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.