Don't Play for the Co-Opmgold07 | Feb. 11, 2014 | See all mgold07's reviews »
Like many gamers I enjoy spending time playing with friends, and often this includes co-operative play. Like many gamers, I am also a big fan of the Splinter Cell series finding it to be some rather good stealth-action gameplay, however I purchased conviction entirely for the co-op and yet the PC version of this game is so poorly constructed I am left so let down it hurts. Let me tell you first /how/ to play online on this game, is it a simple matchmaking lobby? No. Can I use tunneling software, such as Hamachi? Not as far as I can see. So how do I manage to get online? By opening up about 30 ports. This game was released in 2010 and insists on me having to open up my ports in order to play online? That's something that I don't remember having to do for a very, very long time (outside of dedicated server management and that). That is an absurd proposition to make, even worse is that as far as I can tell the game never explicitly tells you that ports must be opened, instead I had to find out by troubleshooting. Even with your ports opened, 9/10 times the online won't work for most players which begs the question "what was the point?".
Aside from my inability to actually play the co-op the game has shifted itself into a more action focused, shoot first and shoot fast form of gameplay which is really not what I play Splinter Cell for. The elements of stealth are there, and at times this game is quite enjoyable however to me it doesn't feel quite right. If you're seeking something more action oriented however, this is the perfect choice. The game also uses a new "mark and execute" feature. To gain access, you must melee kill an enemy. You are then able to mark targets, and take them down quickly. It's great for escaping tight spots or just proceeding through the game more easily. Shadows are still abundant, and lights can be disabled/shot in order to progress easier through the story. All in all, this game isn't particularly bad, but for me it doesn't hit all the right notes. Had I managed to get co-op to work I'm sure this game would have received a higher score, but shipping with such a poorly implemented feature is plain wrong and thus I have to rate this game lowly.
More simply than beforeTommyAngelo | Jan. 25, 2014 | See all TommyAngelo's reviews »
Conviction is different than earlier splinter cells. Game is much faster. In many places we must kill all opponents to end level by using mark and execute system. For me is a disadvantage that we don't have choice: kill or knockout, we must kill. I don't say game is bad, playing is satisfying. It stealth action game with emphasis on action non every splinter cell fan will like this. Levels aren't as big and open as earlier. Game have nice coop multi. In this title we don't have as many ways to end level as in Chaos Theory. But if linearity isn't obstacle for you, this game will be very good choice.
Less stealth. More actionrjb789 | Sept. 24, 2013 | See all rjb789's reviews »
Splinter cell has changed quite a bit over the years and one of these changes is from more stealth gameplay to action orientated gameplay. This is by no means a bad thing but fans of the original series may not find as much to like as newcomers will. The game focuses on the narritave which is a new direction and it pulls the story off well. The game has great graphics and sounds and the story is interesting so as long as you can deal with the lack of stealth you should get the game.
Not so stealthy anymoremichalmichal | Aug. 12, 2013 | See all michalmichal's reviews »
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction continues the story of Sam Fisher, whose daughter was killed and now his own life is also in danger. The Splinter Cell series was known for being stealth games, but now Conviction makes it much more dynamic and focuses on the narrative. Another surprising thing about this game is how enjoyable it is, especially in cooperation mode, which allows you to team up in order to deal with your enemies, preferably in a stealthy way. Even though the choice of possible moves was limited, it still does its job well. And if you get the game in its deluxe version you will gain access to additional equipment, another gameplay mode and the soundtrack. At the moment the price is so reasonable that the deluxe version should be preferable.