Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist Video Game Review (PS3)Written by Michael Siebenaler | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist (UbiSoft)
A great stealth, military-action game where players create special play styles while the “killing in motion” feature streamlines multiple takedowns on the run. Players see action in the third person perspective with co-op split screen and online (up to eight player) game modes besides the standard one player campaign. Players get 14 co-op missions among four types, which can also earn in-game currency for the single player campaign. The classic “spies vs. mercs” also returns (first seen in Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow). The single player campaign works well mainly due to the impressive mission variety.
In this latest series installment, players battle a terrorist group called “The Engineers” as protagonist Sam Fisher, voiced by Eric Johnson not Michael Ironside (Total Recall), heads the heroic Fourth Echelon group. Blacklist is the sixth installment in the Splinter Cell game series and the direct sequel to Conviction. The plot twists amaze and character development creates surprisingly emotional connections. The new tech options include remote cameras and the aerial “tri-rotor” drone that can shock enemies from far away.
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist is published by UbiSoft and developed by multiple UbiSoft studios, including Red Storm, Tom Clancy’s own video game studio, which UbiSoft originally acquired in 2000. Tom Clancy-named video games have sold over 76 million copies worldwide. It’s amazing all three game series (Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell and Rainbow Six) are still going strong – a great testament to the recently deceased Tom Clancy’s book, which serve as the originating material.
This latest installment comes highly recommended (***1/2, also available on PC, Xbox 360 (w/Kinect voice integration), and Wii U (w/ special GamePad/touch screen functions), rated M for blood and gore, drug reference, intense violence, and strong language).