Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction

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Sam Fisher is a broken man since the events in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent. He doesn't care about Third Echelon or even the American country anymore. The only driving force in his life left is his thirst for revenge. Revenge for the death of his daughter. One day a lead on the murderer takes him to Malta but before he can act, an old friend calls: Anna Grímsdóttirm his old liaison officer. She unveils to Fisher that his daughter Sarah is still alive but of course it's not without a hidden agenda. So in order for Fisher to see his daughter again, he has to save America once again - but is Anna really telling the truth?

The player once again looks Sam Fisher over the shoulder while he makes his way through the levels in order to fulfill his objectives ranging from killing specific targets to blowing stuff up. As opposed to the previous installments of the series however, Sam prefers a more direct approach. While stealth and hiding in cover are still important parts of the gameplay, Sam doesn't care all that much about the lives of his enemies anymore and as such has thrown out most of his gadgets. So instead of avoiding the enemy, the player will mostly concentrate on how he can most efficiently take out the targets.

To help him with that, the player has access to a vast array of weaponry both with and without sound suppression including various types of grenades like frags, remote mines or a sticky camera which allows Sam once again to scout an area from afar, to entice enemies away or simply explode in their face. All weapons can be upgraded three times, increasing their power, range and accuracy using the points earned by completing objectives and fulfilling the so-called P.E.C. challenges. The P.E.C. challenges include stuff like killing five enemies with the "Death from Above"-move or with a silent headshot and such.

Each weapon also features the attribute "Marks". The player can mark as many enemies as the weapons allows with a grey arrow, making them visible even behind closed doors. But more importantly the marks are used for the new "Mark & Execute"-feature. Once Sam Fisher has performed a hand-to-hand takedown, the arrow above marked enemies in range of his current weapon turn red. The player then presses the execute button and Sam will kill all marked enemies in range in a slow-motion move, basically making it a instant kill.

If Sam is spotted by an enemy but manages to duck away, a ghost of Sam remains on his last position. With this, the place is marked where the enemy suspects Sam is hiding and while everyone's attention is on that spot, the player has time to plan his flanking move accordingly. In addition loud noises will once again distract the enemy and turn his back on Fisher.

Besides the single-player-experience, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction features an extensive multiplayer-mode for two player. The five available game-modes are:* Coop-Story - This campaign takes place before the events of the main game and puts the players in the shoes of the agents Archer (Third Echelon) and Kestrel (Voron) who have to recover four Russian EMP-weapons before they are sold on the black market.

  • Hunt - The players have to gradually clear the map from all enemies. If they are discovered, the difficulty level rises and additional enemies appear.

  • Last Stand - The players have to defend an EMP-generator against wave after wave of enemies.

  • Duel - The agent fight against each other as well as against AI-enemies. For each kill they earn points and the one with the most points wins the match.

  • Infiltration - The players have to infiltrate an area without being spotted.


  • 汤姆克兰西 之 细胞分裂:断罪 - Simplified Chinese spelling
  • 湯姆克蘭西 之 縱橫諜海:斷罪 - Traditional Chinese spelling

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Splinter Cell: Alienation (*Single player campaign review*)

The Good
Having played all the other major Splinter Cell games I eagerly waited to play this title. Now when I finally took my time, installed it (thanks backlog!), breezed though the story campaign and tried out the Deniable Ops mode, I'd like to share a bit of my impressions from playing this.

First things first, the game looks quite good. Graphics are generally OK, nothing particularly special, but they are crisp clear (at least in PC version), with many little details and nice touches. And that little trick with projecting your current task on any surface was really, really astonishing.

Sound design is quite good, I especially enjoyed menu sounds and several music tracks played during dramatic moments. Voice acting is good as usual, but I found Sam sound a bit off, as if he were older and more tired of it all than he actually appears in the game.

And while we're still on the bright side of this little review, I have to admit that optional Deniable Ops Mode is really awesome and it plays just like a Splinter Cell game should. But more on that in the end of the review.

