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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Essentials (PSP)

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Splinter Cell Essentials is a hand-held "sequel" to Splinter Cell: Double Agent, with a story that explains the events after Double Agent and revisits previous missions from the original game's, as well as flashback missions of his Navy SEAL day's, levels made exclusive for the PSP, such as a mission in the jungle of Columbia back in 1992. In total there are nine missions to play in the story modes as well as three unlockable bonus missions.

The core gameplay is still the same, using stealth and shadows to eliminate or subdue targets, collect information and such. The controls have been slightly modified for the PSP, the analog being used for movement while the d-pad is used for the inventory screen, but the most notable feature is holding the "O" button will allow the player to pan around with the camera, while a single tap will reset the camera directly back to the third-person perspective.

As before, gadgets such as night vision, thermal, as well as lockpicks and weapons from the previous games return as well as a new feature designed exclusively for the game, where players can challenge a human opponent via Ad-Hoc in an online spy vs. spy deathmatch.

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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Essentials PSP Climbing on vines.
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Essentials PSP When you successfully target an enemy, the crosshair turns bright green.
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Essentials PSP Pause menu.
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Essentials PSP They won't even know what hit 'em.

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The Press Says

Game Informer Magazine May, 2006 8.25 out of 10 82
TTGamer May 02, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine May, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Daily Game Apr 07, 2006 6.5 out of 10 65
IGN Mar 29, 2006 6.3 out of 10 63
NZGamer May 31, 2006 6 out of 10 60
Eurogamer.net (UK) Apr 25, 2006 5 out of 10 50
Worth Playing Jun 22, 2006 4 out of 10 40
GamerDad Jul 18, 2006 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
videogamer.com May 17, 2006 4 out of 10 40

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Big John WV (25276) added Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Essentials (PSP) on Sep 06, 2008