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Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist – Xbox 360 review and giveaway [gaming]
Posted by on Sep 18th, 2013

Ahhh Sam Fisher…that black ops agent gamers have grown to love is back to sneak through levels undetected, execute bad guys with precision or quitely dispatch them with flair. Truth be told i never played the previous Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction after reading reviews that included plenty of frustrations, but the moment i loaded up Blacklist on the Xbox 360 i was taken back to those memorable moments of earlier games in the series. Shooting out lights with a silenced pistol and then hiding in the shadows to sneak up behind enemies and then having to decide whether to quietly snap their neck and hide the body or just revel in the fact that you can make your way past without being noticed. Bottom line…i love that sh*t. It requires skill, timing and attention to detail unlike those first person shooters i constantly gripe about where the enemy runs at you haphazardly without a plan and all that’s required of you is to run at them firing blindly. It’s pointless and repetitive. You won’t get that with Splinter Cell: Blacklist.

splinter cell blacklist review

As with all my previous game reviews i’m not gonna go into a whole blah blah detailed explanation or try and sell it to you by sugar coating things. I’m gonna give you my 2 cents and seeing that you’re a Life is Savage reader i expect that you trust my judgement enough to make a decision on whether you should go out there and buy it.

So listen up.

The low down: You take on the role of black ops agent, Sam Fisher, and have been tasked with protecting the world from global terror attacks known as the Blacklist. You must hunt down these terrorists by any means necessary, and stop the Blacklist countdown. Equipped with cutting edge technology and an unlimited mandate you get to bend or break virtually every law to achieve your objective. If you are successful, you won’t be publically credited. If you fail, millions will likely die. No pressure.

The freedom to complete each mission on a multi-level approach will keep you on the edge of your seat deciding if the stealth approach or guns-blazing is the right choice. You can technically complete the stages without killing anyone. Sneaking in the shadows or utilising overhead ledges. Watch out for dogs though..they can smell you and will alert the guards or chomp your ass if they discover your hiding place. Sometimes there will be too many patrolling enemies and you will need to incapacitate or kill. Do it silently and none of the others will be any wiser, fire off an unsilenced weapon and sh*t hits the fan.

Have a look at the trailer and you’ll get a great idea of what you can expect.

Slinter Cell: Blacklist sees the introduction of the new mark and execute option. Pull of some kills or successfully sneak past enemies and the execute gauge will fill up. You can then mark several targets at once and hitting the Y button will effortlessly execute all of them.

As always im not gonna spoil the entire game for you and explain what happens. I’ll leave that to you to experience for yourself.

I will give you these thoughts though:

Presentation: graphics are top notch with a high level of realism. I struggled to see in some of the darker missions at night or when all the lights are out, but i think that’s just the settings i have on my LED tv. can just switch on your night vision.

Gameplay: storyline is a bit outlandish and the whole you have the save the world against all the terroristis a bit cliched. If you’re a Splinter Cell fan though you will love the return to basics..stealth, gadgets and killing with flair. Sneaking undetected never gets old and the anxiety of alerting enemies will be with you through out the game.

Lastability: Given the multi-approach to each mission there is plenty of scope to replay the single player campaign. I opted for the ghost approach, but you can always try your hand at executing as may bad guys as possible. The Spies vs Merc multi-player is back and the co-op mode will also keep you occupied for a while with your mates.

Final thoughts: Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist is a welcome return to the shadows of being a black ops agent. Fans won’t be disappointed and newbies will welcome the challenge. I give it a stealthy 8 out of 10.

And now for the GIVEAWAY: I have a Xbox 360 copy of Splinter Cell: Blacklist to give away to one of you fine readers and all you have to do is leave a comment saying why you’d like it and also tell me what other current or upcoming game from Megarom HERE you are most amped to play.

Easy as that.

Will pick a winner by Wednesday next week.

UPDATE: competition is closed. Thanks everyone for the comments. Wish i could give you all a copy. Winner of  Splinter Cell Blacklist is Warren Smith.

Charl says:
September 09, 2013 at 4:47 pm

I’ve played the original trilogy of Splinter Cell games and would like to play this one. GTA V is also on my list.

eden weiss says:
September 09, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Really would love this game, always been a huge splinter cell fan and have the previous versions.
This latest edition looks world class. I also can’t wait to try out GTA V from Megarom.

