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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 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 You have to sneak out the camp in order to rescue a prisoner.
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
Game Informer Magazine May, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Games TM Mar, 2006 6 out of 10 60
Yahoo! Games Mar 28, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Meristation Apr 10, 2006 6 out of 10 60
GamePro (US) Mar 27, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GameSpot Mar 29, 2006 5.8 out of 10 58
Jeuxvideo.com Apr 07, 2006 11 out of 20 55
GameSpy Apr 05, 2006 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
GamerDad Jul 18, 2006 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Big John WV (25272) added Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Essentials (PSP) on Sep 06, 2008