Excerpt: Some things were not meant to be. Time machines, Republican administrations that care about the welfare of the country, and fat-free donuts that actually taste like donuts are all things that people wish for but can't really ever exist. Another thing to add to this list of impossibles? A respectable version of Splinter Cell on the PSP.
Excerpt: Well this title sure did sneak up on us, didn’t it’ Pun very much intended. Why open up this fair review in such a way, you may ask’ Well it’s a sad thing to say but that previous line is one of the few interesting things my mind could come up with to say about Splinter Cell: Essentials ‘ which is far from essential, as it happens. The main premise of the title is excellent, as it tries to set itself apart from the console editions without labelling itself as a spin-off.
Excerpt: Sam Fisher might be best known for his adventures on the home consoles and the PC, but he's no stranger to handhelds. He's appeared in games on the GBA, Nintendo DS, mobile phones, and now on the Sony PSP. With the power of the PSP it was surely a no brainer to bring the stealthy action hero to the handheld, but things don't always turn out as you'd expect. Unfortunately for Splinter Cell fans, Sam's PSP debut is far too clunky to ever be enjoyable.
Excerpt: The Splinter Cell games have always pushed the limits of the systems on which they’ve appeared, with the exception of portables. Portable systems just haven’t had the power to handle a Splinter Cell game. Now with the PSP we finally have a portable with the power to do this excellent game series justice. So does Splinter Cell Essentials finally manage to bring the Splinter Cell experience to gamers on the go?
Excerpt: Ubisoft has unveiled details on Sam Fisher's first PSP outing, dubbed
Splinter Cell Essentials
. To be released on March 21st, the game features all-new missions exclusive to the PSP that "take players through the untold story of Sam Fisher's past" after starting out before the events in
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent
Conclusion: Splinter Cell just doesn’t quite work on a handheld console, but the effort that has gone into this PSP version is commendable. Despite the various problems this is still a worthy purchase for fans of the series.
Conclusion: This is not a game worthy of the Splinter Cell title. It feels rushed, forced and, worst of all, like a quick cash-in on a franchise that's move into the next-generation of consoles. Rent it if you're a fan, otherwise, steer clear.