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  • Summary: In Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory, the year is 2008. Citywide blackouts, stock exchange sabotage, electronic hijacking of national defense systems: This is information warfare. To prevent such attacks, operatives must infiltrate hostile territory and aggressively collect critical intelligence, getting closer than ever to enemy soldiers. Through the eight level missions of the single-player campaign — one of which is exclusive to the Nintendo DS — Sam Fisher, the most elite black-ops agent of the National Security Agency, will kill from close range, attack with his combat knife, shoot with the prototype Land Warrior rifle and use radical suppression techniques such as the inverted neck-break to accomplish his duty. The Touch Screen technology allows players to manage the inventory, choose between three visions modes, maneuver the camera and interact with the minigames. The Wireless Communication of the Nintendo DS will be intensely used for the multiplayer modes: Cooperative mode for two players with five levels to explore. Each player can choose between two Shadownet expertises: Assault or Hacker. Versus mode for two to four players with seven maps available. The Versus mode places you in a war of Shadownet spies versus ARGUS mercenaries. While spies try to hack computer devices to steal important information, mercenaries must patrol and guard these stations. [Ubisoft] Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 22
  2. Negative: 9 out of 22
  1. It's long, and the levels and gameplay are solid throughout. [Aug 2005, p.85]
  2. Although buoyed by a nice touch-screen look system and a fine series of multiplayer options, the reality is that this theory rests on ground most shaky. [Aug 2005, p.56]
  3. Unfortunately the addition of the excellent multiplayer modes and the surprisingly well executed DS conversion aren't enough to make it a must-buy. [NGC Pocket]
  4. 50
    Although far from perfect, this is still shaping up to be the best portable version of Splinter Cell to come out to date.
  5. 45
    Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory tries so much, and yet fails on so many levels. Unless you're a true fan of the franchise, we'd advise you to steer clear.
  6. Any way you slice it, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory is a poor game and you’d have to be Sam Fisher’s number one fan to grab this rendition of the franchise.
  7. While the DS is a very versatile machine that can adapt to different play mechanics thanks to its stylus and touchscreen, there are some things it obviously shouldn't attempt. This is one such thing. Avoid like a trip-wire.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. CjB.
    Jul 4, 2005
    Most reviewers seem to be very bad at video games nowadays. Splinter Cell on DS blew me away. Six months ago, Metroid ruined all other First-Person games for me, because of the excellent control. Now, Splinter Cell DS has ruined all other Third-Person games for me, because it has the most precise and fluid camera I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying in this genre P.S. Put the stylus away, and use it only as a lock pick. It's easier to get the console feel of the game if you use the thumbstrap to manipulate the camera. Also, don't be afraid of touching your screen with your fingers, it makes reaching buttons effortless. Expand
  2. ChrisO.
    Jul 12, 2007
    Ok ive checked around then played friends game....WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE!!!??? its an awsome game! shure it took me a while to learn the controls but HA! its my favourite game portable with me wherever i g o! all those who rated low don't have enough fricken patience i mean really! come on people! have you ever played the other ones? theyre fun right? well this one is just as fun!! you who voted low...suck. Expand
  3. BRyanMccann
    Oct 23, 2007
    well STFU it is so easy to tell you have a psp and are from sony! I mean jease to even say wait for it to come to the psp is just crap. most games on the psp suck. the controls would suck on the psp. what shooter game that is on the psp has done good. answer really none. the thing that kills the psp is that it only has one analog stik if you want to call it that. the Ds has lots to offer too so shut up about that. now go back to your psp and watch some MSD or what ever the formate for the movies are for that worthless system. this game is great once you get a hand on the controls and I will admet it, it looks like they tried to hard to make this game great that the graphics stink. o and to go back to STFU! the only reason I would buy a psp is because that is the only system that is coming out with more games about FFVll. that where only in japan on cell phones. that is pritty sad if that is the only reason I would get a psp. people get the DS becasue it offers a diffrent look at games hello touch screen. psp is just like everyother hand held just with more better graphics. and I also rember that many better graphic handhelds challanged the great N and fell because people really dont care about graphics and they dont like the batter life on them. sorry Meta critics for giving a leature about the psp and ds but I had to get it off my chest. Expand
  4. RossC.
    Feb 26, 2006
    I quite liked this game. The graphics are fairly decent, even though they're not the best out there. The controls are OK when you get used to them, and the touch screen allows really easy camera movement. There are a few bugs that can be annoying, but if you persevere Splinter Cell CAN be a fairly enjoyable gaming experience. Expand
  5. KarlM.
    Jul 17, 2005
    Ohh Ubisoft what have you done, you have completely missed the point here. The DS is meant to be a platform for games inconcevable on any other console. This feels like good game, wrong platform. Expand
  6. Userone
    Aug 22, 2005
    Lousy control method. Dodgy frame rate. Tosh.
  7. HarrisonB.
    Jul 1, 2005
    Bad game. glitchy.

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