Reviews and Problems with Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist
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Splinter Cell Blacklist Review
18 November 2013
Summary: Splinter Cell Blacklist won't revolutionize the genre, but it's still an enjoyable third-person action shooter worthy of the franchise name. The campaign is alright, but the excellent multiplayer picks up the slack.
Pros: Spies vs. Mercs is incredible, Multi-faceted approach to campaign missions
Cons: Same old story, different settings, Same old dialogue, different setting
Excerpt: The high-tech black-ops cyber-ninja is back. Sort of. With Third Echelon disbanded, its corrupt members dead or in jail, Sam Fisher dusts off his iconic tri-focal goggles for a sixth outing, this time as leader of a brand new, squeaky-clean Fourth Echelon.
Summary: Splinter Cell: Conviction was, in my opinion, a superb new direction for the Splinter Cell series, but a fair few fans were unhappy with the changes Ubisoft made. It's hardly surprising then, that Splinter Cell: Blacklist pulls the classic trick of making the old seem new again, bringing Sam...
Excerpt: Let me get this out of the way, right off the bat shall we? Sam Fisher is back, do not adjust your sound settings. This is Sam Fisher. This is the first Splinter Cell, from my memory anyway, where Canadian Actor Michael Ironside is not the voice of Sam Fisher.
Excerpt: , the developers remember precisely what made this series so damn good; they put a premium on stealth, give us back all those nifty gadgets, add depth via customization and upgrades, and provide us with diverse, satisfying missions.
Conclusion: Sam Fisher's latest is a treat, and quite possibly the most complete and robust Splinter Cell experience to date. It's not without some flaws of course, and I do wonder if it will be re-released on PS4/X1 in the next several months, but fans of the franchise should take note and suit up.
Conclusion: "...the gravitas of your overarching objective creates a mild sense of urgency." "...Blacklist places as much an emphasis on stealth as you want it to..." "The stealth and combat here are as graceful as they've ever been." "...Blacklist's Spies vs. Mercs mode is as tense as it is addictive."