It’s “Pay Day” and that means a ten-minute gameplay video, a bunch of new screenshots and a “Deep Dive” look at the origins and evolution of the increasingly-sexy Syndicate.

Call me crazy if you will but I’m finding it harder and harder to maintain my nerd rage over EA’s decision to turn my beloved Syndicate into a shooter. It’s disappointing, and yes, Syndicate agents are supposed to be mindless, drug-fueled drones, but on the other hand, damn, son. Have you seen this thing?

Time to correct that oversight if you haven’t. First up, we have 11 new screenshots that hint at some of the abilities possessed by Miles Kilo and his fellow [and rival] Agents.

A better look at what’s in store comes via a ten-minute gameplay video taken from an early level called “Executive Search,” which puts a whole new spin on the idea of corporate headhunting. Finally, and my favorite, is the first “Deep Dive,” which begins with a look at the original Syndicate, developed by Bullfrog and released in 1993, before moving to an overview of the new game.

It’s brutal, it’s bloody and you know what? It looks pretty awesome too. Syndicate comes out on February 21, 2012, for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

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