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Perhaps not an Essential for SC fans,
This review is from: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Essentials (PSP) (Video Game)
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. The bottom line is that it's a really fun game, with a few annoying problems. SC fans will take some adjusting but will come to like it. People new to the series will experience the franchise at it's best.