The year is 2008. Citywide blackouts ... stock exchange sabotage ... electronic hijacking of national defense systems ... this is information warfare. To prevent these attacks, operatives must infiltrate deep into hostile territory and aggressively collect critical intelligence, closer than ever to enemy soldiers.
User reviews: Very Positive (797 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 29, 2005

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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

The year is 2008.
Citywide blackouts ... stock exchange sabotage ... electronic hijacking of national defense systems ... this is information warfare.
To prevent these attacks, operatives must infiltrate deep into hostile territory and aggressively collect critical intelligence, closer than ever to enemy soldiers.
You are Sam Fisher, the NSA's most elite black-ops agent. To achieve your mission you will kill from close range, attack with your combat knife, shoot with the prototype Land Warrior rifle, and use radical suppression techniques such as the inverted neck break. Also take on cooperative multiplayer infiltration missions, where teamwork is the ultimate weapon.
As the enemy evolves, so must you.
  • Deadly agility - Incredibly complete and fluid variety of moves including athletic moves, stealth moves, stealth kills.
  • Real weapons of tomorrow - The most complete arsenal of weapons and gadgets, from the knife to the experimental Land Warrior System.
  • As good as real - Never-before-seen graphics technology offers the best visuals on any system yet. Advanced physics engine allowing rag doll physics, particle effects, and perfect interaction with the environment.
  • Ultimate challenge - Intelligent AI with personal attributes, natural behavior where NPCs are aware of thier environments and remember past events.
  • Amazing replayability - Totally open level design with multipaths and optional secondary objectives.
  • Co-op stealth - Play multiplayer with friends and coordinate your infiltration in an all-new multiplayer challenge.

System Requirements

    • Supported OS: Microsoft Windows® 2000/XP
    • Processor: Intel Pentium III or AMD Athlon, 1.4 GHz (Pentium IV or Athlon 2.2 GHz recommended)
    • System Memory: 256 MB of RAM or above (512 MB recommended)
    • Video Card: 64 MB DirectX 9.0c compliant graphics card (128 MB recommended)
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compliant sound card (EAX 2.0 or higher recommended)
    • DirectX Version: DirectX® version 9.0c or higher
    • Hard Disk: 4 GB available hard disk space
    • Supported Peripherals: Windows compatible mouse and keyboard, joystick for Solo and Co-op modes
    • Multiplay: Broadband with 64 Kbps data transfer upload rate (128 kbps recommended)
    • Note: For the most up-to-date minimum requirement listings, please visit the FAQ for this game on our support website at: http://support.ubi.com.
Helpful customer reviews
125 of 144 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
28.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
Never used my weapons....
Stealth confirmed
1000% 20/10
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75 of 84 people (89%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
The peak of the Splinter Cell series, one of my favourite games of all time.
Then Fisher got locked up and sold his daughter for meth and regretted this poor decision.
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35 of 35 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
If you like stealthy games, then this game is for you! This is my all time favorite Tom Clancy game. The graphics are still good for being old. The gameplay is fluid and up to you. Do you want to kill everything or go in and out without ever being seen...it is all up to you! Story is alright but it is the gameplay that will have you hooked!
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29 of 29 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
Probably the best entry in the series, even compared to the newer games.

Story is excellent, with a number of twists and turns. The options to stealth or kill one's way through are actually present; unlike SOME games, with the right set-up I can get through 95% of SC:CT without killing anyone. If I do, whether on accident or on purpose, then I at least have the option of hiding the body or running away. Takedowns are similar, and the environment kills are nothing short of fantastic!

Speaking of - its environments still look gorgeous even on modern systems - even if the character models are less-so. And the sound design and soundtrack? Absolutely brilliant; a perfect mix of background noise and high-tension BGM makes me almost crap myself if I accidentally blow my cover and the alarms start going off.

The only downsides are that it may be difficult to run on some newer systems, and... well, not to spoil anything, but the last level was somewhat of a disappointment, as it turns into nothing short of a bloodbath, despite all my efforts to prevent that from happening. As well, it may be problematic to get used to the controls (it took me a few hours of play before I got them down), but once you do it becomes less of an issue.

Overall, for anyone interested in a true stealth game and not just a short break from running and gunning, this is a must-have.
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
23.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
This is the best stealth game of all time.

Masterpiece.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
As pretty much everyone has already said, Splinter Cell Chaos Theory is by far the best Splinter Cell game in the series, beats out conviction and blacklist easy.

