I’m a huge fan of the Splinter Cell games. Even though he’s a bit of a poor shot, there are few men (real or fictional) that are as badass as protagonist Sam Fisher. He ranks right up there with Jack Bauer and Chuck Norris (and way above Vin Diesel). If you can see Fisher, then chances are, it’s already too late.
Or is it? The main difference the new game, Splinter Cell: Conviction will have from previous games is that Sam will be hiding in plain sight through something Ubisoft calls “active stealth”. He’ll be trying to blend in with surrounding civilians in populated areas, which seems to take somewhat of a cue from the Hitman series. This is a bit of concern for me because…well, the two series are very different and this sort of makes them more similar. I mean, I sort of liked the sneaking around in the shadows and knocking people out. Add a cardboard box to hide under and we’d have Metal Gear Solid.
The new Splinter Cell game picks up the series’ storyline and has Sam going rogue from Third Echelon. If you played Double Agent, you know some of the moral dilemmas that Sam had to deal with. This game has him completely alone without the support of the black-ops government agency. You can barely recognize Sam with his new mullet hairdo and Jack Bauer-esque hoodie and messenger bag.
That being said though, there hasn’t been a bad game in the Splinter Cell so I’d expect this one to be fun too. Check out the two videos after the jump: