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 (696 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 29, 2005

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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
37 of 40 people (93%) found this review helpful
28.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Never used my weapons....
Stealth confirmed
1000% 20/10
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21 of 21 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
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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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
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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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
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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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Probably best in SC series. This one is the most polished version of the classic splinter cells. It allows for more playstyles adding leathal and non-leathal takedowns and allowing player to take enemies more directly. You are still very vulnerable in a fight but you do have an option of quickly charging your opponent when discovered and hoping to stun or kill him before he shots you.

The level design tries to give more options. While the game still is highly linear there are multiple paths to the same objective giving a bit more sense of freedom and choice. The side objective in every mission also add to the replayability.

There is also coop mode which is quite fun, while far from perfect and multiplayer versus mod which I never had chance to try.

Overall a really good package.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
The only and last true splinter cell stealth game also where Micheal Ironside really added his best to Sam Fisher.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Still the best game in the serie.
It was made when AAA stealth games were actually challenging, and punished you hard for going full rambo.
The plot isn't really memorable, it's your average action movie scenario involving really bad guys and your witty american hero saving the day. Nonetheless, Sam Fisher is a character you'll find easy to like, and can make you crack a smile.
When it comes to gameplay, it's kinda frightnening to notice how rigid it is, how the game got old. It gives you everything you would expect for a good stealth game, a lot of possibilities, some alternate routes, and a heavy dose of "waiting in the shadows hoping for that guy not to see you".
Graphics-wise, it's holding up. When the game came out, it was one of the most beautiful thing I had laid my eyes on, it really blew me. It was on par with all the AAA games that came out at this time, maybe better.

Soundtrack was composed by Amon Tobin. Yep, Amon Tobin. As a result, Chaos Theory has an atmosphere no other Splinter Cell game has, and god, they wish they had it. It's a real pleasure to lurk in the dark, your knife ready to stab Generic soldier#54 with a stressful, sometimes a bit creepy, note from the wonderful soundtrack.

And co-op has to be the best co-op experience I ever had on any game. It's challenging, it requires communication, and you can climb inside a vent by touching your partner in places you wouldn't even have thought about in the first place.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
28.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
If you are a splinter cell fan then this is the game for you
Pros : Good storyline
good stealth elements
Enemies eybrows go 2 inches higher when you grab them
Cons: It keeps making my steam window small after i exit!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
88.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
This game has provided countless hours of online fun with it's riveting COOP multiplayer!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
30.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
very gud gaem hasn't aged badly at all.

I give it sam fisher out of Splinter Cell
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
They used actually asians for the voice acting. 11/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 10
This is the best stealth game of all time.

Masterpiece.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
This is considered my favorite game of all time, and to make sure I have your attention now I'll tell you why :

-Awesome storyline
-Chaos theory has the best multiplayer of any splinter cell
-There are co-op missions that me and my cousin spent countless hours on
-The gameplay is amazing as there is never one way to get through a scenario
-The graphics are still relevant to today's high tech world

Now the detailed explanation.

The storyline is epic. Why is it epic? Splinter cell series has always been known to have a crazy or sort of conspiracy storyline, chaos theory delivers a lot more than that. Two lead programmers that cracked Philippe Masse's kernals from the first splinter cell have enhanced his algorithms and now could be used for any electronic warfare, be it military or economic. One of these programmers is discovered dead early in the game, and the other one on the loose... the story just begins to exponentially get better from there.

The multiplayer was my favorite in this game as it gave me everything I wanted. I want to play online ... okay go ahead. I want to play with my friend on the same screen or at my house and he at his... fine go ahead. Want to play competitively as a spy? Fine. Want to play as a guard and take down spies with a first person view.... heck the devs cared so much they did this too. When someone really gives an effort to really allow any sort of play when it comes to multiplayer, it's greatly appreciated.

I would say the game play of this game is arguably the best type out there. The physics/engine in this one is what would one expect from a third game of the series. I would argue that still to this day even though there are other Splinter Cell's out there, this one still has the best game engine. The soft body touches, the noise system, throwing of objects to make noise, ability to whistle, use the SC-20K it's sniping/assault attachment or it's launcher attachments, the grenade types (frag, flash, smoke), the three different goggle settings (heat, night vision, ECM), ability to either knock out or kill an opponent... there's quite a bit of things to mention. I like the fact you are given a choice of going through vents or alternate ways to avoid conflict or can go through conflict, or one by one slowly "put to sleep and hide the bodies" conflict. The greatest improvement though compared to the first splinter cell is that there is flexibility in the proximity system. When one is close to the enemy, they don't ultimately see/feel you just because they walked past you going through a doorway. This game is fantastic in how you are able to knock someone out or kill someone before they can react. This was a major breakthrough in the series.

How are the graphics still good for an original x-box game? Well how's 1980X 1080 sound? Probably the best we can get unless someone goes through the entire game and re-does it... but there wouldn't be much to redo. The cut scenes are still awesome, and the game play graphics are just as good as any game. You will not have an issue with graphics playing this.



I would highly recommend this game, on sale or not as it is still to this day my favorite game. I'm not being biased in my rating as it being my favorite game, but this game is what took the gaming industry to another level. Thief, Assassins Creed or any of that wouldn't have been without Splinter Cell.

Rocksolid 9.5/10.

PS - Because I didn't know where to fit this - relevant characters from cutscenes also breif you before going on a misison on top of team members of the echelon.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
game is okay, Uplay on the other hand is ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ and should never be used. ever.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
39.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
I have only played the original Splinter Cell before this. However, I find this game much better. The stages had many paths, and it was always fun once in a while to try a mission killing everyone.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
Amazing stealth experiance.
This game is not for everyone, but if you are at least a little interested in steath you must play it!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Best Multiplayer game to ever exist
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