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.
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. Anyways..you 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.