Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist is by far the hardest stealth oriented game I have ever played. You continue the series as Sam Fisher, who is trying to stop a terrorist organization named The Engineers. I will not spoil the story, but I got to say, it is a damn good one.


Many characters from Splinter Cell: Conviction serve the plotline in Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Andriy Kobin seems to be an asset in this game and then there’s Anna Grimsdottir who has always been a guide for Fisher. Most characters have tons of depth which inspire connection and invoke emotion, as if they are your friends.


Even though it is irrelevant to gameplay, the voice acting tops off the mind blowing cinematic scenes of the game. Before starting a mission, there are even clips where Fisher speaks to a character for more intel. This gives you, the player, an advantage when going to do a mission.


Most missions occur in different countries. Because you can choose which missions to do first, it is fun picking locations you’re curious about. I personally enjoyed my stay in a poppy farm in Afghanistan. The setting itself was realistic and believable.


Before undertaking a mission, you have the option of doing it co-op. If you have a friend who is willing to help you out, I recommend playing with them rather than a stranger. There’s always a possibility you’ll get someone who will not play stealthy and that could end up ruining the fun for you.


Going through a map without being detected is a challenge you should set for yourself. You have to focus on timing in order to succeed in wiping out a group of enemies without reinforcements coming into play. One small mistake and you’ve got an extra ten enemies to fight off. I would always restart from a checkpoint when detected simply because it is easier being sneaky instead of loud. You won’t have five soldiers fire their weapon at you while you are a sitting duck in a tiny room.


When I first started playing the game with default controls (PC), it took me a good twenty minutes to get used to all the functions for each key. I had the opportunity throughout the game to just change my key bindings, but in the end, I figured the default keys were already pretty good.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist
Being stealthy is very addicting, especially in Blacklist.
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Andrew Ehrensperger

I'm Andrew, a Russian-Canadian dude living in Switzerland. I enjoy playing video games (obviously :P) and writing. I speak English, Russian, German, and I'm learning Spanish. My first console was either the GameCube or the Xbox. Both of them are terrific, but now I'm more of a PC gamer. I don't have a favorite game, but I spent over 2500 hours playing Garry's Mod and almost my entire childhood playing TimeSplitters: Future Perfect.