The first few local reviews are now up for the last entry for this generation in the Splinter Cell series, and they’re looking good.
“It’s a rarity when a title delivers engrossing, compelling, varied and highly replayable gameplay in both its single and multiplayer elements,” says Dave Kozicki, writing for AusGamers and giving the game a 9.1/10. “Splinter Cell: Blacklist is such a manner of beast and other than a few graphical inconsistencies it remains one of the most solid all-around combat experiences I’ve snuck around behind and embedded my knife into.”
Reviews are also praising the game successfully giving the players more scope and choice than ‘stealth-or-die’, with Dan Hindes giving the game an 8/10 for PC Powerplay, and noting: “The thrill inherent to the series no longer comes from sneaking because any other option spells death, but from sneaking because it is the cleanest option; one that requires a heady combination of mastery and restraint.”
NZGamer were similarly positive, with Matthew Codd giving the game just slightly higher than the site gave conviction at 9.2/10, praising it as being ‘the definitive Splinter Cell experience.’
Luke Lawrie also agreed, giving the game an 8/10 at Stevivor.com but mentioning that it ‘plays it safe and doesn’t try anything drastically new.’
So overall a great reception from our local critics, and a nice swan song for the series for the current generation of consoles.