Syphon Filter & Soldier of Fortune Inc Comparison
Hi everyone. I am a fan of Soldier of Fortune Inc TV series and Syphon Filter games. Even though these are officially unrelated (i.e. Syphon Filter is not based on Soldier of Fortune Inc TV show), I discovered that there are a lot of similarities between Soldier of Fortune Inc and Syphon Filter games, so I decided to create this page.
This page is about the similarities between SOF and Syphon Filter games, actors and actresses, who were in SOF TV series. I also want to discuss my opinion (or idea) about it – I think it would have been great if someone had made TV series, officially based on the Syphon Filter games and somehow connected to Soldier of Fortune Inc.
Below I review these topics in detail.
Comparison of SOF and Syphon Filter
About the game
Syphon Filter is a third-person shooter video game for the Playstation released in 1999. It was developed by Eidetic (now known as SIE Bend Studio) and published by 989 Studios (which was a division of Sony Computer Entertainment America). Second game was released in 2000 and the third game was released in 2001. The latter was developed by Sony Bend and published by Sony Computer Entertainment.
Syphon Filter The Omega Strain was released on Plystation 2 in 2004. Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror, Syphon Filter:Logan’s shadow and Combat Ops were first released for the Playstation portable. Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror and Syphon Filter:Logan’s shadow were then released for Playstation 2.
Syphon Filter video game series:
1) Syphon Filter (1999) (Playstation) (Developed by Eidetic, published by 989)
2) Syphon Filter 2 (2000) (Playstation) (Developed by Eidetic, published by 989)
3) Syphon Filter 3 (2001) (Playstation) (Developed by SCE Bend Studio, published by Sony Computer Entertainment)
4) Syphon Filter The Omega Strain (2004) (Playstation 2) (Developed by SCE Bend Studio, published by Sony Computer Entertainment)
5) Syphon Filter Dark Mirror (2006 PSP, 2007 PS2) (Playstation 2, PSP) (Developed by SCE Bend Studio published by Sony Computer Entertainment)
6) Syphon Filter Logan’s Shadow (2007 PSP, 2010 PS2) (Playstation 2, PSP) (Developed by SCE published by Sony Computer Entertainment)
7) Syphon Filter Combat Ops (Only PSP) (2007) (Developed by SCE published, by Sony Computer Entertainment)
If you want to know more about Syphon Filter video games, follow these links:
Soldier of Fortune Inc
Soldier of Fortune, Inc. (known by fans as simply “SOF”) is a television show created by Dan Gordon which ran for two seasons, from 1997–1999. The series was produced by Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films (the company’s first venture into television) and Rysher Entertainment.
The show was about an elite team (composed of mostly former military personnel) who performed “unofficial” missions for the US Government.
During the first season, the show dealt with terrorists and drug lords, and often tackled issues such as patriotism and self-sacrifice.
For the second season, the show was renamed SOF: Special Ops Force. Andrews and Sheppard left the show. Dennis Rodman and David Eigenberg replaced them, though their “hip” characters and new plots led many to abandon the show, leading to its cancellation.
The theme song was performed by Trevor Rabin (of Yes fame). During the second season, an introductory voice-over by an uncredited Peter Graves was added.
View the Wikipedia article for more information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soldier_of_Fortune,_Inc.
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Similarities between Syphon Filter and Soldier of Fortune Inc
1) Syphon Filter and Soldier of Fortune Inc have similar soundtracks, characters and storyline.
2) In Syphon Filter, the main protagonist is Gabe Logan and in SOF – Major Matthew Quentin Shepherd. These characters are similar to each other. Both have their own teams and the members are former soldiers and agents. For example: In Gabe’s team Lian Xing is a former Chinese agent, Teresa Lipan is a former ATF agent and etc. In Matt’s team Benny Ray Riddle is a former scout sniper, Margo Vincent is a former CIA agent and etc. Both characters – Matt Sheperd and Gabe Logan were former U.S. Army Rangers and also served in U.S. army Special Forces.
3) Dane Bishop (from Syphon Filter) and Christopher C.J. (from SOF) are also similar characters. Both characters are former SAS members. They both have friendly personalities and are joking all the time. Also they have tattoos on the left hand.
