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Generally favorable reviews- based on 133 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: 32 out of 48
  2. Negative: 6 out of 48
  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. Jeff
    Aug 7, 2003
    8
    Compared to most everything out there, this is a great game. But don't believe ALL the hype. While the lighting effects and some other Compared to most everything out there, this is a great game. But don't believe ALL the hype. While the lighting effects and some other graphics are truly mind-blowing, the collision detection is not flawless, and Mr. Fisher floats above stairs and other inclines. Figuring out how to sneak into various locations is fun... but replay value? Nope. Expand
  6. ChristopherC.
    Oct 18, 2005
    7
    Excellent graphics however the game play shall we say is not up to standards expected. The missions are hard to follow, but I still Excellent graphics however the game play shall we say is not up to standards expected. The missions are hard to follow, but I still can't wait until the next one. Please hurry Ubisoft. Expand
  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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Awards & Rankings

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