Review by PunkyV2

"Not what you expect."

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction picks up on yet another Sam Fisher story. Conviction takes place after Splinter Cell: Double Agent and is by far one hell of a ride. Although the story is very short, it is easily forgiven by the incredible Co-op mode.

You pick up another great Sam Fisher story. But with Conviction, its a different tale. You play what appears to be a narrative, narrated by one of Same Fisher's friends. As you progress through the story, you'll realize that it will jump time. One moment you could be watching a cut-scene in the present, and then the next you'll see 24 hours into the future. Truly a unique feature.

The campaign mode is both fun and a pain in the arse. While most missions are great for stealth and action. Some are boring and just require you to interrogate people. The interrogations are sadly pretty lame. It is a cool concept for about the first three missions, but after that it's just annoying to keep having to listen to the boring dialogue were the people just explain stuff that you A, already know, or B, is pointless knowledge.

Stealth mode in this game sadly doesn't play that big of a role. You pretty much have the option to be stealthy, unlike most Splinter Cell games. However, walking around in the shadows one shooting people in the face is always a blast, there just isn't enough of it in this game. Most of the time you can just pull out your shotgun and blow the enemies away. In fact, there is a part of a mission that encourages it. It starts to feel like Gears of War after a while of just hiding behind a counter blind firing a shotgun at waves of enemies.

Co-op mode really shines in Splinter Cell: Conviction. You can either split screen, system link, or connect with a friend via Xbox Live. Co-op mode has its very own campaign also. The campaign is based before the solo Conviction campaign. Playing co-op truly brings out the best of your stealth abilities. You'll need to stay close to your partner almost all the time and help each other open doors, kill enemies, and even interrogate people. Oddly, the interrogating in co-op is much cooler just because of some of the things you'll do to the enemy. You can be shoving him into a closet and slamming the door, to burning his face on a stove.

Xbox Live is also a key feature to Convictions excellent gameplay. There are four different game modes. First there is Face-off, this mode allows you to verse hordes of enemies while still trying to fend off your opponent, an enemy spy. You will play as the same characters from co-op, Krestel and Archer. Next up is Hunter, this is a sort of mode that you hunt down enemies with the companionship of your teammate. This mode gets old pretty fast, but it is still entertaining at best. Third there is Last Stand, is another horde mode. Last Stand throws 20 waves of different enemies at you and takes a very very long time to complete on even the easiest game mode. Probably the most repetitive mode. Last but not least is Infiltration. Sadly this game mode only comes with the special edition, so I will not really be explaining it. But if you did not buy the special edition of Splinter Cell: Conviction your not missing much.

Overall, Splinter Cell: Conviction is fantastic stealth game in all of its game types. With the incredible Co-op mode sticking way ahead of all the others. Even though the solo campaign story is short, it's still an excellently written and executed story. With some new features and an entertaining online mode, Splinter Cell: Conviction will keep you playing for a while.

Positives:
+ Amazing Co-op missions.
+ Great story telling.
+ Entertaining multiplayer.

Negatives:
- Some what laggy frame rate.
- Story is short.


Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 04/19/10

Game Release: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction (US, 04/13/10)


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