What is it? Sam Fisher’s first outing since 2010′s Conviction. He’s got a new spec-ops unit – Fourth Echelon – to lead into stealthy battle against a terrorist cell. Despite their name sounding like an ’80s synth outfit, The Engineers have only gone and planned a series of attacks on American interests, called the Blacklist.
What’s the gameplay like? Splinter Cell purists will welcome the return of Chaos Theory-like stealth following the all-action Conviction, but there’s still something for everyone. You can opt to guide Fisher through missions either by trying to not get clocked by enemies, giving them a nasty slap if they do spot you, or by going kill-first-think-second on their arses.
Is it any good? Some will be miffed that Michael Ironside has jumped ship from voicing Fisher, but the main irritant is that Ubisoft force tactics on you in some of the missions – meaning you have to go gung-ho whether you like it or not. It’s not a deal-breaker, though. Blacklist is a lot of fun and a real return to the stone-cold stealth aceness of previous instalments.
In five words: Shhhh, be vewy, vewy qwiet.