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.
User reviews: Very Positive (277 reviews)
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.
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.1 hrs on record
This game is pretty old but still one of the best games! Though it's really hard and it's quite hard to understand what you must do in the game because theres no map and the objectives won't tell you ♥♥♥♥.
It's still worth playing! 9/10
Posted: September 25
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.3 hrs on record
Really enjoyed this game, good story, great gameplay. Still looks good.
The bonus missions which are not included in the Steam version are very good too.
Posted: October 5
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Such a great classic from the time Xbox classic was first released!
Posted: October 1
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Mission Objective: Save the World from Nuclear War...
You have Chinese Government involved in the game...
Kinda hard game... like the idea.
Still better story than Twilight! No doubt!
Posted: October 10
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37.2 hrs on record
Fantastic game. it was a little buggy coming towars the end. and to edit start up menu to have the lights show properly. It is well done adn is one of the first true stealth games I have played. I restrarted levels just to try to be as stealth as possible. Highly recommend picking up on a Steam sale.
Posted: September 28
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3.6 hrs on record
This game is HEAVILY based on stealth. Literaly if you make one sound you fail the mission. I guess thats just how games were back then. But the only splinter cell I've ever played besides this one was conviction and on the xbox 360. (IT WONT WORK ON MY PC). Conviction was fun... Really fun, I completed it 18 times. So I thought this one would be good too. It was
fun... For the first 3 hours... Then it got really boring... Theres no option to say 'Buy game if you want' theres only do you recommend it, 'yes' or 'no' . Basically buy the game if you like playing games for couple hours then deleting them.
Posted: September 29
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11.0 hrs on record
This first Splinter Cell was the best game from the series... until Blacklist!
Posted: October 3
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128.5 hrs on record
You actually have to strategize how to get through each mission using stealth mechanics and gadgets, very immersive and it becomes fairly difficult if you mess up. Give this one a try.
Posted: October 4
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3.3 hrs on record
First in the Spliter Cell series.

It is a decent enough stealth'em up. The sneaking system is pretty robust with multiple spead options (very convieniently changed using a mouse wheel.) Open combat is not recommended. Theme is also nice, being the super agent and all, with quite likable leading character.

The biggest game's let down is its level designed. It is a very linear game and because of that it never reaches the level of Thief series. Places you visit don't feel explorable enough. Still worth a shot if you like stealth games.
Posted: October 24
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2.2 hrs on record
not the best not the worst
Posted: October 24
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
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 touchin 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.
Posted: September 1
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19 of 28 people (68%) found this review helpful
22.6 hrs on record
A classic. This is a very fun game. From what I hear, this is one of the best Splinter Cell games.
Posted: May 8
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.7 hrs on record
Better than blacklist? Oh, yes story line is exellent! actual concequences for action. if you leave a body in the open alarm goes off mission failed. it is fun and is a challenge. Blacklist on the other hand is a reskin of assasins creed and had no elements of a stealth game. Perfectionist is to easy but on this game easy is hard. Sure its old but it still holds its own and has AMAZING voice acting Unlike blacklist. Micheal Ironside fits sam perfectly. amazing game 9/10 ign amirite.
Posted: September 16
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
A classic stealth-based game, with a few action based moments.
Controls are clunky, the IA is straightforward and the light meter is... unconsistent.
The storyline is a big cliché altogether.
BUT it is a game that has quite a considerable age, and is stilll an enjoyable experience.
Play it if nostalgic or want to see one of the major iterations on spy games.
Posted: May 31
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
This is an awesome game!
Posted: September 10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Stealth games are a usually excellent genre, and this game is no exception
Posted: June 6
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Classic Stealth Game. I really recommend this if you are looking for cheap Stealth kind of game!
Posted: June 10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
It's fun and the perfect stealth game!
Posted: June 11
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
I played(and completed)this game on PS2 before,and I can say that this is an amazing game ^_^
I remember how this game just captivated me when I first played it on PS2,because of the amazing music,characters,etc in it

The plot(in a summary): The President of Georgia is assasinated,allowing billionaire Kombayn Nikoladze(main antagonist)to seize power by bloodless coup d'etat. Sam FIsher(the character you play as),former Navy SEAL officer and Persian Gulf War,is recruited by the NSA to work with it's new division,Third Echelon. He is dispatched to Tbilisi to investigate the disappearence of 2 CIA officers. He finds out that a man named Vyacheslav Grinko(another antagonist)removed their subdermal tracking devices and tracks him down to the defense ministry,finding out that Nikoladze is doing an illegal operation in Azerbaijan. Sam goes to an oil rig and finds that NATO forces are sending fighter jets to bomb the rig,he finds Piotr Lejava and gets his suitcase,which has a laptop containing an encryption key to"The Ark". The information is revealed to have come from a mole in the CIA,so Sam goes to the CIA HQ to investigate,and interrogates Mitchell Dougherty,finding that his OCD caused him to backup data on an insecure laptop,which was exploited by a network owned by Kalinatek. He goes to Kalinatek and finds Ivan,and gets his encryption key. He goes to the Chinese Embassy in Myanmar and finds that the Chinese general Feirong is working with Nikoladze,and that American soldiers are going to be executed on live TV. He rescues the soldiers,and kills Grinko in a firefight. He goes back to the Chinese Embassy and forces Feirong to shre information stored on his computer,which reveals that Nikoladze fled back to Georgia. Sam goes back to Georgia and finds Nikoladze in the Presidential Palace,where he narrowly escapes being killed,with Lambert's arranged blackout saving him. He then assassinates Nikoladze after learning that he is disclosing The Ark's location.

The music is amazing.

The characters are amazing,especially Lambert and Grimsdottir.

The stealth mechanics are pretty good too(even if the AI can be wonky at times)

Anyways,overall this is an amazing game that I recommend to everyone.
10/10 from me ^_^
Posted: September 7
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
It takes some getting used to since it is an older stealth action game, but it's fun and is really detailed in its mechanics. You use cool NSA gadgets and use your environment and tools to sneak around and knock down or kill who's in your way.


There's a lot of replayability in how to tackle levels and it's still to this day really fun to just ghost through a level and make it through without being seen. It's not the best in the series since Chaos Theory has some better mechanics but it's definitely one of the best stealth action games ever made.
Posted: September 6
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