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

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.

In the video, cinematic director David Footman speaks about the game, revealing that "the stakes have been raised" in terms of the imminent terrorist threat, and that it's set to be the biggest Splinter Cell yet. (Whether that's in level size, length, or some other factor is unclear.) He also goes to greath lengths to reassure fans of the sneakier earlier games that Sam Fisher hasn't abandoned stealth yet, despite this video's evidence to the contrary. We should expect some stealthier videos further down the line, apparently, in advance of the game's August release.

Tom Sykes

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.