Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Pandora's storyline is easier to follow than the original game and does a good job of getting you wrapped up into the scheme of things.
  2. Pandora Tomorrow isn’t perfect, but it presents a great value – it includes two, top-quality games for the price of one. It’s also an improvement on the already brilliant original game. As such, Pandora Tomorrow deserves no less than the highest rating available.
  3. Graphically brilliant, expertly designed and capped off with multiplayer, it takes its genre to all new heights of realism.
  4. 100
    A new online mode allows four players to stalk one another. Take an opponent hostage and use your headset to describe all the pain you plan to inflict on him. [May 2004]
  5. 100
    Vast new levels, a pleasantly murky story line and an even greater emphasis on stealth will string you along for days.
  6. Pandora Tomorrow is a miniature masterpiece. This goodlooking, great-sounding and convincingly voiced espionage thriller delivers two satisfying game outings.
  7. One of the most compelling online action games since "Counter-Strike."
  8. 95
    The camera and movement control are still the best in any stealth game, the scenes you come across are just as exciting, and the overall experience is superb.
  9. 95
    It's the all-new online multiplayer mode that steals the show for Pandora Tomorrow and makes this a must own videogame experience.
  10. If you’re planning on playing online, it’s a must have game. If you don’t plan on playing online, the single-player game is still awesome, just don’t expect many changes.
  11. Everything you loved about the first game is back and better than before.
  12. Nearly every facet of the spy game is more mature and polished. Pandora Tomorrow shouldn't disappoint and had such a great effect on me, I found myself trawling the NSA website for jobs the next day. Like fine wine, this franchise has definitely become better with age.
  13. But then there's the fascinatingly complex multiplayer mode, which truly is one of a kind and potentially gives Pandora Tomorrow much more lasting value than its predecessor.
  14. It does improve upon a lot of things, but I do wish they’d include more game mechanics that we hadn’t seen before. Even so, the game has an extremely cool feel to it.
  15. While Pandora Tomorrow doesn't revolutionize the gameplay, it maintains and often exceeds its predecessor's exceptionally high standards in playability, atmosphere, level design, and visuals.
  16. Patience is still a virtue, and fans of mindless action titles should still give Splinter Cell a wide berth. Unless you're partial to a little online gaming, that is. Put simply, Pandora Tommorrow's multiplayer takes your breath away. [Apr 2004, p.108]
  17. All multiplayer modes have the spy needing to complete a set of objectives, like swiping top-secret vials, while the mercs try ot keep the spy from succeeding. The resulting match-ups are breathtaking. [June 2004, p.68]
  18. But perhaps the most significant letdown is the AI. While it hasn't actually got any less advanced since the previous game, it does give that impression, having been watered down in response to criticism that the original game was too difficult.
  19. 85
    The new multiplayer, when it works properly, makes a very cool addition to the Splinter Cell franchise. Pandora Tomorrow's single-player campaign plays it too safely, though, mostly offering more of the same.
  20. The sound is probably as good as anything we have seen yet (or should that be anything we have heard yet?) with some marvellous dialogue and superb effects.
  21. The single-player game can be characterized as "same-old, same-old that's still very fun to play," while the multiplayer is good if you are willing to give it a proper shot. It is marred, however, with some stupid interface issues.
  22. It's disappointing that basic irritants are still evident in the singleplayer game. But it's the online version - which takes the hunter/hunted metaphor to chilling extremes - which ends up being one of the most nerve-racking gaming experiences of all time. [Apr 2004, p.98]
  23. A refreshing change from the usual multiplayer frag-fests.
  24. Fans of the original will enjoy this sequel, but don’t expect anything revolutionary, or even substantially different.
  25. Frustratingly similar to the first, but plenty of good set-pieces in there.
  26. There are a few stunning moments (i.e., the whole train sequence), but in the end there simply isn't anything innovative about the single player game.
  27. If Ubisoft can fix the slew of multiplayer problems, the company just might have a real classic on its hands. [June 2004, p.84]
  28. The second game in this box, the multiplayer Splinter Cell, is as bold as the single-player is mediocre. [July 2004, p.60]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 106 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. KarthikS.
    Feb 20, 2007
    Superb storyline and wonderful game. The graphics and the sound make the game more interesting to play.
  2. PeterS.
    Apr 17, 2004
    The Game is brilliant!
  3. May 28, 2014
    Graphics: 9.6 Sound: 9.8 Gameplay: 9.0 Fun/Story: 9.0

    My first Splinter Cell game and for that reason perhaps the rating is a little
    Graphics: 9.6 Sound: 9.8 Gameplay: 9.0 Fun/Story: 9.0

    My first Splinter Cell game and for that reason perhaps the rating is a little higher. I really loved the espionage feeling, the water and light effects, the infiltration in Komodo (Indonesia) it´s very well done, ... Nice game.
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