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The gameplay: Incredible! This game should easily win game of the year! Why? It's so realistic, so breathtaking, so nerve wracking at times that you really feel that you are Sam Fisher. Here are the basic moves: You can crouch, roll (to move quickly through one area without being seen), jump, double jump (jump off a wall to cling on to a pipe at the top), split jump (where your up against the wall doing the splits. You cant then jump down in surprise and knock out your enemy, or shoot him), cling to pipes (and move around, even hang from it while shooting down a guard). Those are just a few! You can knock people out, put a gun to their head and interrogate them. Use people as human shields, hide against walls, knockout anybody, slide down a wire, etc... So many moves, all so very cool, you'll really feel like a secret agent. Now with these moves, you must make it through dozens of levels to prevent a war from happening. If caught, the U.S. will have nothing to do with u. You're on your own.
Gadgets: Thankfully, with these awsome moves, you have perhaps the coolest gadgets ever thought up. You have gadgets to unlock doors, look under the door, climb walls, shock people to death, etc... So many cool gadgets! You'll need every one of them to get through this war. But that's not all! You later on get cameras that you can shoot into a room to see everything before you enter, giving you time to plan, think, etc... These cameras though (so cool) can also, when pressing the red B button, make a loud whistling sound that will attract guards.Read more ›
However I did not find it to be the game to end all games. Much of the campaign is scripted. Meaning some things will not happen with out the player triggering it first. This makes the game rather linear and requires some irritating trial-and error before you can pull off a perfect mission. There is also no type of multiplayer or other features to explore (would co-op be too much to ask for these days?). After you have played it once there isn't anything more to do but play it again and again, taking the same linear path to complete the objectives.
Splinter Cell however focuses on doing one thing right rather than try to do too much. Certainly it delivers a just plain cool game well worth every penny.
There have been high hopes for Splinter Cell and I think, generally, Ubi Soft have delivered. The graphics are spectacular, the sound is intense and the various movements and controls of Sam Fisher or intuitive and very easy to execute, for PC gamers anyway! However, this is not the in depth experience I was hoping to get into. A reviewer earlier talks about the whole thing being a stage and you the actor that tries to get the performance right. To be honest, that's not an unfair assessment, if a little harsh. Indeed, the point this reviewer is probably making is the fact that when HQ tell you to follow someone/get somewhere/defuse bomb etc. really quickly, their words are quite hollow. To explain this I will detail one of the levels. You are on an oil rig swinging from pipe to pipe to get to the main platform. Your CO shouts on the intercom that you must get to a certain point quickly before the whole thing blows. Well, I hung around for about 5 mins deciding where to go and then when I finally got there the whole thing did blow in what I can only describe as a pre-scripted marker. Unfortunately, this theme runs throughout the game. The CO says it's urgent, you run like a headless chicken to solve problem and get blasted. You quick save then load and take a bit longer. You then discover that it doesn't matter how long you take to reach a certain point, the action will only happen when you get there. This is an extremely weak point in the game and really dissolves any sense of tension. Games like Thief and Hitman 2 in particular do not contain any of this pre-srcipted scene setting and (not to sound too much like a snob) PC gamers will notice this very early on.Read more ›
The game contains only nine levels plus training, at first I thought the game was going to be extremely short but after playing it I realized each level was around two or even three levels in a normal game. It came on three CD�s so that should have been a clue to. (88%)
The graphics in this game put all third person video and computer games to shame. Not just the crispness and the sharpness of the graphics but also their attention to details. If you stand next to a chain linked fence your shadow is disrupted by the chains, something I never seen the programmers take time to do. In thermal vision if you kill someone you will see their body heat drain from their body. If you walk in some mud then into a building you will see footprints with the tiny details that you would expect to see in real life. (97%)
The sound effects are quite necessary to the game being based on stealth. You will learn to listen for the buzz of the camera, the mechanical sound of a gun turret, the footsteps of an approaching enemy, and the hum of a computer. All these have a distinct sound and let you identify the situation of the next room before even entering. Since this is based on stealth you will not hear any music unless your cover is blown, when the music is playing thought it�s quite enjoyable. (90%)
I will break this into three sections �Moves� �Weapons and Gadgets� and �Level Design�
The game features so many different moves that I have isolated this segment. The game features few keys meaning that most moves are key combinations, easier to remember but harder to perform.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The first Splintercell this seemed like an unreal game for me when I first got it. They had Micheal Ironside as Sam Fisher who I recognized from movie. Read morePublished 19 months ago by RHeck
Tom Clancy and these types of video games are two of my favorite things, so I play them frequently. Splinter Cell is one of the better older versions to play. Read morePublished on July 13, 2014 by Barb
Not a steam download like other games i have bought for PC on Amazon but still great buy for the price. Also not Controller comapatible.Published on July 2, 2014 by Carlos
I remember buying this for Xbox when it came out and It still fun to play and according to the headliner major nostalgiaPublished on February 26, 2014 by Cameron Masucci
I played this game about 10 years ago on Xbox but never fully completed the game. I saw it cheap and bought it and enjoyed the game, no problem playing it on my Windows 7 64-bit... Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by Tim Wheeler
Great game, takes a bit of patience to get things right sometimes but all in all, one of the best games Ive ever played.Published on December 21, 2013 by Zippy