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.
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Release Date: Feb 18, 2003

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About This Game

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.
  • 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 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.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Supported OS: Microsoft Windows® 2000/XP
    • Processor: Pentium® III or AMD Athlon™ 800 MHz
    • System Memory: 256 MB of RAM or above
    • Video Card: 32 MB 3D video card (64
    • Sound Card: Direct X 8.1 compliant sound card (
    • DirectX Version: DirectX® version 8.1 or higher
    • Hard Disk: 1.5 GB available hard disk space
    • Multiplayer: Broadband Internet connection
    Recommended:
    • Supported OS: Microsoft Windows® 2000/XP
    • Processor: Pentium® III or AMD Athlon™ 1.0 GHz
    • System Memory: 256 MB of RAM or above
    • Video Card: 64 MB 3D video card/
    • Sound Card: Direct X 8.1 compliant sound card with surround system
    • DirectX Version: Direct X 8.1
    • Hard Disk: 2.1 GB available hard disk space
    • Note: For an up-to-date list of supported chipsets, video cards, and operating systems, please visit the FAQ for this game at: http://support.ubi.com.
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Luibhiteoir
( 11.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Great game for folks looking to practice for school shootings.
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GABBA-[CRO]
( 12.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
This game is cool! I passed the whole game in 12.2h of playtime.

I will do some pros and cons for the game

PROS
-The game's graphics are awesome compared to the other games from '02
-The mechanics of the game are a lot different then other Tom Clancy games
-This game is one of those rare stealth games, where stealth is your utimate weapon
-Lots of gadgets and toys to choose from
-The game has 10 Missions and they are pretty good
-Enemy models are excellent, except for the thing when they are about 5 meters away from you, their heads turn in squares
-No bugs or crashes
-Community isn't dead

CONS
-Official Web Site isn't working anymore
-A bit too hard to pass if you are new to this type of game
-No Multiplayer

I recommend it. 8/10 would be Sam Fisher again!
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Merim
( 9.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Ahh, the first splinter cell game. I remember playing a demo of this I was little, was scared of the people attacking me haha.

Here I am now, around my 20s playing this once again. I am able to beat this through on high difficulty, the game was beautiful. Unfortunately for this pc I have, the cutscene keeps blinking but I managed to tolerate through. At least the voices didnt act out weird, so all I do is listen and look carefully. The game is good though, always have.
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[Hero] Sam Fisher
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
เกมนี้มันเก่ามากแต่เกมภาพสวยมีเงาแต่ texture ไม่ค่อยดีเท่าไหร่แต่ในยุคนั้นถือว่าโอเคแล้วซื้อเลยครับสำหรับคนชอบเกมในนี
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JYCB
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
I still love Splinter Cell it bring my memories back
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DarkSurvivor
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
My favourite franchise of all time so i can't really talk bad about this. Amazing level design, gameplay kinda rough compared to the others, it's the first one so it's understandable
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#Benz
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
Where it all started.. one of my favorite game Series. Get this or die trying!
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Blackplague286
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
This is the only game that I can get 200 or more frames in... and I love it, I am probably gonna make video playthrough of it too. seriously though this is a great stealth game, and I love it
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( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Product received for free
Best Tom Clancy ever I hope to remake this game
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UndyingSurf
( 12.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
Old school stealth game through and through. Think more along the lines of Thief rather than Hitman or Dishonored. It's got lovely lighting and shadow effects and the models and environments look nice considering it's age. I'm a sucker for stealth game which don't hold your hand.

I found this game overly frustrating and medicore. It's frustrating because its shadow system, which reminded me heavily of the early Thief games at first, doesn't work half the time. You think you are sitting in darkness but the bar to the bottom right thinks otherwise, and everyone nearby opens fire on you. You fire back, and then realise too late that any deaths or more than one alert fails the mission. Your handler makes damn sure you know about it too. So insta-fail missions are in there too. Considering this was Ubisoft, why am I not surprised; they still employ it today in Assassins Creed.

The game's worst sins are the terrible controls for jumping (a mixture of movement keys and left-shift) and the level design. Trying to grab onto a ledge from above is trial and error gameplay at its worst. Double jumping correctly requires you to face the higher ledge you want to reach so the guy can pull himself up onto it. I found myself quicksaving not just when I was in a tight spot surrounding patrolling guards, but everytime I needed to make a jump or grab a ledge below. Jumping from a pipe to a balcony for instance, is just as bad, if not worse. It really does feel like the game is punishing you for trying to move forwards.

Moving forwards is ALL you do in this game. I thought older games had massive levels that you could easily get lost in? Not this one. Every level is a corridor or a courtyard. No grand palaces/agency complexes with multiple covert entrances or opportunities to enter. Nope, always one, every time. And there are plenty of scripted moments too. Really, it feels far more like Call of Duty: Stealth Edition than any other stealth game I know.

The story? Bleugh. It's about as bland as they get. The Russians, the Chinese and some nuclear weapons. Nothing interesting comes out of those things unless you add James Bond. And Splinter Cell guy certainly doesn't feel like a James Bond game, especially when you mistakenly double jump to your demise in the last mission because the movement is so damn arbritary.

All in all, I'd say it's not worth playing. There are better stealth games out there than Splinter Cell, much less frustrating yet no less challenging or rewarding. Try Styx: Master of Shadows, or Dishonored on V.Hard using no powers and with the HUD off. Linearity is better suited for fast paced action gaming like shooters or puzzle-based platformers, not patient and meticulous stealth gameplay. In the Splinter Cell series alone, there are also better games - Chaos Theory I've heard is everyone's favourite entry and one of its strengths is the variety of ways in approaching missions and carrying out objectives.

