Posts Tagged ‘Splinter Cell: Blacklist’

A Chat About Interior Design In Games, With Ubi’s Dan Cox

By Philippa Warr on October 31st, 2014.

You can see the yellow and black markers if you peer closely

For no reason other than “We were at the same conference and his work sounded interesting” I ended up scheduling a meeting with Dan Cox. He focuses on level art at Ubisoft Toronto and his work has most recently appeared in Splinter Cell: Blacklist. He was in Paris to give a talk about interior design in games so it turned out he was more than happy to answer some of my questions about how artists make sense of spaces in video games*.

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Sneak A Peek At Project Stealth

By Craig Pearson on February 10th, 2014.


It was way back in 2011 when RPS last covered Project Stealth, and even then Jim was commenting on how the previous video was released in 2009. That’s a long time for a game to make no visible progress. This should have been on my PC yearrrrrs ago. The promise is there, but they’ve yet to deliver the re-imagining of Splinter Cell’s Spy Vs Merc multiplayer mode that the original project was set-up to be. Thanks to an anonymous tip, written in invisible ink, on an exploding microfilm, I can tell you they’re still alive. The website has relaunched, with a few new screens and some information about where the game’s been all this time.
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Wot I Think – Splinter Cell: Blacklist

By Rich Stanton on September 11th, 2013.


Splinter Cell is one of those series that suffers through repetition. There are so many of the buggers, the most recent being the borderline-psychotic Conviction, that only the die-hard keep track, and to everyone else it’s one amorphous blob of banjo-legged throat-slitting. But Blacklist is far more than a production-line piece of gristle. It’s not merely an exemplary slice of, forgive the oxymoron, action-stealth – but also contains the best Aliens game in years.

No you didn’t misread that, so hit the jump and find out why.
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STOP TELLING US THINGS ABOUT SPLINTER CELL

By Nathan Grayson on August 10th, 2013.

This is what it's come to, Ubisoft. You made me do this.

Do you like green goggles and Sam?

I do not like them, Sam-Fisher-I-am.

Would you like more Splinter Cell: Blacklist trailers here or there? In a house? With a mouse? Would you watch them in a box? With a fox? 

I would not like them here or there. I would not like them anywhere. I do not like them in a house. I do not like them with a mouse. I would not watch them in a box. I would not watch them with a fox. I do not like green goggles and Sam. I do not like them because you’ve released so many goddamn trailers, Sam-Fisher-I-am.

Oh. Well, here’s another that pretty much accomplishes what all the others did, but more succinctly and in a single go. Tehehehehehe. 

SAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAM.

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Ghost Panther! Splinter Cell Blacklist Trailer #43,830

By John Walker on July 24th, 2013.

It is arguable that I have slightly misunderstood what this minute’s Splinter Cell Blacklist trailer is actually about, after I read that the video title was “Ghost Panther Assault”. But that isn’t going to change anything – I’m insisting that rather than being about Ghost, Panther and Assault modes, this is about Ghost Panther, the greatest hero of our time.

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Splinter Cell: Blacklist Trailer #43,829

By John Walker on July 18th, 2013.

Aha!

How times have changed. It used to be that the British ruling hawks would not allow our delicate eyes to witness a snapped neck. And madly recently, too. For instance, British viewers of Buffy were left completely oblivious to what happened Ms. Calendar, since the scene where Angelus unscrewed her head never appeared. She just stopped being in the show. Thanks, censorship! But now look at things – today’s trailer for Splinter Cell: Blacklist contains a neck-snapping scene that would have had the footage banned barely ten years ago. Also, SERIOUS TALK ABOUT HOW SERIOUS THE SITUATION IS.

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Hands On: Splinter Cell: Blacklist

By Craig Pearson on July 16th, 2013.

The Go Ape level is great
I gassed a dog, wore its limp body like a stole, and threw the conked canine at a guard. Because of that my trousers are now more tactical, a room on my flying fortress has nicer decorations, and now I’ll have more information about missions. Splinter Cell: Blacklist is a bizarre game.
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Spam Fisher: Another Splinter Cell: Blacklist Video

By Craig Pearson on July 9th, 2013.

