Review by DeDavester
"Feeling especially sneaky? Just wanna blast your way through some baddies? Either way, this is perfect for you."
You are Sam Fisher, front man of Third Echelon with the fifth freedom. You work alone. You kill to prevent the deaths of others. Few have seen you. Even fewer have lived to talk about it. You are a Splinter Cell.
This is what it's all about. The controls are amazingly responsive. You tell Sam to punch someone in the back of the head, he'll do it without the blink of an eye. And punching isn't all you can do. You can dispose of your enemies hundreds of different ways, or if you chose to you can not dispose of any. You could simply stalk your way through the missions sticking to the shadows and end up completely fine. In fact, the game encourages you to use as little violence as possible, so to all those soccer moms out there. BUY THIS GAME FOR YOUR CHILDREN.
Unlike the previous in this trilogy, the story changes depending on how you do. If you don't complete a side mission in one level, that will affect others to come. This adds another level of depth and replayability, but I'll talk about that later.
All your favourite characters from the previous games are back, plus some. Throughout your mission, no matter how serious, there will often be some snappy funny banter. Also, if you take your time taking out the bad guys, you can listen to their conversations which will often be hilarious.
Perhaps one of the most notable aspects to this game is its graphics. It feels so real, and I even had to get a brand new video card just to meet the minimum requirements. The shadowing is done perfectly, and your night and heat vision works seamlessly throughout the levels. Everything from your gun, to the hair on the back of a soldiers head looks better than real life.
Another 10 on the scale. The sound is so real, it'll have you jumping when in a sensitive part of a mission, you hear the loud ra-ta-ta-ta of an automated gun turret. Every step taken in the game has a crunch to go along with it, and the ambient noise just adds to the reality of the game environment.
Replayability/Game Time (9.5/10)
Although the missions go kind of sour after the tenth time, and the online play is limited to those with extremely fast connections, it can still be enjoyed over and over. Missions can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 120. It all depends on how you choose to play.
This game is absolutely outstanding in every way. I strongly believe that this is the best game even made for PC, and possibly the best game ever.
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 06/12/06
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