Splinter Cell returns with 'mad, bad, dangerous' fun in Blacklist
Tom Clancy's stealth action video game series is back with a glorious game of cat and mouse
What you need to know The sixth instalment of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell stealth-action video game series has been released in the UK. Splinter Cell: Blacklist is designed by the Toronto-based Ubisoft studio for Windows, Playstation, Xbox and Wii.
The Splinter Cell games, first released in 2002, tie in with novels by Tom Clancy. The protagonist, Sam Fisher, is a US special agent in a fictional black-ops unit within the NSA.
In Blacklist, Fisher and his team must hunt down a group of twelve terrorists calling themselves "The Engineers" after they initiate a series of deadly on United States assets called "The Blacklist". There are single, co-op and multiplayer modes.
What the critics like Combining a blockbuster tone with action and stealth Blacklist "is mad, sometimes bad and unquestionably dangerous, but also unashamedly fun", says Ian Ford in The Guardian. The Spies v Mercs multiplayer mode is a glorious game of cat and mouse unparalleled anywhere else online.
Blacklist is a "sweet middle ground" between the action of the Conviction instalment and the stealth of Chaos Theory, says Ryan McCaffrey on IGN. The delightful compromise is due to the game design which is all about choice and makes it worth replaying the campaign with an alternate playstyle.
Blacklist is the most enjoyable Splinter Cell outing since Chaos Theory, says Oliver Franklin in GQ. The game returns to its shadowy roots, and allows you to choose to sneak by unnoticed for a "Ghost" rating, knock out your foes for "Panther" awards, or go in guns blazing.
What they don’t like The cat-and-mouse action is rewarding, but Blacklist "squanders the power of video games to enable players to explore virtually real-world spaces they’re unlikely to ever visit", says Stephen Totilo in the New York Times. Each dangerous place is mere set-dressing for interactive hiding, stalking and escaping. ·