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  • Summary: The United States maintains a military presence in two thirds of countries around the world. This doesn't sit well with a syndicate of rogue nations which initiates a terror protocol designated as the Blacklist - a deadly countdown of escalating terrorist attacks on American interests. SamThe United States maintains a military presence in two thirds of countries around the world. This doesn't sit well with a syndicate of rogue nations which initiates a terror protocol designated as the Blacklist - a deadly countdown of escalating terrorist attacks on American interests. Sam Fisher is the leader of the newly formed 4th Echelon unit: a clandestine unit that answers directly to the President of the United States. Sam and his team have to hunt down these terrorists by any means necessary, and put a stop to the Blacklist countdown before it reaches zero. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Aug 15, 2013
    100
    Blacklist's multiple methods of enemy engagement brings Ubisoft's grizzled veteran spy to an outstanding new frontier, giving players the best game in the franchise's history.
  2. Aug 14, 2013
    92
    The equipment helps boost Blacklist’s gameplay to highpoints in the tense moments when quick thinking gets you out of a jam.
  3. Game Revolution
    Aug 21, 2013
    90
    Blacklist returns Splinter Cell to flagship franchise status, no matter how crowded Ubisoft's portfolio has gotten during Sam's shore leave.
  4. Aug 23, 2013
    83
    Sam Fisher's latest is a treat, and quite possibly the most complete and robust Splinter Cell experience to date. It's not without some flaws of course, and I do wonder if it will be re-released on PS4/X1 in the next several months, but fans of the franchise should take note and suit up.
  5. Oct 4, 2013
    80
    It’s big, bold and a bit silly at times but for a silky action adventure that will give you more than you put in then you shouldn’t look much further.
  6. Aug 30, 2013
    80
    The game is caught between providing a hard stealth experience while reaching for a larger audience and it's a testament to Ubisoft's efforts that they pulled it off.
  7. CD-Action
    Aug 28, 2013
    70
    There’s no passion in this game, no risk, no surprises. It’s a product developed by skilled specialists, not by visionaries. It offers decent fun but does not leave a mark. [CD-Action 10/2013, p.52]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 47
  2. Negative: 5 out of 47
  1. Aug 20, 2013
    10
    As a die hard Splinter Cell fan, I was very skeptic about how this game would turn out to be honest. I bought it, but I still came to agreeAs a die hard Splinter Cell fan, I was very skeptic about how this game would turn out to be honest. I bought it, but I still came to agree with myself that Ubisoft is just beating a dead horse. Boy, was I wrong. This is one of the most ambitious and one of the most, if not the best installment of the franchise. The visuals are superb; the shading, the lighting effects are just wonderful. The cinematic scenes, although not the best this year, are up to par with the gameplay graphics unlike with the previous installments. The game is quite lengthy too. The main campaign gives you tons of hours and even when you're done with it, you have a handful of side missions to complete. There are three different approaches; Ghost, Panther and Assault which add an amount of replay value. The plot is also great, featuring one of the most interesting and most diabolical villains in the history of this franchise. The voice acting in general is good. Although Eric Johnson never succeeds over Michael Ironside when comes to portraying Sam as he is supposed to be, he does manage to give us a depiction of a fearless leader and skilled tactician. Ubisoft also brought back the group dynamic atmosphere back from Chaos Theory. We have a better insight on Sam's new relationship with Grim, his best friend Vic, his daughter Sarah and his former nemesis Kobin. Briggs, the new character, serves as the rookie who often makes mistakes while Charlie serves as the group clown. The only major flaw I must point is the difficulty. The game's rookie, normal and realistic difficulty settings hold your hands up until the end. The perfectionist, although offers more challenge than the previous still doesn't bring back the challenge we in the legacy games.

    Overall, Blacklist is that kind of game that manages to please both; the fans and the gamers who play it for the first time. It's a definitely must buy.

