Review by WaterMario222
"The game doesn't live up to its name"
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory is an Action game released to North America, Europe and Japan in the year 2005.
Though Chaos Theory may bring some discussion about whether or not Sam Fisher (who you control) has changed through the console-DS port, for the most part, you'll be familiar with his specialty moves and tricks. There is a wide range of abilities that he can use such as using "zip line". Depending on the situation he can also barrel roll, which'll help him move with more ease in tough places. You'll find items scattered around the mission, necessary tools that'll help you accomplish the objective. This game can be finished within an hour if everything's been done correctly. On the other hand, perfectionists will have some exploring to do around the bases. One thing's for sure, whether you choose the former or latter method, you'll have plenty of FPS action. The downfall? It becomes repetitive after the first play-through.
Although the DS doesn't have the prettiest visuals, this game makes bad use of it, by making the enemies, backgrounds, environments, items, and people look too unrealistic and dumb. The graphics of this game look like the Game Boy Color graphics, which unfortunately, is repetitive. Ultimately, the horrible graphics will decrease the overall score of this game, and also makes you ponder ways to tell a person from a box.
Sometimes, I feel that this game tries to go beyond the extent of the DS. The sound attempted to sound like the console version, but instead, altogether sounded like an ugly gun game. At some points, the music does suit the game well, but for the most part, it's as mediocre as the sound. You'll get typical stealth music from this game, so feel free to turn down the volume when you play, because you won't be missing a single thing.
This isn't the greatest story to come to the series, and it seems that the plot has been overused in many games. The cut-scenes are far from perfection and the story feels rushed after you beat the game. It isn't anything to take note of, but on the other hand, it isn't too bad.
After playing the game and finishing it, you'll feel that something's missing. Whether it's the plot of the story, or the lack of excitement, this game isn't for everybody. In fact, it isn't for almost anybody. Only those who can withstand horrible graphics, mediocre music, and an average story, along with typical action scenes can find something to love in this game. Otherwise, wait for a different game.
Reviewer's Rating: 3.0 - Fair
Originally Posted: 07/11/05
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