Splinter Cell Blacklist

Reviews have gone live, with pretty high scores across the board. I’ve had this pre-ordered for a while, so I’m glad it turned out well. Anyone else looking forward to this?

I won’t be reviewing this, since I did one of those internal reviews for Ubisoft, but I’m as surprised as anyone. Blacklist is really good.

-Tom

Awesome!

Also, I’m amused that while pretty much every review mentions Chaos Theory and Conviction, not a single one I’ve read talks about Double Agent.

I’m very much looking forward to it since I really liked Conviction. I’ve learned that this is not something you say in polite company, however.

I was a fan of the early Splinter Cells, but after Conviction, I’ve completely lost interest. The bad guys talking was so off-putting to me, I hate the very idea of being Sam Fischer now.

In that case, you’ll be glad to know that Sam Fisher is basically dead. Without Michael Ironsides, it’s a whole new guy in Blacklist who I don’t care one whit about. Instead, the gameplay is the star of Blacklist.

 -Tom

Don’t have time to read reviews right now, but how long is the SP? Because as much as I loved Conviction, I can blow through that story in about 2-3 hours.

I haven’t really enjoyed the series since Chaos Theory, which I felt had both great single player and co-op gameplay. Is Blacklist back on that track or is it still the more action-focused Conviction style? Mainly I want to see the return of the co-op Chaos Theory-esque campaign.

Woolen, Blacklist is, for better or worse, as long as you want it to be, and that’s without even getting into the multiplayer. It’s a leveling game, with incentive to replay and explore missions to buy and upgrade gear. But if you just want to blow through the storyline, it depends entirely on how difficult you want the game to be. I’d say it took me about ten to fifteen hours at normal difficulty.

 -Tom

It is very co-op oriented, with a clear divide among action-oriented and stealth-oriented missions. They do some really cool things to encourage different approaches for different missions.

 -Tom

So there’s co-op akin to Chaos Theory? I loved that, even though it was a whore to get working.

Yep. Basically, you have four “handlers” who give you missions independent of the storyline. Each handler offers a different type of mission with its own gameplay style. One of them is the same sort of co-op as Chaos Theory. There’s even co-op horde mode.

-Tom

That is actually good to hear. The idea that I will never again hear “You got away from us in Insert name of last level here FISCHER. But we’ll get you this time” makes me happy.

Sweet. Well I guess I’ll have to check it out since I got it free when I upgraded my video card.

I really liked Conviction too. I’ve always steered clear of the more hardcore stealth stuff but accessible stuff like Conviction is right up my alley. It came out around the time I was watching all of 24 for the first time so it scratched that “be Jack Bauer” itch as well!

I’m looking forward to a 4 day weekend next week spent playing entirely too much Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Saints Row 4.

Conviction was the best SC game I played.

Will look for this after a price drop.

Wonder if this was the game supposed to be bundled with my nvidia card. Guess I need to find out how to redeem it.

Looks like it was only if I purchased from another retailer (same card - same price). Oh whell.

They need to slow down these releases, I still haven’t played Blacklist. But I do have it installed!

Excited for sure. Blacklist is legit, one of the best stealth games I’ve ever played.

Plus the new VO for Fisher was good, I didn’t miss Ironside at all. Ok, maybe a little bit.