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Splinter Cell Blacklist

released on August 20, 2013

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist is an upcoming action-adventure stealth game. Sam Fisher is the leader of the newly formed 4th Echelon unit: a clandestine unit that answers solely to the President of the United States. Sam and his team must hunt down these terrorists by any means necessary, and stop the Blacklist countdown before it reaches zero. Blacklist introduces a new gameplay mechanic called Killing in Motion, allowing the player to highlight targets and take them out in quick succession while on the run. For Multiplayer "spies vs. mercs" competitive mode from the prior games of the series would be making a return. Splinter Cell: Blacklist will be released in August, 2013 on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii U, and PC.

Platforms: PS3Wii U360
Developer: Ubisoft Toronto
Publisher: Ubisoft
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Splinter Cell Blacklist reviews

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  • 100

    Joystiq

    (platform: PS3)
    Blacklist's multiple methods of enemy engagement brings Ubisoft's grizzled veteran spy to an outstanding new frontier, giving players the best game in the franchise's history.
  • 92

    IGN

    (platform: PC)
    Splinter Cell is back on the right shadowy track.
  • 92

    LaPS3

    (platform: PS3)
    Blacklist is the most complete game of the franchise. The enemy A.I., agility in the actions and all the weapons and gadgets are the perfect support for a proposal of espionage. In addition, the integration of cooperative and competitive multiplayer is total, with a really clever solution that seals an adventure for lovers of action and stealth.
  • 92

    NZGamer

    (platform: 360)
    The melding of Conviction's third person shooter elements and more traditional Splinter Cell gameplay are more than the sum of their parts here. No doubt about it, this is the definitive Splinter Cell experience. I'd even go as far as to say it's the best stealth game of this console generation. Sorry, Kojima.
  • 92

    MondoXbox

    (platform: 360)
    Blacklist successfully continues on the road taken by Conviction, keeping the core gameplay choices and expanding everything with a more open mission structure, greater focus on stealth gameplay, great replayability and a strong co-op and competitive multiplayer support. Dismissing it as another action-oriented Splinter Cell will be an error: it can be as stealthy and challenging as you want it to be.
  • 91

    GameFront

    (platform: PC)
    Blacklist sees Sam Fisher and his covert posse returning to the series' sneaky-happy roots in good form, and it's easily one of the best stealth offerings I've delved into in a long time.
  • 91

    AusGamers

    (platform: PS3)
    It's a rarity when a title delivers engrossing, compelling, varied and highly replayable gameplay in both its single and multiplayer elements. Splinter Cell: Blacklist is such a manner of beast and other than a few graphical inconsistencies it remains one of the most solid all-around combat experiences I've snuck around behind and embedded my knife into.
  • 90

    GameOver.gr

    (platform: 360)
    Surprisingly, Blacklist "ticks every right box" as a really good, modern game ought to do. It has an interesting single player campaign with great structure, superb co-op missions and an engaging multiplayer mode.
  • 90

    Playstation Universe

    (platform: PS3)
    Splinter Cell: Blacklist is the pinnacle of stealth action gaming and easily the best Splinter Cell outing to date.
  • 90

    Game Revolution

    (platform: PS3)
    Blacklist returns Splinter Cell to flagship franchise status, no matter how crowded Ubisoft's portfolio has gotten during Sam's shore leave.
  • 90

    LevelUp

    (platform: 360)
    Splinter Cell: Blacklist offers a complete and balanced experience. Its campaign and multiplayer modes are filled with fun and addictive gameplay, specially Mercs vs. Spies. The stealth mechanics are great and they make this game the best Splinter Cell of this generation.
  • 90

    Hardcore Gamer Magazine

    (platform: 360)
    The best Splinter Cell since Chaos Theory, Blacklist is a gritty and intense entry into the series that offers an unbelievably robust package.
  • 90

    GamingTrend

    (platform: 360)
    If sneaking is your speed, you can rest easy – Sam Fisher is back, and Splinter Cell: Blacklist is among the very best stealth titles you'll play this generation.
  • 90

