Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist

Splinter Cell: Blacklist review

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Splinter Cell: Blacklist is a stealth game of the robust, rule-based kind, where each environment is a puzzle waiting to be cracked. You slip snake cameras under doors or use sonar vision to get the lay of the land. Then, you pick a route and use the gadgets you’ve brought with you to eliminate each guard in order. Blacklist has more of old Splinter Cell in it than Conviction did, but it’s not a perfect revival of the series.

It’d really like it if you saw it that way, however. Sam Fisher has been plucked out of retirement, shaved, given some moisturiser, and plonked in charge of Fourth Echelon, a younger and sexier take on the spy agency from the original games. 4E roams the world in Paladin, a spy plane that enables Sam and a gang of new and old sidekicks to breach international law wherever and whenever they please.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist trailer promises 100 ways to play, shows off a few of them

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This is more like it. So much of Splinter Cell: Blacklist's pre-release promotion has focused on plot, and characters, and lines like "we’re going to stop all the attacks”. Finally, we get a proper look at an aspect of the game it's worth caring about: the scope and variety with which you can approach each encounter. The "100 Ways to play" trailer might not offer quite that number of unique conflict resolutions, but it's still an encouraging look at what playing the game will involve.


Splinter Cell: Blacklist trailer explains the game in exhaustive detail

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There have been roughly seventy gajillion Blacklist trailers, all of which have merged in my memory into a grimdark blob of third-rate Bauerisms, torture, and static-laden TV screens. This latest one now supersedes its predecessors, by explaining every part of the game systematically over seven minutes. Unfortunately, it's delivered by a wet-blanket cliche of a wise-cracking nerd guy, with a voice so bland that it's impossible to focus on the information he imparts. Hopefully, your eyes will be able to fill in the gaps.


Splinter Cell: Blacklist multiplayer footage is full of men crawling around a dark room

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Ubisoft are inviting you to spend eight minutes in a darkened room. No, this isn't some sort of revenge for not buying HAWX 2, instead they're offering to show you the less 'Classic' variant of Splinter Cell: Blacklist's Spies vs Mercs multiplayer mode. Community developer Zack Cooper and level designer director Geoff Ellenor take you through a match from the spies' perspective.


Splinter Cell Blacklist trailer: Sam Fisher is a salty ghost panther

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Sam Fisher is equally adept at sneaking, killing, and killing-while-sneaking, as the latest in Ubisoft's long-running Splinter Cell Trailer series suggests. Sneak like a sneaky Ghost, pounce like a Panther, or kill everyone like an Assault - in Blacklist, you can mix and match these methods to your murdery heart's content. Me? I'm waiting for the Zombie/Giraffe/Avinegar DLC, to see what three playstyles they bring.


It's classic spies vs. mercs in new Splinter Cell Blacklist video

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Upcoming stealthy action game Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist has released a new video detailing its Spies vs. Mercs Classic multiplayer mode. As explained by Splinter Cell community developer Zack Cooper, the Classic mode is intended to give new players a useful introduction to multiplayer in the new game.


Splinter Cell Blacklist trailer puts new voice actor through his paces, as Ironside sits it out

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I'm not convinced Splinter Cell Blacklist has anything left to show us in its many trailers, but one thing's abundantly clear: Ubisoft are going to keep making them until we give in to their insane demands. (Their demands being that we 'buy Splinter Cell Blacklist', and 'please give Rayman another chance'). Their latest attempts to get us used to Sam Fisher's new, non-Ironsidian voice actor, who certainly sounds younger than his gravel-throated predecessor.


Splinter Cell's popularity is held back by its complexity, says Blacklist studio head

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Splinter Cell: Conviction may have starred a more action-heavy version of Sam Fisher than was seen in his Third Echelon days, but - even with its lighter, more fluid stealth systems - Ubisoft's Jade Raymond thinks its complexity has still had an effect on the series' appeal. Speaking to Eurogamer, the Ubisoft Toronto managing director said the games' comparative difficulty has made them less popular to modern audiences.


Splinter Cell: Blacklist trailer reveals Fisher's abilities - mostly sneaking and shooting

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Back in January, Splinter Cell: Blacklist'sInauguration Trailer took an early lead for my favourite dumb trailer experience of the year, thanks to its exceptional use of the line: "we're going to stop all the attacks. Here, in the Abilities trailer, their "We are going to take it all back" is a clear attempt at capturing the old magic with another hyperbolic and logistically improbable use of "all". Still, the filtered voice of what I assume is the gruff bad guy just isn't selling the delivery. A disappointment for fans of meaninglessly overwrought dialogue, then.

Fans of the game might still want to check it out, though, because it also contains some footage of that.


PC Gamer UK April issue: The Witcher 3

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Spring seems reluctant to arrive this year. Is it because of the increasingly erratic meteorological conditions resulting from climate change? Or is it because of FROST GIANTS?!?! We know what we think, and no vast body of evidence and scientific consensus is going to convince us otherwise - particularly not now that we've gone and featured such a mythic beast as the cover star of issue 251 of PC Gamer UK. He's one of the many gruesome gribblies you might encounter in The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, to which we've dedicated a massive preview. There's lots more besides: we get on board with Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, voyage to the edge of known space in Wildstar and screech through the skies in Divinity: Dragon Commander.

All that AND the mag comes with £8 worth of PlanetSide 2 items!

Issue 251 should be on shelves today, but you can nab it from the App Store, Google Play and Zinio too. Of course, you could always subscribe and get each issue delivered to your door! Hit the jump to see the exclusive subs cover to fully appreciate the majesty of our new ice-dwelling overlord. Then discover what other treats await: news, previews, reviews, retrospectives, tech tests and much more!


New Splinter Cell Blacklist video features ziplines, human shields, a crossbow

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I prefer my stealth games with a little less action and a little more sneaking, but this assassination-heavy video for Splinter Cell: Blacklist cares to disagree. The eight-minute-long trailer (courtesy of VG24/7) features ze goggles, creeping, and a lot of bad-guy removal, plus a surprise appearance by former president George Bush.