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  • Summary: The year is 2008. Information Warfare has evolved into the most dangerous threat to global stability. You are 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. To succeed, you will employ a host of unconventional counterintelligence activities to gather intel, disrupt enemy operations and neutralize adversary targets. As Information Warfare evolves, so must the Splinter Cell. You must penetrate deeper into hostile territory and operate undetected, closer to the enemy than ever before. At your disposal is a lethal array of tactics ranging from Combat Knife techniques, experimental prototype weapons skills, and more radical hand-to-hand techniques such as the Inverted Chokehold. Experience the thrill of acting as a lone operative fighting tomorrow's threats in the field, and of cooperating online with a partner to accomplish crucial missions. Die in action, and the free world dies with you. Never-before-seen graphics technology offers the best visuals ever to appear on any platform. Advanced physics engine allows rag doll physics, particle effects and perfect interaction with the environment. The most complete arsenal of weapons and gadgets, from the combat knife to experimental prototype combat systems. Totally open level design with multipaths and optional secondary objectives. [Ubisoft] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  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. 100
    The game's surfaces all look picture perfect thanks to a new technology called GeoTexturing, and the lighting engine has improved greatly since the last time. All of the characters models and animations are fluid, especially when it comes to controlling Sam.
  3. 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]
  4. The story for Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory feels like it was taken directly out of one of Tom Clancy’s novels.
  5. Perhaps Sam is just getting older, perfecting his skills while losing some feistiness. His games are following the same path, with increasingly sophisticated, deep gameplay but a little less flair.
  6. Visually spectacular and open on the Xbox and PC, but very dark and claustrophobic on the PS2.
  7. Just an average stealth game on the PS2. It suffers from frame rate problems and just doesn't offer as much as we all would have hoped.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. YU
    Jun 30, 2005
    10
    It is teh best tom clancy game ever.
  2. May 1, 2013
    9
    this was and still is a pretty great game and is worth anybody's collection if you love ubisoft, tom clancy or just retro games in general and i can't wait for the new one that is coming out and you should too Expand
  3. Jan 3, 2013
    9
    Stealth/action gameplay at its best in this 3rd episode of the Splinter Cell series, really the best PS2 generation title together with Double Agent.
    The gameplay shows some improvements, such as the noise meter and new melee attacks, all surrounded by Amon Tobin's amazing soundtrack. It graphically suffers the console's technical limits but still remains a must play.
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  4. Wahyu
    Mar 27, 2005
    8
    Nice game, best in SC'S series, slightly better than "Snake Eater", but this game is too complicated for me!!
  5. SteveS.
    May 12, 2006
    8
    The Xbox version was amazing, but unfortunately the same can't be said about the PS2 one. Certain aspects of the Xbox version were far more superior, including the mulitplayer mode. However the gameplay was still good as were the graphics, resulting in a pretty good game. Expand
  6. RobW
    Jun 5, 2005
    8
    John T, how does "coarse language" wreck a game? And judging by the fact that you used the phrase 'coarse language' instead of 'swearing' I'm guessing that you're a politically correct, uptight god-fearing pussy who wets the bed after a scary episode of The Simpsons.

    Nevertheless, good, solid stealth that fares a lot better on the Xbox.
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  7. SuperKing
    Aug 28, 2005
    6
    A pretty average game that impresses at first with a few genuinely neat touches. Graphics are hit and miss and the script is appaling but the multiplayer is probably worth the price of admission or at least a rental. Expand

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