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 (256 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
42 of 47 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
"Save me a seat in the sequel, Blade!" ;_;
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31 of 38 people (82%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2014
65%

SiN is the ORIGINAL half-life mod. The game is so bland and predictable, and so much like every other FPS you've ever played in the last 10 years, but it was the FIRST of its kind. You think starting a game with a heli-mounted machine gun section is a filthy cliche? SiN INVENTED that. Cover based shooting? Charging berzerker bosses? Terrible voice acting? Unplayable forced stealth sections? Sewer levels? SiN is guilty of every cliche in the modern FPS dictionary because it INVENTED every cliche in the modern FPS dictionary. SiN is so far ahead of it's time while paradoxically so stuck in the past that it boggles my mind.

The levels are unintuitive, and will have you backtracking constantly. The enemies are either far too easy or tear off 50% of your health unavoidably. The weapons are uninspired and bland as all hell. The stealth is garbage and isn't even worth attempting unless you HAVE to. The game is absolute balls compared to it's source material, but you know what? Blade, the protagonist is the most Bad-♥♥♥ Mofo I have EVER played, the levels are supremely rewarding, the voice acting may be ♥♥♥♥, but is full of charm. The game is beautifully cinematic in a B-movie sort of way.

SiN is a masterpiece, it is so fantastically average, it exists in trancendant mediocrity. SiN is the BEST WORST GAME EVER MADE.

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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
A very interesting and nuanced game besieged by a couple of issues and unexplained and wonky plot that was intended to be cleared up by the third episode. Unfortunately, it didn't sell enough to make a sequel. It recouped costs, but didn't even get near the jumping-off point they needed for EP2. So, Ritual was bought by MumboJumbo, a casual games outfit, and SiN is doomed to the aether of inexistence.

One of the most prolific devs, Levelord (A parallel Gabe if there was one) has entirely moved on* from the games industry and without his influence the odds are not a single peep will ever be heard again from SiN. Which is a shame, because it showed promise.

A doomed sequel to a relatively unknown game that got clouded out by Quake 2 and Half-Life. Such a waste of potential that it died so soon. Worth a buy and a play.

* Source: http://www.shacknews.com/article/75336/where-are-they-now-richard-levelord-gray
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 1, 2014
While it may not be the most groundbreaking of shooters, Emergence's merits far outweigh its smattering of faults, and with six to ten hours of entertainment to be had, you can't argue that it's not value for money, especially as it also comes bundled with a copy of the original SiN.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
This is really a good game. Lot's of fun. I have enjoyed it more than some newer games which cost much more money. I , like others have said, really wish this game could be picked up and continued with more episodes. If you are looking to buy it I think you'll be glad if you do and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
This is such a fun game, I have no idea why they didn't make more episodes. 8.5/10
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16 of 28 people (57%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2014
****EDGY GAME BE WARNED****
This game is Half Life 2 If it was really edgy
Do you remeber the type of kid in school who thought he was morpheus and wore a trench coat, boots. Was really into Korn and NIN. that kid would love this game
The first thing you see in the game in the main Villan I guess and she has GAINT T I T S with jiggle physics
see the team who made thise most likely didnt know many women and were really into the Matrix
also there is some flashback or memory thing soon after i really dont know
where you see this woman in a biki for like 20 seconds for no reason in a lake of some kind
would have loved that when i was like 12 when this came out but its cringey as ♥♥♥♥ now.
all the women in this game are edgy with stupidly big t i t s in tight leather gear(trinity from the matrix), and the dudes are pony tail sporting gungslingers (brony wet dream)
it reminds me of 90s/ 2000s comics mixed with the matrix and dues EX
but it made by a nerds who are most likely juggalos
The guy you play as is named John BLADE hahahah
the main gameplay is near to HL2
this game has soilders you shoot(combine), then mutants kinda simular to the zombies in HL2.
thinks its physics puzzels are new and interesting, it is interesting to play in the way its fun to watch matrix rip offs
its decent but A LOT is ripped off from HL2 and the game is in the source engine so its very obvious
that said the animations on most the charaters are very smooth and so are the gun animations
when people talk tho, it does look like those kinda high end gmod videos its a little odd
But yeah i enjoyed it, the edgy voice acting like "we are going south central of ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ YOU"
the Jessica girl who acts as this games alyx uses the word b i t c h alot
interesting to play its something old dated, familar yet unfamilar at the same time
cant wait for episode 2 hahaha no
also when i beat the game there was some kinda blooper real with your mother jokes, the word ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ and mother f uc ker used alot, EDGY HAHA
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2014
This is a cool game. With some interesting characters and a story plot that is equally interesting. Not really that difficult to play. Although you cannot simply buy it and throw it into your game system or computer. You must sign up for a steam account which is a little annoying. Especially when you're used to just throwing it into your computer, downloading the discs then playing it right away. Patience is not one of my virtues.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
40.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
The game is not all that mediocre about this game as they say.

