(splintercell.us.ubi.com/conviction/) Rated Mature by ESRB.  The Splinter Cell Franchise is back for its sixth installment with its very best, Sam Fisher, exclusively for Xbox 360!  Ubisoft Montreal has really changed things up this time around, packing in a not so traditional all stealth style game play. With a combination of scenes out of movies like ‘True Lies’ meets ‘Sniper’, you are bound to have a good time!

(splintercell.us.ubi.com/conviction/)  Rated Mature by ESRB. The Splinter Cell Franchise is back for its sixth installment with its very best, Sam Fisher, exclusively for Xbox 360! Ubisoft Montreal has really changed things up this time around, packing in a not so traditional all stealth style game play. With a combination of scenes out of movies like ‘True Lies’ meets ‘Sniper’, you are bound to have a good time!

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Presentation:

The mission and story behind the action is a much more personal one involving Sam’s daughter. Not to give away too much, you learn that Sam’s daughter was killed and semi-retired Sam Fisher is called back into action with new evidence leading to his daughter’s killer. The game takes place before the last installment, “Splinter Cell: Double Agent”.  For those of you who are not familiar with the story, the game will catch you up with the plot fairly fast along the way. 

         

Graphics:

The graphics and colors of the game give off a very grim and dirty feel to the world.  In a way, this adds to the emotion of story and a sense of realism.  The character models and environment are detailed and well designed.  Still, the animation is where the game truly shines.  Whether Sam is chasing someone, sliding over a car, or jumping over a fence, all the movements are very natural, fluid and realistic.  At times, you will feel like you are watching an action film. This game also features an innovative new method called “projection based story telling” to carry the story forward.  Instead of traditional cutscenes, short movie clips and objectives relevant to the current situation are projected on walls and floors around the environment.  This element adds a novel feel to the story telling.

 

Sound:

Long time Splinter Cell Veteran, Michael Ironside is back and angrier than ever. He lends voice to a Sam Fisher that has had enough of Third Echelon’s shenanigans.  Although this is a different type of Splinter Cell experience, his delivery and emotion put into the ingame dialogue really make the story convincing and believable!  The score is extremely immersive as well!  With fast paced action and explosions left and right you will feel like the musical score could have been out of the 2010 version of the movie “The Rock”!

         

Gameplay:

Unlike most games, Splinter Cell: Conviction has no loading screens (that is unless you die and are reloading from your last check point). Because the gameplay is so fluid without loading screens, you will find yourself not wanting to put down the game. This time around a new “mark and execute” system is introduced to your arsenal. You can tag enemies, marking their heads and then executing them with the press of a button. These mark and execute kills are rewarded through stealth hand-to-hand takedowns. Some may argue that this makes the game far too easy, but once put into play you’ll soon learn that the fact is far from it. There are just way more enemies in the game and many more hard hitting interrogation acts to follow for Sam to get to the bottom of his daughter’s killer. If you’re into customizability, this game is for you! With a choice of only the latest and greatest gadgets and arsenal under your belt, you will have the ability to modify and customize each weapon with a number of individual upgrades and unique properties for every gun to make your weapons perform more effective in the field! Whether you are going to be using your traditional favorite field pistol, the Five-Seven or a Silenced Combat Shotgun, be sure to change up your arms often for each and every mission will demand for something different.

 

Innovation:

Sam’s visibility to those around him in the game world is depicted through the use of color on your screen which creates an extremely dramatic effect for the game. Initially, when invisible to those around you, everything on your screen is displayed in a black and white color. However, when you are visible to those around you in your environment goes back to full color. Although the old light meter for stealth is no longer available, the new stealth system is just as enjoyable and quickly adaptable.

         

Longevity:

The co-op mode can be considered almost entirely another added title with many more hours of game play between you and a friend. Offering split-screen, System Link and online support, you and a friend presume the roles of agent Archer and agent Ketrel of the Third Echelon partaking in a prequel story to the single-player campaign. What a great deal! What more can we ask for?

 

Conclusion:

Splinter Cell: Conviction is a superb action-stealth game that does not follow the traditional Splinter Cell formula. The game has solid mechanics and easy to pickup and play. Ubisoft Montreal has incorporated a lot of new elements and revamped the game from grounds up that will please both new Splinter Cell fans as well as the legacy hardcore fans. With its heartfelt storyline and engaging narratives, the audience will feel Sam Fisher’s anguish story beyond Third Echelon. Whether you are a “shoot first, ask later” gunslinger or a “silence is golden” stealth agent, you will bound to find amazement in this rendition of Splinter Cell. 

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