Sam has some new skills
Sam Fisher. Killer. Agent. Wearer of fetching goggles.
In Blacklist our hero faces his greatest challenge yet when he becomes the leader of the Fourth Echelon and has to go up against a global terrorist organisation intent on doing bad things around the world.
His only weapon in this fight is his wits. And also his knife. And bullets; many, many bullets. He's also got a mobile command centre, shedloads of tactical gear and a headset which allows him to see in the dark.
Ok so Sam's far from helpless but this new trailer shows us that he is at least flexible when it comes to his shadowy mass murder, able to stalk his prey or even not kill them at all. Hit the video to find out all about the Ghost, Panther and Assault approaches.
Let's face it, most of us start out trying to go all panther-like through the level (because knifing people is so much better than knocking them out) until something goes wrong and its time for the ballistics of assault. It's the way these games are meant to be played, barely coming out alive at the end of the level.
One danger of this promo is that it almost makes it look like players have to choose a certain way of completing the levels, whereas we're sure Ubisoft intends it to just show the breadth of possibilites within a single area of the game. And much of the gameplay looks very familar to anyone who has played 2010s Conviction. There's nothing wrong with that, Conviction was a fine game (other than the attempt to shoehorn a V symbol into the title), players just might expect a little innovation after three years.
Splinter Cell: Blacklist will be on PS3, Xbox 360, PC and Wii U from the 20th of August 2013.