    Gamer.nl

    (platform: 360)
    Blacklist has it all. Perfect controls, highlights from all the previous games, a perfect focus on multiplayer fun without sacrificing the enjoyment of the single-player and a great presentation to finish it all off. It has it all, unless you're looking for innovation. You won't find that in this best of compilation that manages to feel like a new product.
  • 90

    XGN

    (platform: 360)
    Fisher is back more than ever. Play stealth, kill people without making noise and more important: have some fun.
  • 90

    Gamereactor Denmark

    (platform: 360)
    The most hardcore Splinter Cell-purists might still be a little miffed, but otherwise Blacklist is by far the best outing the series has had on this console generation. Even if the new Sam Fisher is a bit dry.
  • 90

    Xbox360Achievements

    (platform: 360)
    Ubisoft has outdone itself with this one, producing a game that serves up quality and quantity in spades. Splinter Cell: Blacklist can be a demanding and sometimes harsh game, but it only serves in strengthening your resolve to do better, and explore different approaches and avenues to achieve perfect stealth. Whether you're a Ghost, Panther or Assault player, Splinter Cell: Blacklist has something to offer, regardless.
  • 90

    Everyeye.it

    (platform: 360)
    Single player and multiplayer are mixed in an unexpectedly convincing and functional way in Splinter Cell: Blacklist, making it one of the most successful episodes of the saga.
  • 90

    Machinima

    (platform: 360)
    Splinter Cell: Blacklist both rewards players for focusing on one infiltration style while also encouraging experimenting with others. This kind of play-as-you-like approach isn't new, but it's hard to think of another game that means it with such certainty as Blacklist.
  • 90

    SpazioGames

    (platform: 360)
    Blacklist features an enjoyable gameplay that can be appreciated by both the longtime fans and the newcomers. If we add to this a strong multiplayer mode that really deserves to be played, the overall quality of the package rises dramatically.
  • 90

    Multiplayer.it

    (platform: 360)
    Blacklist is made with great care and full of content, whether online or not, for countless hours of fun. A package that's truly commendable, although slightly reduced by not very exciting AI, a factor that prevents the Ubisoft production from becoming a classic.
  • 90

    God is a Geek

    (platform: 360)
    Bringing back classic Spies Vs. Mercs is a smart move that will please many, whereas offering a decent length single player adventure that is open enough for all play-styles and all-comers, whilst offering an optional challenge for the veterans, pays off. Blacklist really is a game all about options, and as such, is one not to miss.
  • 90

    Post Arcade (National Post)

    (platform: 360)
    A game which excels by making all of its moving pieces work together in unison. There are some rough patches, such as my beforementioned somewhat squiggy reaction to the storyline and the fact that the graphics sometimes seem to be pushing against the limitations of the current console generation, but it would be difficult for me to think of a more versatile or playable stealth game.
  • 90

    Game Informer

    (platform: 360)
    Splinter Cell: Blacklist is a beefy game, and its well worth your time to explore all it offers. While a lot of stealth titles reward you for memorizing enemy patrols and choosing your movement carefully, Splinter Cell gives you the flexibly to be the kind of think-on-his-feet spy that Jason Bourne would idolize.
  • 90

    EGM

    (platform: 360)
    Blacklist's bitingly topical campaign, huge selection of co-op missions, and wildly enjoyable update of the Spies vs. Mercs multiplayer make for the best, most ambitious Splinter Cell of this generation.
  • 90

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    (platform: 360)
    While the new Splinter Cell: Blacklist is definitely not an open-world game – it's actually hard to imagine the franchise straying that far from its roots – it is a fantastic hybrid of sorts that throws so many options and choices at the player that its linear nature is thoroughly hidden if not forgotten entirely.
  • 88

    Vandal Online

    (platform: 360)
    Pretty much everything it does, it does it right. It's a great choice for stealth fans, and a must-have for fans of the series.
  • 87

    3DJuegos

    (platform: 360)
    A really good game that's certainly worth playing if you enjoy stealth based games.
  • 87

    GameTrailers

    (platform: 360)
    Despite these minor issues however, Splinter Cell Blacklist impresses with its scope and versatility. Level designs aren't limited to paint-by-numbers solutions, and the game not only gives you the option to play how you want, but pushes you to perfect your play-style.
  • 86

