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Review Roundup: Splinter Cell Conviction

April 15, 2010

After a three-year grieving process,  Sam Fisher is on the hunt for some answers to his daughter’s death in a new and different Splinter Cell game. It’s different both in what we originally thought Conviction would be and different from the good ol’ Splinter Cell that we know. So how is the game faring among the critics? Hit the jump to find out what  other gaming news outlets are saying about the new Splinter Cell.

Gamespot – Sam’s newest adventure doesn’t offer the challenge you may be expecting, and recent stealth-action hybrids like Metal Gear Solid 4 and Batman: Arkham Asylum provide much more satisfying single-player experiences. Yet stellar storytelling, fantastic co-op play, and rewarding executions make Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction a legitimately great game that delivers frequent surges of excitement. Between the brief thrills of freeing your partner from a chokehold and the sharp adrenaline rush of a bloody execution, Conviction will leave a mark on your memory. (8.0/10)

GameInformer – Splinter Cell: Conviction isn’t the series’ high point, but it does get the franchise back on track. Fans who have been at Sam’s side since day one should walk away with a sense of closure and optimism for future installments. At the same time, this is a great jumping-on point for newcomers. The fiction includes all the relevant plot points of the series’ past without the Tom Clancy techno-babble that bogged down previous entries. (9.0/10)

1Up – Conviction’s stylish presentation and intuitive cover mechanics prove that Ubisoft can make a highly polished product, but for the amount of game you get, the price seems sorely inflated. I enjoy short games much more than overlong, 20-some-odd-hour affairs, and Conviction completely cuts everything from its story that doesn’t serve both the narrative and the action; the game clearly puts quality above quantity and I appreciate that immensely. Just making the game longer definitely wouldn’t have made it better, but even with multiple playthroughs (not that you earn anything new or get different endings for successive attempts), it’s hard to recommend the AAA price tag. (A-, or 9.0/10)

Gamepro – While it might not be the back-to-basics game fans were expecting, Conviction is an outstanding title from top to bottom. On sheer value alone the game warrants a look, with an action-packed and satisfying single-player campaign, lengthy co-op mode, and entertaining online components. Why Sam has stepped out of the shadows and is on full out attack makes complete sense in context with the story, so if you can accept it for what it is and not dwell on the fact that it isn’t what you’ve come to expect in a Splinter Cell title, you’ll no doubt agree that Conviction rivals Chaos Theory as the best title in the franchise’s history. (5/5)

IGN – Despite a few questionable level design choices, Splinter Cell Conviction is a great addition to the series. There’s no way I could go back to a stealth game as it used to be; I’ve been converted. The only reason to hesitate and pick this up is if you only care about the single-player story and want nothing to do with anything else Conviction has to offer. If that’s the case, then there’s not a lot of game to be had. And also, you’re nuts. The best parts of Conviction are the experiences you have long after you’ve left Sam Fisher behind. (9.3/10)

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