Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist

PS3, XB360, PC, WIIU / Action / Release: Aug 20, 2013 / ESRB: M

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Splinter Cell film may get Bourne Identity director

Splinter Cell film may get Bourne Identity director

Even though our hopes for a good video game film adaptation tend to result in disappointment, we still hold out hope when we hear promising news for a project. In the case of Splinter Cell, those hopes are currently being raised by word of a fitting director.

Read more: Aiming for 2015 release »

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Splinter Cell could have been a James Bond game

Splinter Cell could have been a James Bond game

Before it became a stealth series powerhouse, Ubisoft's renowned Splinter Cell franchise had a lot of trouble getting off the ground. It got so bad that at one point the then-fledgling developer even pitched the original game as a James Bond title.

Read More: Splinter Cell's roots »

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Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Rayman Legends selling below expectations

Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Rayman Legends selling below expectations

Two of Ubisoft's big releases have performed below expectations, the company has stated during an investor's call. The next fiscal year forecast was revised due to the delays of Watch Dogs and The Crew, but Ubisoft acknowledged that missing targets for Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Rayman Legends played a role too.

Read more: "Lower sales than we anticipated when we gave our targets" »

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Ghost Recon Online gets Splinter Cell-themed items

Ghost Recon Online gets Splinter Cell-themed items

Someone at Ubisoft spilled some Splinter Cell into their Ghost Recon. The publisher has announced the weapons and gear used by Splinter Cell frontman Sam Fisher can now be used to customize characters in free-to-play shooter Ghost Recon Online.

Read more: Khyber Stronghold also added »

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Weekend Confirmed 180 - Madden NFL 25, Saints Row IV

Weekend Confirmed 180 - Madden NFL 25, Saints Row IV

While the gaming world turns its eyes to PAX Prime in Seattle, Weekend Confirmed holds down the home front. Hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata welcome in "Indie" Jeff Mattas and Shacknews' Ozzie Mejia to sort out this week's Nintendo announcements, including trying to make heads or tails of what the company was thinking with that 2DS design. After that, it's time to dive into games, as the team discusses Madden NFL 25, Saints Row IV, Killer Is Dead, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Hearthstone (Or is it Hurthstone?), and Shelter. The show ends with a new round of Finishing Moves and a few Super Bowl predictions, because the NFL kicks off in just six days!

Listen: Weekend Confirmed Episode 180 »

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Splinter Cell: Blacklist review: shadow play

Splinter Cell: Blacklist review: shadow play

Although Blacklist is the latest in the storied Splinter Cell franchise, it's Ubisoft Toronto's first game. New blood attempts to reinvigorate the franchise with new gameplay ideas and a dynamite multiplayer mode.

Perhaps the defining trait of Blacklist is choice. Players can complete missions as they see fit, through maximum sneakiness or through James Bond-style action heroics. Specifically, players have the option to go ghost (full stealth), panther (lethal stealth), or assault (no stealth). While players are given the option to go Rambo, the abundance of shadows and rich in-game rewards make stealth an enticing option.

Read more: Story, co-op, multiplayer rolled into one story »

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Weekend Confirmed 178 - Call of Duty: Ghosts, Payday 2

Weekend Confirmed 178 - Call of Duty: Ghosts, Payday 2

The summer's winding down, which means the world of games is about to heat up. Hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata welcome "Indie" Jeff Mattas to discuss Payday 2 and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons before jumping into the announcement of GTA Online and discussing the current state of Valve. The second half of the show welcomes in Shacknews' Ozzie Mejia to talk about this week's Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer reveal before reading through some listener feedback. The show ends with a brief discussion of The Witcher 2, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, and DuckTales: Remastered before sending you off into the weekend with a fresh package of Finishing Moves.

Listen: Weekend Confirmed Episode 178 »

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Splinter Cell Blacklist '101' video goes over everything you need to know

Splinter Cell Blacklist '101' video goes over everything you need to know

Splinter Cell is--even by Ubisoft's admission--a bit complex. For better and for worse, the upcoming Blacklist attempts to bridge the gap between new players and series vets by creating a game that adapts to both stealthy and shooty play styles.

