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Gamers are fully aware that successful titles will, more
often than not, breed sequels. Game developers will squeeze every last dollar
they can out of a title before it's finally abandoned to the bargain bin at the
local Wal-Mart. The typical pattern is the more sequels that a game spawns, the
less excited the gaming community gets about the game. Even the legendary Halo
seemed to suffer with its latest submission. ODST was simply just an okay game,
and that's coming from a self described Halo fanboy. I know most others were
far more disappointed with it than I was which was unfortunate because it was a
unique approach and interesting story.
Every now and then a game will come along that upsets the
team balance and causes a disturbance in the force. Each sequel of the game is
as fresh and exciting as the very first version. Sometimes even more so. What's
also amazing is the core mechanics that make the game successful and popular
are seldom changed, rather, they are refined and polished until they are as
perfect as can be expected.
The game that I am referring to is about to unleash its
sixth episode in the series. That is quite an accomplishment. And just as
impressive, each episode is well received by the game journalists and the
gaming community. It's one of the few games that I don't recall anyone really
bashing for being boring or a clone of its predecessors.
Of course by now, you're probably aware that I am referring
to Splinter Cell...
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell (2002)
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow (2004)
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (2005)
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent (2006)
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Essentials (2006)
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction (2010)
And on April 13, 2010, Sam Fisher will be back in Splinter
"Ubisoft has announced the final, set in stone date for
when Sam Fisher once again strikes fear (and bullets) into the hearts of
terrorists everywhere. The game will be hitting UK shores on April 16th"
(Release in the USA is supposed to be April 13th)
I've watched the trailers and read a bit of the data that's
been released on the game. I have to say this may be the best one yet. It will
be quite the experience playing Sam Fisher, a man trained in the art of
killing, with no stiff Rules of Engagement or a higher authority directing his
moves. It should be very interesting.
Splinter Cell is one of the few games that ever since I
played the first one, I buy them and play them from start to finish. Sight
unseen. Not only do I play them, but I try and complete the primary and
secondary objectives. I once finished a level with like a 98% score and
replayed the whole level just to find an incapacitated baddie that wasn't
hidden adequately. The features include:
* A unique co-op mode known as "Prologue" featuring
an exclusive story mode full of new characters, settings, four exclusive maps
and more. It is only available within Conviction's Co-op mode.
* A full arsenal of cutting-edge technologies like the Last
Known Position system, that allows you to outflank foes and set traps, and the
Mark and Execute feature that allows you to tag enemies and environments for
* A unique storytelling style that keeps you on the edge of
your seat as you navigate the explosive world of a renegade agent where trust
is impossible and justice requires you to go above the law.
* A revolutionary new graphic direction delivering an utterly
seamless game play experience that will keep you totally engrossed in the story
of Sam Fisher.
* Xbox LIVE support made up of addictive multiplayer modes,
content downloads, messaging and voice support and more designed to amp up the
dramatic intensity like never before.
Splinter Cell has had some awesome moments and some gripping
story elements. I can't wait to see what Conviction will add to the legacy.
Once thing is for certain, it's going to be good. The Conviction story line:
A few years have passed since the cliff hanger conclusion of
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent, in which Agent Sam Fisher undertook a
particularly dirty mission, full of questionable actions, in the shadow of the
inexplicable and unmourned death of his daughter. Fisher is now a renegade
operative digging into the events of the past and he doesn't like what he has
found. His personal investigation into his daughter's death reveals that he's
been betrayed by his former agency, the Third Echelon. The agency responds by
pursuing him, but as he works to elude them he becomes aware of a deadly
terrorist plot that threatens millions. He is uniquely positioned and prepared
to act against this, but success is doubtful without the help of former friends
from the Third Echelon team, resulting in a series of life and death situations
for himself and the country where trust can by no means be assumed.
If you're as big of Splinter Cell fan as I am, and the video
games don't quench your thirst for action and excitement, then I would
encourage you to take a look at the novels. I've read all of them but
Conviction and End Game (it's on my list), and they are very much in line with
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Operation Barracuda
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Checkmate
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Fallout
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction (novel)
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Endgame
There's also been rumor of a movie, although any recent news
has been pretty dormant as of late. There was a trailer included on the
Platinum Hits edition of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, but
obviously a trailer isn't always an indicator that a movie is in production.
(You can find it on YouTube)
If they do though, who should play Sam Fisher? I'd say
Gerard Butler (perhaps you've seen him recently in Gamer or Law Abiding