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RocShemp
06-04-12, 10:06 PM
Fuck yes! :rock2:

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LOS ANGELES — June 4, 2012 —Today, at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Ubisoft® unveiled the development of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell® Blacklist™, the next blockbuster title in the critically acclaimed Tom Clancy franchise. The game will be available worldwide for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC in spring 2013.

As the first production project from Ubisoft Toronto, with support from Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft Shanghai, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist delivers a gripping modern-day special ops storyline with a new level of technical innovation and quality. The game includes voice recognition features on Kinect™ for Xbox 360®, an arsenal of new gadgets and reinvented classic weapons, as well as a new “Killing-in-Motion” fighting style, which allows players to strike with lethal precision by marking and executing multiple enemies in one fluid motion.

In the game, a group of 12 rogue nations have had enough of the United States’ military presence in their countries. In an effort to force the withdrawal of the U.S. forces, they mastermind “The Blacklist,” a countdown of escalating terrorist attacks on U.S. assets. Given a presidential mandate and the power to act above the law, players take on the role of lethal operative Sam Fisher. Outfitted with Sam’s infamous tactical suit and goggles, players will infiltrate terrorist cells while using ruthless interrogation methods to extract crucial information to prevent the next Blacklist attack.

The thrilling storyline and wide range of intense, eye-opening missions will propel players to find those responsible for these deadly assaults by any means necessary. Throughout the game, Sam and Fourth Echelon seek out their missions aboard a new Mobile Command Center housed inside a stealth aircraft. Ready to take off at a moment’s notice, Fourth Echelon is equipped with unlimited resources and cutting-edge technology including a Strategic Mission Interface that reports global events in real time.

“Ubisoft Toronto has taken great care to develop an evolutionary Sam Fisher experience that takes the franchise to dramatic new heights,” said Maxime Beland, creative director at Ubisoft. “With exciting gameplay enhanced by full motion-capture performances, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist offers a highly cinematic experience that will immerse fans and gamers new to the series into an intricate, action-packed adventure.”

Operate without Restrictions
Sam is back in his tactical suit and goggles, and he’s more deadly than ever. He is the only secret operative with the power to act above the law, and uses ruthless methods to interrogate enemies in order to extract crucial information that will prevent the next Blacklist attack. Pursuing the terrorists to the far reaches of the world, Sam flies from exotic locales to US cities as he races against the clock to find out who’s behind the Blacklist. Thrilling gameplay is enhanced by full motion performance capture, creating a highly cinematic experience.

Kill in Motion
Always one step ahead, Killing in Motion lets Sam strike with lethal precision by marking and executing multiple enemies in one fluid motion. Active Sprint allows him to traverse the environment easily and fluidly, climb walls and leap over barriers in order to reach his next target while on the move.

Unleash the power of Fourth Echelon Prototypes
Infiltrate terrorist cells by using new gadgets such as the upgraded snake cam and micro tri-rotor drone which allows Sam to scout ahead, mark targets remotely, distract enemies, or explode with frag grenade force. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell® Blacklist™ is also bringing back fan-favorites like the sticky shocker, and for close quarters combat, players can wield the curved and brutal Karambit knife.

Build a New Echelon
With a mandate directly from the president, Sam is building a whole new Echelon unit; his team, his way. Anna “Grim” Grimsdottir is his technical operations manager, CIA operative Isaac Briggs brings additional firepower, and resident hacker Charlie Cole rounds out his support crew. Fourth Echelon is a fully mobile ops unit with unlimited resources and cutting-edge technology aboard the repurposed stealth airliner, the Paladin.

Enjoy a Fully Integrated Experience
Sam and his team are aware of terrorist attacks in real time thanks to the Strategic Mission Interface (SMI). The SMI allows the team to receive data about mission objectives while on the move. Players can earn money for completing missions and objectives and buy upgraded weapons and items from the SMI hub aboard the Paladin.

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Glad to see the marking system from Conviction has been brought back. :up:

foxdvd
06-04-12, 10:21 PM
I hope they bring back the 2 player coop campaign....Conviction still is in my top 3 coop games of all time, and like Portal 2 I had more fun with the coop campaign than I did the sp...

