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A Splinter Cell for the Rest of You,
This review is from: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction - Xbox 360 (Video Game)I have been a long time fan of Splinter Cell games. In fact, they are among my all time favorites. I still enjoy playing through the original four and probably will for years to come. Sadly, the fifth is a different story. The first four Splinter Cell games built on each other, improved weaknesses, added new options, took what was a remarkable and successful style of gameplay to the next level with each new addition. Now, for some unknown reason, they decided to completely toss everything out the window. When I first heard that Sam Fisher would be a rogue agent in the fifth installment I was thrilled. I thought the possibilities of the character and the classic gameplay with a new and unlimited story would be amazing. Sadly though, the gameplay doesn't resemble the classic Splinter Cell games in the slightest. The controls are totally different. No more hiding unconscious enemies. No more googles. The gadgets are completely gone until later levels, and even then they are hardly the same. Basically, nothing is the same. Even the look and feel of the series is unrecognizable. The voice actors are back, which is really the only consistancy, but it's very sad to see these great talents and their beloved characters so far away from what they used to be, i.e. what they were originally designed to be. The premise of these game used to be based on stealth action. That is what made them unique and that is why they were so celebrated and admired. There are a number of levels in this game where stealth is an option, but even then 'stealth' is a very relative term. In the originals, stealth meant to avoid being seen and leave little or no trace of your presence and even when that rule was bent or broken it worked naturally within the context of the overall experience. In Conviction however, 'stealth' is to hide for a moment, then shoot the place to pieces and walk away. Sam blows things up, blows away all enemies and doesn't try at all to remain a 'splinter cell'. Now, this may fit the story but it does not fit the series. There were levels in SP: Double Agent where stealth was pushed to the background but it worked because it allowed other aspects of the series to shine, such as the great controls, Sam's gadgets and moves, ect. But now those aspects are nonexistant.
These games used to involve strategy. They used to have intelligence. Now, when you have to shoot an enemy you just push a button, no aiming, no strategy. This is the new 'mark and execute' feature. Also, when you actually are using stealth, all of the effort is taken out of your hands. Want to move from cover to cover? Just press A. Sam will sprint and slide there without any strategy or actual work on your behalf. It seems that the makers of these games decided to willingly give in to the hoards of GTA loving junior highschoolers that generally crave nothing more than mindless violence. SP is now just another dime 'a dozen shoot 'em up game. The only things that make it original are lackluster and pointless. The new 'interrogation' sequences are mindless. Push a button and watch Sam smash a dude into a urinal. Is this exciting and groundbreaking gameplay???
Now, I'm not saying Conviction is an awful game. It may be a decent action/shooter but that is not what this series is supposed to be! Chaos Theory was rated the best XBOX game ever... and now all of a sudden the series is rebooted??? Imagine how awesome a Chaos Theory-like SP game would have been on the 360. The potential was unlimited. I can only imagine what this series could have and should have been. Some reviewers rejoice: "Finally! A Splinter Cell for the rest of us!" ... Well that's great. I'm happy for you... but where's the Splinter Cell for those of us who have loved and supported this series all along? Apparently we don't matter as much.
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Initial post: Jun 12, 2010 3:48:24 PM PDT
D. Stewart says:
one star rating which you gave it means it's awful. Either way I haven't played it. I may give it a try as I see the price dropping more and more. I wouldn't pay anywhere near full price for it.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2010 3:12:37 PM PDT
True, but the one star was mainly due to my dissapointment. If it were not advertised as a Spinter Cell game I may have given it a higher score. In any case though it is an over-rated game... hence the two star rating for the level of fun.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2010 4:48:55 PM PDT
Chip L says:
I agree this is a complete departure from the franchise's history. I would probably give it 2 stars. The co-op is worth playing, and I think on the hardest levels the game poses something of a challenge.
Overall, the mark-and-execute feature changes gameplay totally. Terming it the "win button" is pretty accurate. I hated the new goggles that only work when you're completely still - and the lack of night vision and heat vision is totally without merit.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2010 4:52:27 AM PDT
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Posted on Jun 17, 2010 4:53:58 AM PDT
K. Felton says:
Agent 007, I agree with your review 110%. Conviction is so NOT a Splinter Cell game. I've been a fan of the Splinter Cell series since the very beginning back in 2002, and there hasn't been a single SP game that I didn't like...until now. Like you said, if the game wasn't titled "Splinter Cell" it would have been a decent game. There's very little stealth or strategy. This is certainly not the thinking mans game lol (no offense to anyone else). I'm giving you 5 stars for an honest review lol :-)
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2010 7:34:15 AM PDT
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Elli D. says:
K. Kelton did you even play the game all the way through or did you go thought the first level and shoot your controller in disgust. True you can just run in and start shooting but that usually results in your death. Splinter Cell has been all about deciding when and how to react to a situation which is exactly what they captured in this game. I was skeptical too when I saw how the gameplay had changed but they truly have changed the gameplay while retaining the old Splinter Cell spirit. True all guards are easy as pie to take out as individuals but when they all are aware of your prescense it becomes increasingly harder to take out any guards. You have to plan how to stay undetected for as long as possible.Running from cover to cover is not as easy as it sounds as runnning through an enemy's or a turret's flashlight results in an alert. One thing I never understood about the original was how inconsistent guard behavior was, you take out one they see his body but then they eventually forget about it and resume their boring patrol. Strategy is not just sitting in the shadows for an hour for a guard to turn his back or forget you're there because you but your foot down too fast. So yes this does deserve to be called a Splinter Cell game, probably the best, they changed the gameplay yet still retaining a level of strategy to it.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2010 12:48:54 PM PDT
Its amazing to me that people give this game such high reviews. I respect differing opinions but I honestly cannot understand how someone can say this game is the best Splinter Cell yet when it is barely a Splinter Cell game. Chaos Theory was hailed as the best xbox game ever... what happened to the fan base of this series?
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 14, 2010 8:38:39 AM PDT
Elli D. says:
007 again your generalizing and letting your opinion effect your judgement just because you don't believe this game is good doesn't mean anyone who enjoyed the game is an idiot. Look closely at what your saying, you are entitled to your opinion but don't throw insults at the fan base of this game.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2010 11:32:38 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 18, 2010 11:34:42 PM PDT
I think you may be putting words in my mouth. I never at any point in my review called anyone an idiot. My intention was not to insult the fanbase of this game but rather to speak for the original fanbase for this series of games. If you like this game that's great, like I said: I'm happy for you, but even a fan of this game has to admit it is significantly dumbed down from the previous four. And again, I am not trying to insult anyone. I am a fan of some dumbed down games too... just not the ones that ruin a previously great (and previously, not dumbed down) video game series.
Posted on Aug 5, 2010 8:56:34 AM PDT
I own every single Splinter Cell game, including Double Agent for the original Xbox. I still play Chaos theory and both Double Agents on a regular basis. I will agree Conviction it was dumbed down, but I still get plenty of enjoyment from the game. From the stellar presentation all the way to a successful Coop experience, it was a definite 4/5 stars game. I really hope they incorporate the ability to hide bodies in the upcoming game though... and please PLEASE Ubisoft, make the next single player campaign at least 15 hours long!!!