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8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 107 Ratings

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  • Summary: Infiltrate terrorists' positions, acquire critical intelligence by any means necessary, execute with extreme prejudice, and exit without a trace. In Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, you are Sam Fisher, a highly trained secret operative of the NSA's secret arm: Third Echelon. Suit up with theInfiltrate terrorists' positions, acquire critical intelligence by any means necessary, execute with extreme prejudice, and exit without a trace. In Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, you are Sam Fisher, a highly trained secret operative of the NSA's secret arm: Third Echelon. Suit up with the latest classified field operative gear and weapons as you travel through diverse mission objectives. The world's future is in your hands, as cyber terrorism and international tensions are about to explode into WWIII. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 46
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 46
  3. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. 100
    Although featuring the most realistic and detailed graphics, lighting and animation you've ever seen with sound effects to match, it's still the gameplay that shines the most, combining a sublime mixture of stealth and combat with the most versatile range of moves, gadgets and tactics ever to feature in a stealth game.
  2. Wickedly ingenious. [29 Nov 2002, p.114]
  3. The appeal of Splinter Cell shifts into the sublime when it's graphics and sound are taken into account. No other game thus far has managed to present such realistic looking gaming environments... ever.
  4. Splinter Cell’s low-key approach to plot development is a refreshing change for those of us that would rather play our games than watch them, like "Metal Gear Solid 2" for that matter.
  5. One of the best Xbox games out there, unfortunately, by the end it has been repetitive and linear a bit too long.
  6. For everything it gets fantastically right, it has an inherent level of frustration contained within that made me reach the limits of my patience.
  7. This is a very linear game, and... one can't but feel it's a wasted opportunity to limit the player's freedom in choosing how to approach a situation.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 65
  2. Negative: 4 out of 65
  1. JuanC.
    Nov 15, 2002
    10
    Played the demo and I having been playing the demo over and over again because a lot of times you notice new ways to finish and to unlock Played the demo and I having been playing the demo over and over again because a lot of times you notice new ways to finish and to unlock extra lock doors with a limited lock picks. Expand
  2. JeffM.
    Dec 8, 2004
    10
    This game rocks it changed the way I look at stealth gaming and I still have yet to play Pandora Tomorow but I know it will be good.
  3. JordanC.
    Nov 20, 2002
    10
    I played the demo, best game I have ever played.
  4. MatC.
    Dec 13, 2002
    10
    Game of the year. From UbiSoft?? The world must be just about done... Fantastic, though linear play. That's what this game is - Game of the year. From UbiSoft?? The world must be just about done... Fantastic, though linear play. That's what this game is - it's action w/ problem solving. If you have a short fuse, get a strategy guide. It's HARD. Expand
  5. AndrewZ.
    Apr 29, 2003
    10
    Perfect game. Stealth simulation taken to the extreme! Definitely a "must have".
  6. 2-D
    Apr 28, 2003
    9
    Very good game but the PC version can be better control wise.
  7. SimonA.
    Dec 16, 2003
    1
    Without doubt the greatest load of rubbish ever made for the xbox.

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