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whatshot Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent PS3 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.7
Graphics 8.5
Sound 8.5
Value 8.6
Distributor: UbiSoft
Classification:
G
Review Date:
May 2007
Reviewer:
Kyle Sudukis

8.6


Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent

With the content of next-generation consoles heating up, it's time for Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent to arrive on the PS3 with new content and that same good old fashioned gameplay. In comparison to the XBox 360 version, this current incarnation almost has the same level of graphics, although the loading times on the PS3 are slightly lengthier, however the control system seems more precise than the XBox 360.

Unlike the previous incarnations of Splinter Cell, our hero must now infiltrate a terrorist organization, although there are quite a few consequences to this. To quote Ubisoft "Veteran agent Sam Fisher is back. But he's never faced an enemy like this before. To stop a devastating terrorist attack, he must infiltrate a vicious terrorist group and destroy it from within. For the first time ever, experience the relentless tension and gut-wrenching dilemmas of life as a double agent. As you infiltrate a terrorist organization in its American headquarters, you must carefully weigh the consequences of your actions. Kill too many criminals and you'll blow your cover. Hesitate too long and millions will die. Do whatever it takes to complete your mission, but get out alive.'

Features:

  • Dual objectives to fulfil: NSA government agents and terrorists will each want you to accomplish opposing tasks at the same time.

  • Discover the tension of being a double agent: Use actual tactics employed by today’s real-life double agents to sabotage the terrorists’ plans.

  • Explore a branching storyline with multiple endings: Your choices have an impact on how the story and game play unfolds.

  • A world of international espionage: Missions from all over the world, from Asia to Africa to the heart of the US. Experience extreme situations: underwater or in a sandstorm, hiding behind the dust or smoke – and even skydiving.

  • New authentic gadgets: Master the latest weapons and gadgets used by NSA government agents in addition to black-market terrorist weapons.

  • Innovative online play: The critically acclaimed multiplayer action of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell is back with entirely new innovations for each platform.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent once again transforms players into the role of Sam Fisher who faces one of his most difficult missions to date in blurring the boundaries between good versus evil. Unlike other versions of the Splinter Cell series, the gamer must now assist the villains in order to ensure that his cover isn't blown while trying to protect democracy of the free world. However to make things even more interesting or dastardly frustrating, you also need to ensure that you keep the trust of the NSA.

This new addition to the game makes for more challenging games play as the player must now monitor two trust metres on the bottom left of the game. The tricky part of this premise is that if you fail a mission for the NSA, it will reduce their trust but increase the trust for your terrorist organisation. Both extremely frustrating and entertaining at the same devilish time!

The game also contains a variety of mini-games such as safe-cracking and lock-picking to give that real feeling of "danger" and "adventure" that have been made so popular by the James Bond series. However, for those that wish an easy way out, there are also upgrades available that can assist the more novice player bypass this aspect.

There are also a variety of diverse missions in the game such as collecting voice samples, finger prints, mainframe server cracking and of course our traditional "assassination" type missions. The developers have also ensured that the missions take place from around the world that include places such as Iceland and even West Africa, each with their own unique feel and experience. However when it comes down to the crunch, Double Agent is a first class first person shooter!

In terms of your stealth, Sam moves just as well as he has in most of the previous outings. There have been motion controls added to the game but they can be turned on and off as you wish. Tilting the control up and down while swimming will allow Sam to surface and dive deeper and puzzles such as the safe cracking and lock picking are controlled by motions as well. They don’t feel out of place and to an extent, are well implemented. However, at times they can be a tad sensitive and force feedback is missed (particularly with regards to lock-picking).

Double Agent also features a highly entertaining multiplayer option that has the gamer choosing their own sides, each with their pros and cons. Whether you're playing the spies trying to steal technological advancements or the mercenaries with their extraordinary firepower, it makes for some great fun and excitement. The control of the spies is extremely quick and graceful, whereas the mercenaries are more encumbered but as mentioned before, it all balances out perfectly. A great side project once you have completed the main game.

Graphically, the game is easily one of the better titles on the PS3 and when you first witness the panoramic view over Shanghai and the Chinese New Year celebrations, it's easy to get lost in this highly detailed world. Character models are simply incredible and feature high resolution texture details that move with a human-like grace. Match that with a variety of Hollywood style explosions, realistic lighting & shadows and you have a first class title. It's pure eye candy!

Although the state-of-art graphics has one drawback, the extremely long load and save times that unfortunately makes the gamer wait and this does become a tad excruciating, especially when you continue to keep failing a mission that you're stuck on.

The soundtrack of the game features the traditional Tom Clancy style of music that suits the genre perfectly and would not look out of place on a Hollywood blockbuster spy movie, match that with a wide gamut of realistic sound effects and professional voice acting and once again Besot delivers where other companies have failed.

In conclusion, Splinter Cell Double Agent is a very impressive game from start to finish that features extraordinary graphics, a highly sturdy game engine and definitely one of the most frustrating games on the market, especially for those that wish to rush into battle. However, if you're looking for a thinking man's adventure/shooter, then this is the game for you.





 

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