4) In Soldier of Fortune Inc, there is a character whose name is Jason Chance Walker, who formerly served in U.S. Army; he is an aviation expert and close quarters combat specialist. In Syphon Filter 2 there is a character named Jason Chance, who is CBDC agent.
5) Syphon Filter and SOF cover pages are similar to each other.
6) Matt Shepherd had a bar in Soldier of Fortune Inc season 2, where his team often gathered to talk about their missions. In Syphon Filter 3 ending cutscene, Gabe Logan and his team were shown in a bar. I don’t know if this is Logan’s bar, but the ending scene from Syphon Filter 3 reminds me of the atmosphere in Matt’s bar from Soldier of Fortune Inc.
Matt’s bar photos
Gabe and his friend from Syphon Filter 3
Below is a comparison of Syphon Filter & Soldier of Fortune Inc covers
It is a shame that Syphon Filter Logan’s Shadow won’t have any new sequel. It would have been also good if someone had made TV Series about Syphon Filter, as a sequel of Soldier of Fortune Inc. This is how I would do it: Matt Shepherd & Gabe Logan would be the same character; one of those two names (either Gabe or Matt) would be real and the other would be a codename. I’d do the same with Christoper C.J and Dane Bishop characters.
It would be interesting if Margo Vincent and other characters from Soldier of Fortune, Inc appeared in the Syphon Filter universe.
Soldier of Fortune, Inc
Brad Johnson – Major Matthew Quentin Shepherd
Major Matthew Quentin Shepherd was played by Brad Johnson. Brad was born on October 24, 1959. He is an American actor. His most notable role was Matt Sheppard in Soldier of Fortune Inc. He is also known for Always (1989), Nam Angels (1989), Fight of the Intruder (1991), Philadelphia Experiment II (1993), The Birds II: Land’s End (1994), Cries Unheard: The Donna Yaklich Story (1994), Stringo (1995), Across the Line (2000), Crossfire Trail (2001), Riverworld (2003), No Regrets (2004),Wild Things: Diamonds in the Rough (2005), Alien Siege (2005), Truce (2005), Safe Harbour (2007), Copperhead (2008) and etc. He has six daughters and four sons.
Similarity to Gabe Logan from Syphon Filter series
Shepherd and Logan (a character from Syphon Filter games) have a lot in common. Both characters were former U.S Army Ranger and U.S. Army Special Forces. I think it would be good if Gabe and Shepherd were the same character.
Compare Matt Sheperd and Gabe Logan
Here you can read the biographies of Gabe Logan and Matt Shepherd:
Brad Johnson’s photos
Tim Abell – Staff Sergeant Benny Ray Riddle (former U.S. Marine; scout sniper, armorer)
Timothy Shawn Abell (Tim Abell) was born on July 1 in 1959. He is an actor and a former US Army Ranger with the 75th Ranger Regiment. His experience as a ranger helped him for a role of Benny Ray Riddle. His most notable role was Benny Ray Riddle in Soldier of Fortune Inc. Tim is known for other movies as well: We Were Soldiers (2002), Soldier of God (2005), Clubhouse (2013) and etc.
I would definitely include the character of Benny Ray Riddle in the Syphon Filter universe.
Tim Abell’s photos
Melinda Clarke – Margo Vincent (former CIA GS-14; intelligence, cryptography, linguistics)
Melinda Patrice Clarke was born on April 24, 1969. She is an actress and model. At the age of 18 she started her career in acting and modeling. Her most notable role was Margo Vincent in Soldier of Fortune Inc. She is also known for other movies and TV series too: La lengua asesina (1996), Spawn (1997), Firefly (TV Series 2003), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series 2001-2011), The O.C. (TV Series 2003-2007), Nikita (TV Series 2010-2013).
It would be good if Melinda Clarke appeared in the Syphon Filter universe as Margo Vincent, a former CIA agent.
Here you can read more about Melinda: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0164918/
Melinda Clarke’s photos
Real Andrews – Lt. Jason “Chance” Walker (former U.S. Army; aviation expert, close quarters combat specialist)
Real Cyril Nathan Andrews was born on 31 January in 1963. He is an actor. His most notable role was Lt. Jason “Chance” Walker in Soldier of Fortune Inc. He is also known for other movies and TV series: Days of our Lives (1995), Food of the Gods 2 (1989), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), General Hospital (1998-2003). and etc.
