Sam Fisher is pissed off. His daughter is dead, the country he loves and has sworn to protect has turned its back on him, and the company he used to work for is now trying to kill him. He's had better days to be sure, but better games? Perhaps not.
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Conviction is a true return to form for Mr. Fisher in a game that succeeds in changing surprisingly little by way of actually mechanics, but turns the entire nature of Splinter Cell's trademark gameplay on its head. No longer are you trying to hide your very existence from the guards around you; now, much like the Dark Knight in Arkham Asylum, Fisher is a stealthy assassin driven by rage, popping in and out of the cover of darkness to off his adversaries one by one and terrify those who remain.
It's a terrific spin on normal proceedings and, even though Sam has the firepower to usually extricate himself from any given situation via a prolonged cover-based shootout, the real fun and tactically-minded thrills come from utilising the excellent lighting engine, creeping in and out of shadows, ratcheting your foes' fears up to an alarming extent with a smashed window here, a stealthy assassination there, constantly manipulating them from the shadows before taking them out one by one.
The story is solid and excellently paced, the new brutal interrogations are wincingly effective and the multiplayer modes offer a pleasant example of 'classic' Splinter Cell gameplay for fans of the equally brilliant Chaos Theory. But this is a harder, more direct Sam Fisher. Gone out goes the detached company man and in comes a seething mass of rage and vengeance personified. Michael Ironside sounds like he's enjoying himself again and, with this latest entry to the series, so should you.
Thanks to andywedge at HUKD