5/10
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Where it all started.. one of my favorite game Series. Get this or die trying!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
This game is cool! I passed the whole game in 12.2h of playtime.

I will do some pros and cons for the game

PROS
-The game's graphics are awesome compared to the other games from '02
-The mechanics of the game are a lot different then other Tom Clancy games
-This game is one of those rare stealth games, where stealth is your utimate weapon
-Lots of gadgets and toys to choose from
-The game has 10 Missions and they are pretty good
-Enemy models are excellent, except for the thing when they are about 5 meters away from you, their heads turn in squares
-No bugs or crashes
-Community isn't dead

CONS
-Official Web Site isn't working anymore
-A bit too hard to pass if you are new to this type of game
-No Multiplayer

I recommend it. 8/10 would be Sam Fisher again!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
Great game for folks looking to practice for school shootings.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
I still love Splinter Cell it bring my memories back
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Ahh, the first splinter cell game. I remember playing a demo of this I was little, was scared of the people attacking me haha.

Here I am now, around my 20s playing this once again. I am able to beat this through on high difficulty, the game was beautiful. Unfortunately for this pc I have, the cutscene keeps blinking but I managed to tolerate through. At least the voices didnt act out weird, so all I do is listen and look carefully. The game is good though, always have.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
86 of 91 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 9, 2014
While it pales in comparison to its franchise's third entry, the original Splinter Cell is still a very entertaining experience, with an engrossing plot and oodles of gadgets to match. If you played this after playing later entries like Double Agent or Chaos Theory, or (god help you) Conviction or Blacklist, you might encounter some difficulty getting used to this game's quirks and its overall non-streamlined nature compared to later entries. Give this game a little patience, however, and it will reward you with a rich story and a satisfying stealth experience. However, if you want a more refined and near-perfect stealth experience, you might want to pass this game up in favor of Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory.
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49 of 51 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 1, 2014
It's been more than a decade since the original release of Splinter Cell. Does the game still hold up as one of the pioneer hardcore stealth games to this day? ...Yes, yes it does.

You play as Sam Fisher, a Splinter Cell in the secretive OPs agency known as 3rd Echelon. You are shadow, invisible, a ghost...and an excellent infiltrator. Should you be captured, you would cease to exist to the general public. With the credo realized, you must play this game as if the light will burn you alive. You will slowly creep through various locales finding ways to circumvent guards or silently take them out. You are provided a generous amount of tools and gadgets to help you in this cause. Be it sticky cameras, wall mines, to snake cameras...you will always find a use for the tinkets possessed by Sam.

The game is pretty unforgiving in terms of stealth. There are 5 ratings of exposure to light you can be in at once and depending on your current position will determine how fast a guard realizes it is a bionic commando versus a mosquito buzzing around. There is also an invisible noise detection level which varies depending on the surface you creep upon. You can flatten yourself against a wall to be even more hidden and use distractions such as light switches to pull unexpecting guards to their sleepy fate.

One aspect that still amazes me is that you can sneak through most levels without ever touching a guard or being detected. Granted, since this game needs to have a little bit of variation from the normal stealth routine...you'll find yourself in a couple of mandatory shootouts. These occurances are few and far between and help break the typical slow creep and crawl you'll be doing through most of the game. Music and sound play a big part with music dynamically ramping up in intensity when guards are becoming alerted to your prescence to heavy rock when a battle is unavoidable. Ambience of halogen lights and crickets chirping as well as cars passing by will be your typical tune when you are a ghost.

Techincally speaking, the game looks great if you do a few simple tweaks in the game's .ini files. I personally could not see the CG cutscenes without sacrificing my graphical tweaks but just watch them on YouTube and you'll still get the full effect. A small price to pay for 1080p and anti-alising. The game runs stable at 60fps and looks fairly decent for its time. Volumetric lighting and partial physics exist here.

I can fully recommend Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell for anyone looking for an actual stealth game where slow and steady certainly and almost always wins the race.
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44 of 49 people (90%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
26.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 16, 2015
Positives:
- Fantastic graphics for a game released on the 18th of Febuary 2003 that was probably made using an even older engine
- Easy to run
- Nostalgic for people who played this game in their childhood
- Awesomely fun
- Difficult stealth wise
- Difficult action wise
- lots of gadgets
- Interesting storyline
- Fun missions


Negatives:
- I can't really think of any.
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34 of 35 people (97%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 2, 2015
For today's standards, this is a good game. The graphics are pretty good for a 2002 release, and the gameplay is solid enough to be fun. Back in the day it was kind of a big deal, but nowadays many elements feel dated: the levels are very linear, the story is forgettable, the music is unremarkable and there's no content besides the main campaign. I recommend it for fans of the series or the stealth genre for historical reasons, but for everyone else, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory is the one to play. It's a good deal when you buy it with the Elite Echelon Pack which comes with SC, SC:CT, SC:DA and Conviction.

Also a quick note: The PC port was made with old Nvidia cards in mind, so on most modern hardware you'll be missing many of the special effects the original Xbox version had, as it falls back to a generic setting. The lack of this generic setting on the sequel (Pandora Tomorrow) is the reason why it's not on sale on Steam.
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43 of 51 people (84%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 6, 2015
Forgot how beautiful this game is.

It doesn't seem to age at all, by contrary, it looks and feels better than a lot of bigger and newer titles...
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