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.
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 CommunityMy 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.