The United States has a military presence in two-thirds of countries around the world, and some of them have had enough. A group of terrorists calling themselves The Engineers initiate a terror ultimatum called the Blacklist - a deadly countdown of escalating attacks on U.S. interests.
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Release Date: Aug 20, 2013

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“Blacklist gets stealth right.”
9.2 / 10 –

“Fisher is King”
5 / 5 –

“Blacklist serves as an anthology of all of Splinter Cell's best ideas.”
8.5 / 10 – Polygon

Digital Deluxe Edition

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell® Blacklist™ Deluxe Edition comes with all the essential weapons, gadgets, and gear for you to become Sam Fisher and stop the escalating Blacklist threats. With two bonus missions and five bonus suits, armor upgrades, and weapons, you’ll be prepared to stop the attacks!
Content Includes:

  • The High Power DLC Pack:
    • AC S12 Shotgun
    • GC36C Assault Rifle
    • MP5-10 SMG
    • PP-19 Black Market SMG
    • USP45 Hand Gun

  • The Homeland DLC Pack:
    • Single-player and multiplayer co-op missions: Dead Coast and Billionaire’s Yacht.
    • Tactical Crossbow with Sleeping Gas Bolts
    • Upper Echelon Suit, 4E Eclipse Suit for the single-player storyline
    • Gold, Amber & White Sonar Goggles
    • Exclusive Mercs & Spy Skin
    • And more!

  • Bonus suits, weapons, and gear:
    • Four powerful weapons for any play style: VSS Sniper Rifle, M1014 Shotgun, 416 Assault Rifle, and F40 Pistol.
    • Three enhanced combat suits: Elite Digital Ghillie Suit, Spy Suit, and Mercenary Suit for Spies vs. Mercs.
    • Three armor accessories: Ghost Boots, Armored Boots, and Tactical Gloves.

About This Game

The United States has a military presence in two-thirds of countries around the world, and some of them have had enough. A group of terrorists calling themselves The Engineers initiate a terror ultimatum called the Blacklist - a deadly countdown of escalating attacks on U.S. interests.

Key Features

Operate without Restrictions
Sam is back in his tactical suit and goggles, and he’s more lethal and agile than ever. Granted the freedom to do whatever it takes to stop the Blacklist, Sam flies from exotic locales to U.S. cities as he races against the clock to find out who’s behind this devastating threat.

Own Your Play Style
Splinter Cell Blacklist builds on the stealth roots of the franchise, while exploring new directions to embrace the realms of action and adventure. Players can define their personal play styles and be rewarded for those choices.
  • Ghost players want to remain undetected.
  • Assault players rely on instincts and frontal blow to deal with a situation.
  • Panther players look for lethality in the most efficient and silent way.

Tools of the Trade
Take down The Engineers by using new gadgets such
as the upgraded Snake Cam and Micro-trirotor Drone. Splinter Cell Blacklist is also bringing back fan-favorites like the Sticky Shocker and the brutal, curved Karambit knife. Fans of stealth will be happy to make the most of Sam’s sneaking abilities to abduct and carry enemies, while Killing In Motion allows the player to strike with surgical precision by marking and executing multiple enemies in one fluid motion.

Build a New Echelon
Sam is building a whole new Echelon unit; his team, his way. Anna “Grim” Grimsdottir is his technical operations manager, CIA operative Isaac Briggs brings additional firepower, and resident hacker Charlie Cole rounds out the crew. 4th Echelon is a fully mobile ops unit with unlimited resources and cutting-edge technology aboard the re-purposed stealth airliner, the Paladin.

Enjoy a Fully Integrated Experience
Sam and his team are aware of terrorist attacks in real time thanks to the Strategic Mission Interface (SMI). The SMI allows 4th Echelon to receive data about mission objectives while on the move. With the SMI, players can take advantage of the universal game economy system that allows players to fully customize and upgrade Sam, his suit, goggles, weapons, the Paladin and much more.

Spies vs. Mercs Returns
Spies vs. Mercs is back with an new take on asymmetrical gameplay. Players will be able to face off in teams of 4 all the while creating their very own Spy or Merc according to their playstyles via thorough customization elements. The original Classic Spies vs. Mercs experience also makes its long awaited comeback for the fans.

With the SMI, the lines are blurred between the single campaign and COOP as the narrative is deepened with Sam and Briggs. Earn in-game currency and unlock additional weapons or gadgets via specialized missions assigned by Grim, Briggs, Charlie and Kobin.

