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The Rule of Diminishing Returns
on 26 September 2004
"Pandora Tomorrow" is a really intriguing title and the official website makes it look fantastic.
For veterans of the first "Splinter Cell", like myself, there is no massive change in tactics. So, the best way to train to beat this game is to beat the original.
The graphics remain impressive; the jungle levels are noticeably cool, with very good water effects.
The sound is a bit worse this time with an irritating jingle when an enemy is alerted instead of something more subtle like the original. Probably because the Prague Orchestra wasn't involved.
The actual storyline kicks off well with the first cut scene, but later, unlike the original, doesn't have the feeling that a massive global event is taking place. It is a more compact affair overall. However, in one point in the game, the player has to commit murder which is particularly shocking. It is a bit like the Jack Ryan novels of Tom Clancy; the original is good, but the sequels can be a lesser affair.
Players of the original will welcome another chance to embrace the shadows, but if you have beaten the original then this shouldn't be too hard. Best to buy second hand, but not worth it's full asking price.
Trivia: the voice of Sam Fisher is Michael Ironside, one of tom Cruise's instructors in "Top Gun" and the voice of Lambert is Dennis Haysbert, who is President Palmer in the TV series "24"!