Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. PSM Magazine
    90
    New tactics, a well-delivered story, and, not to be overlooked, even better online co-op and competitive play not only make this the most intriguing game yet in the series, but easily one of the best games of its kind, period. [Holiday 2006, p.72]
  2. Play UK
    88
    It really aims to offer a little something for everyone. [Issue#146, p.88]
  3. Although you might expect the next gen version to shine the brightest, the current gen consoles actually turn in the brightest performance overall in my opinion, with the Xbox first, PS2 second.
  4. The “best of the best” of the PS2 games out for the holidays. Featuring a kick-ass storyline, signature Splinter Cell gameplay and some of the best graphics on the console; it really does not get any better than this.
  5. 87
    While many gamers have experienced or have heard about the next-generation version, the current gen version of Splinter Cell offers a meatier, gadget-heavy side that falls distinctly in line with "Pandora Tomorrow" and "Chaos Theory."
  6. PSM3 Magazine UK
    85
    The best Splinter Cell yet and a top-notch stealth game. But Sam needs some new ideas to topple Snake. [Dec 2006, p.84]
  7. Completely different from Double Agent for the Xbox 360, this version features its own exciting stealth-action campaign, plus a solid new multiplayer mode and some great cooperative missions.
  8. A fine addition to the series, and the Trust Meter addition means that, for the first time, this'll be one spy game you'll go back to even after you've finished it. Sam going bad is good news for Splinter Cell fans.
  9. 80
    It's one of the best multiplayer experiences on the platform, and the single-player is nothing to sneeze at. However, if given a choice, I'd recommend the Xbox version for technological reasons, or just suggest you go all-out next-gen with Double Agent on 360.
  10. 80
    At its best, the 360 version is the standout, but if you add up all the features, pretty much any system owner can be proud of their version and how it holds up against the others, which seems to be what Ubisoft had in mind. And which also is very annoying for those who want the single best version across the board.
  11. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    80
    A slick game that demonstrates how great stealth can be when done right. It's just too damn murky to be a classic, though. [Dec 2006, p.88]
  12. Galvanized by the well-implemented trust management system, Splinter Cell: Double Agent proves to be another great game in this venerable series. By delving further into the character of Sam Fisher, Ubisoft manages to keep the series vital, much to our delight.
  13. The lack of multiplayer and online co-op, as well as less-than-average visuals makes this game only worth a rental, with almost no redeeming replay value.

Awards & Rankings

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#99 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. Serge
    Dec 27, 2006
    10
    I havent played a game this good for a very long time. It features an awesome storyline and gameplay is very fast paced and keeps you on your I havent played a game this good for a very long time. It features an awesome storyline and gameplay is very fast paced and keeps you on your toes always. I wish there were more games out there like this! Full Review »
  2. Mar 25, 2018
    8
    This version of the game was made by Ubisoft Montreal (who also made Chaos Theory), rather than Ubisoft Shanghai, who made the PC/X360/PS3This version of the game was made by Ubisoft Montreal (who also made Chaos Theory), rather than Ubisoft Shanghai, who made the PC/X360/PS3 version. Though both games follow the same basic plot and take you to similar locations, they are otherwise completely different from each other. This one has much more in common in the first three Splinter Cell games in terms of gameplay; sneaking around in darkness and misdirecting enemies, or avoiding them when possible. Pure Sam Fisher. The story also makes more sense, is a bit more grounded, and has more interesting moral choices that have direct consequences on the missions themselves. It's more of a slow-burner than the other games and takes a little while to get going, but stick with it, it's worth your time if you're a fan of the series.

    It's not on par with Chaos Theory, as it doesn't have the charm, doesn't have the same level of interactivity with the environment, and the level design is too simplistic to give you as many options on how to approach situations. I thought there were too many instances of the game forcing you to kill/incapacitate enemies in order to continue, and the boss fight at the end sucks. Also, if you played the rest of the series on PC, like I did, you'll find it to be a significant downgrade in terms of graphics and controls. Still, it is a very worthy Splinter Cell game, and I'd put it slightly above Pandora Tomorrow in terms of quality.

    I knew this version of Double Agent was different, but I didn't realise it was better than the PC version of the game in almost every single way... The other version is a mediocre game that was a big disappointment to me, but this one is actually a great game. Sad that it was overshadowed.
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  3. Mar 28, 2013
    10
    The ps2 version of Double Agent is better then the other version's and it was the best Splinter Cell game.
    Chaos Theory and Double Agent(ps2
    The ps2 version of Double Agent is better then the other version's and it was the best Splinter Cell game.
    Chaos Theory and Double Agent(ps2 version) are the best Splinter Cell games that ever made.
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