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows® XP (SP3) / Windows Vista® (SP2) / Windows® 7 (SP1) / Windows® 8
    • Processor:2.53 GHz Intel® Core™2 Duo E6400 or 2.80 GHz AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 5600+ or better
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB DirectX® 10–compliant with Shader Model 4.0 or higher
    • DirectX®:9
    • Hard Drive:25 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 10–compliant DirectX 9.0c–compliant
    • Additional:Peripherals Supported: Windows-compatible keyboard, mouse, headset, optional controller (Xbox 360 Controller for Windows recommended). Requires UPLAY account.
    • Processor:2.66 GHz Intel® Core™2 Quad Q8400 or 3.00 GHz AMD Phenom™ II X4 940 or better
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • DirectX®:11
    • Hard Drive:25 GB HD space
    • Sound:(5.1 surround sound recommended)
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:Peripherals Supported: Windows-compatible keyboard, mouse, headset, optional controller (Xbox 360 Controller for Windows recommended). Requires UPLAY account..
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Karter Blackpaw
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
"Splinter Cell" when you hear those words what do you usually think? When I hear those words I think of a stealth series that is stiff and tactical where you need to be careful and be VERY conservative on ammo management. This game resembles nothing of that sadly. Deciding to take on a more "casual" 3rd person shooter route, maps are linear, ammo is quite plentiful in strategically located crates, objectives are highlighted so you can see them and instantly know where to go 24\7 like a lost puppy, co-op is stunted to maps that feel like something you'd find on the steam workshop, and a tacked on (and very odd) multiplayer mode just make this game into a very poor package. Either from this being a Ubisoft title or them wanting to "casualize" the game to entice new players, this game does everything possible to alienate you from it being an actual Splinter Cell game. There is hardly any stealth mechanics, all the maps appear to be daytime or super bright that you NEVER use night vision goggles once despite it being a staple in pretty much all the other Splinter Cell games; health auto-regenerates so it causes you to lose any sense of being careful on even the highest of difficulties since you can just get turned into swiss cheese, sit behind cover till your screen stops having jelly smears and then get back up to go attack again. This just doesn't feel like a Splinter Cell game anymore and this series has taken a turn for just the worse possible route since they've casualized this whole quote on quote "stealth" aspect so much that they've now alienated the series kinda like Fallout 4 so that it's too casualized and trendy to become memorable.

My quick and final advice for this, don't buy this game and go get one of the previous titles. They at least made it feel stealthy and had better co-op then this.
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( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
why do I need to sign up to Uplay?
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( 23.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
The game is amazing. You really feel like this spider ninja ghost type creature as you lurk around varied locations taking out terrorists. The game allows you to customize each way you play meaning you can customize your character and also your loadout that you use. Depending on what you take, it can alter the entire way you play the game. The game provides frequent rewards which you can use to upgrade your weapons, base, gear, gadgets, etc. so there is always an incentive to try make these small achievements (e.g. kill X amount of enemies a certain way, not disturbing guards, etc).

As for the story, it is engaging enough that you care about what happens. There are plenty of side mission too and you can go back and replay missions, meaning there is a decent amount of replay value.

I think this is the best Splinter Cell game.
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( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Product received for free
Based on its own merits, Blacklist is an outstanding stealth-action game with a slick presentation and tight execution, which is regretably mared by awkward phone-home Uplay DRM, a sometimes frustrating auto-save system (y no quick saves, Ubisoft?) and the occational stiff dialogue.

For fans of the original Splinter Cell trilogy, however, the game's heavy emphasis on stealth-action will probably be more than a bit disappointing. While Blacklist undoubtedly is a genuinely good game in its own right, a true successor to the brilliant Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory it is not.
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( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Awesome game but crashes all the time. Ironicly the pirated version I have does not. Classic update it until its broken. Lovely.
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( 435.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Suck it, double-O seven.
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( 43.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
What's not to like about this game? The graphics are great, the campaign is great, the overall game itself is great. I consider this and Chaos Theory to be the only GOOD games in the Splinter Cell franchise. I would definitely recommend this game to anyone considering to buy it. Definitely worth the buy ;)
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( 20.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
so far i enjoy this game and i had played it in a console but this level after i complete the mission it starting to bug out it need to be fix
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( 48.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
  • The fast-paced stealth is about as good as it can get
  • Many side missions and great multiplayer mode
  • A lot of customization and upgrades
  • Amazing graphics, even on medium
  • Challenging at times
  • Different playstyles. You can either bypass enemies un-noticed, hunt enemies down in the shadows or go guns-blazing

