I am an old Splinter Cell player back to the PC game days and it has always been one of my favorite series of all. The changes are subtle in SCBL with Sam looking and sounding different, the lack of detailed continuity from Conviction to Blacklist to the racking up money to purchase gear which turns Sam into a mercenary and not a patriot soldier.
The game play is excellent except for the side missions where you have to start at the beginning if you are killed or discovered and the inability to start a new game.
The one major problem with the game was killing or capturing Sadiq and the X button would not work during game play. This is a game problem that should be fixed before the game was released and it is a problem across all game platforms so be warned in you rent it,
All in all a good game in the series, but far below my expectations as a veteran of Sam Fisher's missions through the years.
I am a long term fan of the series, but disappointed over the last few releases until now. Blacklist has solid gameplay. Gadgets are back bigtime. AI deployments randomized, which means major re-play. AI on realistic and above are smart and notice everything in their environment. Take your time to enjoy this release, do not rush thru campaign. Look around and notice the ultra graphics beauty and sound. Enemies will snore, shocked bad guys will scream and you will laugh. To date, I have not tried the mulitplayer.
I never played a splinter cell game before so i thought i would give this a try and the one second i popped the disk in, downloaded the texture pack, and saw the first cut-scene i truly fell in love with the shadows, the art, the face art, also something i really don't see which is face emotions. Getting into the game-play and story-line, both exceeded my expectations, the story is very simple but very deep and draws you closer and closer, while the game-play was awesome(even though I do get irritated when I meant to do one action but another action happens to cost me my progress in the mission. Voice work is pretty good, all of the characters really enhance each other and makes the reactions with each other very much realistic and well written. Overall a great game to BUY and definitely worth a rent.