Metascore
93

Universal acclaim - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 46
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 46
  3. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. But you’ll also love Splinter Cell for being a challenge in an age when videogames have all the interaction of a fairground ride.
  2. To its very core, the game always goes for realism in a way that leaves "Metal Gear Solid" feeling extremely arcade like in comparison. [XGamer]
  3. A graphical powerhouse... My only gripe: Some levels are outrageously difficult. [Jan 2003, p.206]
  4. For everything it gets fantastically right, it has an inherent level of frustration contained within that made me reach the limits of my patience.
  5. The sounds of the environment is what matters. The other characters in the game even the ruffling of your pants in the wind. This game is a treat to experience in 5.1 or in the headphones.
  6. While some preventative measures for hair-pulling and wall-punching may be necessary, the game has first-class production values, some of the coolest stealth techniques and gadgets yet, and fantastic level design.
  7. The story line is based on real-world politics, making the missions seem even more daring. This is one of the few games to elicit a feeling of suspense without resorting to shock techniques found in survival horror titles like "Resident Evil."
  8. AI is very hit or miss but because this game is more dependant on your actions rather than your enemies, it becomes serviceable in the end.
  9. The ultimate outcome of Splinter's perhaps overzealous mission structure is a common one: Eery level increasingly becomes a lesson in trial and error. [Jan 2003, p.104]

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