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 (811 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
27 of 30 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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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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25 of 36 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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10 of 10 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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7 of 7 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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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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5 of 6 people (83%) 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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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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2 of 2 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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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
36.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
One of my fav games 4ever♥
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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
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
16.8 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
Probably the best stealth game iv ever played, Easily the best in the splinter cell series. It also has very long missions they usually take up to 20-30 mintues and even longer if u intend to get that perfect 100% stealth approach. Great game and cheap price dont hesitate, buy this one NOW!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
Perfect stealth game

Chaos theory is the best splinter cell game and arguably one of the best stealth games ever created.

The story is somewhat realistic and interesting. Tensions are running high as North Korea is threatening an all out war against America and her allies. You play as Sam Fisher, an ex-SEAL member now a 'cell' (spy) working for the a top secret sub-branch within the National Security Agency (NSA). It's your job to uncover who is behind jeopardising the relationship between the two countries and risking all out war.

The gameplay is the best component of the game. Before each mission you get a briefing with other members of Third Eschalon and their allies telling you the task and situation of the mission. You then get to select your loadout based on 'Stealth' (more stealth equipment like smoke grenades and sticky cameras), 'Assault' (More assault rifle ammo and frag grenades) or 'Reddington' (Mixture of the other two) which affects the types of equipment you will have and how much of each item you carry with you. The three options of equipment speak for themselves on how you want to approach the mission. The equipment you may have include the sileneced assault rifle, silenced pistol, sticky cameras, smoke grenades, stun grenades, frags etc. The objectives in each mission will generally require you to steal, sabotage or eliminate a target. As a 'splinter cell game' stealth gameplay is highly recommended. Besides hiding in the shadows, a new element plays a role in in the gameplay, noise. Creating too much noise (more than the ambient sound in the area which is indicated by a bar on your hud) will now cause foes to detect you which may include gun noises, broken glass and movement. As such, you can control your walking speed (which increases noise as it increases) via the scrolling the mouse wheel. The final element to the gameply is manipulating electronics via your pistol. By aiming your pistol and pressing right mouse button you can turn off an electronic device for a few seconds. The purpose of this is to not destroy the item and hence, alerting the gaurds. You can go all guns blazing in most of the missions, but this is not recommended as it not only ruins the atmosphere of the game, but you die very quickly in frontal combat. As per usual you can eliminate gaurd using lethal force or non-lethal force. Shooting gaurds is lethal as well as choosing the lethal option when grabing them from behind. Non-lethal involves choosing non-lethal ammo and knocking gaurds out after grabbing them. Another new element to the gampley is the ability to quickly walk up to gaurds and knock them out/kill them, which helps when your about to be spotted at close range.

The level design is excellent. Each level is big and unique, spotting plenty of places places to hide in such as shadows. Furthermore, there are more than one route to reach objectives including vents, doors, tunnels etc. The graphics has also aged well and looks pleasant. Finally the levels are so well designed that you can go through the entire game without killing/knocking out anyone and not being detected either.

The audio is good. Voice actors (especially Sam) do a great job at instilling the emotions of the current situation. Weapon sound are also good as well. Each level has a unique track that is played while stealthed and while being spotted. Each level has a unique soundtrack for the the previous two situations, so you won't get bored from hearing the same tarck over and over again.

If you want one of the best stealth games ever made, chaos theory will not dissapoint you.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.6 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
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
Difficult for rookies. need tutorial.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Old classic, reminds me of the days before all this Quick and No-Scoping mumbo jumbo.

420/360
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
10/10
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