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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.


Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Essentials PSP Hanging on a pipe in order to pass over obstacles.
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 Breaking a lock.
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Essentials PSP This place is full of mines.

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Playstation Illustrated Apr 16, 2006 90 out of 100 90
Cheat Code Central Mar 29, 2006 3.4 out of 5 68 May 17, 2006 67 out of 100 67
Daily Game Apr 07, 2006 6.5 out of 10 65
IGN Mar 29, 2006 6.3 out of 10 63
Gamers' Temple, The May 31, 2006 62 out of 100 62
Yahoo! Games Mar 28, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GamePro (US) Mar 27, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GameSpot Mar 29, 2006 5.8 out of 10 58
Worth Playing Jun 22, 2006 4 out of 10 40


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Big John WV (25477) added Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Essentials (PSP) on Sep 06, 2008