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Joystiq (Aug 14, 2013)
Patiently waiting in a room for a guard to move may sound like the opposite of an exhilarating experience, but it's the tension of planning coupled with execution that makes Splinter Cell Blacklist such a winner. Blacklist's multiple methods of enemy engagement brings Ubisoft's grizzled veteran spy to an outstanding new frontier, giving players the best game in the franchise's history.
IGN (Aug 14, 2013)
Splinter Cell: Blacklist is a sweet middle ground between the Panther-like action of Conviction and the Ghost-like stealth of Chaos Theory. The delightful improbable success of this compromise is a testament to game design that always has choice in mind. It’s well worth replaying the campaign with an alternate playstyle, a different set of preferred gadgets, and/or on Perfectionist mode. And, like the series’ Chaos Theory peak it can’t help but be compared to, Blacklist’s also packing a pair of multiplayer modes that could stand proudly on their own. Splinter Cell is back on the right shadowy track.
AusGamers (Aug 20, 2013)
It’s a rarity when a title delivers engrossing, compelling, varied and highly replayable gameplay in both its single and multiplayer elements. Splinter Cell: Blacklist is such a manner of beast and other than a few graphical inconsistencies it remains one of the most solid all-around combat experiences I’ve snuck around behind and embedded my knife into.
Game Revolution (Aug 21, 2013)
While Blacklist can't support an aggressive Call of Duty-trained soldier, thoughtful yet military-minded players of all skill levels will love the high production values, streamlined gameplay, and layered replayability. The bonus missions that are playable either solo or co-op are fun both ways. Spies vs. Mercs takes the single-player gameplay and offers players a turn as the dim-witted guards they've tortured so thoroughly in the campaign. Blacklist returns Splinter Cell to flagship franchise status, no matter how crowded Ubisoft's portfolio has gotten during Sam's shore leave.
PlayStation Universe (Aug 27, 2013)
Splinter Cell: Blacklist is the pinnacle of stealth action gaming and easily the best Splinter Cell outing to date.
Gamers' Temple, The (Sep 25, 2013)
Blacklist is a great game and probably my favorite Splinter Cell title to date. The reinvigoration of the stealth element feels familiar and fresh simultaneously, and the option to play as you wish without any story or bonus consequences is a big draw. The graphics aren't the best I've seen, but if you agree that stealth hasn't had the best showing in 2013, then Blacklist is right up your alley.
Digital Chumps (Aug 23, 2013)
You know, I'm really happy that Splinter Cell never became an annual release. I think if it were that way, it would get tedious. The stories themselves are getting harder and harder to really appreciate as is. More importantly, all modes of Blacklist are a lot of fun to play. Few games give you the options that SC does, and in many regards, Blacklist is the series' best.
Cheat Code Central (Aug 19, 2013)
I will say this, however, Splinter Cell: Blacklist has become one of my personal favorite titles this year. The story is engaging, the characters have a sense of depth to them I enjoy, and the stealth action rivals, if not surpasses, the most recent Metal Gear entry. All in all, this is a game designed for players who bide their time before sneaking behind an enemy and sending them on to the great beyond. Of course, if you are the player that likes the balls-to-the-wall, guns-a-blazin’ action, there’s that too. It’s a win-win for everyone but the enemy.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Aug 30, 2013)
Ondanks de sterke nadruk op een te zwak verhaal biedt Splinter Cell: Blacklist een uitstekende stealthsandbox die off- en online pure stealth en vlotte actie met elkaar weet te rijmen.
In spite of its uninspiring story, Splinter Cell: Blacklist creates a sense of urgency that few games can match. It gives you the tools — the guns, the high-tech devices, the goggles — to accomplish your mission and then lets you use them as you see fit. Enemies from Benghazi to London will learn to fear your sticky camera, your tri-rotor aerial drone, and your sleeping grenades … or they just might pump you full of lead if you make a mistake. But you can always reload and try again.
Gaming Age (Sep 05, 2013)
All in all, this is a pretty great entry in the series for Splinter Cell. Blacklist dials down some of the dumb action and forced firefights found in Conviction, in favor of the more classic stealth mechanics that have made the series famous. The larger, open maps offer up a lot of variety for players when it comes to tackling mission objectives and customizable loadouts for both online and offline play give you more reasons to improve your previous mission attempts. Top that off with a largely satisfying online mode with both versus and co-op action and you’ve got a stealth action title that’s hard to beat this year.
Splinter Cell’s return to PS3 builds upon a legacy of slick mechanics and crafts an empowering experience whether you choose to pull it in the direction of stealth or action. If you can bear its unironic plot, which gives you the same feeling as watching Fox News, it’s more than worthy of your to-do list. Sam’s learned new tricks, gained an almighty toybox and feels righteously superhuman to control, but spreads himself thin in an effort to impress.
