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Excellent - M$ and Co made me happy!,
This review is from: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell (Xbox) (Video Game)
XBox - the best thing M$ has done ever... and Ubi-Soft have given it a killer game. Splinter Cell is just fantastic. Getting through training ground was tough, level 1 was easier, then it gets seriously difficult. Choose whether to take on the bad guys one at a time, perhaps picking up a bottle or a coke can (might be too quiet) and throwing it down some stairs to lure one of them into the shadows; or take them all on by grabbing one as human shield and taking out the others with your silenced pistol. Need more shadows? Shoot out a light (if it's not armoured). Can't touch the floor? Slide along a water pipe, or rappel out the window... etc, etc. I used to hate games where you had to think a bit (Doom II was the best, shoot anything that moves), but Splinter Cell has totally changed my attitude. If you use all your bullets early, it's (very) difficult to complete the level, or you might be too scared to use them cos of the noise (it's possible, believe me), and you'll have to work out a different way of taking out the two guys and camera guarding each end of the corridor....
The atmosphere it creates is carefully crafted to draw you in. Calm while you're hidden, your heart gives a lurch when you realise someone has heard you, or worse, seen you, and you have to concentrate so you don't panic react with the adrenaline surge and make things worse. My Missus loves playing it too, and she's better at it than I am, it's not fair :( , but, my goodness gracious me, it's damn good fun.
Anyway, buy it, it's great.