Review by Solution 9
"One of the best stealth action games ever... Details on your OPSAT"
The sequel to one of the best games on the PS2 is finally here! Pandora Tomorrow tosses a frag grenade directly under the feet of it's predecessor and blows it out of the water.
Gameplay: If you've played the original, then you know what you are in for, as nothing new has changed for Pandora Tomorrow. You are Sam Fisher, an agent for a counter-terror organization. You need to infiltrate various facilities, such as embassies and terror camps, and collect information about various terror plots. At times, you are on a leash, and not aloud to kill anyone. You must use your stealth skills to stay hidden. The game has a light meter that detects how visible Sam is too the guards. If you stay in the shadows, you can move freely about and not get caught. This way, you can grab the guards by the neck, drag them into the shadows, and knock them out. You are given a small number of weapons and tools to use, such as gas bombs, grenades, flash bangs, cameras, etc. F
The controls aren't very complex, but they do take some time to get used to. Of course, if you have experience with the original Splinter Cell, nothing has changed in this department.
Visuals: Simply breathtaking. The visuals in Pandora Tomorrow are brilliant. Everything is dark and incredibly detailed. The water effects in the first level, as well as the later levels, are amazing. There is no blood in Splinter Cell, which is a bit of a drag, but other than that... A+ material here.
Sound: Another great thing about Pandora Tomorrow is the music. It's not great in all areas of the game, but some of it is orchestral, and reflects the area of the world that the level takes place. When you are spotted by a guard, the music livens up and creates an exciting atmosphere. When you are roaming around in the shadows unnoticed, sometimes there is music playing, and sometimes, there is creepy ambiance in the back ground. Either way, the music sets the mood perfectly.
As for the voice acting... Well, its good and bad. Most primary characters are voiced acted flawlessly, with great amounts of emotion present in every single line. However, some of the other, less important characters are poorly voice acted. It sounds like they ran out of money, so the producers did the voice acting themselves. It's just a minor annoyance, but it's there.
The sound effects are great as well. Foot steps on the ground, in the grass, or in the water are all perfect. The gunshot sounds are great, and everything else is well done.
Fun Factor: If your a fan of stealth action games, you'll love this game. Sneaking up on a unsuspecting guard through the grass and grabbing him by the neck is so fulfilling and fun, it should be illegal. Capping a guard in the head with a hand gun is such a rush. This is one of the most entertaining times you can have with an action game. However , it does get quite difficult in the latter stages, so some people may find it aggravating
Recommendations: Stealth action fans need read no further. This game is near perfect for you. If you are not a fan of the genre, I suggest renting the game. It's such a great experience. I myself am not a fan of the genre (my experience with steal action before Splinter Cell began and ended with Metal Gear Solid), but I love the series. The great gameplay, captivating story, and excellent music are all reasons to own, or at least rent, this game. 10/10. Good show... Good show.
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 07/19/04
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