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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. Positive: 70 out of 70
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 95
    The best stealth game ever, period.
  5. Subjectivity aside, on a pure bang to buck ratio Chaos Theory comes out tops, but as we're all too aware, there's no accounting for taste (or skill, you light-loving frag-fanatics).
  6. The Xbox version of Chaos Theory is one of the system's most complete and valuable titles, a must-have. If you like your games hard and your competition brutal, don't let Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory out of your sight.
  7. I'll reserve a four-star rating for the next time this series takes big leaps. In this latest edition, there's nothing so new that you'll stop and say, "Whoa." But Chaos Theory is true to the things that make Splinter Cell games so good.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 56
  2. Negative: 2 out of 56
  1. KurtB.
    Apr 4, 2005
    10
    A stunning acomplishment. You won't believe it's not a PC game, it looks so good. There are very very few faults with this game. It would be perfect exept: 1. The sound: The music doesn't smoothly transition when an enemy becomes aware of you. For example, you shoot out a light, the sound of the light breaking will cut out...and then the music will start. Maybe it's just taxing the Xbox too hard resulting in a small freeze. 2. Lighting effects. It's not as good as the older splinter cells. Your stealth meter will show that you are completely hidden, but it's obvious that someone should easily be able to see you. 3. Menus. Too many action menus. For example, I'm sneaking up on an enemy, and I want to grab him, but instead I push him off his chair and start using his computer instead! Of course, I navigated the action menu poorly. This is probably hard to fix on a consule, but you'll end up doing some pretty funny/stupid things accidently. This game isn't perfect. But it's closer than any other game I've ever played. It sets a new bar for AI, graphics, interactive environments, and the list goes on. This game will be the measuring stick for every new game in it's genre. It's gonna be really tough for them to measure up. Expand
  2. JimmyJ
    Apr 1, 2005
    10
    IIiiiiiiitts GRRRRRRrrrrreat!
  3. KnightH.
    Mar 13, 2007
    10
    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. Expand
  4. Alex
    Apr 6, 2005
    10
    I'm going to go ahead and say it: Chaos Theory is one of, if not THE best game on Xbox. the graphics are absolutely stunning, and the gamplay is unmatched. i wasn't the biggest fan of the first two games, but i'm completely sold for this one. it deserves a place among any stealth-action/shooter fan's game library. Expand
  5. JohnI.
    Aug 28, 2005
    10
    The most thrilling game i'v ever played, with cutting edge graphics and gameplay. Sam hasn't lost his attitude which is great but i think that it has lost a bit of the stealth flare it used to have. Really really looking forward to the next installment. Expand
  6. Jul 19, 2014
    10
    This is among my top 3 favorite games of all time. Easily the best game in the Splinter Cell series. The game play is fluid and nuanced, the story is engaging and the graphics are impressive for a game developed a decade ago. The soundtrack and voice acting are amazing as well (Michael Ironside is perfection). Love the overall aesthetic. If you've only played generation seven Splinter Cell games, you've been missing out. Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory is the crown jewel of the stealth genre. Expand
  7. T.Clancy
    Feb 27, 2006
    1
    Graphics are nice but I have given this game a week and still cant get used to the controls or sneaking around like a wuss. Call me a FPS fan but I will be trading this one in. Not very fun. Expand

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