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 (363 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
41 of 49 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
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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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
I played this game alot when I was younger. Probably around 6 years old. Most of the time I didn't know what to do, or how to really play the game, but I understood the general concept. Playing the game has made me relive old memories and it's still a good game to this day.

Splinter Cell, the first out of 6 games in the series is a good gem. Released in 2003, this game was quite worth the time. I'm quite surprised by the A.I. in this game due to it being an older game. The A.I. is generally smart and gives quite a challenge even on the easiest difficulty being normal. There are about 10 missions or so, but each mission is realtivley long and you will most likley die alot in the beginning as you need to get a good feeling for the game before you actually get into it. Most likley you'll have to watch a couple videos for throughout certain points in the game. Generally every mission has its challenge, but it's still very fun.

The sneaking aspect in this game is something that I have really never seen in a stealth game. Splinter Cell only offers this type of stealth in there games, where you have to be quiet at all times, move carefully every second and plan your tactics strategically and quickly as possible. Conviction and Blacklist didn't quite follow this same design for a stealth shooter but still made it very fun with a different design altogether. Meaning, the first splinter cell, pandora tommorw and chaos theory are quite unique to their design and make it worth playing.

Lets get into the game itself. The year is 2003. You play as Sam Fisher, a former agent of the CIA is now recruited into americas newest division agency, third echoleon. Along his side is Lambert, a former friend of Sam who helped on previous missions in other agencies like the CIA, and Anna Grmistodder. (I maybe wrong about the CIA part but I have good feeling he's related to that field.) She's a computer hacker that serves the agency and aids Sam in information about various things.

The story itself is quite interesting. It isn't anything too fancy, I haven't beaten the game yet but it is quite interesting as it dives into the political world of countries and the struggles that occour when new leaders or dictators rule over a country. Essentially this isn't any different as the basic story is stopping a dictator gone mad after realising the crimes he has committed. The game breaks this up over ten missions and generally the plot gets a bit more interesting each mission. The gameplay ties into this generally well, but it's more fun as the stealth feature gives it a unique feeling as this game masters the genre of stealth very well. You'll even find yourself going back to some missions to see what you could of done differently, or maybe even see if you're up to a harder challenge. This game makes it so it isn't too hard, but nothing like a cake walk. Generally there are times where you may get frustrated, but once you realise your abilities and how you can tie them in any situation, the game becomes generally easier and just fun to play overall. It may seem that this game wants you to think logically. Essentially, yes, it does want you to use your head and think outside the box a bit from time to time, but it makes it fun to the point where you don't have to worry to much on whether you'll be able to reach your objective.

Overall, this game is reccomended for people who like a challenge, as well as stealth games in general. This game is quite unique and in my opnion, games like these should be made more often rather then the shooters or stealth games we get nowa days.

9/10
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
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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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
The undying classic. I've lost count how many times I beat this game but every time I replay it - I get as much satisfaction as I did the very first time. 10/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
This game is awesome iv completed it from start to finish so many times i played this game alot when i was just a kid on the xbox original i loved it so much i remember getting my first copy of it at the age of 5 or 6 which i still have. I love the gameplay sam fisher is such a badass and iv always loved the level design and locations also the game has a really great soundtrack and the intro movie is very cool Pandora tomorrow is a great game aswell.

10/10 one of the best games ever made :)
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