PROS (+)
STORY
The story is well done at last is a series of SiN. The game takes place in an already known to us from the previous game, John Blade who was imprisoned by Elexis Sinclaire his main opponent and her new assistant, Victor Radek SiNTEK in life sciences. Suddenly there is an explosion and a helper saves us a new Jessica Cannon. Lab starts to burn after Radek and Elexis flee. After leaving the labolatories we grab Radek and destroy his evil plans.
MUSIC
What a revelation to the music, the songs have a great listening sometimes even a little was left menu to listen to "What's the world come to" by Zak Bellic and Sarah Ravenscroft.
GRAPHICS
The game runs on the familiar to us from Half-Life 2 Source engine and honestly the graphics look a little worse than in hl2 but it does the trick and is not bad :)
PHYSICS
As for the physics that we see here is the same as in Half-Life 2, pick up objects, a perfect system of Ragdoll etc ...
AI
As for the artificial intelligence of enemies and adversaries it looks a little different than in Half-Life which is better: the enemies of helping each other in need and throw various objects at us. As for the AI allies is the same as in Half-Life 2 which are immortal.

CONS (-)
LENGTH OF TRANSITION GAME
The game lasts somewhere so for a maximum of three hours of fun, this is a wine that the game had come out in 9 episodes and walked only one.
NUMBER OF WEAPONS
The game features only three types of weapons. These are:
-Magnum Pistol (is there an alternative shoot)
-Shotgun (Has bullets bouncing off the walls)
-Assault Rifle (firing a bomb)
+ Grenades

SUMMARY:
If you love the game for 3-4 hours is recommended, when you buy you will get also free the first part of the game, if the game is too short for you, I would not recommend. I personally liked the game in terms of climate which is better than the HL :)
8/10
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
old ♥♥♥ game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
good game but need better graphic
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2014
Sin Episodes: Emergence is a first episode of a project that never saw its completion. From the visual point of view it looks and feels like Half Life 2. Weapons, enemies, levels everything resembles a well-known Valve creation. However, it does not make Sin Episodes: Emergence a bad game, because the combat is addicting and fun. But, it takes around 3-4 hours to beat what is a real shame, and I wish Elexis Sinclaire had more time on the screen. Overall my score is 7 out of 10, not so good but not terrible either.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
This is the first episode of a series of 9 games that were never made.

Gameplay wise its a copy of Half-life 2, its very short (because its the first episode), you only have 3 weapons, the story ends with a cliffhanger and doesnt progress at all. that being said, its not a bad fps and it was fun to finish in a boring afternoon.

When you buy the game you also get a copy of the original SiN which is a worthwhile game even though it also has many faults, but i recommend getting it from GOG where you also get the expansion and better compatibility with newer systems.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2014
I can't believe they didn't do more episodes. This was awesome! Great action and settings, responsive controls, cool music and a new female sidekick that drives you around, what's not to like?

PS: Blade's evil nemesis is as sexy as ever!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2014
Nice!
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8 of 16 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Not very good, BLADE! It's a sin that there's so little content across the board.
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243 of 265 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2013
Buy it now, BLADE!
Best game ever, BLADE!

Don't forget, try to make sure my corpse is easily identifiable, BLADE! That way my family will get a faster life insurance payout, BLADE! Of course don't forget to loot my corpse, BLADE! And make sure you pick up my ammo, BLADE!

PS: I'll get you BLADE. (Psssst. Kill me, BLADE! I'm 3 days away from my pension, BLADE! But make sure it will look like an accident, BLADE!)

I give you a few stars, BLADE!

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109 of 126 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 31, 2014
Buy this because Inside Gaming... BLADE!
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81 of 91 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2013
Blade let's talk this out........ Kill me *Bang*
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32 of 37 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Interesting story and atmosphere, the gameplay felt right and when it came out, the graphics were great and the price was low. Even the challenge mode was astonishingly demanding and rewarding at the same time.

Such a promising start of a game series - and so disappointing that there was never a next part.
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