    Cheat Code Central

    (platform: PS3)
    The story is engaging, the characters have a sense of depth to them I enjoy, and the stealth action rivals, if not surpasses, the most recent Metal Gear entry. All in all, this is a game designed for players who bide their time before sneaking behind an enemy and sending them on to the great beyond.
  • 85

    Strategy Informer

    (platform: PC)
    Splinter Cell: Blacklist isn't absolutely perfect, but there's bags of quality content here that'll keep stealth gamers happy on-and-offline.
  • 85

    PSX-Sense.nl

    (platform: PS3)
    Sam Fisher returns to the PlayStation 3 and we are inclined to celebrate his comeback. The story and its characters are interesting, the missions are varied, and the amount of playing styles available to the player is truly satisfying. The multiplayer is an added bonus. Visually, however, the game isn't that strong, with a couple of technical flaws spoiling the fun. None of them are gamebreaking though, so you should just get over it and buy the game if you're interested.
  • 85

    JeuxActu

    (platform: PS3)
    Splinter Cell: Blacklist wanted to go back to basics. By throwing a handful of RPG elements into the games, Ubisoft signs a great Splinter Cell that in spite of some faults, is a rightful heir to the franchise. Without revolutionizing the genre, it should seduce without trouble any lover of the genre or any fan of infiltration games.Powered with a powerful scenario and a well known graphics engine, Tom Clancy's franchise hands back a clean work without revolution but with enough evolutions to please the gamers.
  • 85

    Canadian Online Gamers

    (platform: 360)
    Hands down the most ambitious game in the series to date. Ubisoft Toronto made a very bold choice to try and appease fans of every past game we've seen and create a ‘Splinter Cell For All' style game. By and large they've succeeded fairly well at their task.
  • 85

    InsideGamer.nl

    (platform: 360)
    It brings the three different play styles together effortlessly, without selling one short. By handing out points after a mission based on how you play it, you keep coming back to set a higher score. It's a shame the story lacks depth and graphically the game can't play with the big boys, but that doesn't change the fact that you'll get a lot of stealthy pleasure out of this game.
  • 85

    Polygon

    (platform: 360)
    It doesn't revolutionize Splinter Cell, but it manages a sharp trifecta of achievements — it's open to new players, accessible to players from the series' major departure installment and a welcome invitation back to series regulars who missed the stealth focus that peaked with Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory.
  • 85

    Official Xbox Magazine

    (platform: 360)
    Like any human, Sam Fisher stumbles occasionally when the pressure's on. But as long as you've got the patience to accept a handful of limitations, you can expect to have a damn good time saving the world once more.
  • 84

    GameStar

    (platform: PC)
    Blacklist takes a big step back. And in a positive sense.
  • 84

    GamesBeat

    (platform: PS3)
    In spite of its uninspiring story, Splinter Cell: Blacklist creates a sense of urgency that few games can match. It gives you the tools — the guns, the high-tech devices, the goggles — to accomplish your mission and then lets you use them as you see fit.
  • 83

    Gaming Age

    (platform: PS3)
    All in all, this is a pretty great entry in the series for Splinter Cell.
  • 83

    Digital Chumps

    (platform: PS3)
    Sam Fisher's latest is a treat, and quite possibly the most complete and robust Splinter Cell experience to date. It's not without some flaws of course, and I do wonder if it will be re-released on PS4/X1 in the next several months, but fans of the franchise should take note and suit up.
  • 80

    Thunderbolt

    (platform: PC)
    Blacklist isn't a revolution for the Splinter Cell series but a refinement of everything that came before, enticing new players and welcoming back those who enjoyed all of Sam's previous escapades.
  • 80

    IncGamers

    (platform: PC)
    I still haven't got the multiplayer working, but the single-player is good enough to be worth the asking price by itself.
  • 80

    USgamer

    (platform: PS3)
    The game is caught between providing a hard stealth experience while reaching for a larger audience and it's a testament to Ubisoft's efforts that they pulled it off.
  • 80

    Gamestyle

    (platform: 360)
    Overall Blacklist is a sublime entry into the Splinter Cell series, it takes the fun but flawed gameplay of Conviction and polishes it a little. It's not the greatest game ever made, but that doesn't matter. You enjoy your latest adventure with Sam Fisher and that is all that matters at the end of the day.
  • 80

