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Splinter Cell: Conviction Review

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NuTech 29th April 2010, 09:34 Quote
My copy should be coming through the door any second now...I'm very excited.

I did consider doing the whole 'boycott ubisoft lol' think, then I remembered what a ridiculous Splinter Cell fanboy I am.

EDIT: It's just arrived. Time to find out who killed my daughter!
Eggy 29th April 2010, 09:53 Quote
It's not Splinter Cell anymore, it's just another shooter. I think the Hitman series does it better still.
CardJoe 29th April 2010, 09:59 Quote
Well, naturally. Hitman: Blood Money is one of the best games, ever.
Kris 29th April 2010, 10:13 Quote
So, seems a game i'd reallly like. does it have the same horrible always-on drm?
veato 29th April 2010, 10:35 Quote
I think a certain Mr Fisher is either getting younger or has Just for Men tucked away in the bathroom cabinet.
Blademrk 29th April 2010, 10:40 Quote
just out of interest (as I'm not getting SC anyway, didn't like the first SC and I've still got a sealed copy of the 2nd one that came with my old xbox), is the PC version still stuck with Ubi's always on internet connection?
Eggy 29th April 2010, 10:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by Kris
So, seems a game i'd reallly like. does it have the same horrible always-on drm?
Yes but as the game is only 5 hours long I don't expect you'll have many problems.
TWeaK 29th April 2010, 10:46 Quote
I was getting excited about this and thinking of getting it, then in the 2nd to last paragraph I saw it's published by Ubisoft. Such a shame, but hell I'm still working through the games I bought in the Steam new year's sale so I can be kept busy! Maybe sometime soon someone at Ubisoft will come to their senses and scrap their useless DRM, and then I can pick this up in the bargain big/Steam weekend sale.
NuTech 29th April 2010, 10:50 Quote
Right, so I've installed it and surprisingly the DRM didn't give me any issues at all.

But I can't get my controller to work properly. Joe, did you use a 360 controller in your review? Or did you mouse/keyboard it?

Very odd as the game claims to have full controller support but all the buttons are incorrect and the right analogue stick isn't working...
Kris 29th April 2010, 13:42 Quote
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So, seems a game i'd reallly like. does it have the same horrible always-on drm?
Yes but as the game is only 5 hours long I don't expect you'll have many problems.

5 hours long? wtf, it's sale price better be no more than €30 :)
Eggy 29th April 2010, 15:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by Kris
So, seems a game i'd reallly like. does it have the same horrible always-on drm?
Yes but as the game is only 5 hours long I don't expect you'll have many problems.

5 hours long? wtf, it's sale price better be no more than €30 :)

Well there is a substantial co-op campaign which I haven't played yet, a buddy of mine owns the xbox 360 and I'm dependant on him to play the game.
pimonserry 29th April 2010, 17:52 Quote
5 hours?

I'll wait till it's on sale thanks.

Great review btw, I've played every Splinter Cell, and was looking forward to this.
acsnet83 29th April 2010, 18:00 Quote
I enjoyed playing it but it is just another shooter as another user mentioned
will. 29th April 2010, 20:08 Quote
Anyone else had any issues with the xbox controller on windows? The buttons are all mapped wrong!?
NuTech 29th April 2010, 20:45 Quote
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Anyone else had any issues with the xbox controller on windows? The buttons are all mapped wrong!?
Scroll up, I had the same problem. Long thread about it on Ubi's forum, official response "we're looking into it". Seems to mostly be affecting Windows 7 64bit users.
Grape Flavor 29th April 2010, 20:56 Quote
It's kind of funny that Joe describes Double Agent as "terrible" yet bit-tech gave it a 9. http://www.bit-tech.net/gaming/xbox-360/2006/11/08/splinter_cell_double_agent/2 I know it's a different reviewer but still. Maybe he was referring to the quality of the PC port which was indeed piss-poor. The game itself isn't the high point of the series but I would hardly use the term "terrible" . But to each his own. :)
Kris 29th April 2010, 21:01 Quote
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Well there is a substantial co-op campaign which I haven't played yet, a buddy of mine owns the xbox 360 and I'm dependant on him to play the game.

hmm, didn't catch a single hint about the coop campaign in the review... have to check into it more, as coop is fun but only with a mate of course :)
CardJoe 29th April 2010, 21:32 Quote
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It's kind of funny that Joe describes Double Agent as "terrible" yet bit-tech gave it a 9. http://www.bit-tech.net/gaming/xbox-360/2006/11/08/splinter_cell_double_agent/2 I know it's a different reviewer but still. Maybe he was referring to the quality of the PC port which was indeed piss-poor. The game itself isn't the high point of the series but I would hardly use the term "terrible" . But to each his own. :)

I am describing the PC port, which is the only one I've played.

Also, Ryan had no taste ;)
will. 30th April 2010, 00:22 Quote
Double agent was a pile of crap. Completely lazy attempt at a game. Although, so far, I actually enjoyed that buggy mess a lot more than I am enjoying the new game. I haven't had to hide a single body yet! I don't think there is even the option!

Also, why does the screen go black and white when in shadows? I'm in the shadows most of the time! I now actually have a hatred for colour saturation! Not to mention that it's actually harder to make out the light areas you need to avoid when everything is black and white...

Also, I'm either running or walking. Why did they do away with the mouse wheel controlled speed? That was absolutely excellent.

Also, who can hear the Bourne film soundtrack lurking about in the background? This is clearly a big influence!

This is not a stealth game any more...

(I haven't read the review yet, just ranting... Perhaps my expectations were a little off...)
Gunsmith 30th April 2010, 00:59 Quote
Splinter Cell ended at Chaos Theory.
Apexgun 30th April 2010, 09:46 Quote
The main story is incredibly short which is kinda disappointing but if you play the co-op (which is the prologue to the main story) it adds another few hours bringing it up to par with quite a few new games, on top of that the extra game modes apart, Hunter - clearing levels of all enemies anyway you like preferably without being seen,

Last stand - Which is a defend objective from x amount of waves of enemies increasing each time by x amount which is super fun with a friend, their is also Infiltration - like hunter mode only with extra cameras and lasers and you are not allowed to be detected but this mode has to be acquired from uplay with the points you get for finishing the game.

I actually got this on both 360 and PC (I'm a fan) played through the story aboot 4 times now gona go do it again. But for me the most fun is to be had with a friend, awesome twist at the end of the co-op story, ya gota play it.
Matarsak 30th April 2010, 12:13 Quote
Draconian DRM cost Ubisoft yet another sale.
WildThing 30th April 2010, 13:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gunsmith
Splinter Cell ended at Chaos Theory.

Does that mean it's still worth trying out? I have only played 1 and 2, and thought they were pretty good.
Gunsmith 30th April 2010, 13:50 Quote
Chaos Theory was brilliant, the co op was especially well done and also cleverly written to cross over the main story arc
tupera 30th April 2010, 21:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gunsmith
Splinter Cell ended at Chaos Theory.

I can second that!
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