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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell (Xbox)

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Advertising Blurbs

www.nintendo.com – Nintendo GameCube:

    GCN-only enhancements ratchet up the suspense.



    You are a shadowy army of one.

    Ubi Soft invites Nintendo GameCube owners to go deep undercover with a vastly enhanced version of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell.

    Features

    • Plenty of enhancements to GCN version, including exclusive Game Boy Advance connectivity
    • In-depth obstacle-course tutorial teaches you the basics of undercover espionage. Learn to scale walls, climb ladders, ride zip lines, travel beams hand-over-hand, shimmy through crawl spaces and perform split jumps
    • Strong emphasis on stealth moves -- hack computers to get passcodes, knock out guards and hide their bodies, flatten yourself against walls, circumvent security cameras, defeat retinal scanners, don night-vision goggles and more
    • Wide variety of gadgets, including lock-pick kit, binoculars, wire camera
    • If necessary, use silenced pistol and nonlethal weapons


    New and Improved



    Although Splinter Cell did not premiere on the Nintendo GameCube, Ubi Soft has taken the added time to make some noticeable improvements and additions to make this version the best. Thirty minutes of computer animated cut-scenes flesh out the story line. All-new music has been recorded by the acclaimed Prague Orchestra.

    The graphics engine has been overhauled and fine-tuned to take advantage of the Nintendo GameCube's abilities. The frame-rate has received a definite boost, giving everything a much smoother appearance. Splinter Cell's famous lighting and shadow effects are still present as well. Beams of lights cascade realistically over the environments and on Sam himself.

    Levels have been balanced and tweaked to minimize confusion. For example, the first level used to have a wide gap that was very difficult to jump across, resulting in many a Controller being hurled in frustration. The Nintendo GameCube version has an overhead beam that can be traversed hand-over-hand, minimizing frustrating death sequences.

    The interface has also been fine-tuned. Approaching doors will automatically give you a set of options without having to dig through your inventory. You can use your wire camera on any door or opt to use lock picks. Keypad codes will appear at the bottom of the screen, eliminating the need for tedious memorization.

    Link up with a GBA to unlock special features, including the Sticky Bomb in the GCN. You can also unlock levels in the GBA version. For full details, click on Connectivity, above.

    Bottom Line

    Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell offers an undercover gaming experience like none other. The incredible attention to detail makes you feel as though you truly are an undercover agent. It doesn't matter how you decide to play the game. Just do yourself a favor and make sure that you play it.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (52133) on Jul 14, 2005.

www.ubi.com - PC Release:
    Infiltrate terrorists' positions, acquire critical intelligence by any means necessary, execute with extreme prejudice, and exit without a trace!

    You are Sam Fisher, a highly trained secret operative of the NSA's secret arm: Third Echelon. The world balance is in your hands, as cyber terrorism and international tensions are about to explode into WWIII.

    Key Features

    • Go Behind the Headlines into the Real World of Modern Espionage: Enter the realistic Tom Clancy universe. Suit up with the latest classified field operative gear and weapons.
    • A New Level of Stealth Action: All the best stealth action plus all new moves. Highly interactive environments giving players more gameplay options and the ability to strategize their actions.
    • Deep Environments. Unparalleled Immersion: Stunning environments driven by the next generation Unreal’ engine. Dynamic lighting and sound effects that match reality.
    • Pulse-Pounding Action on a Global Scale: Over 20 Hours of stealth action. Diverse mission objectives that can be achieved by different means for increased replay value.

    Contributed by Alrightya (312) on Jul 12, 2005.

www.ubi.com -Xbox/PS2/GC:
    You have the right to spy, steal, destroy, and assassinate to ensure that American freedoms are protected. If captured, the U.S. government will disavow any knowledge of your existence. You are Sam Fisher. You are a Splinter Cell.

    When two CIA agents mysteriously vanish in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, the NSA's secret subagency, Third Echelon, deploys Sam Fisher - its most capable Splinter Cell operative - to recover them. Fisher soon uncovers a deeper conspiracy: a plot that threatens to destabilize world order and spark nuclear conflict.

    Fisher, like all Third Echelon Splinter Cells, is granted use of the Fifth Freedom - unprecedented latitude to safeguard America's security by any means necessary. Acting alone, he uses terrorists' own tactics against them. Should he fall to enemy hands, the U.S. government will disavow any knowledge of his existence.

    No more time for negotiations and diplomacy. The time for decisive action has come. Strike from the darkness… Fade away. You are Sam Fisher. You are a Splinter Cell.

    Contributed by Alrightya (312) on Jul 12, 2005.

2002 PCPowerPlay Guide (UbiSoft):
    If you haven't heard the buzz on this title yet you've been living in a cave since E3! This game was the choice of many for Best of Show at E3 2002 and it's easy to see why.

    The player takes on the role of Sam Fisher, an operative for the National Security Agency's sub agency, the Third Echelon. The Third Echelon consists of many Splinter Cells. It has the support and resources of the major U.S. intelligence agencies, but will never be recognised by the U.S. government. If any cell of Third Echelon is captured or compromised the government will disavow any knowledge of its existence and the remaining members will vanish.

    Fisher is inducted into the Third Echelon with an important first mission. Two CIA agents have disappeared in T'Bilisi, Georgia after investigating communications blackouts in the area. Fisher will uncover more than a couple of corpses when he infiltrates the Georgian government and unveils a threat that will have devastating consequences for the American people.

