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.
User reviews: Very Positive (3,850 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 20, 2013

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“Blacklist gets stealth right.”
9.2 / 10 – http://ubi.li/WMvrG

“Fisher is King”
5 / 5 – http://ubi.li/WMvrG

“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.

COOP
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

    Minimum:
    • 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.
    Recommended:
    • 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..
Helpful customer reviews
118 of 142 people (83%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Don't let my 10-hour-playtime on Steam fool you; due to an unknown bug, Steam stopped tracking my stats for Uplay games. I've played Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist for well over 30 hours, and it's a stealth experience unlike any other.

The Pros:
· Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist is a perfect combination between Conviction and Pandora Tomorrow.
· Choose your playstyle. Whether you're new to the series or a die hard Splinter Cell fan like myself, you'll definately find your cup of tea here no matter what. There are three different playstyles: Ghost, panther and assault. Ghost will have you completing a level without anyone ever noticing you've even been there. Use your gadgets and avoid getting close to hostiles but take them out in a silent, non-lethal manner when you must. Panther allows you to play a more brutal but still silent approach. Mark three targets, crouch-dash to a nearby fourth hostile, take him out with a stab to the throat and shoot the other three with a silent headshot by simple pressing the button. Assault lets you go in guns blazing, not caring about detection what so ever, as long as it gets you through the level. Unsilenced weapons, grenades, taking hostiles as human shield and bashing their heads against the wall when all the bullets that needed soaking have been soaked. All this can change in the blink of an eye. Situations will rarely feel the same depending on your playstyle. I played hundreds of hours of Conviction, so the Panther style allows me to build upon the experience I've gained through playing Conviction.
· A strong cast of characters. Sam Fisher himself, his daughter Sarah Fisher, Anna Grímsdottír, Andriy Kobin, the new isaac Briggs and Charlie Cole and many others all have a certain chemistry with each other due to events in the previous Splinter Cell titles, which makes the story a lot more dynamic.
· Where Pandora Tomorrow allowed you to choose your loadout at the beginning of a mission, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist lets you create your own custom loadouts, complete with primary and secondary weapons and gadgets, but also upgradable goggles, vests, gloves, pants and boots that can be purchased with money you earn for completing missions. This allows you to mold Sam's equipment to your playstyle even further, as your outfit can either be heavily armored or extremely light and stealthy.
· Many cool moves make Sam fast and agile. There are countless animations when you're taking down an enemy which is extended upon by the choice of lethal and non-lethal takedowns, you can swiftly climb along wall, pipes, ropes, ledges and what not, and the "sprint" allows you to move faster and vault over obstacles instantly.

The Cons:
· The shadows often don't look dark enough to be believable. You can, in theory, stand a few meters in front of an enemy and they won't notice the bright lights on your armor. These same lights will indicate when you are visible or not though, so it's generally clear to know when you can be spotted and when you're safe in the shadows.
· If you're not playing with a controller, the controls might sometimes be a bit frustrating. I started playing with a keyboard and mouse and it felt like it didn't offer the precision I needed in terms of movement. If you have an Xbox controller, I recommend using it. Sam's movements feel a lot smoother and the gameplay is overal more controllable when you have a full 360° rotation with a joystick.

The Visuals:
· Superb. Amazing camera positions durning cutscenes, great lighting effects, detailed and varying levels, gorgeous textures. It's everything you'd expect from a Ubisoft game.

Final Verdict:
· Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist is hard to hate because it offers playstyles for almost anyone, from die-hard Splinter Cell veterans to newcomers to the stealth genre. 9.5/10
Posted: May 29
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61 of 82 people (74%) found this review helpful
53.7 hrs on record
The game is great!
Uplay, not so much...
Posted: June 18
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24 of 33 people (73%) found this review helpful
74.6 hrs on record
Blacklist is easily the second best iteration of the Splinter Cell series, right after Chaos Theory. The execution system returns, but, unlike in Conviction, pure stealth remains a viable option throughout the game. The game makes concessions to modernity with two unwelcome additions: grinding money to buy equipment (although this can be considered an improvement on Conviction, as you no longer have to grind unrealistic PEC challenges to upgrade your gear) and easy-mode DLC, which gives you access to unique medium-tier gear from the start. Thankfully, the portable EMP does not return in Blacklist, which means you can no longer rely on it to instantly stun everyone around you whenever you get detected. Despite these problems, Blacklist features fun, thoughtful gameplay and a large variety of missions, as well as the ability to seamlessly replay any mission you choose from the game's hub. The ability to team up with friends for side-missions, which are playable in single-player, helps bridge the gap between solo campaign and co-op; although there is a dedicated co-op mini-campaign. which features elements that simply would not be possible with missions designed to be playable alone or with a partner. The game feels and controls like it was developed for PC rather than being lazily ported, which is fantastic.