  • Uplay DRM (No Steam overlay, achievements, trading card, nothing)
  • Day-light missions
  • Minor bugs that could mess up your proggress since the last checkpoint
  • Speaking of checkpoints, there aren't many so be cautious
  • Does not feel like you are playing as Sam Fisher

My score: 9.2/10, the pros overwheight the cons.
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( 35.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
best stealth game ever ... wanna play again and again
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27 of 27 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Splinter Cell: Blacklist is a stealth third-person shooter developed by Ubisoft Toronto and published by Ubisoft. It was released in August 2013. Blacklist is a very good game that excels in freedom of approach in mission in which complements the excellent story. The main protagonist is Sam Fisher and Fisher is one of the main operatives part of the new Fourth Echelon. Blacklist incorporates a new story while expanding and not forgetting events that occurred in the previous game Conviction. This review will discuss the campaign in relation to missions and story, the gameplay and the Paladin, the multiplayer, and the graphics and performance. I did not play the DLC.

Blacklist features a very intense campaign that shifts the dynamic from typical FPS shooters. The Fourth Echelon's motive is to combat The Engineers, who are perpetrators of the Blacklist and these are a bunch of attacks aimed at America with a countdown on each event. Your team lives on a Paladin and uses a Strategic Mission Interface (SMI) and this replaces the traditional menu screen in other FPS games. It features a world map and allows you to coordinate your plans. For instance, you can play campaign missions, side missions, and the multiplayer portion. The SMI is very unique and frankly I love it because it fit right into the context of the story and setting. In saying that, it was frustrating to launch the game to play multiplayer with friends only to be inserted right into the campaign because I was unaware that the SMI was a thing and was the main UI of the game. Upon beginning the game there was already tension attached to the story and a sense of urgency. This is where Blacklist excels at, making sure the prologue kick-starts the story and each mission and the overall story are progressed while never ceasing intensity. Furthermore, Blacklist improves on the storytelling aspect of making Sam's personality shine through his drive on stopping The Engineer and not doing it sorely for his daughter Sarah Fisher because in Conviction all his motives were for her, so it provides a nice change.

I highly praise the dialogue because the profound amount of it complements the story. For instance, it's refreshing that after every campaign mission there is new dialogue for all team members, Sam and other personnel. I think the dialogue adds to the characterisation of all characters within the game by creating diversities between each while not forgetting past issues. The game features sixteen refreshing side missions. I love it because there is a total of sixteen missions from four different team members and all have unique objectives, gameplay approaches and add to the overall story. They have good length and while they are not long as the main campaign, they are not short which means they feel significant and not unnecessary. Lastly, the various missions are set in different locations in the world so the feature does not ever feel stale. The campaign overall was excellent but I felt it really missed the jackpot. It's difficult to explain without spoilers but I felt that the game could have had some more time to breathe because the motives of The Engineers were major and certain sequences in the campaign were significant so I think more explanation and more storytelling would have added a ton to the quality of the overall game and story. But, for what was presented, it still was great.

The game's core component is the Paladin. The Paladin is a plane that is the home of Fourth Echelon and that is where you conduct all briefings for missions and communication with team members. It is very unique because the Paladin is the operations area for the campaign, it includes the SMI, which as stated replaces the traditional menu, and it is involved in a major way that I will not spoil. Furthermore, you can upgrade it using in-game currency that you earn through completing missions and challenges. For instance, you can upgrade the medical bay on the plane to improve your health during missions. In other words, I commend Ubisoft for creating something new to use and I think it worked for them.

Blacklist features standard FPS gameplay but moreover expands on the gameplay and combat known to the Splinter Cell series. It emphasises experiment on how you approach your missions as the majority of missions you can approach with gun-fire and action or proceed with stealth, so it expands on the Splinter Cell concept in being secretive in your movements and actions but has enough leeway that certain missions do not penalise you for shooting people without stealth. I believe the overall gameplay quality feels more fresh and fluid and is a clear upgrade from Conviction.

I enjoyed the classic multiplayer mode of Spies vs. Mercs. It features 4v4 games with different maps. Each map had varied objectives as one map would have the attacking team find positions and plant bombs while the defenders had to defuse them or, the attacking team would have to hack certain positions and get data while the defenders had to stop them. So this mode is fun as there were diverse objectives on varied maps and the servers do have a niche fan base. I found the matches to be rewarding by the end but at the same time, frustrating if on the losing end.

