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 Cell: Conviction.


"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 elimination.


* 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 the games.


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 Citizen).