With all the talk of a Syndicate remake, I decide to grab the 1993 original yet again and run it in Dfend Reloaded (a very good DOSBox front end) to see what all the fuss is about. Over the years I've installed it occasionally and not gotten very far into it. This time I READ THE MANUAL (this helps) and am a few missions in. It's fun but hardly hardcore strategy, so I can see the dev remake's point of view. Actually, I think a Brothers-in-Arms style system would be ideal for a remake.
For anyone who's played it, can you tell me is the research function too easy? I had assuming that research was done in parallel while away on missions. However, one can start research and simply leave the Research window open to complete the research. Rinse and repeat. I've managed to level _all_ agent augments (Brain, Heart, etc) up to level 3 already after capturing only 4-5 states; their income is enough to complete all the research required.