Excerpt: With its use of shadows and beautiful visuals, the original Splinter Cell redefined the stealth genre considerably, preceding games and even titles that followed tended to feel a little lightweight in comparison.
Excerpt: Who knew that playing in the dark could look so good? Apparently, the folks over at Ubisoft sure did. Their latest Tom Clancy hit, Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow , follows up the original with new moves, new missions, and a lot more stealth action.
Excerpt: I don't care what anyone thinks - any game where the main character is voiced by Michael Ironside is already fun just by his gruff commentary alone. Throw in a sharply realized and realistic stealth gameplay that's been fine-tuned since the first game came out and add on a great online/multiplayer...
Pros: Solid stealth gameplay, Lots of minor improvements, Awesome multiplayer, Great graphics
Cons: Why does everyone speak English?, Some trial-and-error portions
Summary: Pandora Tomorrow takes place in the near future, in a world that looks surprisingly possible, considering where we are right now. The United States has decided to set up shop in East Timor, once part of Indonesia, but now a sovereign democracy that shares its land mass with its former ruler.
Excerpt: Many games these days involve repetitive actions and tasks involving running and shooting at people, or taking something from point A to point B. These games get the gamer tired and frustrated at the software because it's such a waste of money if the objective is the same thing put into different...
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: The only thing wrong with SC: PT is that the single player missions had to end. Luckily the multiplayer adds almost endless longevity to the game. SC: PT is the complete package. It excels in every category and is just immensely fun to play.
Excerpt: "They thought I didn't have the technology. They thought I had reached my limit. They thought I didn't have the resources." Damn, those fanboys think way too much. Oh, that's right, "they thought wrong".
Conclusion: It's also one of those rare games that, while highly linear in approach, just begs to be played again and again thanks its clever puzzles and the various ways in which you can tackle a given situation.