Yer, syndicate was totally awesome. The persuadatron was possibly the best game mechanic ever. I used to love running up to the bad guys and persuading them, specially when they had cool guns. Gauss guns in syndicate wars were totally devastating. You could blow up entire buildings with those things. Me and my mates still joke about wanting a persuadetron IRL. Imagine the babes you could pick up!
Never did finish syndicate wars tho. There was one level towards the end that was REALLY hard and was a 2 stage thing where you go to the moon in the 2nd part. It took me like 20 attempts just to get through the first stage and that was just to get a look at the 2nd stage.
Mech commander was way kool too. I remember in one of the very first maps when you start out with 20 tonne mechs, if you ran like buggery from the start you could intercept a 75 tonne sucker and if you were really lucky with some crits you could take it down and salvage it. Then on other levels you could pew-pew with a massive mech.