Please Make Me! Psi-Ops 2

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Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy was a gem when it came out in 2004 for the PS2, Xbox, and PC. Sure, the graphics weren’t that great, the story was ridiculous, and the subtitle sounded more like the name of an indie rock band; but that didn’t matter because you could throw things around with your mind. The game seriously did “Force powers” better than any Star Wars game (take note, Force Unleashed). I have a strong appreciation for shooters that allow you to take out enemies without even firing a shot, and Psi-Ops did this better than most.

psi-ops1-1.jpgThe game had you playing a special psychically-trained agent, which gave you a number of different powers that were unlocked as the story progressed: telekinesis, pyrokinesis, mind control, mind drain, and more. Basically, you could walk into a room full of enemies with a whole range of methods to take them out. Take control of one guard and have him start blasting his friends. Send out a wave of fire and fry them in their armor. Sneak behind one and make his head pop with mind drain. Or my personal favorite, throw an enemy against a wall repeatedly with telekinesis until he leaves just a bloody stain. Telekinesis alone opened up it’s own range of death-dealing options. Besides lifting and throwing objects and enemies around, you could even stand on, say, a metal grate, lift it into the air, and ride around on it. You were basically Magneto with an assault rifle.

The story…well, the story was stupid (and allegedly stolen from a screenwriter who is now suing Midway). Something about psychically enhanced super-villains using mind-wiped soldiers to take over the world with psychically enhanced artifacts. I don’t remember the details too well; I just remember a series of random surprises that made almost no sense. There was even something about an evil twin, to make it all seem like some science fiction show from the 70′s.

The original game was not without its flaws, but that’s just what sequels are for. Of course the first thing needed would have to be a next-gen graphical upgrade; that should really just be standard these days. While the gunplay wasn’t too bad, a follow-up to this game would need to keep the gameplay focused squarely on the psychic abilities. It might also be nice to add a few new abilities; being able to guide a bullet and instantly setting people on fire come to mind, like in Clive Barker’s Jericho and BioShock, respectively. Or maybe these powers could be slowly upgraded and made more powerful, so you can lift progressively heavier objects, shoot wider arcs of flame, and such. The most memorable part of the original game’s story for me is at the beginning when one villain uses telekinesis to lift a tanker truck. That was cool, but I didn’t want to just watch some guy do that; I wanted to be that guy.

psi-ops2-1.jpgThe story could be discounted if the psychic abilities were made truly awe-inspiring; but let’s not just rehash the same premise. Maybe I’ve seen to many superhero movies that show a protagonist having difficulty with his powers and such, but I’d like to see more character development. Just how does one become a psychic soldier for a special task force? That doesn’t seem like something you could get a degree in.

For the sequel though, please please please leave out the “Aura Monsters.” These were floating demons in one level that could grab you and practically kill you if you didn’t have “aura vision” switched on. It was the only level that resulted in numerous controller-shattering moments for me, and I get tired of buying new controllers. Also get a soundtrack that isn’t by a terrible rock band. I felt pretty satisfied at the end of the game, right up until the credits began to roll with Cold’s “In My Mind.” It was like eating a delicious slice of pie and then looking down and finding a roach sitting on your plate. It just tainted the whole experience a little.

Apparently the team that worked on the original Psi-Ops moved on to bigger and better things with John Woo’s Stranglehold, and have even gone on record saying they have no intention of making a sequel to the game at this time. But I know I’m not the only one out there still hoping a sequel gets made for the one game that actually made you feel like you had psychic powers.

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18 Comments on Please Make Me! Psi-Ops 2

DrunkenCrowbar

On December 5, 2007 at 5:14 pm

I totally agree with you on that :) awesome game and a sequel would truly be great :)

used cisco

On December 5, 2007 at 6:13 pm

Do want!

amit

On December 16, 2007 at 10:26 am

hey i want to download this psi ops free from net can anyone help????

Daynebry

On January 17, 2008 at 2:06 pm

I agree. Please make a sequel. This was one of the best video games ever!!!!

Sarah

On April 26, 2008 at 10:52 am

I loved this game and greatly enjoyed the full range of ways to slaughter people, I agree that the Aura beasts were so freaking annoying, but I disagree on one thing, To me, i loved the storyline, it was different and had twists I wanted to figure out^^

Atlas

On May 9, 2008 at 11:53 pm

I agree! Psi Ops fans should get a sequel, or Im gonna start a riot! :evil:

Corndog

On June 11, 2008 at 1:40 am

:mrgreen: Could always use more great games..

Knight Rider

On June 26, 2008 at 11:48 am

please make the psi-ops 2 as u have give a hope that it will release by showing TO BE CONTINUED in the end.

so world wide if u make the game it will simply ROCK AND I MEAN IT.

Hoping u w’ld take the steps soon enough

Deathrow_NZL

On July 18, 2008 at 5:46 am

Yes this is 100 times better then anything else Mindgate has made!

Deathrow_NZL

On July 18, 2008 at 5:51 am

Sorry I mean Midway

SPIKYTRIB

On July 19, 2008 at 2:07 pm

hi everybody! I’m trying to find the PSI-OPS soundtrack, containing 4 songs from the band COLD, for a few years. Pretty much all the version of the game that i’ve found so far didn’t had the soundtrack. If anybody got it and is ready to sell it PLEASE let me know. thanx in advance

eddy

On July 26, 2008 at 3:42 am

midway needs to make a fcukin sequal tht was the biggest upset of my life :cry:

Will

On October 17, 2008 at 4:20 am

What midway may be waiting for is a more advanced game system, like the Xbox 360 or PS3, I mean a new psi-ops game would bring them millions, there losing out on a big opportunity not making a second one. You can tell there gunna back another because they but “To Be Continued” at the end of the first one.

Nuber

On October 19, 2008 at 3:57 am

I WANT IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I HATE THIS OPEN ENDINGS!!!!!

Josh C

On December 17, 2008 at 11:14 pm

Idk if anyone knew this but apparently midway go sewed becuase of psi ops. copryrright infrindgment or something like that. apparentl guy just wants a lil credit not even asking for alot but hey if midway wins you get another game. if the guy wins apparently you a get a movie. idk. but def i miss this game freakin love how ever boss had something special some talent and that madey ou wanna woop em even more had a great story. def need to finish this in honors to it and its fans

Justin R

On March 30, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Well, i really wish they would have made another one too… Sucks that they didnt, and as was previously posted (3 years ago now) with the xbox 360′s graphic capabilities, there should be SOMETHING out by now at least that is somewhat similar… I mean, COME on… This game was great! I really wish they would have made a sequel too… but, who knows. Hey, i got an idea… lets all get together, and make it ourselves damnit!

Dean

On July 31, 2011 at 1:28 pm

it took me over 4 years to complete do you know why because i played the first level on easy and loved it sooo much i put it on hard and would only play for 2/3 hours a day on it cos it was so ing amazing just to get hit with a “to be continued” so pls make another one midway pls for the fans or you will regret it i can tell you now.

Josh

On August 22, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I played this game when it came out like 5 or 6 years ago I loved it couldnt put it down. And now its 2011…there are games like infamous and prototype and even the force unleashed games,.so why the hell dont I have a sequel for psi ops yet when I was promised one upon completion of the game. Ive done everything possible on that game even battled barret with powers equal to his, which was great love the cheats for this game ofcourse I beat the game first before using them…but we so need a sequel id so buy it and play the hell out of it.