It was quite a quiet week for your opinions, but Splinter Cell: Blacklist managed to divide them just a little. Certainly not in absolutes, but there were varying degrees of pleasure for the latest entry in a stealth game series entering its second decade.
Though Mick939 disagreed with his calling it a reboot, Foxhound_Solid was the most enthusiastic:
Great reboot of an already great series. Yes, the originals are still highly regarded, particularly Pandora Tomorrow, however what they did with the reboot was simply bring the gameplay, back story and game style bang up to date. The new Fisher is cooler, more action based as oppose to the older, grumpier battle hardened Fisher.
Set pieces are great and the Mass Effect style deck is brilliant. I hope they keep running with the reboot as it’s started of brilliantly!
If Foxhound was returning to the series and finding a pleasant update, then the game also appeared to do well with newcomers. Jimmy-google said that he “I hadn’t played a Splinter Cell game before but I definitely will after playing Blacklist,” and that “it reminded me of what I want from a stealth game and why I didn’t really enjoy MGS4.”
Similar sentiments were echoed by Mick939, who found himself put off by MGS: Ground Zeroes to the extent that he went back and bought Blacklist all over again.
However, there was a counter argument, and Jimster71, who had just come from playing Hitman Absolution, though that Blacklist “takes itself too seriously at times and I didm’t like the way it tried to fit your play style into one of three boxes.”
Wonkey-willy agreed, saying that it was “not as fun to play as Conviction,” and finding the stealth to be frustrating. As the only person to dive into the multiplayer, it was good to hear him say that “the online modes are as fresh today as they were 10 years ago.”
In a photo finish, Gran Turismo 6 snuck over the line just 1% ahead in last week’s poll, so it will be the game featured in tomorrow’s Weview. As for next week, you can get voting now with the poll below, with Need for Speed: Rivals joining in GT6’s wake.