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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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.
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Jason Bourne
17.3 hrs
Posted: August 21
Splinter Cell is probably my favorite series of all time. Great story and the gameplay is very creative and unique in it's own way. Thought i'd get some deja vu from my childhood so I decided to play this, and I was not dissapointed. What a great way to start out a great series! :)
10/10 would highly recommend to anyone who loves the Tom Clancy series or action games as a whole.
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KitchenAid® Dishwasher
19.4 hrs
Posted: August 21
"Although the game features his name, Tom Clancy had little to no involvement in the development of any of the Splinter Cell games." 10/10
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rodeethecreator
1.4 hrs
Posted: August 21
this game sucks. its glitched to a point where i cant pick locks. ive tried everything on the keyboard
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PanzerShrek
9.4 hrs
Posted: August 16
I hate to not recommend Splinter Cell, since it was one of my favorite games growing up, but the PC version on Steam has too many issues for me to look past. Bugs involving lighting, AI behavoir and movement disrupt what was a great stealth game and are a pain to fix. Grab the PS3 remastering if you can.
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Chicken Chaser
1.6 hrs
Posted: August 15
Best lightbulb shooting simulator.
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Vengeance is mine
1.6 hrs
Posted: August 15
Cant even do training. Game locks up at the same point time after time after time after time, even after uninstalling and after re-installing on a different WD Black drive...
...In training, after the requirement to Look (in 4 directions), at the order to go to the wall to jump up on a small ledge, causes the lock-up...

Maybe because I re-mapped keys for left-handed?
So many game-coders hate or by-pass 13% of the gaming population who are left-handed people.

EDIT
It was because I have to re-map some of the keys.... but the Graphics are still for pre 1080p monitors... the fixes are hit and miss... glitch and wobble.
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CaptainKzer
13.6 hrs
Posted: August 12
This isn't your granddaddy's stealth game.. wait, wait that's exactly what it is.. But that's not a bad thing! One of the defining titles of the golden age of stealth gaming.
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The Butcher of Tau Bootis
7.7 hrs
Posted: August 2
Absolute classic. Not as good as the third game in the series (Chaos Theory), but still very good. Very challenging on hard difficulty level (to be fair so is normal difficulty if you've not played the game before). This is a game that to do well, you have to go slow, take your time, be patient and wait for the right moment. Find somewhere to hide where you can watch your enemies, learn their movements, figure out when to sneak past, and when to grab them...

Run and gun? Nope. You died...

Didn't bother hiding that dead body at the beginning of the level? Body discovered and an alarm sounded just before you reach the end of the level: mission over...
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Cthulhu Calling
10.4 hrs
Posted: August 2
Over a decade since I last played it, still worth it. 9/10
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Luibhiteoir
27.7 hrs
Posted: July 28
Great game for folks who are looking to practice for secret school shootings.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Best lightbulb shooting simulator.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Splinter Cell is probably my favorite series of all time. Great story and the gameplay is very creative and unique in it's own way. Thought i'd get some deja vu from my childhood so I decided to play this, and I was not dissapointed. What a great way to start out a great series! :)
10/10 would highly recommend to anyone who loves the Tom Clancy series or action games as a whole.
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87 of 92 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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50 of 52 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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44 of 52 people (85%) 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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32 of 35 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 4, 2013
I like stealth action games and I like Splinter Cell as it does stealth action very well.

The stealth mechanics are very good, especially tracking light exposure and noise made. There are many ways to approach problems and I very much enjoyed playing cat and mouse with my victims while being completely undetected. The setups are mostly well-thought out and the variety of mechanics keep it interesting. I dislike being forced into story-driven firefights so often, but at least the gun mechanics are up to it. The music is somewhat generic and the story seems to be sort of lackluster in that it's hard to care about the characters or what's happening to them.
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26 of 28 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2013
Splinter Cell, a Stealth Action game very much like Metal Gear Solid, except not nearly as over-the-top ridiculous awesome (although this game is pretty awesome). You play as Sam Fisher, America's resident badass to prevent major world conflict (particularly war) and save the lives of many many people. Sam is a no-nonsense guy who is VERY good at his job.

Story: 9/10
The story is pretty good, a little cheesy at times but good nonetheless. You are basically traveling across the world infiltrating places (EVEN THE CIA) in order to find out more information about your enemies. Sam is an NSA agent, part of Third Echelon, which is supposed to be super top-secret, the kind that if you are caught, it will cause an international crisis because you are probably breaking a few treaties.

Sound: 10/10
Sound is a MAJOR element of the game. The effects are pretty good and whatnot, and "Name of the Game" by Crystal Method is a kickass song. I'm giving this a 10 because the game relies on you being STEALTHY, which means sneaking and timing and making minimal errors, prepare to save often!

Graphics: 10/10
Considering the game was released in 2003, the graphics are way ahead of its time! You use the element of surprise and hide in the shadows in order to achieve your objectives. This combined with the sound factor from above basically make you a modern day ninja with night vision and death at your fingertips.

Gameplay: 10/10
A little complicated at times, things aren't always so obvious, and that is a really good thing. The game is really easy if you know what to expect, so on your first playthrough be prepared to have a lot of "WTF" moments. With everything flowing together so well, you really find yourself immersed and FEELING like Sam Fisher. When you have to run, your heart will race. When you have to be quiet, you will find yourself holding your breath. This game is truly magnificent for its time.

Overall: 9/10
Naturally, I would give this a 10/10, but I have one major gripe. The xbox version came with FREE DLC, which were 3 additional levels after the end of the game. We don't get those on PC. Apparently there is a way to grab them, I think it was supposed to come with a 1.3 patch if you also have Chaos Theory (Splinter Cell 3) installed, I didn't try though. The game isn't any less good because of it, just a little depressing.

I should also like to note, if you are looking at the sequels, Steam doesn't have Splinter Cell 2, Pandora Tomorrow. There is apparently a PC version you can go buy or something, so I'm not sure why it isn't on Steam, it is depressing, so until we get it, enjoy playing Chaos Theory and so on.
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22 of 22 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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