Ritual going defunct, the tale of SiN will never be complete.

For what it is, an episode in what would have been a full series of nine games, it surely does deliver, and provides an excellent amount of gameplay to get you interested in the story, which may have been kept short due to Ritual's demise, but is still effective in encapsulating your experience with the game in the goals that Blade surely strived for himself.

Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
You are John Blade, commander of HardCorps, an elite security force dedicated to protecting the people of Freeport City. Four years have passed since your first battle with Elexis Sinclaire, a beautiful, brilliant, and ruthless scientist who is out to remake humanity according to her own twisted vision. The law has failed to bring Elexis and her multi-billion dollar empire, SiNTEK, to justice, so Blade is determined to take matters into his own hands. Joining Blade on his mission are JC - a hacker with a secret to keep - and Jessica Cannon, a fiery rookie who can find her way into any secure facility. Enter the living, breathing world of Freeport City, a futuristic collision of New York, San Francisco and Tokyo. As Freeport continues to suffer from mutant attacks, you must now bring down Sinclaire before she can set her deadly plan in motion and alter the shape of humanity forever.
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