With positives comes its negatives and the multiplayer had some serious and unfixed issues. For one, you cannot leave a multiplayer match, enough said. Secondly, I hated the spawn positioning because there was frequent spawn killing and frequent enemy players spawning right next to some of the objectives. Lastly, online players have very high sensitivity, particularly among walls, because I found a lot of the time I was sprinting I would latch onto walls instead of sprinting and potentially killing an enemy. So, I found the gameplay portion of online to be sloppy.

I played the game on high settings with v-sync off. I obtained mostly a 50-60 FPS window making for mostly smooth gameplay. With these settings, the graphics were good and there were some nice textures and colours, but for the most part they feel dated. My screenshot showcase has some screenshots of within the game and its settings.

I was extremely annoyed at the game starting in windowed mode on every launch and also the game reverting to windowed mode whenever I alt-tabbed. I also encountered some bugs in the campaign and multiplayer but the main source of in-game issues was with the coop/side missions component which in some missions was mostly unstable and buggy. Other than these negatives, the other negatives I encountered were mentioned above.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist is a very strong game that is a true sequel to Conviction. It triumphs in a well-thought out and intense story. It incorporates side missions that add to the game rather than negate from the overall experience. It has compelling characters that are likeable and does not omit their past issues. And, I praise Ubisoft for creativity in regards to the Paladin and the SMI being the main interface. I played 26 hours of Blacklist and the majority was spent in single player, which exceeded my expectations, but the multiplayer hurt my overall score of the game. Regardless, I loved this so I highly recommend this game.

Ratings are calculated by adding up each discussed component and averaging them. Then, I take out or add points to the overall score depending on the severity of issues or negatives with the game.

Campaign: 9.5/10
Gameplay: 9.5/10
Multiplayer: 7/10
Performance/Graphics: 8.5/10
Overall: 8.75/10

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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
38.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Although I had only ever played the first splinter cell (which I didn't finish), something compelled me to purchase this when it was on sale for 4.99, I am a huge fan of stealth games and most people had this on their list of favourite stealth games, so I tryed it out and truthfully I have really enjoyed this game.


The games runs extremely well at Maxed Settings at 1080P (inc Nvidia Exclusive Settings like TXAA 4X and HBAO+), I got a constant 60FPS, and this is a Ubisoft Game!

Story was really enjoyable and Majid Sadiq is an excellent villain.

Plenty of customization options for your gear and weapons.

Choice of how to approach an area and your objectives, kill your enemies or be stealthy and leave their souls intact.

Some missions allow you to kill or spare an enemy.

Leaderboards to compare your scores against your friends.

All Online and COOP Uplay achievements can be got fast and easy (with just one other person needed).


Brigg's 4E side missions must be done in COOP and can't be done on your own like the other 4E side missions.

Game has a few bugs, (most were experienced in COOP).

Being forced to kill when you play as Brigg's or in some cases you must kill as Sam in COOP, also there are some areas in the game where you are forced to neutralise the enemies patrolling it, where as most areas in the game you can sneak past the enemies and leave them be.

High Value Targets (HVT'S) being captured subtract from your overall score at the end of the mission (in other words they count as knockouts which have less points then just leaving your enemies undisturbed).

Overall however, I really enjoyed Blacklist and I most go back and play all the other splinter cells as well, as most people found that those games were better then this one.

My Overall Review And Personal Rating Score:

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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
68.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Yet again, Splinter Cell has proven why it is the current best stealth game on the market. I would reccommend this game to anyone who enjoys a good stealth game,

+ Great story
+ Compelling characters
+ Amazing gameplay
+ Addictive multiplayer
+ Interesting coop
+ Plenty of variety and customisation

- The multiplayer can be quite glicthy
- Michael Ironside no longer voices Sam Fisher
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
this game is racist because all you do is kill mexicans 10/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 25

This game was released in 2013 and it looks like it could of come out this year. Unbelievably great graphics. The game is also very fun and challenging. It is also fun in multiplayer and coop.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
46.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
I like the overall execution of the game, since it's a few miles ahead of Conviction. But on the other hand, it's many miles behind Chaos Theory. The controls are weird, especially since they're mainly geared for third person shooter fans, rather than fans of the original trilogy. For instance, there is no jumping like normal, only contextual parkour (let alone split-jumping, which I loved doing), and the "action" button takes too much use in everything: jumping up walls, activating objective stuff, switching cover, etc.

The cover system is a pain in the ♥♥♥, since it's so restrictive; movement speed is very slow (it is for me, but I'm not sure about everyone else) when leaned up against cover/walls, and there's not much skill involved with using cover-based stealth in this game, since it takes intelligence and patience for the right moment to break cover and concealment just to sneak by the normal way without reliance on the cover system.

