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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
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 46
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 46
  3. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. 100
    Realistic scenarios in realistic environments add to Splinter Cell’s tantalizing world of covert operations. With a strong overall package of incredible features, the stealth/action genre has a new hero.
  2. AceGamez
    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.
  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. 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]
  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: 55 out of 65
  2. Negative: 2 out of 65
  1. 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.
  2. PatI.
    Dec 8, 2002
    10
    Can't imagine a much better game. It's the game I've been waiting for - Stealth, action, and realistic environments. I thought Can't imagine a much better game. It's the game I've been waiting for - Stealth, action, and realistic environments. I thought Metal Gear Solid 2 was the King of Stealth/Action but Splinter Cell has definitely unseated it - - very convincingly I might add. Whilt Halo was an excellent shooter, this game hits all the right buttons. (I like the dark environments and story line better -But Halo is great for multiplayer) Expand
  3. JimS.
    Nov 18, 2002
    10
    Wow this game is unbeliveable from the graphics to the gameplay! This game will go unmatched for a while, so do yourself a favor and buy this Wow this game is unbeliveable from the graphics to the gameplay! This game will go unmatched for a while, so do yourself a favor and buy this and forget metal gear solid 2. Expand
  4. BruceF.
    Apr 24, 2003
    10
    Its great.
  5. LilBo
    Mar 10, 2003
    9
    Two words. Practically PERFECT! This game is incredible, beautiful graphics, great gameplay, challenging yet not too hard. My only complaint Two words. Practically PERFECT! This game is incredible, beautiful graphics, great gameplay, challenging yet not too hard. My only complaint is the camera. It's rather annoying. Expand
  6. Jul 23, 2021
    9
    Splinter Cell was one of the great games from 20 years ago. I noticed that this game was on the backward compatible list for the Xbox One, andSplinter Cell was one of the great games from 20 years ago. I noticed that this game was on the backward compatible list for the Xbox One, and decided to give it a whirl. It was a great decision, as the game was brilliant back then, and is still fantastic today!

    I was amazed just how revolutionary it was for a 2002 game. Sam Fischer rocks!

    Pros-
    Sneak mode is awesome with lovely use of shadow/lighting
    Heaps of gadgets to attach to the weapons
    Incredible storyline- Chinese, Burma, Russian Republics- just like the real world today
    Michael Ironside voice acting
    Nice challenge to beat on first playthrough- easy on second attempt
    Combat is really good for a stealth game
    Good amount of check points to save frustration

    Cons-
    No widescreen support for modern gaming
    AI soldiers have repetitive patterns and voice acting
    Jump button can throw you in frustrating directions

    Game Content- 10 out of ten
    Fun Factor- 8 out of ten

    Overall score- 9
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  7. SimonA.
    Dec 16, 2003
    1
    Without doubt the greatest load of rubbish ever made for the xbox.

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#1 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2002
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#1 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2002