This time around Sam's out on his own, and due to a series of betrayals he's decided that a purely stealth approach isn't effectively getting his message across, so you can expect to see some direct action on Fisher's part in order to get the information he needs to stay alive in this instalment of the series.
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You can grab a copy of the game on the 360 for £16.19 from The Hut, which is just over £1.50 cheaper than the next best price of £17.85 coming in from ShopTo.
There are a whole new range of features included in the game that are brand new to the series and they give you a few more options for dispatching your foes, or simply toying with them until you've decided it's time to put them out of their misery.
If you shoot the out the lights in a certain area the game drops into black and white, where it remains until you step out of the shadows or a guard infuriatingly illuminates you with their torch, which was a crime that I punished with a couple of swift shots from my pistol!
By swiftly and silently creeping up on an enemy, you're rewarded by being allowed to end their life with a quick hand to hand finishing move, which has the added bonus of charging up your executions. Executions are a great way to instantly even the odds on a group of assailants, as you can paint multiple targets and finish them all off in the blink of an eye.
You can also lure hostile forces to a specific point using the 'Last Know Position' system, which marks the last point where Fisher was spotted, allowing you to see where the guards are heading and set up an ambush from a tactically advantageous position, and in my opinion popping up like a jack in the box in front of a gobsmacked guard, only to disappear into the shadows to plot their downfall never gets old.
Every now and then you'll stumble across a character that holds a piece of information that Sam needs, and unfortunately for them they usually decide that it's best to hold back on relinquishing the useful facts to our brooding hero. Don't worry though Fisher doesn't suffer fools lightly and he's got no problem beating the information he needs out of someone with a range of brutal context sensitive interrogation techniques.
Whilst the single player is a little on the short side, the co-op mode comes with a completely different set of maps, so it should keep you in the game for a little bit longer.
All in all this is a great game, and any fans of the series who haven't grabbed a copy because of the diversion away from stealth techniques, should definitely think about getting one because you won't be disappointed.
Thanks to andywedge @ HUKD