    Lazygamer

    (platform: 360)
    Through Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Ubisoft has reminded us of what a force of nature, Sam Fisher truly is. The take-home message is that there's still life in the old dog. While, the game may be a compromise of sorts, with a merger of concepts and ideas, its true success lies in how flexible and rewarding the gameplay is.
  • 80

    Gamereactor Sweden

    (platform: PC)
    The level of ambition is close to insane as Ubisoft Toronto wants to prove once and for all that the world's greatest assassin isn't called Snake (or Corvo). The action elements tend towards silliness however, and the single-player mode doesn't fly as high as the co-op as well as the brilliant Spies vs Mercs.
  • 80

    Eurogamer Portugal

    (platform: PS3)
    Splinter Cell: Blacklist is a good experience, challenging and with quite enough content to last in time.
  • 80

    TheSixthAxis

    (platform: PS3)
    It might not have the most imaginative of plots and the delivery of that narrative is just okay but it's not supposed to be anything too deep – it's a summer blockbuster. In those terms, Splinter Cell: Blacklist succeeds at every turn thanks to Ubisoft Toronto's impressive balancing of stealth and action that is, as yet, unmatched in this genre.
  • 80

    GameSpot

    (platform: PS3)
    Blacklist makes it fun to fly solo, but it's when you join others that the stealth action really heats up.
  • 80

    Playstation Official Magazine UK

    (platform: PS3)
    Sam's learned new tricks, gained an almighty toybox and feels righteously superhuman to control, but spreads himself thin in an effort to impress.
  • 80

    IGN Italia

    (platform: 360)
    Splinter Cell: Blacklist combines elements of the last episode with the series' original features, and a tough as nails Sam Fisher. The end result is not perfect, but good enough for longtime fans.
  • 80

    Gameplanet

    (platform: 360)
    Blacklist should be the best Splinter Cell yet, but it's held back by some unperceptive AI, the odd gameplay quirk, and a sub-par story. Even so, it's still a great game, and both those put off by or attracted to Conviction's action focus will find much to love here.
  • 80

    Digital Spy

    (platform: 360)
    They say it's impossible to please everyone, but Splinter Cell: Blacklist comes admirably close.
  • 80

    Eurogamer Spain

    (platform: 360)
    Blacklist is a nice start for Ubisoft Toronto, a game that closely follows Conviction's steps.
  • 80

    Meristation

    (platform: 360)
    With Ironside gone, it's much more obvious that Splinter Cell is not Splinter Cell anymore. The illusion of "going back to the roots" is just that, an illusion disguised as an option that is never as appealing as the stealth and elimination, "Panther" style the team is so fond of. Still, a good action game with plenty of content.
  • 80

    GRYOnline.pl

    (platform: 360)
    A strange game. On one hand we have mediocre graphics, choppy animations, a general lack of polish, and really bad first few missions. On the other hand, the campaign keeps getting better and in the end looks like a really good stealth game, there's lots of additional missions (in co-op as well) and a great multiplayer mode, that has the power to convince gamers usually avoiding online play. The new Splinter Cell, just like the new young Sam Fisher, doesn't look trustworthy, but it's worth giving a shot. The game isn't as good as Chaos Theory, but underneath all these minor issues hides a really good game.
  • 80

    Toronto Sun

    (platform: 360)
    It often works, but there are points in the game where taking the stealthy route is so difficult or tedious that success feels like a punishment rather than a reward, as well as moments when players are forced to put the guns away and rely on trial and error to suss out the proper path through an environment, no matter how itchy their trigger fingers may be...Still, Blacklist is a polished, confident and frequently thrilling shot in the arm for a franchise that was in danger of being left behind with gamers' shifting tastes.
  • 80

    Eurogamer Germany

    (platform: 360)
    Blacklist doesn't do all too much to bring the series forward, let alone reinvent it. But it still is a good looking, supremely solid crafted and well-balanced stealth game that knows exactly what it needs to accomplish. I know a lot of people who will find quite a lot of beauty in that.
  • 80

