Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist
|a game by||Ubisoft|
|Platforms:||PC, Playstation 3|
|Editor Rating:||8.3/10, based on 2 reviews, 1 review is shown|
|User Rating:||10.0/10 - 4 votes|
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|See also:||Tom Clancy’s Games|
There was a time when a new game in this series was a big deal and I was very excited for Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist. It was a direct sequel to the last game which was why I was all in on this. While not many people look back on this game, the fact of the matter is at the time, this was a big deal and most people (myself included) were very happy with what this game turned out to be.
Who Are You?
One of the main criticisms thrown the way of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist was that the voice actor for Sam had been changed. I get it, I really do. It was quite jarring to hear Sam Fisher sound so different from what we were used to. It made the story a bit harder to get invested in, I know that sounds harsh, but Michael Ironside did such a great job in making Sam feel like a real character, you got very invested in the story.
Terrorizing All Over The World
Speaking of the story, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist has you going all over the world from small villages to big cities. There is a terrorist plot, missing weapons, a new terrorist group, and so on. You know the deal; I found the story in this game to be one of the most uninspired ones in the series. It is an action-packed, Michael Bay kind of story, but it just feels a step back from Conviction.
Stealth Or Force?
The first couple of Splinter Cell games were all about stealth and that was what drew so many people to the series. As the game progressed, action started to become a more prominent trait of the series. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist is once again a game that is full of action, but they do give you the tools to play the game stealthier if you wish. You get more points for using stealth so there is a reason to be doing it. The gameplay is nice and tight and I really do think that they managed to offer both stealth and action routes in the game very well.
Stealth With Friends
The multiplayer on offer here (which I am not sure if are still playable) were fantastic back in the day. You have the awesome Spies vs Mercs mode that started back in Pandora Tomorrow. The idea is that you are on a team of spies or mercs and you have to use your gadgets and teamwork to try and win the match. You also can play the game in co-op and this is done pretty well too. It was impressive to see what in theory should have been just a single-player experience offer such a solid multiplayer selection.
I am not sure why Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist does not get the love that it deserves. I will admit that the change of voice actor at the time was really jarring and it did make it harder to take the story. Still, this is a very well-made game that has sky-high production values and it offers a nice mixture of balls to the wall action with stealth-based gameplay.
- It feels like you are in a Hollywood action movie
- The gameplay feels tight
- It offers action and stealth sections
- Back in the day, the multiplayer was awesome
- The new voice actor for Sam is not bad, but he is certainly very different
- Not sure if you can still play this online