The game is great. Better than Conviction in my opinion, although the story in Conviction played out much - MUCH better. The game does have it's flaws, especially with the graphics. Not sure what happened and how it past Q&A, but it required a few reloads of the game itself. Multiplayer is okay. The Spies are heavily overpowered when compared to the Mercs, and it's a wonder why they have guns in their hands in the first place. If played correctly the MP is quite entertaining to a certain point. As with any other MP, lag is a big issue. Although overall, BUY!!!!
posted by thefury10 (OCEAN SPRINGS, MS) Aug 27, 2013
Member since Mar 2009
Blacklist was a game I was really excited for. Splinter Cells, Hitmans, and MGS series' are my favorites. And it has been a while since the last Splinter Cell. This one falls flat of being any a worthwhile purchase. The singleplayer is still fun and a lot like Conviction's with the mark and execute but it is nowhere near as good. The story is terrible and the characters are god awful. The level design is boring and you don't get excited to be any place. I'd describe this game as inconsistent. The characters don't act like real people towards each other would really act and I honestly didn't like a single main character. Even Sam Fisher becomes an irrational jerk out of nowhere. The controls are horrible. Sometimes I had to press the same button 3 or 4 times to initiate a move. The AI makes not a whole lot of sense. You can use a drone to fly and stun people. But if they see that, even if you are on the opposite side of the room as the drone they're paying attention to, they will somehow immediately know where you are. Along with that, the single player doesn't do a whole lot to make you feel like an awesome spy/hero. You can't even one on one CQC anyone anymore. They just push you back if they know you're about to fight them. Theres more coop missions than Conviction (although the missions are more bland and they even rip off Call of Duty in one) and the Mercs vs Spies returns and is so much fun. It is a huge step down from the last Splinter Cell. Not even to mention the fact that they replaced Michael Ironside, the voice of Sam Fisher since the beginning. They replaced him to get the same guy to do the mocap and voice over work. I remember only a couple of times where I thought maybe they would have even needed mocap. The new guy is not bad by any means but hes not great. He doesn't give you a star/hero feeling like Ironside did. I wouldn't say avoid this one, but I definitely wouldn't say buy if you're a long time Splinter Cell Fan. Worth a rent.
All around great game. They vastly inproved multiplayer and it is much better than it was before. The only thing I did not like about the game is that one of the sidequest for a character named Briggs and she has do this Hoard mode type deal where you have to complete 20 waves. If youre playing solo there is no way you will want to do wll waves. Other than that, it was one of the best games of 2013.