Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell - Blacklist
The United States has a military presence in two-thirds of countries around the world, and some of them have had enough. A group of terrorists calling themselves The Engineers have had enough and initiate a terror ultimatum called the Blacklist - a deadly countdown of escalating attacks on U.S. interests.
Operate Without Restrictions: Sam is back in his tactical suit and goggles, and he’s more lethal and agile than ever. Granted the freedom to do whatever it takes to stop the Blacklist, Sam flies from exotic locales to U.S. cities as he races against the clock to find out who’s behind this devastating threat.
Own Your Play Style: Splinter Cell Blacklist builds on the stealth roots of the franchise, while exploring new directions to embrace the realms of action and adventure. Players can define their personal play styles and be rewarded for those choices.
Ghost players want to remain undetected.
Assault players rely on instincts and frontal blow to deal with a situation.
Panther players look for lethality in the most efficient and silent way.
Tools of the Trade: Take down The Engineers by using new gadgets such as the upgraded Snake Cam and Micro-trirotor Drone. Splinter Cell Blacklist is also bringing back fan-favorites like the Sticky Shocker and the brutal, curved Karambit knife. Fans of stealth will be happy to make the most of Sam’s sneaking abilities to abduct and carry enemies, while Killing In Motion allows the player to strike with surgical precision by marking and executing multiple enemies in one fluid motion.
Build a New Echelon: Sam is building a whole new Echelon unit; his team, his way. Anna “Grim” Grimsdottir is his technical operations manager, CIA operative Isaac Briggs brings additional firepower, and resident hacker Charlie Cole rounds out the crew. 4th Echelon is a fully mobile ops unit with unlimited resources and cutting-edge technology aboard the repurposed stealth airliner, the Paladin.
Enjoy a Fully Integrated Experience: Sam and his team are aware of terrorist attacks in real time thanks to the Strategic Mission Interface (SMI). The SMI allows 4th Echelon to receive data about mission objectives while on the move. With the SMI, players can take advantage of the universal game economy system that allows players to fully customize and upgrade Sam, his suit, goggles, weapons, the Paladin and much more.
Spies vs. Mercs Returns: Spies vs. Mercs is back with an new take on asymmetrical gameplay. Players will be able to face off in teams of 4 all the while creating their very own Spy or Merc according to their playstyles via thorough customization elements. The original Classic Spies vs. Mercs experience also makes its long awaited comeback for the fans.
COOP: With the SMI, the lines are blurred between the single campaign and COOP as the narrative is deepened with Sam and Briggs. Earn in-game currency and unlock additional weapons or gadgets via specialized missions assigned by Grim, Briggs, Charlie and Kobin.
Great Comeback For Sam Fisher!Kezzz | Nov. 13, 2013 | See all Kezzz's reviews »
I was a bit skeptical about this release after seeing it being demoed at E3. It felt like it looked and played a little too much like Conviction which was frankly nothing to do with what Splinter Cell was. However Ubisoft proved me wrong and they could have possibly listened to the Splinter Cell fans this time round. It has that modern, casual conviction feel mixed with the good old Sam Fisher Splinter Cell Chaos Theory gameplay. Some of the levels are brilliantly designed and the story mode alone is massive. Graphically it is very stunning, just the opening scene got my eyes wanting more. Stealth is definitely back to its roots with this franchise and none of this hero rubbish that we saw in the last installment. The characters have some "heat" between each other (Grim/Fisher) but they work well together during the campaign. I do like how characters have specific unlocks that can help upgrade weapons, their plane, medical/armor and much more. One big gripe that isn't specifically about the game is the fact that it uses Uplay. I hate that client and just wish it was for Steam. So much DRM and hassle. But don't let that stop you from buying the game.
One of the best of the seriescor_sleep | Nov. 7, 2013 | See all cor_sleep's reviews »
I was a fan of this series from the very first game. Till Conviction the fifth of the series was kinda disappointment. The game changed into something casual feelings, and couldn't say it's a stealth based game. there were only two levels of darkness not like old games. Bright and dark. I understand the old series with various levels of darkness, were too hard for most casual gamers, but I still couldn't accept it as a Splinter Cell. What makes Splinter Cell is tensions, seek and hide, lights and shadows, not action packed gameplay. Well anyway I enjoyed Conviction at that time.