Boba Fett
06-05-12, 12:47 AM
Wait, is Michael Ironside not doing the vocals anymore?

redrum
06-05-12, 01:11 AM
Wait, is Michael Ironside not doing the vocals anymore?

Yep and I honsestly don't even care to play this because of that

Boba Fett
06-05-12, 01:32 AM
It looks like Fisher is younger than the last game. Meh. Conviction was a solid conclusion to the Ironside era of Fisher, so this doesn't look like much of a loss.

RockBallsford
06-05-12, 03:08 AM
Not a big Halo or Gears fan, so I always thought Splinter Cell was the most significant console exclusive. Pleasantly surprised to see this one will be on the PS3 as well.

Disappointed in the lack of Micael Ironside, but the gameplay they showed definitely has me interested.

anomynous
06-05-12, 06:43 AM
Splinter Cell has never been exclusive, except for the first one for like 6 months.




Also this isn't Splinter Cell. This is Call of Assassin's Recon: Medal of War: Cell.

RockBallsford
06-05-12, 07:09 AM
You're right.

Didn't get into this generation of games til 2010, I played Double Agent on the regular Xbox so I wasn't thinking of it as a current one. Still nice that it isn't exclusive like Conviction was.

RocShemp
06-05-12, 07:13 AM
It looks like Fisher is younger than the last game. Meh. Conviction was a solid conclusion to the Ironside era of Fisher, so this doesn't look like much of a loss.

Yeah, it threw me off that Ironside will no longer be Fisher. However, Conviction was a very good swan song for Ironside as Fisher.

From the plotline, it seems this is a direct sequel to Conviction so it is weird that Fisher is now younger. I wonder why they didn't simply keep the new guy as the physical performer and use Ironside for the facial animation and vocals.

chase3001
06-05-12, 02:32 PM
I was kind of hoping that since this game will not be a Xbox exclusive that they might think of releasing Conviction for the PS3.

nickdawgy
06-06-12, 07:11 AM
I saw the pics and I was thinkining he looked younger, too. Wasn't he all beat up in Conviction?

No Ironside, no sale for me either.

RocShemp
06-06-12, 09:36 AM
I was kind of hoping that since this game will not be a Xbox exclusive that they might think of releasing Conviction for the PS3.

They are.

Osiris3657
06-06-12, 02:21 PM
Splinter Cell game=purchased

chase3001
06-06-12, 04:19 PM
They are.

Really? I could not find any sources of info on this.

TGM
06-06-12, 04:27 PM
bummed no more Ironside.

Mike86
06-06-12, 06:33 PM
I've liked most of the games from this series so I'll probably pick this one up.

glassdragon
06-06-12, 07:25 PM
Good, glad this is coming out for ps3. I had to get a 360 to play conviction and it was worth it, great game.

RocShemp
06-06-12, 10:21 PM
Really? I could not find any sources of info on this.

I know I read it in another forum but I'm trying to recall where.

EDIT: Found it. It seems the poster screwed up and confused a PS3 listing for Blacklist with that of Conviction. :(

RocShemp
06-06-12, 10:29 PM
'Splinter Cell Blacklist' has a new voice for Sam Fisher; here's what happened to Michael Ironside (http://www.theverge.com/gaming/2012/6/5/3066844/splinter-cell-blacklist-has-a-new-voice-for-sam-fisher-heres-what)
When Splinter Cell Blacklist releases in 2013, it'll be the return of Sam Fisher, one of the most popular video game characters today. But there will be something very different about this super spy: his voice. Yes, the gravelly baritone of Michael Ironside will no longer be the voice of Sam Fisher.

Max Beland, the director of Blacklist, explained the change in an interview with Polygon.

"It was probably the hardest decision of my career," he said, speaking of changing the voice from Michael Ironside to a younger actor, Eric Johnson. The decision was based on Ubisoft Toronto's decision to focus on advancements in performance capture technology. Modern day performance capture, like the kind seen in Avatar, requires that the actors physically act out their scenes as they're delivering their lines. In addition to making for more realistic animations, it also offers more believable line-reads, conveying real-world exhaustion or frustration. The Uncharted series has been using this technique since the beginning.

