The player takes on the role of Sam Fisher, an operative for the National Security Agency's sub agency, the Third Echelon. The Third Echelon consists of many Splinter Cells. It has the support and resources of the major U.S. intelligence agencies, but will never be recognised by the U.S. government. If any cell of Third Echelon is captured or compromised the government will disavow any knowledge of its existence and the remaining members will vanish.
Fisher is inducted into the Third Echelon with an important first mission. Two CIA agents have disappeared in T'Bilisi, Georgia after investigating communications blackouts in the area. Fisher will uncover more than a couple of corpses when he infiltrates the Georgian government and unveils a threat that will have devastating consequences for the American people.
Splinter Cell is a stealth-oriented action game set in a Tom Clancy-inspired landscape. All kinds of cool high-tech gadgets are at your disposal to help you neutralise terrorist threats. Night vision, thermal vision, EM sensors, sticky cams, and other whiz-bang tech toys help you spot the bad guys, and your broad array of weapons--lethal and not--include suppressed pistols and assault rifles, sticky shock bombs, Ring-Airfoil Projectiles, and the most lethal weapon of all: Sam Fisher himself. Climb, mantle, and sneak your way through a game that won E3 2002’s “Best Action/Adventure Game” award as well as the Game Developer’s Choice Award for Excellent in Writing. With a tightly-written plot, unbeatable mechanics, and an iconic character, it’s no wonder this is the start of a long--and excellent--series.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Blood and Gore, Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Posted on 2012-05-01 09:23:41 by kwillmert:
How you guys got Ubisoft to agree to this I'll never know, but this is an excellent feather in your cap!
I own the first 3 games in this series and have played them all multiple times. They are great games to come back to every few years, and each one in the series is better than the last in terms of controls, puzzle solutions, and environments.
Though there is often a preferredread more way to advance as one reviewer commented, even in this first episode I frequently found ways to do things that I didn't see the previous play-through. Again, as another reviewer pointed out, if you get a thrill from silent take-downs or infiltrating heavily guarded facilities without being detected, you want this game (and its successors). Badly.
One final note on the series, Chaos Theory through Double Agent, I believe, are only supported on 32-bit systems, because the DRM they employ isn't compatible with 64-bit. So, these would be PRIME future targets for GoG releases. Go Gog!
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Posted on 2012-05-01 07:14:23 by orzene:
Where Thief invented the stealth genre, with it's dark corners and tense situations as you skulk about castles and dungeons, Splinter Cell took it to a new level with a 3rd person perspective, and a world-hopping conspiracy, bringing it to the forefront with innovative character movement and allowing for low-light and heat vision to identify threats in the dark and low-visibilityread more areas.
The game centers around a new branch of the NSA code named Third Echelon, where you play as Sam Fisher, an experience and grizzled agent brought in to solve a problem that threatens the US. As Sam Fisher, you delve deep into enemy territory, using the shadows to slink your way past enemies, using high-tech weaponry to keep the silence around your presence in military bases, Chinese streets, and European suburbs.
As a game that helped refresh and redefine a genre, this stealth-action game is a true classic, rewarding stealth tactics and guerrilla style approaches to problems. I highly recommend this if you love silent take-downs and listening to Michael Ironside talking aggressively.
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Posted on 2012-05-01 07:44:37 by NXMT:
Splinter Cell, was all about the sneaking. The game has an emphasis on getting by undetected by forcing you to rely heavily on your gadgets and the surroundings. Running and gunning will get you killed faster than you think and leaving a room full of TKO's will net you heightened enemies who are much harder to get by. In a sense, the game is somewhat heavily scripted as you moveread more from one checkpoint to the other and there is always, one preferred method. It does not make the game any less enjoyable but a checkpoint save system really makes you stop and think before you decide to take a potshot and deal with the consequences later. You will have to observe, plan and execute with enough finesse to avoid alerting every guard on the station.
Splinter Cell has a fairly standard popcorn movie plot in the style of government conspiracies and international terrorism but it does well at keeping your drawn in by having the incredibly classy secret agent Sam Fisher as your protagonist. The voice acting is very well done and the constant chatter between Fisher and his handlers are surprisingly engaging and can be even somewhat amusing. First timers, wouldn't have expected that in all the "seriousness" of Splinter Cell, there's a fair amount of camp. If you ever need a laugh, grab an enemy and interrogate him. The game knows when the poke at the odd joke and still keep the pacing and immersion in check.
All in all, it's a solid stealth action game that will net you several good hours to complete. It's a little clunky and sometimes very unforgiving by today's standards but still an excellent title worth picking up. If anything, it's a great way to start the series as later games just gets better in every way.
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