Splinter Cell: Blacklist Assaults the Ghost Panther

Splinter Cell: Blacklist will let you play super-spy Sam Fisher as a ghost, a panther or just a crazy dude with a machine gun.

How do you like your Sam Fisher? A smooth pro who’s in and out without ever being seen? Or a loose cannon psycho with enough firepower to overthrow Ecuador? Perhaps something in between is more your speed – all the murder with none of the mess. However you want it, you can have it in Splinter Cell: Blacklist, which as Ubisoft’s new trailer so helpfully explains lets you play stealthily, violent or stealthily violently.

I’m not entirely convinced that the choice between quiet and noisy really qualifies as “groundbreaking” and I’m pretty sure the “mark-and-execute” and “last known position” things aren’t new either. Then again, I’m still mad that Michael Ironside is out, so maybe I’m letting my bitterness cloud my judgment; but I can’t help thinking that by trying to be all things for all gamers, the new Splinter Cell is at great risk of being not much of anything for anyone.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist comes out on August 20 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC and Wii U. The delay of the PC version has not yet been announced.

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