Unfortunately Michael Ironside is over 60 now and the demands of true performance capture were simply not in the cards for the veteran actor. The only decision was to move on, but apparently it was done amicably.

"Michael and Eric met once in the studio," said Beland. "They're both from Toronto, so they have that in common. They had a passing of the goggles, so to speak."

In case you're interested in checking out some more of Eric's work to get your ears used to how Sam will be sounding, you can check out his IMDB page. Flash Gordon as the new Sam Fisher? Sure, why not!


They could have kept the young guy as the physical/stunt performer and kept Ironside on for the dialogue scenes (similar to what was done for Clu in Tron Legacy).

I find this choice by Ubisoft amusing because on my PS2 disc of Splinter Cell there's an "interview" where Sam Fisher discusses Ubisoft's (at the time) anti-mocap philosophy.

RocShemp
06-08-12, 09:50 PM
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Rob V
06-09-12, 07:54 AM
This looks sweet!

Boba Fett
06-09-12, 01:28 PM
That does look amazing; I still wish it was a character other than Fisher, but if the game is that fluid as a final product, I'll give it a rent.

gerrythedon
06-09-12, 10:42 PM
watched E3 MS presentation [was surprised by it's showing/announcement], loved the Kinect Voice commands.

RocShemp
06-12-12, 06:48 AM
That does look amazing; I still wish it was a character other than Fisher, but if the game is that fluid as a final product, I'll give it a rent.

You know, it's weird they made Fisher younger and replaced Ironside yet, from what's seen in the announcement trailer, they also made Victor Coste younger but kept his same voice actor from Conviction. Grimsdóttír looks pretty much the same (except for having longer hair).

RocShemp
06-12-12, 05:19 PM
I just realized the new Sam Fisher is Whittney from Smallville.

LosingMyMind
10-31-12, 06:39 AM
Also coming out on Wii U.

http://www.computerandvideogames.com/375622/splinter-cell-blacklist-wii-u-pre-order-boxes-spotted-at-gamestop-ireland/

gerrythedon
01-16-13, 11:40 PM
Splinter Cell: Blacklist Release Date Announced
You’ll have to wait until August to join Fourth Echelon.

Ubisoft has announced that Splinter Cell: Blacklist will hit stores on August 20, 2013. The news comes via a new trailer released today, which includes the date as well as the fact that Blacklist is now available for pre-order along with bonus content.

Blacklist was originally scheduled for Spring 2013, though a specific release date was never formally announced. The trailer confirms that Blacklist is headed to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC but offers no indication of the rumored Wii U version.

Update: Ubisoft has also provided new box art for Blacklist, different from the art previously revealed in July:

http://oyster.ignimgs.com/wordpress/stg.ign.com/2013/01/scblx360boxjpg-9b9a0a-610x859.jpg


http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/01/16/splinter-cell-blacklist-release-date-announced?abthid=50f7593422ad82067b00005b

Osiris3657
01-17-13, 06:30 AM
Damn. My preorder on New Egg said it was coming out in April, I was looking forward to playing it in a couple months.

Rob V
01-17-13, 08:05 AM
^^ Same :(

gerrythedon
01-25-13, 09:22 PM
Flying R/C Plane Highlights Splinter Cell Blacklist Collector's Edition

Splinter Cell Blacklist publisher Ubisoft has revealed the Collector's Edition for the upcoming stealth game. The Paladin Multi-Mission Aircraft Edition for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 will be priced at $169.99 and be available on August 20 (in North America and Latin America only). The box will include a copy of the game, a copy of the 88-page Splinter Cell Echoes graphic novel, a poster, the "Billionaire's Yacht" co-op map, the Upper Echelon Pack containing the "Dead Coast" co-op map as well as the Gold Sonar Goggles and Upper Echelon Suit in-game items, and a radio-controlled version of the Paladin airplane that hero Sam Fisher and his Fourth Echelon team use as their aerial base of operations. The Paladin is, according to Ubisoft, a "custom three-channel, dual-motor plane modeled after the in-game mobile headquarters." Yes, it actually flies.

