|M-79 Grenade Launcher|
IIIII (instant kill)
Syphon Filter 2
Syphon Filter 3
Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain
Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow
The M-79 is a grenade launcher featured in the original three Syphon Filter games.
The real-life M79 is nicknamed the "Blooper" and the "Thumper." It is a single-shot, break-action grenade launcher which fires a variety of 40mm grenade cartridges. The Syphon Filter version fires grenades filled with Composition-B with a kill radius of 5 meters, but can also substantially wound and incapacitate out to 15 meters. With the exception of The Omega Strain, the M-79 in the games fires significantly faster than in reality because the real weapon needs to be reloaded after each shot. It is also shoulder-fired in real life and uses a folding leaf-type sight for aiming to compensate for the grenade's drop (rather than firing from the hip).
In-Game Descriptions & StatsEdit
Syphon Filter Edit
The M-79 in Syphon Filter is a very accurate and deadly weapon capable of quickly wiping out groups of enemies. It is much faster and more effective than hand grenades. The lack of reload time means that multiple shots can be fired off if need be. However, ammunition is rare and only found in ammo boxes, so it should be used sparingly. The M-79 can be found in ammo boxes, usually well-hidden throughout the level, in Georgia Street, Base Escape, Rhoemer's Stronghold, and the PHARCOM Warehouses.
Erich Rhoemer is the only enemy in the game who uses the M-79 as a weapon, but it is not obtainable because he is the final boss and is scripted to die from a gas grenade. As such, the player will inevitably either die or trigger the ending cutscene by approaching the dead body, making it essentially impossible to acquire this weapon.
Syphon Filter 2 Edit
The M-79 returns unchanged in Syphon Filter 2. It can be picked up in an ammo crate in the C-130 Wreck Site, in a parked car on the Moscow Streets, the Bio-Lab Escape and New York Sewers missions. It can also be picked up off several enemies in the Moscow Streets and New York Sewers. The player will receive a double bonus for collecting it during both the Bio Lab Escape and Slums District.
- The first advantage is that because all the enemies in the Bio Lab Escape are fully armoured and impervious to standard weapons, they can be killed by explosives.
- The second benefit is that acquiring the weapon in both missions unlocks multiplayer content.
Dillon Morgan uses an M-79 during his encounter with Gabe at the Ancient China exhibit. Like with Rhoemer, however, the weapon cannot be picked up, as killing Morgan triggers the end of the level.
Syphon Filter 3 Edit
This weapon can be found in Mujari's missions Pugari Gold Mine and the Complex as well.
Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain Edit
The M-79 returns in SFOS, seen in later missions. During the recovery of Imani Grey's remains, Than Muang uses it, and so does a CDP thug when the IPCA assaults Ivankov's base. It can be unlocked by the player for permanent use by earning the Elite Tactical Explosives Specialist rating. Unlike in the previous Syphon Filter games, however, the M-79 is now a Back weapon, replacing what could potentially be a shotgun, carbine or sniper rifle in the player's arsenal, and, as in real life, must be reloaded after each shot. This limitation, coupled with its low capacity, scarce ammo, and sluggish reload time (not to mention specific mission par timers), makes it literally useless for most of the game, except for certain stages (like the training mission).
Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow Edit
Unusable in the single-player mode, the M-79 can only be found in multiplayer maps, and it suffers from the same weaknesses that it had in the previous games.
- Powerful against groups of enemies or armoured opponents
- Instantly kills unlike thrown grenades
- Headshot not required for a kill
- Fast firing rate
- Instant reload animation (except for The Omega Strain)
- Reckless players will kill themselves at close range
- Little ammo
- Requires players to achieve all 4 Tactical Explosives Specialist ratings in The Omega Strain before it can be unlocked