Reviews and Problems with Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Essentials
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A Game of Surprises
IT SuperFreak, Amazon
23 March 2006
Summary: Picked up the game yesterday at a local Gamestop. Here are some initial impressions after the first hour of play. Gameplay (7/10) This is probably the most important department, and SC disappoints. It was clear from the start that developers had trouble mapping all the controls for Fisher onto the PSP due to the absence of a second analog stick, as well as the two fewer shoulder buttons (L2/R2). Movement is severely hampered by this physical limitation.
Summary: controls are aggravating. very short on missions, no choice of weapons, gets boring quite fast. the type of game where you don't really care how as long as you complete it, if you can even be bothered to. theres some kind of story but that becomes forgotten and tired as replay certain levels a dozen times to complete them. to be honest i wouldn't reccommend it, too much aggro even if it is cheap.
Summary: I liked the game, it was fun to play, made good use of the controls. The story was there, but not overly complex - you can just play it without worrying about it. It was all let down though by the game just suddenly ending. The story just stops and you're left with feeling like you've achieved nothing. If you can get this game cheap, go for it, you'll enjoy it, but don't pay full price for it.
Summary: First of all, I can't help but laugh at all the other reviewers claiming that they have been fans since the very first day and have all of the games and have played them all to death. It's so funny, it's not as if we really care we just want the review and that's what im trying to do after this unnecessary paragragh, :). Ok, there are annoying sound bugs, no physics, none of the character's mouths move when they speak, the sound isn't too good and the graphics are good.
Summary: First of all I must say that the Splinter Cell franchise is excellent. I used to own a PS2, always got the latest version of Splinter Cell and was never disapointed. The same however cannot be said of Splinter Cell: Essentials. The game is great, the storyline engaging and the graphics are awesome, especially for the PSP. My gripe however is twofold...
Summary: Firstly, some background: (1) I am a long-standing fan of the SC genre, and played all of the first three games many times (many long hours spent at my PC before it died a sorry death). My expectations of this game were therefore high. (2) As an early acquirer of a PSP, I am still waiting for Sony and their associates to come up with a game which defines the platform. There was always a chance this would be it. To the review... The Good: - Yes, it's Splinter Cell.