Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
It's another day at the office for Sam Fisher in Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, but don't come in expecting casual Fridays. Instead, expect international espionage action complete with all the shifty shadows that's made the Splinter Cell franchise such a hit.
The big shift in Chaos Theory is that it's not such an incredibly linear experience anymore. You can tackle mission objectives a few different ways, opting either to be sneaky, silent, and not all that violent, or you can just throw caution to the wind and kill anyone and everyone you see. In a way, it helps offer a bit more freedom since Sam Fisher was usually under a no kill policy in the first two Splinter Cell titles, but now it's up to your discretion whether or not you want to dole out the punishment.
Sam Fisher no longer has to rely on his elbow of steel to take out alerted enemies; now, he has a knife, and boy, what a knife it is. Such a simple advancements makes a much bigger impact on the game than you would think; it does a lot to alleviate the sometimes-painful difficulty level found in the last two Splinter Cell titles, especially since it's rare where you're put into instances where one screw up will put your entire mission in jeopardy.
The spies/mercenaries mode makes a return in Chaos Theory, and it's just as fun as it was in Pandora Tomorrow. A few new maps and gadgetry have been thrown into the mix, but otherwise, it's the same thing - and by that, I mean it's a hell of a lot of fun. A decent tutorial mode will help sink newcomers into the experience as well.
The versus mode may have the stole the show in Pandora Tomorrow, but the new co-op mode is the real star of the show in Chaos Theory. Unlike most co-op modes found in other games, these co-op missions don't just throw another player into the mix of the single player game; no, the co-op missions are specifically tailored to take advantage of the interaction between the two players, so that in order to complete each mission, the two of you will have to stick together and, more importantly, work together. Unfortunately, the co-op mode comes to an abrupt end right where you think the climax of the game is about to begin, but even so, it's an absolute blast, online or off.
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory has an incredibly realistic quality that, when combined with the series' hallmark of incredible lighting and shadowing effects, will easily immerse you into Sam Fisher's world.
It's hard to find any major faults with Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, but the polished and refined qualities shine right through. If you mildly enjoyed or even mildly disliked the last two Splinter Cell titles, chances are you'll dig Chaos Theory.
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