    Splinter Cell is a stealth-oriented action game set in a Tom Clancy-inspired landscape. All kinds of cool high-tech gadgets are at your disposal to help you neutralise terrorist threats. One of our favourites would have to be the 'sticky camera', a miniature camera that can be fired from your gun at a wall, allowing you to silently position instant surveillance cameras anywhere in the level.

    The Unreal II engine has been utilised and enhanced to provide some stunning lighting effects that will make your jaw drop. Lighting plays a crucial part in Splinter Cell. Using a light meter to judge how visible he is to foes, Sam makes use of the shadows to covertly infiltrate enemy installations and perform his missions without alerting anyone to his existence.

    Sam's state-of-the-art goggles also come equipped with night and thermal vision modes, both of which look incredible. Nothing beats the satisfaction of crouching in the dark, right beside your enemy - you can see him perfectly but he has not idea you're there. There's more than one way to complete each mission, offering a great deal of replayability. Splinter Cell is shaping up to be the game everyone will be talking about this year!

    FAST FACTS:
    Fact: Hideo Kojima, creator of Metal Gear Solid, is a Splinter Cell fan!

    Contributed by Jeanne (75635) on Nov 27, 2004.

Back of Case - GameCube:
    CONSOLE GAME OF THE YEAR
    now redefined for the Nintendo GameCube!

    You are Am Fisher. You have the right to spy, steal, destroy, and assassinate to ensure that American freedoms are protected. If captured, the U.S. government will disavow and knowledge of your existence.

    You are a Splinter Cell.

    Experience the best Nintendo GameCube graphics: a world of cinematic proportions.

    NEW FEATURES, INCLUDING:
  • Exclusive new Gadgets activated thanks to the Nintendo GameCube - Game Boy Advance cable.
  • Unlock 5 new missions in Splinter Cell GBA with the Nintendo GameCube - Game Boy Advance cable.
  • 30 minutes of new cinematics.
  • Progressive Scan compatible.

    Force enemies to cooperate or use them as human shields.

  • 9 pulse-pounding stealth missions from the world of Tom Clancy.
  • Utilize prototype weapons and equipment.
  • Featuring Michael Ironside as the voice of Sam Fisher.
  • Extensive behind-the-game DVD features and other surprises.

    Stalk from the shadows. Strike with precision.

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69521) on Jul 31, 2003.

www.gamestop.com:
    Infiltrate terrorists positions, acquire critical intelligence by any means necessary, execute with extreme prejudice, and extract without a trace. You are Sam Fisher, a secret field operator of the NSA and the world balance is in your hands as international tension is tighten to the breaking point.

    Contributed by Exodia85 (2169) on Jul 11, 2003.

Back of Case - PlayStation 2 (NTSC):

    CONSOLE GAME OF THE YEAR


    now redefined for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system!

    Your name is Sam Fisher. You have the right to spy, steal, destroy, and assassinate to ensure that American freedoms are protected. If captured, the U.S. government will disavow any knowledge of your existence.

    You are a Splinter Cell.

    Experience revolutionaly visual effects never seen before on the PlayStation 2 System.

    PlayStation 2 NEW FEATURES:
  • 4 exclusive levels of gut-wrenching stealth action.
  • 30 minutes of new cinematics.
  • New intro with original music by the Prague Orchestra.

    Force enemies to cooperate or use them as human shields.

  • 10 pulse-pounding stealth-action missions from the world of Tom Clancy.

  • Utilize prototype black-ops weapons and equipment.

  • Featuring Michael Ironside as the voice of Sam Fisher.

  • Extensive behind-the-game DVD features and other surprises.

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69521) on Jun 15, 2003.

Back of Case - PlayStation 2 (PAL):
    Your name is Sam Fisher and you are the best field-operative of a secret NSA sub-agency. Sent to execute desperate missions, you're the last resort of your government. Should you be captured or killed, all knowledge of your existence will be denied.
    You are a Splinter Cell.

  • Experience revolutionaly visual effects never seen before on the PlayStation 2 System.
  • Force enemies to cooperate, or use them as human shields.
  • Stalk from the shadows with precision.
  • Use prototype weapons and equipment.
  • 10 heart pounding stealth missions.

    NEW FEATURES:
  • 4 new levels of gut-wrenching stealth action.
  • 30 minutes of never-seen-before cinematics.
  • New intro with original music by the Prague Orchestra.

    With Michael Ironside as the voice of Sam Fisher.

    Contributed by MAT (66285) on Apr 02, 2003.

Back of Case - Xbox:
    You are Sam Fisher. You have the right to spy, steal, destroy, and assassinate to ensure that American freedoms are protected. If captured, the U.S. government will disavow and knowledge of your existence.

    You are a Splinter Cell.

    Experience the best in Xbox graphics: a world of cinematic proportions.

    Force enemies to cooperate or use them as human shields.

    Stalk from the shadows. Strike with precision.


    • 9 pulse-pounding stealth missions from the world of Tom Clancy.
    • Utilize prototype weapons and equipment.
    • Download new levels on Xbox Live.
    • Featuring music by The Crystal Method.


    "Splinter Cell will change the way people look at video games."
    - Electronic Gaming Monthly

    Contributed by JPaterson (9096) on Nov 19, 2002.