Splinter Cell: Conviction made
its presence known at X10 and not in the manner that I thought it would. Gearing
up for a more accessible third-person stealth-action game, Splinter Cell:
Conviction may turn off old-school Splinter Cell fans as it is less about hiding
in the shadows and more about straightforward action.
Allowing us to take full
control of the demo that was first seen at E3 2009, we were able to get a firm
grip of how Splinter Cell: Conviction felt in the hands of the player – the end
result: decisively smooth, even if it does make Fisher as speedy as a cheetah.
While the play style may be
more attributed to the player than the game itself, it’s easy to see that the
game lends itself to newcomers with the new black and white camera tricks. If
players take Fisher into the shadows, the camera turns white and black. If
players are in the light, the screen if full of color making it aware to the
player that they could be seen by anyone. If you ask me, this is a slap in the
face to the intelligence of the gamer, but who knows, maybe it’ll appeal to a
whole new demographic who found the genre inaccessible in the past.
Speeding through our session,
Fisher was able to take a good amount of damage before reaching his death. Only
falling prey to gunfire once, we were able scale the walls, jump out the window
of a building and play hide and go seek with the enemy on more than one
occasion. We’d be lying if we didn’t say we were entertained from the get-go;
the action had a non-stop pace and the enemies had a good level of intelligence
to them to continue to try and flank Fisher.
Although it must be said that
Fisher’s new looks were jarring. The public relations representative presiding
over the demonstrations of the title at X10 stated, “take Sam from Splinter
Cell: Double Agent and give him hair and that’s what you get in Conviction.”
Here at GameZone don’t share that sentiment as the new Fisher is nowhere near
the character model that debuted in the original Splinter Cell, much less the
one in Double Agent. But don’t let that disturb you as the new look isn’t
technically a bad one; Fisher looks grizzled and more rough than ever. So if you
are into a former spy that has a wealth of history to show for on his face, then
the new Sam Fisher may be right up your alley. Oh, and did we mention Fisher has
By the end of our session with
Splinter Cell: Conviction, it was clear to see that we were torn by our
expectations and what was reality. Having a false sense of familiarity with the
franchise, it’s obvious that Ubisoft has a new direction for Splinter Cell that
longtime fans may not like. But if fans are open for changes and are willing to
accept the fresh outlook at where Ubisoft is taking Sam Fisher, then Splinter
Cell: Conviction should rocket up their must buy list.
With a recent delay for extra
polishing and final touch-ups, Splinter Cell: Conviction is set for a April 13
release in the US and European release date of April 15 for the Xbox 360 and PC.