If you've been burned by Conviction, Splinter Cell: Blacklist will restore your faith in the series.
Posted: June 14
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372 of 681 people (55%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
(((EDIT: This is a negative review that reflects less on the game itself, and more on the platform and game launchers. If you're looking for a review of the _game,_ keep looking.)))

Thanks to Ubisoft, my ten dollars is gone forever.

I bought the game this weekend, during the sale, thinking it was going to be a pick-up and play experience. Upon launching the game, it politely informed me that I needed to launch the game through Uplay, and that I needed to create a Uplay account to play it. I complied with their requests, signed into my account, entered my activation code, and launched the game(let's ignore the irony of playing a game through _two_ launchers).

The game crashed immediately. I tried restarting the game, it crashed again. Didn't even get to the loading screen. I figured "Hey, benefit of the doubt, maybe Uplay is a bit buggy. I'll try restarting it." So I exited out of Uplay and relaunched it through steam.

Upon relaunch, it informed me that I needed to sign in again, despite clicking on the "remember me" box upon my initial sign-in. I tried signing in again, but it told me that my password was incorrect. Let me interject here and tell you that by this point, I had been trying to play this game for only about 5 minutes, there's no way I forgot my password in that time.

Nevertheless, I decided to restart my password. This didn't go over well, because the Captcha system they use is broken and will only let me use it if I use the audio version, which I only learned after a few minutes of frustratingly retyping the numbers on screen several times.

When I finally got it to work, it informed me that there wasn't an account associated with that email. That's garbage, because I was looking at the inbox of said email address, and viewing the email they sent me upon creating the account. I even made sure the email in the box was the same as the email I was looking at, double checked the spelling, everything.

The best part is, since I activated the code, I can't use that if I tried making another account. Quite frankly, that code is GONE FOREVER, activated on an account that flickered in and out of existence within a few minutes.

So thanks for stealing my money, Ubisoft. Don't expect me to buy any more of your games from here on out, hope you use my ten dollars to buy yourself something reeeeally special. Like another Assasins Creed sequel that nobody wants.

Avoid this game on this platform like the plague.
Posted: June 16
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17 of 25 people (68%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Let me start off by saying the game itself is an enjoyable mix of stealth and action, other reviews cover this more thoroughly.

However, I have been unable to connect to Shadownet (Blacklist's multiplayer service) since I bought this game. I've checked everything on my end; ports, firewalls, virus checkers etc. I've changed routers and that didn't help either. I was even asked to disable the Bitlocker service... Support have been giving me the runaround for months now, insisting that they're looking into it and could I just post my msinfo32 and launcher log again.

This and the 50+ page thread about people with the same problem make me think that if you do get this problem, there is NO solution and there never will be since Ubisoft don't care. They'll just keep 'investigating' until you give up. Unfortunately there is no way to tell if you will have this problem before you buy the game.

Since this game also has UPlay, my advice is to not buy it or any other game with UPlay because UPlay is terrible, superfluous middle management and their customer support is very unhelpful in the most friendly, 'we understand you're frustrated but suck it' way possible
Posted: June 14
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202 of 234 people (86%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Splinter Cell Blacklist combines the best elements of Conviction and its predessors into one fine package. A package that deserved more attention, because even though Splinter Cell is still popular, it didn't manage to sell enough copies.

Anyway, Blacklist lets you play as Sam Fisher (who else ?), but with an all-new voice actor this time. Michael Ironside will be sorely missed, but I have to admit the new voice of Sam did a very decent job.

The game has plenty of content, including single-player missions, co-op missions, multiplayer and even a metagame. The single-player portion can be completed in roughly 10 hours. I didn't have a chance to try the other modes just yet. The single-player missions can be played with a stealthy approach, as an action hero killing everyone you see or a mix of those two. Since this is Splinter Cell I'm thinking most of us will play this game in stealth mode and use a more action oriented approach if they're ever discovered.

The graphics look extremely well and the game is a blast to play. It also runs at a solid 60FPS, something I personally adore.

Blacklist looks like a compilation of all previous games and as a result it's, in my opinion, the best game yet, or the more complete one anyway.

[Rating: 93/100]
Posted: November 21, 2013
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