Published on April 20th, 2010 | by Patrick Lighthall0
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction
Despite delays getting into store shelves, Ubisoft and their affiliates have delivered an outstanding next installment to the Sam Fisher storyline with Splinter Cell Conviction. Revamping the series with a new â€œmark and executeâ€ system and color-changing stealth movements, Splinter Cell Conviction combines exciting new action sequences with stealth elements that have defined the series.
Sticking to the standard Tom Clancy storylines, Sam Fisherâ€™s relationship with his daughter and Third Echelon take various unforeseen twists and turns to uncover the truth. Framed by one of Samâ€™s close friends, the flashback story slowly unfolds as you play through each of the defining plot moments.
Splinter Cell Conviction changes from colorfully stunning and vibrant environments to black and white stealth as you move quietly amongst the shadows. Overall, this feature works well and quickly assists the player when they are moving through each level. The shift happens seamlessly and lets you know that your slow approach on an unsuspecting enemy will go unnoticed. Unfortunately, the framed wavy transition from color to black and white (and then back) can be distracting from vital enemy targets.
The new â€œmark and executeâ€ system truly redefines the Splinter Cell series. When entering an area, you can mark targets easily and take them down silently when they get into view. The controls for this and the rest of the game work very well and keep you moving Sam quickly and quietly throughout each environment. Familiar guns and gadgets return for some satisfying ways to take down enemies.
Guns and gadgets can be upgraded at various points throughout the game, allowing you to use points earned for special kills and tactics to enhance your arsenal. Ranging from silenced pistols to outright shotguns and rifles, you can use Sam as a stealth mercenary or window blasting soldier.
Just like previous games in the series, Splinter Cell Conviction gives players a multitude of ways to sneak around, take down, and interrogate enemies. Whether you are throwing sticky cameras, climbing pipes into warehouses, or throwing suspects into mirrors to get them to talk, Splinter Cell Conviction delivers an outstanding gaming experience. Stunningly beautiful and artistically rendered, the game immerses you in each environment.
Despite a few setbacks in storyline and color-transition, Splinter Cell Conviction is definitely worth the buy. Helped along with another quality cooperative mode, Splinter Cell Conviction throws an outstanding combination of stealth and action that will keep you sneaking around for a long time.