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Splinter Cell: Blacklist

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Splinter Cell: Blacklist

[adsense250itp]Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist is the sixth game in the “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell” serues published by Ubisoft. The game is a sequel to the previous Splinter Cell: Conviction. It is a single-player game with a multiplayer component. It is considered a hybrid action-adventure style game with stealth elements. Splinter Cell: Blacklist will be available on the PC, PS3, Wii U and Xbox 360 platforms. It releases on Aug 20 in North America.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist was originally announced at E3 2012. The major new feature revealed was that it could be used with the Kinect.  It is the first Splinter Cell game to have this capability. Using the Kinect, the player can shout commands and call down airstrikes on locations. This feature allows the player to “throw” their voice to distract the guards. When the guards hear the voice and become distracted, it helps the player surprise attack the enemies. It makes the job as a spy a little easier. The Wii U version of Splinter Cell: Blacklist uses the GamePad, which helps the player use gadgets and display the inventory items. The GamePad enables the player to select night vision goggles from the inventory to help the player spot enemies and find their locations.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist

Splinter Cell: Blacklist

The player can also interact with the environment, for example, cutting open a tent to get to the target inside. The new gameplay feature, Killing in Motion, helps the player to highlight targets and be able to run and shoot at the enemy. The execution mode simplifies the gameplay and makes the action “pop” but not enough to distract the player from the stealth elements in the game. Also, names of locations in the game appear on the screen with the environment and show the player where they are in the game. At E3 2013, the game showcased the “spies vs. mercs” competition mode that was used in previous games. Fans of this stealth-action feature will be glad to see its return because it brings the competitive element to the multiplayer aspect of the game. It also pleases the stealth fans of multiplayer games as it has an emphasis on that element.

The story follows the events of Splinter Cell: Conviction. The main character, Sam Fisher, is promoted to spymaster and commander of the Fourth Echelon, a secret spy group working for the White House. He is trying to stop The Engineers, a group of twelve terrorists, who have a Blacklist. The Blacklist is a countdown of attacks planned on the United States’ assets. Sam Fisher has to beat the clock and stop the terrorists in the game.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist

Splinter Cell: Blacklist

Splinter Cell: Blacklist had a major change with the voice actor from the previous Splinter Cell games, Michael Ironside. He decided not to return to Splinter Cell: Blacklist. This is a big deal to hard-core Splinter Cell fans. Eric Johnson is now voicing the Sam Fisher character. Despite this disappointing fact, fans of the game will want to check out this latest installment and the pre-order choices, especially the collector’s edition. It includes a poster, graphic novel, in-game bonuses, co-op mission map and a actual remote control C-1478 Paladin multi-mission aircraft, but it comes at a hefty price of $169.99.

 

Ryan Scheller

Ryan Scheller

Associate Contributor at Gaming Illustrated
Ryan has a strong passion for video games and is a regular attendee at E3, ComicCon and BlizzCon. He graduated Loyola Marymount University 2012 in Multimedia Computer Graphics.
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