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Splinter Cell (PC) review

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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell (PC)

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Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell is an action stealth game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. The game was released on multiple consoles with multiple release dates, with the PC verison being released on February 19, 2003. The story follows the recent assassination of the President of Georgia and multi billionaire Kombayn Nikoladze becomes President of Georgia. Months later, Sam Fisher, former Navy Seal and Persian Gulf War vet, is called back to the National Security Alliance for work. Is this game worth looking into, or left in the shadows?

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Graphics-What truly stands out is the lighting. You can alter the playing field (somewhat) and make the area darker, which makes it harder for enemies to see you. Speaking of enemies and characters, they also look impressive, and Sam Fisher also looks good. The environments are dark and gritty, which adds atmosphere to the game.

Sound-Michael Ironside does a fantastic job voicing Sam Fisher, which makes the character even more convincing and complements Sam’s character very well. The enemies’ voices also complement the location they’re in.

Gameplay-Stealth is the emphasis of this game (more so than Metal Gear Solid). It can mean the difference between mission success and mission failure, as violence isn’t the answer. Making the place darker by turning out the lights or shooting the lights can make a difference. The enemy AI is also well done, and does take note of changes in environment.

Realism-This is what sets Metal Gear Solid apart from Splinter Cell. Splinter Cell takes on a more historical fiction approach, while Metal Gear Solid uses real life events to portray its story.

Overall-This is a classic stealth game. If you’re a fan of Tom Clancy or games, or you want a stealth game that wasn’t made by Kojima Studios, then this game is for you.

Score: 5/5

You can get Splinter Cell from Steam, GOG.com, or PSN.

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