    9.8/10.
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  2. Nov 3, 2014
    10
    I'm a huge fan of series and have played all the previous instalments (although I never finished Pandora Tomorrow). It's a shame Ironside isI'm a huge fan of series and have played all the previous instalments (although I never finished Pandora Tomorrow). It's a shame Ironside is gone but the new guy does a good job. The story is another Splinter Cell escapade of terrorists wishing to bring down the Western World etc. The missions are memorable and lots of fun whilst being instantly replay-able. The gameplay combines the precision of Chaos Theory with the speed of Conviction and it works wonderfully. I didn't overly enjoy Conviction but the changes they implemented in that game make total sense in Blacklist. Expand
  3. Jun 11, 2015
    9
    Amazing game, I especially love it for the online gameplay which is very fun, yet at the same time different from other games. The game itselfAmazing game, I especially love it for the online gameplay which is very fun, yet at the same time different from other games. The game itself looks amazing for a PS3 game, and the stealth aspect is very challenging and fun if put on a higher difficulty. Would recommend for stealth-lovers and FPS people alike. Expand
  4. Nov 16, 2013
    8
    Well as my first splinter cell I didn't really now what I was up for, but I have to compare it to the only MGS game I played through, theWell as my first splinter cell I didn't really now what I was up for, but I have to compare it to the only MGS game I played through, the second. Very cinematic game with three distinct ways to play, completely stealthily to all-out attack mode. It is a testament to this game how well the developers have catered to all three game styles, slightly sacrificing the purity of the gameplay experience. The plot is very straightforward and cinematic with the expected plot turns and the characters are all predictably goody-goody, while the acting and script, though thrilling in its déroulement is slightly uninspired.

    Back to the gameplay. I enjoyed Panther style the most.

    Can't say much about MP since I played and finished only SP, so my rating of 8.6 gets cut to an 8 (didn't round up)
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  5. Dec 14, 2015
    8
    Fun if played as an action game, fun if played as stealthily as possible. The game also offers extra functionality for the campaign, likeFun if played as an action game, fun if played as stealthily as possible. The game also offers extra functionality for the campaign, like leaderboards, friend challenges, unlockable gear, trophies for each game style, in a super neat way. Each mission feels unique with its own distinct challenges. As you can hear, the campaign is pretty good. Even without the fancy bits, it'd still be an intense and exciting core experience with excellent controls and level design.

    The online game is appealing too, with an optional coop campaign (4 considerably long missions) and special missions to infiltritate levels to acquire intel, or clear some levels of hostiles. These smaller missions, totalling 10 or so, can be played online, splitscreen, or even alone.

    Then there's the Spies Vs Mercs multiplayer, which is just a reskin of classic 'A vs B' multiplayer with a few gamemodes. Only one of those modes was abandoned by december 2015. The rest had active lobbies, when checked at reasonable hours.

    Overall, I can't say I played a better tactical action game on PS3. It's a nice change of pace from button-mashing. If only it had more puzzles and a wiser storyline.
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  6. Mar 5, 2015
    7
    This game is pure run of the mill stealth action. Quite linear too. There is nothing new, exciting, or engrossing here. The story was prettyThis game is pure run of the mill stealth action. Quite linear too. There is nothing new, exciting, or engrossing here. The story was pretty good. A pan-national terrorist organization thats main goal is the withdrawal of US troops from around the world is your enemy. I only wish the gameplay was more player-option driven to really make this game come alive. Expand
  7. Dec 12, 2013
    0
    Do not be persuaded by the pro-blacklist "stealth revisionists". Those who are willing to make compromises to prolong the life of the stealthDo not be persuaded by the pro-blacklist "stealth revisionists". Those who are willing to make compromises to prolong the life of the stealth genre, if it can even be called stealth in a few years. Revisionism is dangerous, our precious stealth genre will only detract more & more from stealth & water the genre down, turning into nothing but an action game with gadgets.

    The game's most disgusting feature is the "win" button, which lets the player kill every single thing in an area with the press of a button, usually without getting detected as well, the player even does this while running.

    As if that was not enough, the game adds in alternate pathways which lets the player avoid combat, which the game calls "Stealth" or "Ghost". Pure insult.

    Some people may argue that the game can be played like chaos theory or sar but when you look at it, any game can, & blacklist certainly wasn't designed to be played that way. Imagine trying to play a Call Of Duty game like Chaos Theory, sneaking around & knifing people in the back. It would not work at all.

    If you have any love for this series left, then please, do not purchase the game, don't encourage ubisoft to release more nonsense in the franchise. Air strike's, win buttons, & head on cover shooting has no place in Splinter Cell. Give this game a 0 & spread the message.
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