Here's a funny mishap with controls: the "bash door" key is the same as the "takedown" key. I tried to KO a guard who was standing right next to a door. Unfortunately, senile old Sam Fisher decided to kick the door instead, alerting the guard, causing him to get lead in the head. Dammit, Sam! You're out of your mind!

Oh yeah, there's no variable speed with PC controls. You have to zoom in with your weapon to move absolutely silently, since crouch-walking can still be heard. You'd have to buy special stealth boots just to not be heard when crouch-walking, which doesn't make sense since Sam is supposed to be an old guy who naturally moves slowly, and therefore shouldn't be too loud when CROUCHING. And the mouse sensitivity is painfully bad, especially when I maxed it out. My hand must patiently align the crosshairs when aiming just so I hit the light bulbs correctly. I hate low sensitivity because it means less precision with aiming, especially when I'm very particular with where I throw/shoot my gadgets.

The main redeeming quality I found was the loadout customization plus the balaclava mod I downloaded. Now, Sam's ugly de-aged face is properly covered up with a ninja mask that suits his job like in the days of old. I don't recommend using the balaclava mod in conjunction with a Spies vs Mercs session, since the multiplayer servers might process the modded files as malicious code that could lead to banning. If you're gonna use the mod, use it only for single and coop, and deactivate it when playing multiplayer. Since I got this game during the sacred Steam Sale (all praise Lord GabeN), I managed to get the Homeland DLC for cheap, allowing me to start the game with Sam's original suit plus Archer's suit.

Lastly, I think the level designs and story are extremely buggy. The levels are broken up into small sections, where any actions taken in previous ones won't affect you in later ones. Like if you left a corpse in a brightly lit hallway, just waiting to get spotted, it won't matter once you leave the section because all that stuff will disappear and de-rezz to make room for the next section. The checkpoint system hates your guts, since certain parts of the game force you to painfully redo stuff all the way at the beginning of the auto-save point when there are so many guards and stuff that you worked your ♥♥♥ off to avoid. Even shot light bulbs and meticulously placed bodies respawn after you restart a checkpoint, even though the game auto-saved in that original state that you purposefully left. As for story, there are too many forced-action sequences that simply could have been avoided with better writing. Like the forced alert stage of the Private Estate mission made no sense. In that mission, Sam decided to hack into the estate's security system to force the bad guy to move to his safe room, of which Sam had no idea where it was because he had to use his sonar goggles to find it. Dammit, that's not good planning at all. He should have just snuck into the guy's bedroom while everyone was sleeping and NOT on alert, in order to kidnap the bad guy undetected.

Special Missions HQ had to be the worst mission I ever had to do, mainly because of the buggy NPCs and their bouts of stupidity and magical detection abilities, as well as the fact that lots of crap went down in that level story-wise. First, Sam got into a trap and a firefight in the first few minutes of that level, due to his newly-found senility and stupidity. Next, he spent the last few minutes of the game desperately trying to escape, only to find a bunch of heavily armed guards and vehicles just waiting for him. That is not stealthy at all, especially since that missions ends with a UAV segment where you shoot down trucks chasing Sam's van... using missiles and machine guns. He should have just found a better way into the HQ without relying on an untrustworthy general that led him into a trap, and he should have found a way to not alert the whole place that an intruder was around and messing things up. His escape should've been stealthier too, without the need for saving his ♥♥♥ with drone strikes.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
89.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
One of my favorite stealth games of all time. The single player is fun, but the co-op is what makes it awesome.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Conviction was fun but not very Splinter Cell like, so I wasn't really expecting anything great here. However, they seem to have got the best parts of conviction and mixed it with the best parts of the old games, and I'm loving it so far.
I've chosen to go down the non lethal stealth route, but if you fancied going guns blazing for example, you'd get rated on a different set of rules and still earn a nice sum of money.

The money system is extremely similar to Payday 2 (down to ShadowNet as the mission selection as opposed to CrimeNet, I'm not sure which came first), and it seems to work really well. It gives you something to work towards without witholding anything important (like having no goggles for most of conviction), even if it's just for the stats since everything pretty much looks the same.

So far I've not had a chance to try coop (we're doing the campaign to get kitted out in better stuff first), but in Conviction I had more fun in coop than I did with the campaign, so hopefully it'll be the same here. One downside is that the new look and voice actor for Sam Fisher just makes it feel like you're playing a generic spy, but he's still pretty badass at least.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
38.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
one of the best game in the stealth genre
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