TOM CLANCY’S SPLINTER CELL: CONVICTION

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction was released April 13, 2010 by Ubisoft. The game was developed by Ubisoft Montreal. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction is a first person military shooter.

The events of the main game take place three years after that of Splinter Cell: Double Agent. Former Navy SEAL Victor Coste (Howard Siegel) is being interrogated by a PMC called Black Arrow, and recounts the events of Conviction in the past tense.

Splinter Cell: Conviction introduces a number of new gameplay features to the Splinter Cell series, one of which is the “Mark & Execute” feature, which allows the player to mark specific targets, such as enemies or objects, and shoot them in rapid succession without manually targeting each one.

The player can choose to prioritize these targets, so that, for example, he can distract one guard by shooting out a light in his vicinity and then take out another guard. Another new feature is the “Last Known Position”, which occurs when the player breaks the line of sight of an alerted guard. This creates a visual silhouette where the guard thinks Sam is, allowing the player to flank his enemies.

Many of the features that were part of the last four games in the series do not appear in this game. Sam’s hybrid night/heat vision goggles and his multipurpose SC-20K assault rifle, which were the mainstay of the last four games, no longer appear.

The light sensor is also absent, although change in the screen saturation now shows whether Sam is hidden from view. Sam can no longer move or hide dead bodies, nor can he knock enemies unconscious, as all equipment that helped doing the latter are absent.

No more lock picking and hacking minigames either.

Ubisoft wanted to make this game easier to play, as the previous releases are comparatively tactical. Conviction is more dynamic.

The game’s story is divided into two portions. The main portion is the game’s single-player campaign, which puts the player in control of Sam Fisher. The “Prologue” portion of the game, however, is accessed through the multiplayer co-op mode, which puts two players in control of agents Archer and Kestrel.

The best feature of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction is the better graphics. The dynamic lighting is much better with nocturnal action. This type of contrast looks better with an IPS monitor.

The soundtrack is comparatively well done as well. The limited edition included a CD with additional tracks. The music is also available on iTunes.

2010 was a big year for games with a lot of releases. No question that Conviction was a very popular shooter with more than 1.9 million copies sold to the PC and Xbox 360 markets.