- Platform: Sony PSP
- PEGI Rating: 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
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Essentials (PSP)
- 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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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!
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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!!!!
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.
(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...
- 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.
- 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" ?
- 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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tom Clancy is awesome full stop I had this game before and completed it and wanted to play it all over again BUT the seller sent me a car game -: midnight run I'm very dissatisfiedPublished 21 months ago by leelee666
my husband found this item ok.it was a very good buy.just not as good as we thought it would be.thanks janexxxPublished 22 months ago by Jane Lloyd
this game is definitely worth picking up, doesn't cost that much after all! if you are into the series then you are very likely to enjoy itPublished on 25 Sept. 2011 by Matt
controls are aggravating. very short on missions, no choice of weapons, gets boring quite fast. the type of game where you don't really care how as long as you complete it, if you... Read morePublished on 22 Sept. 2011 by ThatGuyOnABike
I have played splinter cell on xbox 360 and ps3 and can say I brought this for the psp because I thought it would be fun to play on a portable console ohh boy was I wrong I mean to... Read morePublished on 13 July 2011 by Jamie Collins
The game is very fun, but the camera controls keep's it hard to play, to move the camera you have to stop the player, hit circle and move the camera then you can walk again... Read morePublished on 17 May 2010 by P. Sousa
I am sure that suggesting a stealth game is too dark will attract criticism, but as my first foray into the world of Splinter Cell, I really couldn't see the point of a game that... Read morePublished on 4 July 2007 by Jonny Pilot
I really like the Splinter Cell series, and I wanted to like this too, but It's just not a good game... in fact its barely a decent game. Read morePublished on 28 May 2007 by Dennis Jorgensen