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http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/01/25/flying-rc-plane-highlights-splinter-cell-blacklist-collectors-edition

LosingMyMind
04-22-13, 03:39 PM
New trailer:
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gerrythedon
05-13-13, 10:57 PM
Splinter Cell: Blacklist Co-Op Mode Confirmed

Ubisoft has today announced that joining the comeback of Spies vs. Mercs, co-op is also set to return for Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Confirmation comes via the official Splinter Cell Twitter.

Like Splinter Cell: Conviction, co-op mode will consist of a separate co-operative campaign for two players online or locally via splitscreen.

There'll be 14 missions making up the co-op campaign, which sees two Echelon agents teaming up to tackle a series of objectives. Co-op was a laugh in Conviction, so hopefully we're in for a similar treat with co-op in Blacklist.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist will be bringing its single-player campaign, co-op campaign and Spies vs. Mercs to the table when it launches on August 20th in North America and August 23rd in Europe.


http://www.xbox360achievements.org/news/news-14893-Splinter-Cell--Blacklist-Co-Op-Mode-Confirmed.html

Osiris3657
08-16-13, 10:56 AM
Comes out on Tuesday. Getting great reviews, including a 9.2 from IGN.

83 on Metacritic, which is outstanding.

The general consensus is that there is a good balance between stealth and action.

Metacritic Reviews (http://www.metacritic.com/game/xbox-360/tom-clancys-splinter-cell-blacklist)

Can't wait to get my copy.

slop101
08-16-13, 11:26 AM
This review makes me wanna pick it up; though not until it's first price-drop, which should be within a month...

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mattysemo247
08-16-13, 12:23 PM
Yeah, I'll pick it up when it hits $20 - $30, which should be in a couple months. I wish it was coming to next gen consoles though.

lopper
08-16-13, 03:37 PM
Yeah, I'll pick it up when it hits $20 - $30, which should be in a couple months. I wish it was coming to next gen consoles though.

Same here.

Wasn't a huge fan of the last one, but it's nice to hear this one is back to form.

RocShemp
08-16-13, 09:18 PM
Looks awesome but, after s many game, why do they insist on having so man flaring lights on Fisher's gear? That always took me out of the games and made me wonder how was he not a moving target a all times.

taffer
08-16-13, 09:30 PM
Looks awesome but, after s many game, why do they insist on having so man flaring lights on Fisher's gear? That always took me out of the games and made me wonder how was he not a moving target a all times.

I am always amazed at how many people don't get this. Nightvision goggles don't actually glow. Fisher isn't emitting any light for enemies to see. The glow is simply there to let the player see him better when he is hidden in shadows.

RocShemp
08-16-13, 09:43 PM
I am always amazed at how many people don't get this. Nightvision goggles don't actually glow. Fisher isn't emitting any light for enemies to see. The glow is simply there to let the player see him better when he is hidden in shadows.

I figured real NVG's don't glow but it looks ridiculous in-game regardless of the artistic intent. The same goes for the glowing square on his back (usually over the right shoulder blade) and he has what looks like a glowing wrist watch as well. The ridiculous amount of lens flare emanating from these items in the footage shown makes it look even more idiotic.

nickdawgy
08-16-13, 11:08 PM
I said earlier when Ironside wasn't returning I'd pass, but it's looking mighty tempting.

slop101
08-22-13, 12:30 AM
I figured real NVG's don't glow but it looks ridiculous in-game regardless of the artistic intent. The same goes for the glowing square on his back (usually over the right shoulder blade) and he has what looks like a glowing wrist watch as well. The ridiculous amount of lens flare emanating from these items in the footage shown makes it look even more idiotic.http://art.penny-arcade.com/photos/i-pnZkpTF/0/950x10000/i-pnZkpTF-950x10000.jpg

nickdawgy
08-22-13, 04:06 AM
For Penny Arcade, that was pretty funny stuff.

