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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Essentials (PSP)

Platform : Sony PSP
3.1 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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  • Experience all-new missions and objective
  • Accessible Wi-Fi multiplayer
  • Discover the untold story of Sam Fisher through flashbacks to various missions from the entire Splinter Cell franchise
  • Challenge your friends in Spy vs Spy Deathmatch multiplayer mode.
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Sony PSP
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 16 and Over Suitable for 16 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 16. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 16 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B000E3WXHQ
  • Release Date: 7 April 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,373 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

PSP system debut: The highest-rated and top-selling spy franchise hits the PSP system for the first time, pushing the boundaries of yet another platform.Developed specifically for the PSP system: Unique gameplay sequences designed specifically for the on-the-go nature of handheld gaming and a new adapted interface.

Exclusive content: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Essentials starts where Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent ends, and takes players to the years before Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell when Sam was still a Navy Seal.

Deeper & stronger scenario: Discover Sam's personality when confronted to a conspiracy led against him personally, and experience missions from his point of vue during the interrogation.

Accessible multiplayer mode Spy vs spy deathmatch
Sam's best moves have been kept & new moves have been added!
Enjoy 5 new exclusive missions, including the NSA HQ, in addition to 4 'flashback' missions
Adapted gameplay: Double reticule system & brand new interface allowing to localize the sound provenance
Weapons from Splinter Cell and Splinter Cell Chaos Theory - knife is back!

MULTIPLAYER
Accessible Wifi multiplayer mode: Spy vs Spy deathmatch
Join a wifi game and play Splinter Cell with a friend in duel 2 simple rules:
Frag limit the first who reaches the frag limit wins the match
Time limit when the time is finished, the player who has the best frag score wins the match


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I have been an Splinter Cell fan since the days when he was trying to stop good old Georgian dictator Nikoladze. I have played all three games several times and still love them all. I wanted Essentials probably for the same reaons that you do.

1. It's the latest Splinter Cell.

2. Is Sam really evil? I've just got to know.

3. It's Splinter Cell in your pocket!

I got the game as soon as I could and started immediatly. The graphics are certainly very good, just missing some of the finer detail. The sound is fairly good, but it's behind. When Fisher or Lambert talk, the text box is up long before the audio starts. The guards now don't say anything like "What was that," or "I think I hear something." At least they don't for me. The controls were always going to be an issue, but in fact it was handled quite well. You have two configurations. In one, you hold down Circle to move the camera, and in the other you switch the functions of the "Shape" buttons from camera moving to actions. The thing is that neither are perfect, and a cross between the two would have been better. Using the analogue stick to move Sam at the right speed takes some getting used to. Also, unless you move extremely slowly, Sam makes an annoying clunk sound as he walks. The lack of new levels will also annoy old fans who will have played a lot of this game on a console. I am sounding far too negative though, and I apologise. That's the bad stuff out of the way, now to the goodies. Well, it's Splinter Cell, just like the others, perfectly converted to the PSP. It's fun and it's stealthy and everything from all the Splinter Cell's are there. The Swat turn which was only ever in Pandora Tomorrow is back in. We get to explore Sam's past and basically play a real Splinter Cell on a handheld.
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First of all I must say that the Splinter Cell franchise is excellent. I used to own a PS2, always got the latest version of Splinter Cell and was never disapointed.

The same however cannot be said of Splinter Cell: Essentials. The game is great, the storyline engaging and the graphics are awesome, especially for the PSP.

My gripe however is twofold...

1) If you've played the other Splinter Cell games on another console, you have already played about 80% of Splinter Cell Essentials as all they've done is modified old missions for the PSP.

2) The game is way too short. I bought this 10 days ago and completed it this morning - and I am by no means an 'expert gamer' (also I probably only spent a total of 6 hours gametime).

So, if you've never played a Splinter Cell game before, go get this and enjoy - otherwise wait for something like Tomb Raider.
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This plays like a 'best of' compilation, taking many levels from previous games. But since the originals were so great to begin with, thats OK. However, if youv'e played all the originals to death already you may feel a bit cheated. But its still great. Only niggle is for those who know, this forces you to upgrade to 2.6 firmware before you can play and as of yet theres no concievable way around it. So if thats a problem for any reason, be warned. Otherwise Great.
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IT'S RUBBISH!!!

Splinter cell essentials is really just Pandora Tomorrow and Chaos Theory stuck together with that nasty cheap glue you get in Pound Shops...

The game is set by flashbacks, which makes it very convinient for Ubisoft to use the exact came maps with slight changes so the PSP can handle it... they have used the same sounds, the controls are stupid - press circle to ove the camera, which is impossible in combat situations, ans which also means the configuration that's been kept the same for all previous games has randomly been changed... move sam, move the camera, look around, move him another metre... and to crouch, press Square, unlike the usual Circle... it's so annoying... and they swapped the shoulder buttons around - WHY?!

The bonus missions are Pandora missions. No joke, they are exactly the same, no changes. Pathetic. Yes it's hard to make a highquality game on the PSP, but not that bad... and with reviews similar on PS3's Double Agent - Ubisoft just copied the PS2 version onto bluray... very bad. So if you're a Splinter cell fan, don't buy the game. you'll be dissapointed... really you will... oh and at the end of essentials there's a pointless cliffhanger that according to the new splinter cell game "Conviction" makes essentials' storyline no sense.

so, in conclusion, DON'T BUY IT!!! Buy loco Roco instead it's sooo cool!!!!
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I liked the game, it was fun to play, made good use of the controls. The story was there, but not overly complex - you can just play it without worrying about it.

It was all let down though by the game just suddenly ending. The story just stops and you're left with feeling like you've achieved nothing.

If you can get this game cheap, go for it, you'll enjoy it, but don't pay full price for it.
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Firstly, some background:

(1) I am a long-standing fan of the SC genre, and played all of the first three games many times (many long hours spent at my PC before it died a sorry death). My expectations of this game were therefore high.

(2) As an early acquirer of a PSP, I am still waiting for Sony and their associates to come up with a game which defines the platform. There was always a chance this would be it.

To the review...

The Good:

- Yes, it's Splinter Cell. Yes, stealth and long-range weaponry play a part. And yes, most of the moves we've come to love translate well onto the handheld console. Lighting is good, rendering is surprisingly good for the size of the screen, movement is a bit clunky but quite playable.

The Bad:

- 9 standard missions and 3 bonus missions. 50% of these are missions you've played before, albeit in a slightly different way. So, essentially, you're paying for 6 new missions and 6 reworkings of previous missions.

- The back story is flimsy, the cut scenes shoddily put together. It feels cobbled together out of half-conceived ideas, and at the end of the final mission you just sit there thinking "was that it" ?

The Ugly:

- Clipping ! If you stand too close to a wall, the chances are you'll see what's on the other side. Look at something from the wrong angle and you'll be looking from inside Fisher's head. Not pretty. It all makes for poor playtime, and forces you to move out of close cover to see where you're going.

- Audio Synch: if you combine scheduled audio (eg comms with Lambert) and ad hoc audio (eg comms with a NPC) then it gets all confused, runs out of synch and generally gets SNAFU'd.
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