Is this fifth installment in the Splinter Cell series good enough to rival the other new single-player shooter games? You'd better believe it.
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction (Ubisoft)
Release Date: 4/13
Available for: Xbox 360, PC
In a world where stealth means everything, nobody blends into the shadows better than our hero, Sam Fisher. The story picks up where the last installment left off: Sam is on the hunt for the bad guys who took his daughter Sarah, and he'll stop at nothing to get the answers that will allow him to save her and get revenge.
Good thing there's improved gameplay. You can hide from enemies in the dark or behind objects, and when you step into the light and face them, you can fire up combat mode.
If the gameplay doesn't suck you in, the graphics and cut scenes will do the trick. Developers spent countless hours piecing together landscapes, scenarios, HD scenes and other graphically-enhanced components to deliver one of the most realistic games of the year.
Finally, a new feature, cooperative mode, lets you team up with a partner to play a scenario different from the single-player campaign of this high action shooter game. But don't think that you can leave your partner and take off on your own to complete levels. The only way to advance is by working together and communicating with one another to survive the battle and make it to the next checkpoint.
STACK's Take: Sam Fisher is like a combination of Batman and James Bond. The gameplay is easy to pick up, and the graphics are sick. But perhaps the best element of Splinter Cell: Conviction is the online co-op mode, because of its team bonding possibilities. You truly have to communicate well and work closely together. One slip up and a man goes down. But it's great fun to team up to take out the bad guys.
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