The Bad
The worst thing a stealth game can do is throwing tons of enemies at you with a very little or no alternative to a direct confrontation. And SC:C does that all the time: every five minutes, especially in later levels you will find yourself surrounded by armed foes, in a brightly lit room, and - the worst - with indestructible light sources. Say goodbye to stealth!

The moral dilemma of previous games - whether to kill a guy or simply knock him off is gone - Sam is now on a killing spree murdering hundreds of people. I wouldn't act like that in a regular Splinter Cell game! While killing some officers and higher-ups is justified by the story and I'm OK with that, I just don't understand why I should kill all those security guards and soldiers. I was a stealth machine in all previous SC games, I enjoyed stealth, often with not a single shot fired in levels (excluding maybe the previous title, where it was also nearly impossible in some levels). Here, it's so damn exaggerated, all you do is kill, kill, kill.

You can kill in stealth, sure, but weapons are very inaccurate, and what you meant to be a headshot will miss, alarming all enemies of your presence (even with a silenced gun). Sneaking on enemies and killing them silently is good, but you can't carry the bodies! That's it, a dedicated stealth game, and you can't hide the bodies. It's a total, inexcusable failure at stealth design. It's like Metro 2033, where the designers wanted you to play stealthily, but made it almost impossible to do so due to faulty enemy algorithms, so majority of the players just had to rush through the levels killing everyone in sight (or reload-reload-reload!)

Enemy placement is so compact, that it gets infuriatingly hard to sneak on people in later levels. You ultimately will have to resort to Hitman-like "accidents" (dropping some equipment on poor guys' heads) and thus attracting attention (so, end of stealth), or trying to headshoot everybody (and, usually, fail). You can, however, hide after you've been spotted and it's advisable to do so, since Sam can withstand just a few hits, but usually you realize that it's quicker and easier to just shoot everybody Rambo-style.

And that, the idea that you'd rather just shoot everybody than search for perhaps non-existent algorithm of stealth approach, is an extremely sad idea for a stealth video game.

It is also worth mentioning that the game lacks any map, so planning is non-existent. All you do here is adapt to the situation instantly, without any preparation, otherwise you're spotted and shot at. The map probably didn't make it into the final game due to the overall change of pacing; the designers probably felt that this Splinter Cell was a faster and more action-packed game, so the map is probably not needed. Wrong. And lazy.

Oh, and the person who decided that cutscenes should be pre-renders of awfully low resolution, looking far worse than the actual gameplay, should best quit the industry and find a real job.

And I didn't even talk about the story, although it's a Single player campaign review. Well, the story is shite, it as usual involves an evil dude who wants to control the world or something like that, and his methods are hilariously stupid, so that's all I can say about it. Character development maybe? Yeah, there is some, but not enough.

The Bottom Line
Ultimately, it's a different experience than what everybody (including me) expected from a SC game. The game that alienated the dedicated Splinter Cell fan base, while failing to attract new players. If I want Cawadoody, I can go play my Cawadoody and have better time at doing that. The pacing is changed drastically. Now it's all about fast actions, split-second decisions and such. While it's not a bad thing, it just feels out of place (at least in story mode). The game is not bad by any standards, it just encourages a different style of gameplay.

As usual there's also an additional mode called Deniable Ops. And that is one really awesome mode (Hunter) which plays just like SC should. You are thrown into a location with a goal to kill a number of people, but if they spot you they call backup and then hell breaks loose. So you need to apply strategy, carefully plan everything or rely on your spy's reflexes. Enemies may change their location and patrol routes, making this mode a very worthwhile experience. Awesome mode which really redeemed the aftertaste of the forgettable story campaign.

Windows · by GTramp (81965) · 2013


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The PC version originally required a permanent internet connection even in single-player. Some time later, Ubisoft removed this copy protection and the game only requires a one-time activation since then.


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Macintosh added by GTramp. Xbox One added by Eufemiano Bullanga.

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Game added June 15, 2010. Last modified January 29, 2024.