    Metro GameCentral

    (platform: 360)
    Viewed on its own merits it's a highly entertaining and feature-packed video game, and that's all that really matters.
  • 80

    GamesRadar

    (platform: 360)
    Blacklist is a well-designed game from top to bottom, one that is both accessible and flexible. It doesn't force you into playing a specific way, and it provides all the tools necessary to accommodate your playstyle, retaining the agility of its predecessor without its restrictions.
  • 80

    Eurogamer Italy

    (platform: 360)
    Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist is not like Convinction, changing many of the good ideas of his predecessor in favor of other, more mainstream gameplay mechanics. Anyway, the game is fun and even exciting if you're feeling inclined to the usual spy movie plots.
  • 80

    4Players.de

    (platform: 360)
    In its best moments, Blacklist is a welcome return to the roots of the series. On top it gives you more options on how to solve the missions, from Rambo to lightning fast killer to ghost. Unfortunately Sam is too powerful – at the expense of atmosphere and suspense.
  • 80

    Official Xbox Magazine UK

    (platform: 360)
    As an exercise in carrying triple-A bloat gracefully, however, it's among Ubisoft's finest efforts. Fisher might look like the world's grumpiest, most grizzled ninja, but he's proving quite the crowd-pleaser.
  • 80

    VideoGamer

    (platform: 360)
    Purists may struggle with Blacklist simply due to how it toys with stealth. Given that it's still the game's core, and that its suite of modes, especially online, are damn entertaining, though, mean it's a solid finale to this generation's Splinter Cell.
  • 80

    Eurogamer

    (platform: 360)
    When the game clicks, which it does often enough across its many modes and missions, it overcomes the inadequacy of its storytelling and reminds you why Splinter Cell was so appealing in the first place.
  • 75

    Destructoid

    (platform: PS3)
    The good news is, if you're up for some cooperative stealth and mercenary antics, Splinter Cell: Blacklist is right up your alley. If all you desire is more Sam Fisher action, however, you may come away feeling a little shortchanged.
  • 70

    Telegraph

    (platform: 360)
    It's a superior game to Conviction, but it won't be held in the regard as the original Splinter Cell or Chaos Theory. It's spread too thin and too focussed on trying to cater to everybody than exploiting what it's best at.
  • 70

    CD-Action

    (platform: PS3)
    There's no passion in this game, no risk, no surprises. It's a product developed by skilled specialists, not by visionaries. It offers decent fun but does not leave a mark. [CD-Action 10/2013, p.52]
  • 70

    Shacknews

    (platform: 360)
    Ubisoft Toronto's flexible approach succeeds in catering to both fans new and old. A strong co-op mode and the addition of both classic and a fully modernized Spies vs. Mercs makes Blacklist worthy of holding the Splinter Cell name.
  • 70

    Eurogamer Sweden

    (platform: 360)
    Blacklist feels like Splinter Cell Conviction 2.0, which is not necessarily a bad remark. A few bugs and a less-than-interesting story chases away the top score. Nice split screen action and a sound that makes for a thick atmosphere keep it above average even though Sam Fisher himself is boring beyond belief for a character with at least six game titles to his name.
  • 70

    Gameblog.fr

    (platform: 360)
    Probably the most comprehensive title of the series, yet one that seems to have suffered from its own ambition given the lack of polish on some of its more technical aspects. Story-wise, it's nothing of note, and the gameplay mechanics should be more seamless, but fans will enjoy a true and complete Splinter Cell experience nonetheless.
  • 60

    Guardian

    (platform: 360)
    It's clear that, like Sam, Ubisoft has a plan. They want a Splinter Cell that builds on Conviction but is truer to the series' heritage – and with Blacklist they've achieved that, albeit imperfectly. If the next game can refine the formula and give it a proper plot, then just maybe Ubisoft can deliver a classic the next time Sam is the man with the plan.
  • 60

    Edge Magazine

    (platform: 360)
    By the time you reach the end of Blacklist everything has grown so big and so explosive that you're left exhausted but not entirely satisfied, and maybe after all that incoherent action you'll recall the time when a single flashlight in Chaos Theory's Panamanian bank made you hold your breath.

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