You can read more about Real here: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0028837/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cl_t7
It would be good if Real Andrews appeared as Lt. Jason “Chance” Walker in Syphon Filter universe.
Note: In Syphon Filter 2 there is a character, whose name is Jason Chance too, however he is the main antagonist in this game.
Real Andrews’ photos
Mark Sheppard – Staff Sergeant Christopher “C.J.” Yates (former SAS; demolitions, electronic surveillance)
Character Christopher “C.J.” was played by Mark Sheppard. Mark Andreas Sheppard was born on 30 May, 1964. He is an actor, director, producer and a musician. His most notable role was C.J. in Soldier of Fortune, Inc. Mark is also known for other movies: In the Name of the Father (1993), New Alcatraz (2001), Firefly (TV Series 2003), Unstoppable (2004), Supernatural (TV Series 2009-2016) and etc.
You can read more about Mark here: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0791968/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cl_t4
Similarity to Dane Bishop from Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow
Dane Bishop and C.J. have a lot of in common. Both characters were former British SAS members. They both have friendly personalities and are joking all the time. Also they have tattoos on the left hand. I think it would be great idea if C.J & Dane were the same characters.
Compare Dane Bishop and C.J. Yates
Here you can read the biographies of Dane Bishop and Christopher C.J.:
Mark Sheppard’s photos
Dennis Rodman – Chief Warrant Officer Deacon “Deke” Reynolds (former U.S. Army; helicopter pilot, demolitions)
The character of Deke Reynolds was played by Dennis Rodman. Dennis Keith Rodman was born on May 13, 1961. He is a professional basketball player and an actor. His most notable role was Deke in Soldier of Fortune, Inc. Dennis is also known for other movies: The Rodman World Tour (1996), Double Team (1997), Gumball 3000: Cost to Cost, The Apprentice (TV Series 2009-2015) and etc.
You can read more about Dennis here:
It would be great if Dennis Rodman appeared as Deke Raynolds in Syphon Filter universe.
Dennis Rodman’s photos
Dennis Rodman with Tim Abell in SOF
David Eigenberg – Nick Delvecchio (former DEA Special Operations GS-13; undercover operations, escape artist)
David Eigenberg was born on 17 May, 1964. He is an American actor. He played Nick Delvecchio in Soldier of Fortune Inc. He is also known for other movies: The Mothman Prophecies (2002), Sex and the City (1999-2004), Sex and the City (2008), Chicago Fire (2012-2016) and etc.
Here you can read more about David:
It would be great if David Eigenberg appeared as Nick Delvecchio in Syphon Filter universe.
David Eigenberg’s photos
Billy Gallo – Ricardo “Rico” Valesquez (former Navy SEAL; underwater infiltration, combat medic, signals)
The character of Rico was played by Billy Gallo. Billy Gallo was born on November 7, 1966. He is an american actor. He is also known for other movies: Night of the Demons (1988), Pretty Woman (1990), General Hospital (TV Series 1963-2002) and etc.
Rico was the team medic and Matt’s (Brad Johnson) good friend in Soldier of Fortune Inc, so it would be great if Gabe Logan was saved by Rico after the events of Logan’s Shadow.
Here is more information: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0303009/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cl_t9
Billy Gallo’s photos
Brian Cousins – Lieutenant Gunter Hauer (former GSG 9; demolitions, electrical engineering.)
The character of Gunter Hauer was played by Brian Cousins. Brian is an American actor. He was born on May,1959. He is known for the movies: Longtime Companion (1989), Mandroid (1993), Ivisible: The Chronicles of Benjamin Knight (1993) and etc.
Here is more information: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0184080/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cl_t26
Brian Cousins’s photos
David Selby – Xavier Trout (government liaison)
The character of Xavier Trout was played by David Selby. David Selby was born on February 5, 1941. David is an American film and stage actor. His most notable role was Xavier Trout in Soldier of Fortune Inc. David is known for other movies too: Dark Shadows (1968-1971), Falcon Crest (1982-1990), The Social Network (2010), Batman: The Dark Night Returns (2010) and etc.
Trout was the team chief in Soldier of Fortune Inc. It would be good if Trout were Gabe Logan’s chief after the events of Logan’s Shadow.
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David Selby’s photos
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