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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Project7
( 15.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Muito bom esse jogo, otimo stealth, uns bug ou outros que não comprometem o decorrer do jogo.

DICA: Apague as luzes pois facilita bastante, economize nas munições nos último estágios do jogo, pois há bastante lampadas que é bom quebrar.

CONTRA: o sistema de detecção as vezes beira a burrice, como também as vezes eles tem olhos através da parede, inclusive se for detectado, eles ficam mirando em você pela parede.
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Mr Mouse
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
a great game
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Zephyr
( 13.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Splinter Cell... The game that launched so many ships, and has attained the status of classic for the stealth game genre...

The very first entry of the serie, sadly, aged pretty poorly. Having only played it relatively recently, I don't have the nostalgia googles most people have(mostly because it was on a console I didn't own when it came out, and one I didn't bother to get). So I need to adress the fact this game has a lot of issues. Controls are horribly wonky to the point of being irresponsive at times. A lot of game mechanics are actually pretty broken like the segment where you must avoid being sniped in a minefield, and you will get hit even in complete darkness if the game feels like it wants to do so. The control scheme itself shows it was thought with console in mind, and isn't instinctive nor convenient. As for graphisms, well... You know. But graphisms are probably the the last of your worries.

It's not a bad game, mind you, but for today standards, it's certainly not a good one. At best, it's mediocre, and it's there either for nostagics, or for people who want to get it due to its classic status to know what they have missed a few years back.

I suggest you get it in a pack, to understand the origins of the franchise, and how it evolved from there, and for a very low price, which shouldn't be too hard. Understand what you're buying though, because no matter what, you will be disapointed(unless you wear the aforementioned nostalgia googles).

I only recommend the game out of the proverbial classic status, because it's a game one should at least play once, just for educational purposes. See how it began, why it, and other stealth games, evolved the way they did, and measure how far down the road they went.

Remember kids, this is how the light bulbs genocide started.
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Fei
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
"You can't see me" - Cena
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CONSTABLE KETAMINE
( 9.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
even though the lighting and the stealth system are kinda broken (it's often hard to tell if you are walking into light or not), it's still a great game that you need to finish at least once in your life

but if you compared this to chaos theory it's basically the worst stealth game of all time

because *SPOILER ALERT* anyone who says: "Chaos Theory wasn't the best SC, nor was it the best stealth game ever" is wrong.

but this gets a solid 8 out of 10 lamberts yelling "my god, fisher"
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kilzonecomander
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
bought the game and i started playing it i got my profile set up and i started playing not even 5 minutes in and it gave me a critical error i dont know if this error is on my side or on steams side
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Blackop234
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
it's dated but very good. 8/10
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rDNA
( 13.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Played this on PS2, I don't think the PC version has the Power Plant mission, one of my favorite missons. Still a fun game, brings back good memories.
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Miami Mutilator
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Shoot out the lights the game tells you! yeah that would be lovely if Sam Fishers shots went inside of the reticle instead of everywhere BUT. Oh yeah and enemies can see you in pitch black darkness.

This isnt hard, its ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t like playing Dark Souls with randomized attack patterns.
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t dog
( 8.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
definitely an awesome game one of my old favorites that i used to love playing as a kid on the first original xbox. only problem was i only had the demo but this brings back a lot of old memories. please don't expect this game to be like 1080p resolution unless you get the widesceen mod for it. overall awesome campaign and well worth the purchase.

9/10
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Give us a dart u smarty pants
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Dated gameplay, dated controls, Terrible level design and the story is generic as anything...
Stoped playing at the CIA HQ level.

Has good Visuals and good character modeling but thats it.
The bad weighs down what little good this game has.

3/10
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trancemobile
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
This game is an oldie, but goodie. Played it quite a bit back in the day. Bought it just to revisit it, and, it seems theres so many issues with the video loading it's almost impossible to play through Steam. Where the video intermission parts load, and menu screens you cannot see at all. I know this is a great game, but it does not seem to play here through Steam. Cant Really say I recommend to buy this since it doesnt work.
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koskiari
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Just to let other older gamers know, in case you're wondering like I was if there's any way this will look and run even remotely bearable on modern systems (and especially Win 10 64-bit), that it actually seems to work! All that was needed was to apply the widescreen patch (http://thirteenag.github.io/wfp#sc as referenced by ThirteenAG in thread http://steamcommunity.com/app/13560/discussions/0/392184522712015351/) and BAM, there it is in 1080p and looking better than some titles from around 2010.