To this date there has not been a stealth game that has surpassed this, just like there hasnt been a Ghost Recon game to surpass Ghost Recon 1 and 2, it was the last of the stealth games that didnt have any assists and were just pure gameplay without tutorials poppin up in your face every 2 seconds, not to mention the soundtrack by Amon Tobin is absoultely phenomenal, I really miss games like this, and I truly wish we had more of them.

10/10
You would be doing yourself a disservice by not getting this game and playing it. (even co-op with a friend)
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21 of 29 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
They used actually asians for the voice acting. 11/10
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
If you like stealth instead of run and gun ,although you have good weapons if stealth fails , If you like great gadgets , if you like a mission you can replay differently every time , If you like lurking in the shadows to complete a dangerous mission , which the best / easiest thing to do is not attack anyone , If you want a game that never gets old , you may have to quit playing it for a couple months before you go back to it . Then you need this old game , and the really old original splinter cell
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Wow, this game holds up to even today. It's really the best stealth game out there. Play it with a controller.
It runs in full 1080p with 60 frames running beautifully. There is a little bit of tinkering with the AA via the AMD Pro or Nvidia control panel. Also to play with a contoller follow these steps to a T.
Here is some help with that:
http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1991551
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
IF YOU'RE GOING TO KILL ME, DO IT WITH YOUR BLOWPIPE!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
78.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
This is Splinter Cell at its best.

- Michael Ironside
- Full OPSAT light and sound monitoring
- Intelligent AI
- Some of the better writing in the whole series

If you want to learn to love stealth, then this is what I suggest you play.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
83.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
Comparison
Splinter Cell Chaos Theory is -- if not the best -- one of the best, classic stealth games out there. As glitchy or buggy as can be, it is still very fun to revisit after a while and play with friends. Compare Chaos Theory to games such as Thief, or Dishonored. Obviously they are made by different developers. But as you can tell, they have different gameplay elements to them. For instance, this game gives you a visibility meter that indicates whether you're in a hidden position or in clear sight. Thief involves stealing and even a dodge/evade ability that allows you to quickly sneak by enemies.

The Gameplay & Fundamental Changes
While this game is quite old and dated by nearly three generations, it definitely stands out from some of the more recent titles in the franchise. Blacklist was great, however many many changes and additions were made over the years that essentially turned it into a run-and-gun thirdperson shooter. Blacklist was NOT meant to be a stealth game -- but it can be. Chaos Theory on the other finger is focused mainly around sneaking and getting from A to D. This may include lockpicking doors, hacking, hiding bodies... so there is some variety. Killing isn't a necessity.

Graphical Fidelity
In case you did not notice, this game utilizes the power and force (well, it DID) of the Unreal Engine 2.
If you're interested in games with mindblowing graphics like many nowadays, you won't be surprised when you realize that this was released in 2005. Of course it was made for lower-ended PCs & older consoles.

There are several video options regarding quality. You can tick HDR, mess around with different shader models, anistrophic filtering and such. This supports widescreen monitors too. NOTE: THIS WORKS DIFFERENTLY IN VERSUS! YOU WILL NEED TO MODIFY THE GAME'S .INI file![/b]

The Community
My only problem with the game remains to be the community. You will very soon notice the small number of players in COOP and Versus lobbies. If you run into more than 20-30 players a day, then you must be drooling all over your desk.

Overall, it would be more than deserving to give this title a 9/10.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
36.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
One of my fav games 4ever♥
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
If you're the sneaky kind, look no further : this is THE game for you. It's simply the best game of the Splinter Cell series. You don't believe me? Play it and you'll see. It's so awesome, it's worth the full price and if you can get it on sale, it's such a steal, you'll be begging Steam to give them more money. Yep, it's *that* good.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
I cannot believe it has been ten years ago that this came out. I remember as a kid playing this game, and if you are into stealth this is your game. It has an amazing campaign, story, and gameplay. This game will forever be one of my favorites of all time.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
Pre-Release Review
Played this game to death on the original XBOX. Picked it up on PC for the CO-OP maps alone, so much fun with a friend.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
There are many great Splinter Cell games that I enjoy but this is by far the best one I've ever played :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
Excellent story, level design and an all around awesome game.

Micheal Ironside will give you eargasms.

Spies vs Mercs (Versus mode) are some of my best gaming memories.

10/10

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
This game is magnificent truly one of the best stealth games i've ever played.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
This is by and far, one of the best stealth games ever. It is right up there with Thief 2: The Metal Age, Mark of the Ninja, and Metal Gear Solid.
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