This game was purchased for my husband and reviewed by him. As a big splinter cell fan, I was excited to see the new one coming out. Dispite all the bugs we purchased the game right away. So far, no freezing. But overall the game has been a HUGE disappointment! It's as if in an attempt to simplify the actions they have made too many things work off the same button and you constantly have to watch what you are doing before you press anything. On top of that you have lost so many of the things that added to the stealth of the game and made it enjoyable.
-You can't throw items to distract enemys. Such as cans, bottles and rocks, like you could in the last two. -You can't whistle to get someones attention. -You are missing your night vision and infrared. -Can not taser or shoot rubber bullets.
-When you open a door, he stands in the doorway making you totally visible to enemies. -If you are standing close to any pain of glass or breakable object, when you jump down from something it will break and you will become detected. -Walking next to windows it will give you the option to "open the window", then all of a sudden it will change to "jump". Why would you want to jump through a window! So, of course the window breaks and they detect you.
After reading site reviews, it just seems as if this games objective is TOTALLY different than the first. But they really should have released this under a different title. If you are looking to buy this game because you enjoyed the previous additions, then don't. You too will be disappointed. Even that being said, it was very poorly written and the glitches make it very hard to play through smoothly.
Over all you just have to REALLY watch your EVERY action! The first two games you felt like you were playing a game with character that knew how to act like a spy. You were still in control, but his moves made it easier to move through the game stragicly. Now he just acts like he's never done this before. Sometimes he jumps off something and stays in the crouching position and sometimes he stands up right in someones line of sight. It make no sense and with limited actions, it makes it very hard to control. Also whoever designed the layout of the game, how the maps are configured and where you can hide or be seen, really had no idea what they were doing. It's really very sad. Needless to say this game will be traded in, probably before completion.