The series might have lost some of its pulling power over the years and this game’s long development time has had stealth fanatics rubbing their aching backs as they crouch patiently in the dark in anticipation. So you might as well treat yourself to a cheap pre-order, almost a fiver cheaper than the next best deal at ShopTo.net.
Sneaking fans can look forward to a much more open style of gameplay this time around, with Sam no longer working for the government. Instead he is being hunted by his old employers (again?). So you won’t have access to all their cool high-tech spy gear, but you will be able to buy Black Market equivalents.
Objectives and video footage are now projected onto the world’s environments now in a cool new style choice that sure as hell beats menus and pop-up boxes. Using Sam’s environment including objects and even crowds of civilians will all play key parts this time as the series attempts to re-invent itself.
Deniable ops are the multiplayer games consisting of modes where players must eliminate AI guards, each other, defend objectives or remain hidden for as long as possible. At the moment it sort of looks like a cross between the online worlds of Uncharted 2 and Rainbow Six Vegas because of the large amounts of climbing and shooting.
The most interesting co-op mode though looks set to be the Prologue to the events of the single-player game where two players team up. Early impressions indicate that overall the game looks to be very action-heavy and noticeably more forgiving than the early games which may split opinion widely come release day on 16th April 2010.