• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Mar 28, 2005

Universal acclaim - based on 70 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 70
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 70
  3. Negative: 0 out of 70
  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
    And the co-op means that, like the previous two games, Chaos Theory is as close to an essential buy as we can imagine.
  3. 100
    Although everything in the game has been improved, nothing makes a bigger difference than the new co-op mode, which can be played via splitscreen, system link, and Xbox Live. That's right, you and a buddy can now join up to take down enemies and pull off a variety of acrobatic moves, and it may very well be the most satisfying experience I've ever had on Live.
  4. Visually spectacular and hugely rewarding.
  5. Sam Fisher, the western equivalent of Solid Snake, shines brightly in his third game as did his Japanese counterpart in his third game. As a whole, Chaos Theory is by far the best instalment in the Splinter Cell -series. The game does more than just recycle old ideas. [May 2005, p.60]
  6. Without a doubt the best the stealth genre can offer... One of the best games I have ever played.
  7. UbiSoft is going to be hard pressed to beat it.
  8. 100
    Three brilliant games rolled into one that could all easily be sold separately. The single player is incredibly satisfying, co-op is one of a kind and adds a fresh and very compelling face to the underused online co-op genre and the adversarial mode is simply brilliant once again; an online experience no person with high speed internet should miss.
  9. By far the best game that the series has produced.
  10. Ultimately, Chaos Theory leaves the player stunned, excited and thoroughly satisfied. A landmark achievement in stealth gaming. [Xbox World]
  11. I can't say enough about the graphics. I never knew there were so many shades of black. Even though much of the game is played in the shadows there is no shortage of detail.
  12. 100
    Ubisoft's obvious dedication and purity of vision shines through in every single minute that you're playing. It never seems to get old, it's rarely frustrating, and delivers its payload of stealth, action, strategy and exploration right on target. If there's a more complete gaming experience on Xbox, I've yet to see it.
  13. Ubi has improved virtually every aspect of the gameplay from the previous two versions, and introduced even more new options and gameplay types. With the solo campaign, co-op campaign and online multiplayer, it's almost like having three games in one.
  14. Between the compelling gameplay of the single-player missions, the value of the versus mode, and the perfect integration of co-op play over Live, this is the definitive Xbox game. The zenith of the platform... An utterly spectacular accomplishment. [Apr 2005, p.72]
  15. The multiplayer in Chaos Theory is incredibly addictive.
  16. A blockbuster. If you don't buy this game you don't deserve to own an Xbox; it's that good. Everything about this game is top-notch, from the gameplay, to the graphics, to the sound; it's all tremendously well done.
  17. The formula has been tweaked to an almost perfect mix of story and engrossing gameplay that still requires more use of brain over brawn... The presentation is off the charts with mesmerizing visuals and audio production, both of which have a major impact on how you play.
  18. Writing in video games is a subject that doesn't get a lot of attention, but Chaos Theory features a simply great script. Not only is it complex and deep, it's also surprisingly funny. [Apr 2005, p.112]
  19. Making a return appearance is the very innovative Spies vs. Mercenaries multiplayer with its own set of improvements including a very cool active camouflage for the spies that makes them practically invisible.
  20. 98
    With a slick story, great visuals, awesome multiplayer possibilities, and a style that is unmatched, Chaos Theory does not disappoint.
  21. Nearly a flawless gameplay experience.
  22. After my first week of playing, I must freely admit that one of my biggest thrills in SP mode is taking out a guard and finding a high spot from which to drop him. Cliff edges, deep crevices or anything like them will do.
  23. A great single-player mode and a well thought-out online Co-Op mode makes this one hard to beat in its genre.
  24. With gorgeous visuals, a great story and fantastic multiplayer modes, this one is a complete package.
  25. Chaos Theory offers a ton of replay value with the solo mode alone, and the multiplayer games are a blast. With additional bonuses like great graphics, sound effects, voice acting, and a great soundtrack for any console, it's a must-own for any fan of stealth/action.
  26. With new graphics, new modes of play and new weapons, Chaos Theory plays like Splinter Cell but feels just different enough to keep fans of the series happy.
  27. Visually stunning, audibly amazing and captivating in solo and multiplayer, Chaos Theory is the crowning achievement of the Splinter Cell series which just gets better and better with every new game.
  28. 96
    It is amazing to see the range of gameplay elements that have been squeezed into this title. It is even more impressive to experience how well each of them works.
  29. A serious improvement in any way you care to name, from gameplay to its newly, eerily realistic graphics.
  30. 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]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 132 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 58
  2. Negative: 2 out of 58
  1. KnightH.
    Mar 13, 2007
    Don't get me wrong but I do enjoy the stab in the back do a runner types of games but how the hell do I access versus mode on Don't get me wrong but I do enjoy the stab in the back do a runner types of games but how the hell do I access versus mode on Splintercell Chaos Theory. Full Review »
  2. Jun 10, 2012
    Absolutely amazing game, the best installment in the series hands down. A huge step forward for the stealth game genre and since it's releaseAbsolutely amazing game, the best installment in the series hands down. A huge step forward for the stealth game genre and since it's release very few games have even come close to the stealth mechanics of this game. If stealth isn't your thing, Chaos Theory is also an amazing action game, if you choose to play like a super soldier utilizing stunning new moves to take down your enemies. I'm a hardcore gamer, playing virtually anything that comes out. Chaos Theory came out in 2005 and 7 years later, it still remains in my Top 10, no, make that Top 5 games of all time. Full Review »
  3. JoshF.
    Apr 2, 2005
    Absolute gaming heaven. Everything annoying about Pandora Tomorrow has been tweaked to perfection. I give it an 11.