If you're new to Splinter Cell, this "101" video released by Ubisoft will provide an effective primer for what to expect. In fact, it's so comprehensive, that it even goes into detail the competitive Spies vs Mercs mode that Sam Fisher shouldn't be particularly interested in. Then again, he's also the type that doesn't really need a "101" of any sorts...

Watch: Get schooled in seven minutes »

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Splinter Cell: Blacklist lacks offline co-op on Wii U

Splinter Cell: Blacklist lacks offline co-op on Wii U

Yet another high-profile multi-platform release is losing a key feature on Wii U. The Nintendo home console version of Splinter Cell: Blacklist will lack offline co-op play, relegating the mode to online-only.

Read more: Feature cut 'in order to ship at the same time as other consoles' »

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Spies vs Mercs Blacklist video shows off updated mercs

Spies vs Mercs Blacklist video shows off updated mercs

Yesterday, Ubisoft showed off what it's like to play as the spy in Splinter Cell Blacklist's updated take on Spies vs Mercs. Today, the publisher is showing off mercs, naturally.

While the updated mode may seem an aberration to longtime fans of the series, we found it quite fun, enjoying the constantly shifting flow of battle due to the class-based perks. But if it's not your cup o' tea, there's still Classic mode.

Watch: Time to kill some spies »

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Spies vs Mercs Blacklist video shows off updated spies

Spies vs Mercs Blacklist video shows off updated spies

Splinter Cell Blacklist includes two flavors of fan-favorite multiplayer mode Spies vs Mercs. Classic tries to replicate the slower pace of the original experience. But Blacklist expands the mode significantly, introducing class-based 4v4 battles. While it may sound sacrilegious to longtime fans of the series, we found it quite fun.

What makes the Blacklist variant of Spies vs Mercs so special is the constantly changing strategy you and your team must employ to counter the evolving tactics of your opponent. In a new video, Ubisoft shows off what it's like to play as a Spy in Blacklist mode. (A video showing off the Mercs is forthcoming.)

Watch: 'It's about completing the objective and staying alive' »

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Splinter Cell Blacklist walkthrough trailer fights fires

Splinter Cell Blacklist walkthrough trailer fights fires

You may know Sam Fisher as a gruff super-spy, but in his home town he's friendly Fireman Sam from the volunteer fire brigade. A new 'walkthrough' trailer for Splinter Cell Blacklist (more the heavily-edited highlights than a walkthrough) shows Sam fighting fires and chasing terrorists, with varying degrees of stealth.

Watch: Sam Fisher goes Hollywood »

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Splinter Cell Blacklist video shows off Classic Spies vs Mercs

Splinter Cell Blacklist video shows off Classic Spies vs Mercs

Spies vs Mercs returns in Splinter Cell: Blacklist. However, it comes in two flavors: Blacklist and Classic. While we thoroughly enjoyed the faster pace and customization of the 4v4 Blacklist mode, there are undoubtedly purists that want to play Spies vs Mercs as they remember it. Thankfully, it appears "Classic" mode does a good job of recreating the pace of earlier iterations of SvM.

Watch: How Classic does it get? »

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Splinter Cell Blacklist gets 'Spider-Bot' iOS companion game

Splinter Cell Blacklist gets 'Spider-Bot' iOS companion game

Sam Fisher is pretty iconic and all, but the real star of Splinter Cell Blacklist are the tiny mechanical spiders. Skittering about, stealing intelligence and such. Ubisoft has given spider-bot his day in the sun today, with an iOS game devoted to the automaton arachnid.

Read more: Does whatever a spider can »

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Splinter Cell Blacklist co-op modes partially detailed

Splinter Cell Blacklist co-op modes partially detailed

Ubisoft recently began showcasing its co-op in Splinter Cell Blacklist, and today the company delved into a bit more detail. The 14 unique co-op missions are split into four mission types, each given by a different member of the team.

Read more: Briggs and Grim giving out missions »

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