Summary: I LOVE Splinter Cell games - have been playing them for years. Therefore, the day I bought my first PSP, this was one of the first games I picked-up. It was a severe let down (as have been all UbiSoft games for the PSP). There are numerous broken aspects of this game. The one I remember the most was that the graphics were so bad, dark and blurry, there were times that you could not even tell what your character was doing on screen.
Summary: If you enjoy splinter cell and have a psp, this game is worth a play through. The controls take a little getting used to, but no more than any other psp game. The main game is a little short, but the bonus missions add another 2 hrs or more of play and are actually the longest levels in the game. I like the up close feel on the psp and got many hours of steathly game play. For the price, you can't go wrong in my opinion.
A good game. Not a good SPLINTER CELL game, but a good game.
Mikhail Illianovich, Amazon
19 April 2009
Summary: I bought this expecting exactly what I got: a fun, albeit stripped down in every way splinter cell game. I'm a long standing SC fan, and was glad they included the nostalgia filled levels that they did, like the GFO Oil Rig and Television Free Indonesia (bonus mission). The Double Agent levels were kind of cool, but the NSA mission felt terribly broken. The Camera was godawful, and the lack of variable walking speed made grabbing enemies nigh on impossible.
Summary: be warned, even at $25, this game is a real waste of money (and franchise). the graphics seem unfinished in parts, and the controls are absolutely terrible. the storyline consists of loosely-related flashbacks that don't really give you the feel of achieving anything as the game progresses. get a syphon filter game instead, if you haven't already. if you have, we can all just hope ubisoft does better with its next PSP splinter cell outing.
Lisa Shea "be the change you wish to see in t..., Amazon
23 July 2007
Summary: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Essentials brings the fun world of stealth combat to the PSP. I adore the Splinter Cell series and really was looking forward to a PSP version to carry around with me. It just didn't come up to my expectations. Not that plot really matters in games like these, but what you get in Splinter Cell Essentials is sort of hokey.
Summary: In all the years that I have played games from pc to xbox 360 to ps2 to psp, this is the worst game I have ever had the misfortune to purchase. These guys are lucky that we live in a society that companies don't have to pay back its customers for simply a terrible product (unless it causes damages). The worst part of it is that Tom Clancy put his name on it. I have bought about everything Tom Clancy has ever written or supported. Not anymore.
Summary: Sam Fisher's PSP outing may not be perfect, but for a fan of the series, it's just what the doctor ordered. While it may feel unpolished in some places and ancient in others (it brings back things like the "3 alarms and you're out" rule) it's still fairly solid portable Splinter Cell action and who can complain about that!? So basically, Sam is being interrogated by the FBI and as they bring up old missions he's done, you play 'em.