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 (387 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 18, 2003

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Includes 4 items: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory®, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction™ Deluxe Edition, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent®, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell®

 

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
20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.9 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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
It is very very good but in fact, the enemys cant hear the scream if you grab someone from behind or when you open/close a door. But still a master piece.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
This game is a true classic, and basicly the roots to the Splinter Cell genera. Though the use of stealth is a bit odd, it dosent take away, that goining in guns blazing isnt the best option. While the games leads you to use stealth, the game suffers from a few bugs and glitches that not ruin but mess up the stealth element to the game (these are minor and aren't game breaking).

Bug/Glitches/Mechanics:
1. In some levels while shadow are your form of disguise and to hidde bodies and yourself there are some areas that, are pitch black yet when standing in it, the Ai will detect you and investigate or spot you all at once.

2. The Ai's field of View is, wide; sneaking up to someone from their side, in a dark or lit room will alert them atomaticly, going from behind is your best bet. this also comes to attcking or passing by them from above.

3. The Ai have anodd jerky movment to them that, if you were to attacking from behind, the Ai might spin quickly and spot you, this also comes to their patrol pateren as they might stutter in movment.

4.Your detection meter is useful to know when enemies can see you or not, but also suffers a glitch or bug, no matter how dark you hidding spot is if your tick mark passes the first bracket from the dark end then eneimes will be courious or spot you. Meaning you'll have to stay in total darkenes to avoid beeing seen.

5. Your gun, the five seven silenced pistol, is very inacuarate, you have to wait a total of 5 sec before your shot matches the cross hair, or else you'll shoot every where excepte your target.

6. To grab enemeis attention, you have to walk extremly close to you target and get their attention, or throw or shoot something close to their body in order for them to move, but sometimes they might converge to investigate where your hidding.

Summary:
Overall the game is very fun, the game lacks flexability to play an absolte stealth run (where as you dont kill or knock out anyone). The game instead would rather want you to kill enemies if possible and/ or knock them out if possible. This game is an old title while my review sounds as if I dislike the game I dont, try the game its fun, just dont expect to pass the entier game without alerting any gaurds or having to kill or knockout any non objective based Ai.
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6 of 7 people (86%) 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
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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