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I Spy With My Little Eye...How Many Goons Can I Kill...Before I Die?
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction (Xbox 360)
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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Stealth, variety, lots of things to do
Disadvantages: Predictbale story, Some graphical issues
Graphics & Presentation 8/10
For a game realeased a few years ago Conviction looks great. Lighting is used to great effect as described below and as such provides gentle illumination where needed. Shadows move realistically with your character. The sparks that appears as you fire weapons look good and explosions are effective too. Environments are carefully crafted and contain some inspiring set pieces. The environments are specifically laid out so as to give you multiple pathways to follow, different ways of approaching the sam situation. Lots of detail is included.
The menu system is effective, although perhaps a little cumbersome. I sometimes found it difficule to find exactly what I was looking for, for example the screen to customise uniforms and purchase them is hidden away from the main menu and you could look for awhile to find it before succeeding. While in no way does this effect the overall experience, it is a little silly. A game of this time shouldn't have such flaws.
Cutscenes are distinctly average in this game. Very little CGI is used. Preference instead is given to using in game graphics for cutscenes. While this does go some way towards providing a more seamless experience, I would really have liked to see some real CGI used in some of the more important moments of the game. I feel that this would have added something to the experience.
My biggest bugbear however is a couple of frame rate issues. I tend to expect just a little bit to much maybe but screen tearing and frame rate issues really bug me. They tended to occur when a fast moving object was moving or falling. A box held by a crane crashing on enemy heads for example. Certainly not game breaking - but annoying.
The sound quality is generally superb. Guns sound realistic, explosions are appropriately loud. In a game where stealth is so important you want silence done well. This is done su[erbly where music kicks in the moment your cover is blown or a firefight erupts. The music is forgettable, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Rather than being something all of its own it simply adds to the overall package to create a cohesive experience.
Voice acting in this game is done very well. Thinking back I cannot think of a single time where I felt the actual quality of the voice acting was poor.
This game really is good fun. Rather than getting frustrated at not being able to make it silently through an area the game generally allows you a lot of liberty in how you get things done. Want to sneak through an area carefully without alerting anyone? You can. Want to take everyone out with an assault rifle? You can. Want to work your way from enemy to enemy using non lethal takedowns? You can. There are certain areas where pre scripted events play out and restrict you to a certain type of play. Thankfully however these are few and far between.
The weapons in the game are all much of the same and a bit more variety would have been nice. The same with your gadgets. I won't say too much for risk of spoilers but I do feel like more variety in this way would have only added to the experience.
The game can be played in three different difficulties. I recommend playing on the Realistic setting for the best and most immersive experience. I didn't die very often on this setting but it certainly made me plan out my actions more carefully resulting in much more authentic play.
I won't say much here, except to say that it was predictable right the way through. I was nice seeing some old faces if you've played previous games and Sam is definitely painted more badass than he's ever been before. In general though this is your average terrorist story.
Lasting Appeal 9/10
The main games can be completed casually in 10 hours or so, but for the completionist this game has an awful lot to offer. A full co-op campaign that's very challenging on the Realistic setting. A variety of solo playing and split screen/live co-op single levels that focus on specific ways of playing. Weapons and uniforms to upgrade and a multitude of challenges to complete. Challenges to take out enemies in a certain fashion or escape a combat situation with a certain gadget or movement.
For the achievement hunter there's definitely a lot to do. Getting the full 1000G will take you a good 30 hours or so.
There is also some DLC for this game in the Insurgency pack. This expansion focuses on delivering more quality co-op action. Not having played this yet I cannot really comment much on it however anything that makes this game last a bit longer is good.
I recommend this game to anyone who wants a decent stealth game. There is a distinct lack of this genre in this generation of consoles and thankfully this entry gives a solid experience.
Summary: This is the penultimate stealth game on the Xbox 360. There's not much in this genre to compete.
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