Excerpt: By Gary Kearney So here we are getting to what may be looked back upon one day soon as the final cycle of this generation of Xbox games. Soon the Xbox 360, or whatever the final name, will be grabbing all the headlines and wowing us all with its golly-gee high definition graphics. And I am looking forward to those games. Yet I am marveling at how good the current games on the Xbox are right now.
Excerpt: I have three pieces of advice for anyone thinking of giving this third instalment of Ubisoft's much-lauded Splinter Cell series a try. Firstly, turn the brightness up a few notches in the Options menu if you want to see anything at all, as Chaos Theory sees Sam Fisher spending more time than ever cloaked in total darkness.
Summary: Chaos Theory is an enjoyable romp into the world of espionage. The only bad thing about it is the steep learning curve, and the fact that if you are not willing to learn this game could be a horrible experience, or one you just might want to avoid. On the other hand, if you are willing to learn all the finer details of the title you will be well on your way of becoming the ultimate spy, beating the short, but engrossing story mode, besting the Co-Op missions, and making...
Pros: Incredible all around.
Cons: The mutliplayer could be a tad more polished.
Excerpt: A best-selling novelist whose books have been the subject of many a Hollywood blockbuster, Tom Clancy now seems to like nothing as much as the array of storytelling options offered by video games. Video games based on his scenarios are being made more prolifically than even his novels. The Rainbow Six games give you command of an anti-terrorist squad, and the Ghost Recon series features a team specialising in foiling the crazy plots of foreign regimes.
Summary: Sam Fisher returns to remake the
stealth-action genre once again in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory for
the Xbox. The gameplay excellent, with the standard high-tech weaponry and cool
gadgets you've come to expect. Fisher has a few new moves this time, and can
shoot while hanging, cut through cloth and paper walls and perform deadlier
close quarter moves with his combat knife. The mission structure is more open
with multiple paths and looser objectives.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: If previous installments weren't your bag, than this one won't be, either. But if you're a Splinter Cell fan, you will be treated to the finest SC title yet. The online fun alone could keep you playing for a very long time, but the single-player campaign is an absolute blast as well. There is something oddly stimulating about feeling both vulnerable and all-powerful at the same time, being a one-man army that is still human.
Excerpt: Not to say the games themselves can’t be enjoyable. I’m absolutely loving Chaos Theory , because it has the best in stealth action at the moment, and probably the best sensory experience too.
The more games I play with Tom Clancy’s brand on them, the more amused I am by their politics. Despite September11th and wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, we’re still - still , I can’t emphasize this enough - playing games set just about everywhere but the Middle East.
Excerpt: This is the third Splinter Cell game released on Xbox, and will defiantly not disappoint any hardcore Splinter Cell fan. Personally I have never really got into the Splinter Cell series, so this was a first for me, but the amount of time I spent playing the game is only pulling me more and more info the game.
Excerpt: Sam is back and meaner than ever. Ubisoft Montreal has once again created a masterpiece with the third installment in the Splinter Cell series. The NSAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s top field agent has returned to help fight terrorism anew as cyber warfare takes up a completely new meaning and Sam must save the world from the brink of war. With the addition of co-op and the return of the Spy vs. Mercenaries multiplayer, Chaos Theory is just what the series needed to spice things up.