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  • Summary: As Sam Fisher, Third Echelon's most skilled Splinter Cell operative, you are assigned to execute a hazardous series of operations to investigate and eliminate a new source of information attacks originating in North Korea. At your disposal is a lethal array of tactics ranging from Combat Knife techniques to experimental prototype weapons skills and more-radical hand-to-hand techniques such as the Inverted Chokehold. Experience the intensity of acting as a lone operative fighting tomorrow's threats in the field and of cooperating online with a partner to accomplish crucial missions. Expand
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  1. No longer is there just one way to solve a treacherous night mission before the enemy picks up your audio signature: stealth will pay off just as well as good old-fashioned ultraviolence.
  2. In all things small and epic, from the palpable graininess of the game's predominantly poorly lit environments, to the endlessly thrilling second installment of the spies vs. mercenaries online competitions, Theory does not disappoint. [May 2005, p.44]
  3. For all the new moves and multiplayer modes, it's still the same old Splinter Cell it's always been. Still tense, still frustrating, still endearing, still maddening.
  4. Yes, it is a well-designed, immersive game, but there's no reason the graphics shouldn't be better. [June 2005, p.94]
  5. The entire time I played the game, I wondered why it didn't compel me as much as I knew such a well-designed game should. I have come to the conclusion that it is because I've seen three of these games in the last couple of years.
  6. If you can't play the game on another console, it's still a great buy.
  7. The single-player campaign holds its own, no doubt, but once those short ten hours or so are up, there's nothing left for GameCube owners to do -- except to sit back and wait for another Splinter Cell game.

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  1. Feb 21, 2012
    9
    Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory is not a game for everyone, and not in the way of most people doing bad, but in the way of everyone wanting to do good. Splinter Cell makes everyone a perfectionist by the time they put down the controller and reap their rewards. For there is not a single game more rewarding than this. I've seriously never played a game in which I wanted to do so good. Playing this game I can play a level over and over again till I beat it without getting caught, without setting an alarm or dying etc. I can do this because the game works, and there is not a single better Stealth game out there. You'll be shooting sticky cameras, hanging from pipes, neutralizing enemies, disabling lights and so on. There is so much to do that the controller is riddled with combos in order to fit the complexity to your finger tips.The game is in Third Person and is all about being a spy and getting through a level without getting caught by your enemies. The enemies are also decently intelligent, and will do well to get your heart racing in moments. The gameplay is very much so slow, and doesn't let you switch things up with a firefight. It's all stealth, all the time. There are multiple places of entry into pretty much every room, and there are loads of ways to take out the enemy. The majority of the time you do better to either sneak around or neutralize them (you get more points this way). Everything is there and everything works perfectly, and it should because unlike Shooters and everything else, things are much more frustrating in a game where you lose whence getting caught once, or so it was in your mind. The Gamecube version looks great, probably the best of the three, but it's not the one worth buying for it doesn't offer the multiplayer experience. Best bets are on buying the Xbox version. The lasting appeal just isn't there for the Gamecube version like it is with the Xbox and PS2 versions. Though the campaign is worth beating multiple times. Oh yeah the story..... It's really really boring, but that's not what this game is about. It's a simple concept, wrapped in Tom Clancy complexity and does absolutely nothing in the way of interesting character development. I saved that for the last because if you want a good or interesting story in gaming, you can find a lot in a lot of other places. This is pure hardcore gameplay at it's finest. Expand

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