Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory Image
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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] Expand
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