If you love the stealth game genre, then you will likely be no stranger to the Tom Clancy series of Splinter Cell games. It’s a franchise dating back to 2002, with the most recent release Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist in 2013. In this post, we are going back a little to take a look at Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow originally released in 2004 for 6th gen consoles (Xbox, PS2, etc.) and PC.
The storyline is solid enough having you play as Sam Fisher as he attempts to foil a terrorist bioweapons plot, and it serves to place you in a nice variety of locations. The graphics and sound also hold up well considering the game’s age.
Gameplay-wise, the stealth mechanic is, for the most part, very good. The controls are tight, you have a decent array of tools at your disposal, and there is a good sense of spatial awareness – something which is vital in this type of game. The enemy AI can be a little hit-and-miss, but that’s probably the case with most stealth games.
Another trait of most stealth games is also present here – plenty of trial and error! Yes, unless you’re a hardened veteran, you will definitely see the “Mission Failed” screen a lot. Checkpoints are frequent though, and if you see each section of the game as a puzzle to be solved, when you do succeed it’s very satisfying.
So, if you like stealth games and haven’t played this one yet, you should definitely pick it up.
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