Splinter Cell Conviction by Tom Clancy takes a special kind of person to play. this review is for the Xbox 360 version of the game. The game is also available in other platforms; which might not be accurately reflected in this review. This game is a third person shooter that places you in the shoes of a highly trained assassin. With this premise, the possibilities for a story are very robust. The game places you in various situations. This keeps the game interesting; to a point. There is only so much that a change in scenario can improve the overall feeling of the game. This game is not for those who like constant action.
There are certain missions that require the player to have an extreme amount of patience. If the player rushes the situation, it makes it impossible to continue the mission. There are also several modes of difficulty; for those who wish to enjoy the story line and want to just go through the game without repeating the mission over and over. The realistic mode of the game is quite difficult and actually requires the player to take their time and analyze the situation. For those who do enjoy sitting back and analyzing the situation, this game will be excellent. It has constant puzzle-like scenarios that make it a challenge. It is best to play it in the harder modes in order to get the most out of the game.
The controls do seem to lag that can make game play difficult. This is particularly annoying when the game requires precise shooting. The game’s graphics are very well developed, but it’s a good idea to remember that this game is part of the Xbox 360/ Playstation 3 generation; which cannot be compared to the games being developed now. Overall, the game is a good game; but not excellent. It can help pass the time. The game has an auto-save feature that needs to be improved. Some missions are extremely difficult and the auto-save feature only saves after the mission has been complete. This can cause the player to be in a loop that can be frustrating. This can be mitigated by placing the game in a less difficult setting. It all depends on who is playing and what type of game play it is preferred.
Should you spend your money on this game? Sure, the game is part of the previous gaming generation, which means that the game is now much cheaper than its original $50 release price. Some places have it for extremely low prices. The resale value on the other hand is not very good. If you’re going to purchase the game and expect to sell, don’t expect much more than a couple of dollars. It is a good game to get a feel for the series and use that experience to decide whether to purchase newer versions of it.