For this price, I'm pretty confident it was a good idea to begin this walk down the memory lane. Looking forward to relive all the enjoyment I once had with this game!
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TJB Kitty
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Now let me get this out there right away
Ive only played this splinter cell today
BUT i played this for a couple hours when my internet was down and the game for some reason deleted my save and sent me back to the first mission but its such a good game that i didnt really mind i did mind a little but not that much
If you have the 2 dollars to spair and you like stealth games then you should ABSOLUTELY buy this right away it is an amazing game in what ive played so far.

pros-
Great gameplay and stealth aspects
Nice graphics despite when it came out
Good controls

Cons-
This isnt really a con but if you want to play in 1080 you have to go into the ini to change it
Sometimes enemys will just teleport past where youre expecting them to come out of

Overall awesome game of what ive played so far which was around 4 hours but it only shows 1 because of my internet crashing
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EASY-C
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
every time i load it , my pc's resolution jumps up and uwn, the game doesnt get past the loading screeen, i know its not my pc's fault, gota fix that u guys.
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AC11B
( 27.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Better than Blacklist in every way.
It was a bit of a pain to get it running at 1440p and I had to sacrifice the cutscenes not being in fullscreen but the game is beautiful.
The use of the mouse wheel to control speed is brilliant and the plot line is so engaging as your constantly put in the most f***** situations. Play it on hard difficulty of course.
Now time to test the fan-made fixes for Pandora Tommorow! The best series ever IMO before Conviction happened. RIP Tom
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FreeMann
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
Classic and Amazing
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GAGMR
( 13.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
One of my favorite games I had on the Gamecube back in the day. Totally worth it.
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Otis Driftwood
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
You play as a middle aged single dad named Sam "big ol' ♥♥♥♥ and balls" Fisher. He is a former Navy Seal which explains his gruff voice and military knowledge. Dude literally wears glowing lights on his body because he doesn't even give a ♥♥♥♥ anymore, he knows all these terrorist goons too well, they don't stand a chance. This guy saves the world by donkey punching people.

6/5 - RIP Tom
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[SCP] Mlg Kirito
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
I know i sound like i only play easy games i actually like this game but too hard i like it thats why im giving it a thumbs up buts its just too damn hard.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
Just to let other older gamers know, in case you're wondering like I was if there's any way this will look and run even remotely bearable on modern systems (and especially Win 10 64-bit), that it actually seems to work! All that was needed was to apply the widescreen patch (http://thirteenag.github.io/wfp#sc as referenced by ThirteenAG in thread http://steamcommunity.com/app/13560/discussions/0/392184522712015351/) and BAM, there it is in 1080p and looking better than some titles from around 2010.

For this price, I'm pretty confident it was a good idea to begin this walk down the memory lane. Looking forward to relive all the enjoyment I once had with this game!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
even though the lighting and the stealth system are kinda broken (it's often hard to tell if you are walking into light or not), it's still a great game that you need to finish at least once in your life

but if you compared this to chaos theory it's basically the worst stealth game of all time

because *SPOILER ALERT* anyone who says: "Chaos Theory wasn't the best SC, nor was it the best stealth game ever" is wrong.

but this gets a solid 8 out of 10 lamberts yelling "my god, fisher"
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Splinter Cell... The game that launched so many ships, and has attained the status of classic for the stealth game genre...

The very first entry of the serie, sadly, aged pretty poorly. Having only played it relatively recently, I don't have the nostalgia googles most people have(mostly because it was on a console I didn't own when it came out, and one I didn't bother to get). So I need to adress the fact this game has a lot of issues. Controls are horribly wonky to the point of being irresponsive at times. A lot of game mechanics are actually pretty broken like the segment where you must avoid being sniped in a minefield, and you will get hit even in complete darkness if the game feels like it wants to do so. The control scheme itself shows it was thought with console in mind, and isn't instinctive nor convenient. As for graphisms, well... You know. But graphisms are probably the the last of your worries.

