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Splinter Cell: Blacklist – E3 2012 Impressions

Blacklist is the first Splinter Cell game to be developed by Ubisoft Toronto. Their aim is to make the “biggest and most ambitious Splinter Cell yet.”  While Splinter Conviction took Sam Fisher in a new, darker direction that was met with much acclaim, some past fans of the series met it with chagrin. Blacklist appears to strike a balance between the two sides while at the same time adding its own twist. To that end, Blacklist will see the return of classic Splinter Cell items, like the knife and the sticky shocker.  Plus, Spies vs Mercs is back.

However, there is still a lot of awesome stuff that has been transferred over from Conviction.    Ubisoft Toronto wants you to be able to “traverse the environment and take out the enemy” which is referred to as “killing in motion.”  Hence, you’ll still be able to mark your enemies and then take them out in a fantastic burst of destruction. Nevertheless, this system has been greatly improved allowing for easier marking, especially while on the move. Most importantly, it makes Sam Fisher look like even more of a badass. A variety of multiplayer modes will also be making a comeback, in addition to co-op.

Just because Sam takes his enemies out even more ruthlessly though, doesn’t mean that you agree with his actions.  Blacklist is implementing an entirely new moral choice system, that allows you to make the decision during tense moments:.When in control of a hostage enemy combatant ,will you kill him or knock him out?

Blacklist will also enable players to have a variety of options to take their prey out, whether that means you play stealthily or not so stealthily.  Most interesting is that Blacklist will also be providing a bevy of options for you to use when the s**t hits the fan.  Thus, if you are trying to be stealthy but you mess up, that doesn’t mean that you have to restart.  In addition, Blacklist will provide of variety of gameplay perspectives. For example, if Sam launches a drone you will be able to control it if you wish.

This Splinter Cell will also feature Kinect support, which will you allow you to distract enemies using the power of your voice.  Finally, a new feature enables Sam to perform “kill and drag” stealth melee takedowns.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist launches in the Spring of 2013 on Xbox, PS3 and PC.   Sam is in control of Fourth Echelon, a new agency set up after the President shuts down Third Echelon. As he travels through Iran and Iraq, he’ll discover the true terror of The Blacklist.