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Generally favorable reviews- based on 117 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! You are Sam Fisher, a highly trained secret operative of the NSA's secret arm: Third Echelon. The world balance is in your hands, as cyberInfiltrate terrorists' positions, acquire critical intelligence by any means necessary, execute with extreme prejudice, and exit without a trace! You are Sam Fisher, a highly trained secret operative of the NSA's secret arm: Third Echelon. The world balance is in your hands, as cyber terrorism and international tensions are about to explode into WWIII. [Ubi Soft] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. 100
    While the PS2's levels are noticeably shorter than those of the Xbox version, their design hasn't changed and the overall gameplay remains completely intact, making this game a wonderful adventure within the Tom Clancy universe.
  2. Takes stealth action and realism to all new jaw-dropping heights in this game that’s just too good to pass up.
  3. 92
    Where the PS2 version really shines is in the control department. The controls become almost second nature after only a few minutes of running around.
  4. Superior to the Xbox version in every way... Massively enjoyable yet enormously painful, Splinter Cell is a serious game whose brilliant realism should shake up a few complacent gamers. [PS2 MAX]
  5. Game Informer
    85
    The graphics, while inferior overall compared to the Xbox version, benefit from added effects such as enhanced heat distribution, reflective surfaces, and focus blurring. [Apr 2003, p.82]
  6. Good game, Good graphics. Not as good as "Metal Gear Solid 2." Not enough content. Kind of short.
  7. This is one of those games you’ll sit down to play for 45 minutes and then realise you’re 2 hours from the end without even an inkling of the time spent on the game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 49
  2. Negative: 6 out of 49
  1. JohnL
    Apr 26, 2003
    10
    Great game. A bit dificult but who wants a pos game that you can beat in 10 minutes. *slaps Bill G. Obviously a microsuck fan who pissed on Great game. A bit dificult but who wants a pos game that you can beat in 10 minutes. *slaps Bill G. Obviously a microsuck fan who pissed on this game bacause he doesn't like playstation. Expand
  2. DanielD.
    May 13, 2003
    10
    What a mint game is so good.
  3. NickT.
    Jan 8, 2008
    10
    Can we say, "amazing game?" this game changed stealth games forever!! probably not for people who only like action. it takes some patience. Can we say, "amazing game?" this game changed stealth games forever!! probably not for people who only like action. it takes some patience. it's a great game!! Expand
  4. Pavil
    May 7, 2003
    9
    Incredible attention to detail and "easy to use" controls make this game a keeper.
  5. Aug 19, 2016
    8
    Esto no es un Metal gear (que me encantan) aca hay que ser sigiloso en serio, usar las sombras y disparar solo cuando sea necesario. GranEsto no es un Metal gear (que me encantan) aca hay que ser sigiloso en serio, usar las sombras y disparar solo cuando sea necesario. Gran juego, que para ser de PS2 se ve bastante bien. Expand
  6. Jun 9, 2013
    7
    Originally released as a timed exclusive on the original Xbox Splinter Cell was considered a ‘killer app’ and quickly became one of theOriginally released as a timed exclusive on the original Xbox Splinter Cell was considered a ‘killer app’ and quickly became one of the primary reasons to get the console. In terms of gameplay the most obvious comparison was Metal Gear Solid but, whereas Kojima favoured over the top characters and long drawn out cut scenes, Ubisoft’s ‘stealth em-up’ retained a more realistic style.

    At times the game could be genuinely tense as you used all manner of clever gadgets in an attempt to avoid being spotted and for the most part the challenge was set just about right, although things could become frustrating when faced with missions that were failed instantly as soon as you were spotted. A further flaw, that was the case with many games in the genre at the time, was the fact that the enemies would walk pre-set routes over and over again meaning that simply memorising these patterns was often the key to success.

    Of course none of that prevented Splinter Cell from being a top quality title even if it has now been surpassed by more modern efforts.
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  7. BillG.
    Apr 12, 2003
    0
    This game is rubbish for 1 its to hard 3 shots and your dead and even the so-called lighting effects are fake its crap.

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#20 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
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#42 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003