GameSpot (Aug 14, 2013)
There's no doubting Splinter Cell: Blacklist's excellent production values. It's a great-looking, great-sounding game that sizzles with the high-tech ambience and language that characterize a typical Tom Clancy product. Sam's solo trek is a very good expression of Blacklist's various gameplay systems. But it's with--and against--others that the game hacks into your pleasure centers, so while Sam Fisher may not be the man you remember, Splinter Cell: Blacklist has too many sweet adventures in store for you to miss them.
TheSixthAxis (Aug 14, 2013)
So there’s plenty of variation and there’s plenty to endear Splinter Cell: Blacklist to new fans and old. The lengthy single player campaign is augmented with plenty of co-op missions and that healthy multiplayer portion of the game to dip into. It might not have the most imaginative of plots and the delivery of that narrative is just okay but it’s not supposed to be anything too deep – it’s a summer blockbuster. In those terms, Splinter Cell: Blacklist succeeds at every turn thanks to Ubisoft Toronto’s impressive balancing of stealth and action that is, as yet, unmatched in this genre.
USgamer (Aug 20, 2013)
Ubisoft has taken the best of Splinter Cell and packaged it in a great game that represents a new start for the series. If you love Splinter Cell, don't be afraid of a purchase.
The Digital Fix (Apr 10, 2013)
This feels like a game that has returned to a time when the series was great; whether that lack of innovation is a sticking point or not is an opinion that will sit firmly with the player themselves. It is more of the same then, but it exists as a wonderful refinement of an old recipe. With an entertaining story, play style customisation and a plethora of extra content Blacklist is without a doubt the finest Splinter Cell game for what seems like quite a while. It’s big, bold and a bit silly at times but for a silky action adventure that will give you more than you put in then you shouldn’t look much further.
Gamereactor (Sweden) (Aug 15, 2013)
I slutändan är Splinter Cell: Blacklist långt ifrån perfekt, men ett välpolerat, varierat och framför allt innehållsrikt spel som alla fans av Splinter Cell bör avnjuta. Om inte annat så bara för den superba samarbetsdelens skull, och för att återigen njuta lite av Spies vs Mercs som för min egen del står sig som ett strålande multiplayerläge.
80 (Aug 16, 2013)
Splinter Cell Blacklist tente un grand écart périlleux, s'efforçant de faire le pont entre un Chaos Theory pur jus et l'approche plus dynamique et action de Conviction, dans un essai de séduction de l'amateur d'infiltration pure mais aussi d'approche plus bourrine, en quête d'un effet best of. Au final, c'est pourtant la voie du milieu qui s'avère être la plus plaisante et surtout largement favorisée par le level design, celle qui consiste à dégommer le plus de monde en faisant le moins de remous possible, l'infiltration dynamique et « au contact » à la Jason Bourne, plus fun certes, mais aussi moins profonde. Par ailleurs, on recommande chaudement de ne pas passer à côté des missions coop et du mode Versus de retour après une longue et regrettable absence.
80 (Aug 14, 2013)
Leider ist es zu einfach, dass er bis zu drei Wachen markieren und automatisch erschießen kann. Sam ist auch zu mächtig, wenn er fast gefahrlos per Knopfdruck die Deckung wechselt und mitten im Einsatz seine Vorräte auffüllt. Nicht zuletzt versinkt der oberflächlich spannende Thriller in einem Pathos, das militärische Hardliner völlig unreflektiert zu Helden erklärt. Doch spätestens auf dem höchsten Schwierigkeitsgrad, wenn fast alle spielerischen Krücken wegfallen, wird die Handlung zur Nebensache. Einsätze mit einem menschlichen Partner sind sogar noch spannender, weil das taktische Vorgehen ein durchdachtes Hand-in-Hand erfordert. Trotz kleiner Schwächen belebt dieses Splinter Cell nicht nur seine alten Stärken wieder. Es ist spielerisch und inhaltlich auch der umfangreichste Teil der Serie. Und ein guter Schlussstrich unter einer schweren Ära!
Destructoid (Aug 20, 2013)
As with so many recent Ubisoft releases, how much you enjoy Splinter Cell: Blacklist depends on how willing you are to enjoy every feature it crams into the overall package. The campaign itself is fairly middling, and can be blazed through in the usual eight-to-ten hour timeframe, but if you talk to your supporting characters and access the ton of extra mission content, you can double the bang for your buck. With Spies vs. Mercs getting so much attention, you'll want to indulge in some multiplayer too if you really want to get the most out of what's on offer. The good news is, if you're up for some cooperative stealth and mercenary antics, Splinter Cell: Blacklist is right up your alley. If all you desire is more Sam Fisher action, however, you may come away feeling a little shortchanged.