|Platform Win, 360, PS3, Wii U||Publisher Ubisoft||Developer Ubisoft Toronto||Release Date 08/20/2013|
By Arthur Gies on Aug 14, 2013 08.14.13
The Splinter Cell series has evolved from game to game in search of new audiences, but Ubisoft and its various teams have inevitably made trade-offs to that end. The most obvious example is Splinter Cell: Conviction, which took the series in a decidedly more action-oriented direction, alienating fans who found somewhat more cerebral stealth-action nirvana in 2005’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory. New developer Ubisoft Toronto wants it all with Splinter Cell: Blacklist. The team created a game that purports to allow any player of any other Splinter Cell game, and even total newcomers to the series, into the night-vision-powered world of series protagonist Sam Fisher. The surprise? With smart, open-ended level design, an inspired upgrade system and remarkably refined co-op and...
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By Samit Sarkar on Oct 16, 2013 10.16.13
Ubisoft's delays of Watch Dogs and The Crew weren't the only factors that caused the company to reduce sales and income targets for its current fiscal year yesterday — a few of the publisher's 2013 titles have underperformed, too. "Principally the profit warning is related to the postponement of The Crew and Watch Dogs," said Alain Martinez, Ubisoft's chief financial officer, during an investor call yesterday. But he added, "We saw some slowdown on the released games; we believe we were below what we were expecting in our initial target." In response to an analyst asking Ubisoft officials to clarify that point, Martinez said that "already released games" including "Splinter Cell [Blacklist] and Rayman [Legends], and others" have missed the company's sales targets so far. Ubisoft...
By Dave Tach on Oct 14, 2013 10.14.13
Telltale Games' video game character-infused Poker Night 2 will be free to PlayStation Plus members starting Oct. 15, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog today. Poker Night 2 is regularly $9.99, and you can check out Polygon's review to learn more about what it's like to ante up with characters like Claptrap from Borderlands, Brock Samson from The Venture Bros., Ash from Army of Darkness and Sam from the Sam and Max series while Portal's GLaDOS deals. Sony is also adding six Ultimate Editions to the PlayStation Store, which bundle the full game with all downloadable content. PS Plus members will also receive extra discounts on the following through Oct. 21: Crysis 3 for $44.99 or $26.94 for PS Plus members Dead Space 3 for $78.99 or $37.44 for PS Plus members Tom...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Sep 25, 2013 09.25.13
The Homeland pack for Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist adds two new maps, weapons and more, Ubisoft announced today. Blacklist is the latest entry in the Sam Fisher saga. As the leader of the Fourth Echelon, Sam must learn to team up with his cohorts while taking down high profile enemies. Homeland buyers will receive the Billionaire's Yacht and Dead Coast map, which can be played solo or with a friend. The DLC also adds a crossbow with sleeping gas bolts, additional armor and a Mercs and Spy skin. Homeland is available across all platforms for $6.99. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist launched for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows PC and Wii U in August. For more on the game, check out our Blacklist episode of Cooperatives or our review.
By Chris Plante on Sep 04, 2013 09.04.13
Frushtick, a longtime fan of Splinter Cell, appreciates the various ways to complete a mission, along with the inclusion of Spies vs. Mercs. He understands the evolution of the series, from stealth to action to the current genre mishmash. But I'm relatively new to Splinter Cell. For whatever reason, the mere mention of Tom Clancy kept me away from the series until now. So to me, it feels like a well-made, if not slightly generic, stealth game, more competent than its rivals, but less creative than say Dishonored. I find it interesting how your history with a franchise, especially one as long-running as Splinter Cell, can shape your experience. Is Splinter Cell: Blacklist a better game for those who love Splinter Cell? And why or why not? I'm curious to hear what you think.
By John Funk on Sep 03, 2013 09.03.13
A new video shows 48 minutes of a panel from Fan Expo Canada in which members of the Splinter Cell: Blacklist cast and crew discuss what it was like to work on the game. The panel features Cinematics Director David Footman and three actors: Eric Johnson (Sam Fisher), Kate Drummond (Anna Grimsdottir) and David Reale (Charlie Cole). In addition to lending their voices to the game, the three also provided motion-capture duties, which Footman says made it easier as a director to set a scene. In Polygon's official review, we found that the game's story and cast were "sympathetic to a point but wandering through the streets of Benghazi and some of the most controversy-laden locations of the modern news cycle, I had a hard time distinguishing where inspiration ended and exploitation began."
By Kevin Gifford on Aug 28, 2013 08.28.13
A quick look at the most interesting games coming out in Japan next week, as reviewed in the latest issue of Famitsu magazine. - Puppeteer (9/9/9/9, 36 out of 40 points): SCE Japan Studio's latest earned major praise for the novelty of its visual premise. "The characters, music, and sound effects are all done up as if you're seeing a stage show, creating a play atmosphere I can only describe as mysterious," wrote editor Reona Ebihara. "The way they depict changes in scenes is particularly innovative. Also, while the action is set at a pretty challenging level, it gets a lot easier in co-op, making this a great game for families or couples." "The scenes change one after the other," added writer Jigoro Ashida, "and all the objects that make them up are totally unique, meaning that the...
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Aug 14, 2013 08.14.13
Infinity Ward lifted the veil on Call of Duty: Ghosts' multiplayer modes. The Xbox One will get a "Season Pass Guarantee" for players who buy Xbox 360 season passes, and has been delayed to 2014 in eight territories. The story of Defense Grid 2 and Hidden Path Entertainment continues, and we share our take on Saints Row 4 and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer revealed: Here's what we know Xbox One delayed in eight markets Xbox One 'Season Pass Guarantee' secures DLC across generations Battlefield 4 will allow premium membership, stat transfer cross-gen The making of Defense Grid 2, part two: first playable Saints Row 4 review: suit and tie Splinter Cell: Blacklist review: into shadows
By John Funk on Aug 12, 2013 08.12.13
In a video posted by Ubisoft, Splinter Cell: Blacklist lead co-op gameplay designer Richard Carrillo and community developer Zack Cooper walk viewers through one of the game's co-op missions. In this particular mission, protagonist Sam Fisher and CIA operative Isaac Briggs are assigned to infiltrate what appears to be a fortress in the middle of the sea and obtain sensitive information from computers. While they are permitted to use both lethal and non-lethal takedowns, the mission fails instantly if either one of the players are detected by guards. The video shows just how important cooperation is in the stealth missions, by showing how easily things can go wrong without it. Splinter Cell: Blacklist launches on Aug. 20.
By John Funk on Aug 09, 2013 08.09.13
A new trailer for Ubisoft's Splinter Cell: Blacklist is a comprehensive introduction to everything about the upcoming stealth action game. The trailer gives an overview of the plot, where a mysterious group called the Engineers plans to stage terrorist attacks every seven days, and introduces the supporting cast like CIA operative Isaac Briggs. It also reintroduces Sam's three potential ways to approach a mission: As an undetected, non-lethal Ghost, a silent but deadly Panther or on a straight-up Assault. The trailer also looks at the multiplayer modes, from the co-op maps co-starring agent Briggs to the head-to-head "Spies vs. Mercs," which comes in both Classic and Blacklist flavors. Splinter Cell: Blacklist hits Xbox 360, Windows PC, PlayStation 3 and Wii U on Aug. 20.