It's not a bad game, mind you, but for today standards, it's certainly not a good one. At best, it's mediocre, and it's there either for nostagics, or for people who want to get it due to its classic status to know what they have missed a few years back.

I suggest you get it in a pack, to understand the origins of the franchise, and how it evolved from there, and for a very low price, which shouldn't be too hard. Understand what you're buying though, because no matter what, you will be disapointed(unless you wear the aforementioned nostalgia googles).

I only recommend the game out of the proverbial classic status, because it's a game one should at least play once, just for educational purposes. See how it began, why it, and other stealth games, evolved the way they did, and measure how far down the road they went.

Remember kids, this is how the light bulbs genocide started.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
One of my favorite games I had on the Gamecube back in the day. Totally worth it.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
Now let me get this out there right away
Ive only played this splinter cell today
BUT i played this for a couple hours when my internet was down and the game for some reason deleted my save and sent me back to the first mission but its such a good game that i didnt really mind i did mind a little but not that much
If you have the 2 dollars to spair and you like stealth games then you should ABSOLUTELY buy this right away it is an amazing game in what ive played so far.

pros-
Great gameplay and stealth aspects
Nice graphics despite when it came out
Good controls

Cons-
This isnt really a con but if you want to play in 1080 you have to go into the ini to change it
Sometimes enemys will just teleport past where youre expecting them to come out of

Overall awesome game of what ive played so far which was around 4 hours but it only shows 1 because of my internet crashing
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
You play as a middle aged single dad named Sam "big ol' ♥♥♥♥ and balls" Fisher. He is a former Navy Seal which explains his gruff voice and military knowledge. Dude literally wears glowing lights on his body because he doesn't even give a ♥♥♥♥ anymore, he knows all these terrorist goons too well, they don't stand a chance. This guy saves the world by donkey punching people.

6/5 - RIP Tom
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Played this on PS2, I don't think the PC version has the Power Plant mission, one of my favorite missons. Still a fun game, brings back good memories.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
Classic and Amazing
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
"You can't see me" - Cena
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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Pandora Tomorrow pls
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
Cutscenes are messe up in 1920X1080P but i love it! Got through on original xbox without allerting guards once! Way better than the later games!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
This game is GREAT! A must buy for stealth fans, (if you don't mind slightly clunky controls). This is a great first game and the series only got better from here! Splinter Cell is one of my favourite stealth series out there. The only problem I had with this game is that during the cutscenes my screen would flicker rapidly, causing them to be practically unwatchable, which meant I didn't understand any of the story besides "blah blah blah, stop World War 3 blah blah stealthy blah good lord Fisher blah blah".

(The quicksave function is also a great and much-needed addition)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
CLASSIC STEALTH GAME!
MUST BUY!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
One of the best Stealth games ever made, and the start of a wonderful and influential franchise.
I recommend getting the GOG version it includes the expansion and a couple of fixes.

Pandora Tomorrow unfortunately is not on digital stores you need to find a retail copy if you want to play it, which i think is worth it.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
i litterally got stuck at the begining of the tutorial. 10/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
34.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2015
The classic game that started the franchise: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell is a great experience through and through.
The controls may throw players off at first, as this was released when developers thought that the Arrow keys were a good movement option. After some minor tweaking, you'll find everything comfortable, and easy to slip into.

You are Sam Fisher, a covert ops agent working for Third Echelon as a Splinter Cell field agent.
A certain dictator has recently risen to power, and has been making serious threats against the United States. With the threat of war looming over everyone's heads, it is up to Sam to difuse the situation, and piece together what the Dictator's true intentions are.

If that doesn't sound like a recipe to kick butt, I don't know what's wrong with you. The stealth is superb, and the challenge high. I definitely recommend checking this game out.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
It's awesome
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84 of 89 people (94%) 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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47 of 49 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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41 of 46 people (89%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
26.3 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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