I miss Clint Hocki'ng's Sam
Splinter Cell: Blacklist is basically Splinter Cell: Conviction 2. I spent a few hours with it last week and came to that conclusion, but I’m not allowed to say anything else. The NDA is watching me. That’s not a complaint, btw. I really enjoyed Conviction, and more of that will do me just fine. Anyway, I also think it’s obvious from the videos they’ve released that Blacklist is sitting on Conviction’s shoulders. There’s a bit in the video below where Sam has to break cover and chase the boss of a terrorist cell, which is one of the previous game’s more annoying additions to the series. They’ve brought the bad with the good.
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Mercy Me: It’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist Versus Trailer

By Craig Pearson on June 28th, 2013.

How did he miss that shot?
I know it’s not cool to be excited about a new Splinter Cell game, but I think I’ve proven time and time again that being cool isn’t the first thing on my mind. So this post is a judgement free zone: feel free to declare yourself a fan of a series that people get rolly-eyed at. Be proud of your allegiances! So I am excited about Splinter Cell: Blacklist, because it looks like Splinter Cell’s greatest hits. They’ve taken all the good bits of Splinter Cell and crammed them together in the Conviction engine. One of those bits is the awesome Spies vs Mercs multiplayer. Want to see it?
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Man On Man Action: Splinter Cell: Blacklist Co-op Trailer

By Craig Pearson on May 21st, 2013.

Don't deploy the lens flare during stealth shenanigans!
Wanted: one co-op partner for Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Must enjoy crashing through doors simultaneously, long walks in the dark, and pretending that one of the character’s is still voiced by Michael Ironside. Preference given to someone that can quote Chaos Theory’s Sam/guard chats and those who would rather muck about with the AI over actually following the mission text. To be in with a chance, watch the video below and apply in the comments.
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Splinter Cell: Blacklist’s Spies Vs Mercs Video Decloaks

By Craig Pearson on May 8th, 2013.

Guess which team I want to be on?
I am grumpy. In the world away from my desk and monitors, people have been meeting and playing Splinter Cell: Blacklist and I wasn’t invited. They were probably worried that having someone there who has completed every Splinter Cell, bar that rubbish one set in the prison, would mess up their plans. I might be disrupting their electrical flow of PR by dropping truth EMPs. Like pointing out that Ubisoft don’t understand what “Ghosting” means. They don’t want my truth making their screens all squiggly. The thing is, Ubisoft/The MAN, the video below of the Spies vs Mercs mode might have just won me over.
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It’s Back: Splinter Cell Blacklist’s Spies Vs Mercs Multi

By Nathan Grayson on May 3rd, 2013.

Credit where credit’s due: Splinter Cell: Blacklist is looking significantly more like classic SC than Conviction or Double Agent – except, you know, when it’s really, really not. There’s pitch-black darkness and rainy atmosphere and the option to play without killing anybody (though non-lethal roughhousing  is, sadly, quite encouraged), so that’s a good-ish sign. But what of multiplayer? Conviction mystifyingly abandoned the series grimly satisfying, intriguingly asymmetrical Spies vs Mercs showdowns, so it’s good news indeed to hear that clandestine game of cat-and-mouse-and-AK-47 is making a return. Catch it after the break (courtesy of IGN) before it throws down a smoke bomb and places a not-so-gentle hand around your tenderest of neck regions.

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Silent Kill: Splinter Cell – Blacklist

By Adam Smith on April 15th, 2013.

The voice at the beginning of the new Splinter Cell trailer sounds a lot like Jigsaw, the dying/dead/metaphorical villain of the horrifically dull Saw series. This voice is threatening the whole of America though, which means he might not be Jigsaw, who is more likely to spend his time righting individual wrongs, such as finding a chap who inadvertently left the milk out of the fridge and sewing a cow’s udder to his bottom lip while perching him on a machine that converts his bumcheeks into burgers. The rotter! New Sam Fisher will deal with the Splinter Cell baddy and the video suggests he’ll do so by STALKING, STRIKING and SILENCING. He’s also magnetically attracted to helicopters.

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