TOM CLANCY'S SPLINTER CELL: BLACKLIST
PS3 (also on Xbox
360, Wii U, PC)
can’t stop the Blacklist. Nobody can stop the Blacklist...
Well, hopefully Sam Fisher can, or we’re stuffed. Yep, ol’ green
eyes is back in an action movie that you direct. No, it doesn’t come
with a natty folding chair or Hitchcock mask and strap-on gut, but
with three distinct gameplay styles – ‘ghost’ (go quietly and be
non-lethal), ‘panther’ (go quietly and kill, kill, kill) and
‘assault’ (go nuts) - much of it’s up to you as to whether you
channel Michael Bay, or aim for a David Fincher-esque vibe.
The setup involves a mob calling themselves ‘The Engineers’. While
with a name like that they could be a crappy Melbourne pub band,
they’re actually a terrorist cell pissed off with Uncle Sam (as in
America, not Mr Fisher). They commence their rampage by
explodinating Guam’s Andersen Air Force Base (and almost our Sammy),
and threaten to keep targeting US assets on their ‘Blacklist’ until
all US troops are withdrawn from, well, everywhere that isn’t the
The Pres teams Samuel with old mucker Grim, newbie Isaac
and brainiac Charlie and the Fourth Echelon’s born. Their mission?
Well duh, whaddya reckon?!
There’s enough upgradable weaponry
to cripple a sizeable planet, so as long as you don’t go full-on
sneaky you can get some seriously bombastic action happening –
including an ace new marked for death-type thingy that takes out
preselected foes on the run. But that “Shh! We’re hunting wascally
tewwowists’ approach is cool fun too. So, with three ways to mix and
match your campaign there’s plenty of replayability – and that’s
without touching co-op or multiplayer.
Meanwhile, a handy
‘StealthNet’ functionality tracks everything you do to aid
$$$s-for-stuff amassment, from how many carcasses you’ve secreted to
how many pubes you shed last time you showered. Well, it is
Just like Billy Bragg, if you’ve got a Blacklist
we want to be on it.