Now I got Blacklist and this game is almost perfect. actually I want to say it's perfect but there are still some glitches and some missing elements. The basic gameplay is similar with Conviction. You can still do mark and excute and shoot down bad guys easily. but there are something added for old series fans. Perfectionist difficulty.
In this hardcore difficulty, you can mark but you cannot excute, and your goggle won't let you see through the walls. If you got hit few times, you will pass out instantly. You have to play hide and seek in tension to survive. Fire fight is the worst idea on this difficulty to pass through a hallway. and you can move the corpses to hide again.
The best part of this game is multiplayer, and coop. The volume of coop missions is much bigger and there are some customization elements which could gives you some opportunity to put some characteristics into your Sam Fisher or Briggs.
Multiplayer Spies vs Mercs is even better. It's a hide and seek game basically. Mercs have to find the spies and spies have to hack the three consoles on three locations in the map while perfectly cover their locations. There are not many playable maps but, the map designs are deep. worth to explore for hiding spots. It's been months I've been playing this game but still I find some new spots to hide for hacking from time to time. there is a classic SvM mode too which not allows you to customize your outfits and weapons and gadgets. means 56 leveled master player and 1 leveled newbie's going to play the game in perfectly same condition except their know-how.
Oh I forgot to mention there is not much lag even with players from overseas. I've encountered various national players while I play but there was no problem playing with them. USA, Russia, Canada, etc. and I'm Korean myself.
If you were a fan of the series, even for old ones. I recommend you to buy Blacklist. it's one of the best of the series. I say Chaos Theory is one of the best too just to let you know guys. Hope to see you on the fields soon.
A very nice gameeuskalnono | Nov. 5, 2013 | See all euskalnono's reviews »
I've played all the Splinter Cell games and this one may be the best one. You can play your own style and still be rewarded. Of course, and fortunately, the reward depends on the style. So being unoticed grants the best reward. But still, you can shoot everyone if that's why you bought the game. Between these two styles, there is another one: eliminate silently the guards, one by one. A very good idea to me !
The single campaign is really not bad, and long enough to interest you until the end. One VERY BIG FLAW for me: the interface to select the missions is very bad. I understand the good thought to present on a global map all the missions, but it is poorly done. It is then a nightmare to start again the campaign missions in the right order.
I've played during a short time the Multiplayer. It is quite fun. One good idea is that you can earn money you can invest for the single campaign (and vice-versa). However it doesn't have a lot of different game types.
Finally the co-op campaign has the merit to exist. I'm not a big fan since it's quite hard to find a serious mate to play with. But if you already got a friend, I'm sure it is a lot of fun (but difficult too !!!).
Anyway, it is for me a very good game, quite complete. Hope the series will continue that way, without the few bugs and re-thinking the interface.
Great Gamevotchamacallit | Oct. 23, 2013 | See all votchamacallit's reviews »
If you liked Chaos Theory and Conviction you will like this game. You will spend hours not only replaying missions but also multi-player.
The single player is amazing they improved and fine tuned it and took all the best things in the previous games and stuck together into this. I'm not going through the story in this review just because. Also Ubisoft better release more content later (sooner rather than later would be great and not too soon where it could be buggy but soon enough that it works and everyone is happy)
Co op is fun. But I noticed that most of the bugs in this game appear in co op more than any other mode in this game. You will spend a lot of time on this trying to get everything and perfecting your skills in the game for multi player.
If your new to the series the multi player side of things might be a hit or miss, but if you stick with it and unlock the other modes (which doesn't take to long) and unlock more weapons and gadgets and armor you will enjoy it more. The premise of the multi player is basically a cat and mouse/Hide and seek style of play for the most part. You do get team death match as well. But the most fun comes from hacking the terminals as a spy or defending them as a Merc.
Overall: I would recommend this to anyone, even if they didn't like the series to begin with I would sit them down and make them play it.
Fast Paced, Stealth Action!TK4EVA47 | Oct. 8, 2013 | See all TK4EVA47's reviews »
Splinter Cell has always been known for being one of the best stealth franchises of all time but after Conviction, many were confused on what Splinter Cell wanted to be, the answer is Splinter Cell Blacklist. With Sam Fisher now the head of 4th Echelon, he now has the ability to do what must be done to keep the US safe. What this means for gameplay is that Stealth is back with all those amazing gadgets, but many of the great features of Conviction are back, making it in (my eyes) the best Splinter Cell to date.YOU HAVE NO CHOICE NOT TO BUY IT!!!!