Mike86
08-23-13, 03:49 PM
I've always liked the series and really enjoyed Splinter Cell: Conviction so I'll probably get this one eventually. I know Ubisoft seems to have big price drops on their games shortly after releasing often times though so I'll wait it out for a while.

mattysemo247
08-23-13, 03:59 PM
I can't believe no one from here picked this up this week. But of course, I haven't been keeping up with the reviews either.

Rob V
08-23-13, 04:05 PM
I have it but have no time to play it :(

nickdawgy
08-23-13, 05:43 PM
I got it as well, but I have been playing Saints Row IV.

RocShemp
08-24-13, 01:54 AM
I've always liked the series and really enjoyed Splinter Cell: Conviction so I'll probably get this one eventually. I know Ubisoft seems to have big price drops on their games shortly after releasing often times though so I'll wait it out for a while.

Same here.

uteotw
08-26-13, 08:31 AM
I got it as well, but I have been playing Saints Row IV.

Post some initial thoughts once you play? I've played all these but am waiting on this one.

Osiris3657
08-27-13, 12:45 PM
I've been playing Spies vs Mercs more than the single player so far. I like it, but the multiplayer has some "call of duty" thing going (you get multiple hit markers on a spy and he still has time to run up and melee you)

Solid Snake
08-31-13, 07:40 PM
I really really liked the single player on this. I always do for this franchise.

My only issue with is was the ending. How... Unfulfilling.

nickdawgy
08-31-13, 07:54 PM
I like the single player, too. Absolutely no interest in online and I'll probably never play it.

That being said, once I'm done with it I'll probably get rid of it.

Solid Snake
09-01-13, 06:32 AM
The online is a lot of fun for me. Never did it with the others.

nickdawgy
09-06-13, 03:06 AM
I just finished it. Probably my favorite of the series, and way better than Conviction.

The ending was okay.

Matt925
09-08-13, 02:43 AM
Already dropped to $50 on amazon. One or two more months and I'll pick this up.

uteotw
09-09-13, 11:49 AM
Already dropped to $50 on amazon. One or two more months and I'll pick this up.

That's exactly what I'm thinking. Tempting now but I have a couple in the backlog (Sleeping Dogs just got on sale), so I'll wait for another $10 off or so, even though I've played every one of the series.

starseed1981
09-12-13, 10:13 AM
Wrapped this one up. I liked it better than Conviction for sure.

timewaster
09-12-13, 11:28 AM
its been a while since i've played a splinter cell game.
Isn't there supposed to be a radar to let you know enemies are close to you?
I'm having a tough time with the stealth stuff. I just seems like a lot of trial and error since you cannot see your enemies.

robin2099
09-12-13, 09:56 PM
I really hate the 4th echelon missions. The story mode missions I like, but the 4E ones are too dang hard. Especially since you basically have to finish them off in one sitting.

Solid Snake
09-15-13, 10:12 AM
Funny. I actually thought this was one of the easier SC games. The 4E are fun for me. Charlie's missions are wave type though. So depending on how you are. That could suck. I'm not good at wave type usually. I'm alright. Just lose patience with that stuff.

I didn't encounter this the first time but it seems that Briggs' last mission, Abandoned City glitches out at the very end. Right where it's going to end. It just glitches and won't move forward. Leaves your character still sitting on the ground by it won't pick then up to move on. It may or may not be due to an update from last time. I've been trying to help a friend get that part of the game over with but it still glitches on us.

timewaster
09-16-13, 11:14 AM
i upgraded to get the radar at max.
what else is worth buying/upgrading?

anything not worth buying/upgrading?

I'm playing stealth (ghost)

Solid Snake
09-22-13, 03:17 PM
If you want a MAX Ghost, IMO, you need: integrated optic goggles and Nanofiber everything for the suit.

Guns:

Pistol, SC-IS pistol. I like the red dot on it. Laser sight, match grade ammo, bolt blueprinting, and weight balance.

Alternate, SC4000. It has silencer withing the frame. Use the ACOG Sight, laser sight, extended mag, match grade ammo, bolt blueprinting, weight balance, and accurized barrel.

Special, crossbow. Buy all three things on it.