Luke says:
September 09, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Yo Savage

Would love to get this game as I have always enjoyed the Splinter Cell games(and I couldn’t get my hands on GTA V)

Next game I am amped for is Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag.

September 09, 2013 at 4:47 pm

I would love Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist game because i’m the ultimate fan of the Splinter Cell franchise, have had the collection of the game since its first release on both PC & Xbox 360, this is the missing game to complete my awesome Splinter Cell collection and from the great guys of Megarom im so amped for GTA:V & Diablo III, definitely would do anything to add that to my library, :)

Dom van Blerk says:
September 09, 2013 at 4:47 pm

I’ll take that off your hands. 😉

I’m actually busy playing Splinter Cell Conviction at the moment and would love to do co-op with a friend of mine.

Also, Diablo 3 because it’s Diablo and I’m a loot fiend at heart.

xdvd says:
September 09, 2013 at 4:47 pm

I thoroughly enjoyed Splinter Cell Conviction, so Blacklist is right up my ally. Grand Theft Auto V is amazeballs and would really like to play it.

Rajashree Govender says:
September 09, 2013 at 4:47 pm

I’d love to win the game because it looks like a good game.
The next game I’m amped for is: Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag

Die Jason says:
September 09, 2013 at 4:47 pm

First SC title I really played was Conviction, which I frickin loved (single-player and co-op). The Mark-and-Execute system is so bad-ass.

Diablo III and GTAV are the Megarom titles I really want to play at the moment, hoping to see what else they have lined up for the rest of the year at rAge.

Azhar says:
September 09, 2013 at 4:47 pm

i need it cause i have no other games :(

September 09, 2013 at 4:47 pm

I’ve always loved the stealth element of Splinter Cell games. I mean we all like a bit of hack n slash now and again. Not to mention a spot of chainsawing and kerb-stomping ala Marcus Fenix. But for me Sam Fisher is the man!
And the next game I can’t wait for is Assassin’s Creed 4 – Black Flag.
Because Pirates!

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Arthur Bacchus says:
September 09, 2013 at 4:47 pm

I have never played a Spinter Cell game although I do own one. It’s also the X box version but it and my X box are just gathering dust in my lounge because I spend all my gaming time on my PS3. Please help me re- unite with my forgotten X box by gifting me Blacklist. I might even give the other one a go! Game I look forward to is, no surprise, GTA V. Thanks. Great promo :)

Michael says:
September 09, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Having played all the Spliter Cells, I feel the game is getting dumber and dumber. Your hand is held a lot more, and conviction was the worst of the lot. However, many reviews and opinion pieces state that Blacklist is a good return to roots, so I’d love to see for myself. As for Megarom, I’m most looking forward to AC:Black Flag, mainly to see what the next gen of games have in store for us.

Mason says:
September 09, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Splinter Cell: Conviction is what got me back into gaming after a really long hiatus. Been excited for Blacklist for a long time even though I was disappointed Michael Ironside wasn’t doing the voice. Also looking forward to GTA V. Thanks.

Patrick Blackie says:
September 09, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Savage. Howzit. Big fan right here.

But check this out, YOU WANT to give me this game and if you say you don’t, you’re only kidding yourself. My best mate, Laing, and I hardly see each other, because of work, but when we do it’s a full on xbox MARATHON of bromance. MX vs ATV is definitely one of our addictions and we are beyond keen to get the new Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag. So please make my day. No, my year. No. OUR year and let us rock that badass game until we see the sunrise.

In the name of Bromance, I beg you to make the right decision.
Thanks for reading.

Jared Z (@Darklurkr23) says:
September 09, 2013 at 4:47 pm

I can’t wait to play Diablo 3. My PC is junk and could never run SC2 or D3 so I’m real glad they brought it to console. I loved D2 back in teh day (which this pos pc CAN run XD) and always wanted to go bak to Sanctuary

Matt says:
September 09, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Because I really need something new and exciting to play on my Xbox :(

I’m really looking forward to COD: Ghosts – gameplay looks amazing – will have to play it on current gen fr now

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