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 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.
By John Funk on Aug 05, 2013 08.05.13
In a new cinematic trailer for Splinter Cell: Blacklist, a group called the Engineers holds the world in terror with countdowns for its attacks. "You don't realize it yet," drones a heavily distorted voice, "but you are fighting a new kind of war. And you are losing." With simultaneous attacks on oil and gas refineries, the Engineers aim to bring America's military machine to its knees. Experienced Fourth Echelon operative Sam Fisher must do his part to find the operators of the Blacklist and stop them. As the ending of the trailer shows, however, things don't always go Sam's way. Splinter Cell: Blacklist hits Windows PC, PlayStation 3, Wii U and Xbox 360 on August 20.
By John Funk on Jul 29, 2013 07.29.13
A new Splinter Cell: Blacklist gameplay video features the game's level design director Geoff Ellenor and community developer Zack Cooper playing through a round of Spies vs. Mercs: Blacklist. In contrast to the Classic 2-on-2 version of the popular game type, the Blacklist version of Spies vs. Mercs pits eight players in two teams of four against one another. Spies have better tools to traverse the environment and play from the third-person perspective utilized by the player in the single-player campaign, while Mercs have a first-person view and significantly better firepower. In the mission shown here, the Spies must hack computer terminals in a particle accelerator; the player who initiates the hack must stay alive in the immediate vicinity until it has completed while his...
By John Funk on Jul 24, 2013 07.24.13
A new trailer for Splinter Cell: Blacklist focuses on Sam Fisher's three different methods for dealing with foes. As a Ghost, Sam is focused on avoiding enemies and dealing with them non-lethally through gadgets like sleeping gas, thermal goggles and a flying drone. As a Panther, Sam is silent but deadly, using a wicked-looking combat knife and a silenced pistol to execute enemies without being detected. As Assault, Sam abandons all pretense at stealth to rush in guns blazing, but can still use tricks in combat like using his last known position to fool enemies. Splinter Cell: Blacklist launches for Wii U, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC this August.
By Emily Gera on Jul 18, 2013 07.18.13
Ubisoft released its latest trailer for Splinter Cell: Blacklist, showing off the newly re-designed Sam Fischer as he assumes control of Fourth Echelon. Next to previous games in the series, Fischer's new and uncomfortable role as leader affects how players will tackle situations. And now, as game director Patrick Redding told us last week, Fischer isn't the only one to suffer for making bad decisions. "We wanted something that felt like it would be a challenge to him," said Redding. "As a solo operative, a guy who's always been the lone wolf in the field, there isn't a lot that can be more challenging that being put in the role of leader. When you're on your own, you have your own resources. You have your own abilities, your own equipment, whatever it is that you can depend on. If...