For me, all this makes perfectionist a breeze. I can see and shoot far with my alternate. In all honesty though that's all insurance to not get caught. Get a layout of the area, know what the baddies do and go, and just go around. I never get bothered by them.

I'm on 360, if any one wants to play if be game. Shoot me a PM. I play a lot during the day. Friday and Saturday I can do whatever.

Matt925
10-02-13, 06:09 PM
All versions are on sale on Amazon for $40.

At this point I'm just going to wait for $20. Certainly won't be later than Black Friday.

K&AJones
10-07-13, 08:38 AM
Has anyone played the co-op mode on this and if so is it a good value and have some long play value to it? Have a friend who we're looking for a co-op game to tie us over between Diablo III and wrapping up Defiance. I played the last one and did a small bit of co-op in that and it really wasn't bad at all. Loved the single player and story in it.

timewaster
10-14-13, 11:40 AM
i didn't bother with the charlie mission since i was playing ghost style and didn't have the right gear for it.
Those side quests are really tough.
All the main missions were fairly easy also except for the last one.

Solid Snake
10-18-13, 11:46 AM
Finally they fix that Abandoned City bit.

RocShemp
10-22-13, 05:25 PM
At this point I'm just going to wait for $20. Certainly won't be later than Black Friday.

I'm in the same boat.

mattysemo247
10-22-13, 06:13 PM
We already know it will be $25 at Gamestop on BF. So $20 at another retailer isn't out of the question.

RocShemp
10-22-13, 06:58 PM
We already know it will be $25 at Gamestop on BF. So $20 at another retailer isn't out of the question.

Here's hoping Steam offers it at $20.

slop101
01-27-14, 10:08 AM
Ended up getting this for $30 on the Wii U.

I really like using the U's touch-pad on this. A few missions in and I'm liking it quite a bit. It looks really nice and plays like Splinter Cell should. The "execute" stuff almost feels like cheating, but they do make you earn it's use, so it's not too bad. When things go according to plan, you feel like a badass and it's really satisfying. I like how they've set up your base of operations and how you get your missions and upgrades from people. The only real negative thing I can think of is how some of the side-missions don't have checkpoints, and you have to run through them perfectly to progress and on the technical side, the missions take forever to load - maybe they load quicker on the 360/PS3, but it's hella slow on the U, though I've seen no other hiccups yet.

mattysemo247
01-27-14, 10:19 AM
I mentioned this over in the deals forum, but forgot to mention it here

Splinter Cell Blacklist is on sale at Gamestop for $19.99 through tomorrow. 360, PS3, PC and Wii U. The copy I picked up was the Gamestop Edition that came with some DLC guns and stuff.

Maxflier
01-27-14, 10:26 AM
Picked up a copy yesterday :thumbsup:
Also ordered the HD update trilogy and Conviction as part of the buy 2 get 1 free deal at Best Buy (<3 GCU). So I am going to start from the beginning and work my way through this series.

wlj
07-11-14, 11:52 PM
I got this during the steam sale and I just installed it today. Stealth games have never really been my cup of tea but on a whim I got this. I have only completed 2 story missions so far but it is safe to say that this game is freaking awesome. I am attempting this game with mouse and keyboard and it is going surprisingly well. I love the controls in this game everything seems to work so smooth and seamless. You really feel cool when playing it. Sam Fisher sounds different...different actor?

RocShemp
07-12-14, 12:01 AM
I got this during the Steam sale as well. Great game. The side missions are really tough, however. Haven't beaten a single one of those (and no one seems to be online for coop).

Yeah, it's a new actor as Fisher. Michael Ironside served as consultant but it seems that was just a fancy way of saying he approved of the new actor. Eric Johnson provides the new voice and motion capture (the latter reason being why he was chosen to replace Ironside) for Sam Fisher. You might remember him as Whitney (Lana's boyfriend) in Smallville. He actually takes me out of the game because, although his performance is good and suits a younger Sam Fisher, you can't mask that the actor is 34 and voicing a 57-year-old character. They really should have rebooted the franchise completely rather than what is essentially a "soft" reboot.