Splinter Cell: Blacklist | Review
Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell :Blacklist has a new take on Sam Fisher in more ways than one. Whilst he is rocking the goggles again, Fisher is a new man following Splinter Cell:Conviction. If you are a long time fan of the franchise you will notice right away that Fisher sounds different. This is thanks to the addition of Eric Johnson, who replaces well-known series regular Michael Ironside as the voice of Fisher. Ironside has been involved with Blacklist’s development, though, as Johnson’s mentor, as seen in the first dev diary. Fans have been very vocal of Ironside’s absence in the role of chat boards for sometime.
The “Mark and Execute” was one of the best features about Conviction, but Killing in Motion seems to be an evolution of it. With this, Fisher is able to move through ,and even in some aspects, use the environment to take out targets in a fast pace. One example is Fisher being able to kill enemies whilst running through an enemy camp before pouncing over a car bonnet and taking out two guys quickly. Expect Killing in Motion to be a heavily trumped feature of the game.
There is an in-depth story that follows more like a movie, which is to be expected from the franchise.The story focuses on a group of terrorists seeking to annihilate a series of targets in the United States, though the overfamiliarity of the setup is frequently trumped by tense story beats that feels like a great political thriller should be. A confrontation between Fisher ,and a colleague signals an overall increase in narrative tension, and the real-world locales you sneak through communicate the high stakes by the very nature of their political importance. Returning operations manager Anna Grimsdottir rattles off technospeak at a faster clip, resident hacker Charlie Cole, the secretive Fourth Echelon team grows more ,and more desperate as the finale draws near. This is a story about surreptitious warfare. Information is power.
As with all the installments in this franchise each one gets better while keeping Fisher looking younger,but still the same. This is easily done with new voice actor Eric Johnson does a creditable job as Fisher, though he doesn’t possess Ironside’s gravel-throated urgency. Nevertheless, the entire cast effectively communicates Fourth Echelon’s calm-under-fire efficiency, as does Blacklist in general.
Beautiful digital displays and computer terminals fill out the group’s airborne headquarters, the Paladin, and each mission begins with the camera rotating into position above the base’s main map before zooming into it. It’s a fitting transition into a gadget-filled escapade across a dreary rain-drenched rooftop, or through a heavily guarded trainyard.
Verditic: Worth playing
Price Tag: $59.99