In less than two months, one of the year's most anticipated games is due to hit NZ stores. Following in the stealthy footsteps of the incredible Splinter Cell Chaos Theory comes the much awaited 2006 sequel, Splinter Cell Double Agent.
Take Sam Fisher on the ride of his life, experiencing missions as one of the bad guys and watching as the line between good and evil fades and blurs. True to the title, Double Agent will throw you headfirst into a volatile storyline, and let you choose your own way through. With a totally branching storyline and spy tactics based on accounts of real undercover agents, Double Agent will force you to decide between opposing NSA and terrorist objectives. Gone are the days of linear missions and morally clear-cut goals - the choices you make will totally affect the gameplay, leading up to a number of drastically different endings. If you take down too many terrorists, you risk blowing your cover. Hesitate a second too long though, and thousands of innocent lives will be put at risk.
With incredible next generation graphics on the cards, the settings in Double Agent may just tip the balance between a good game and an amazing game. Luckily, the mission environments are much more than a generic jungle or urban setting. This time around you may be forced to conduct your missions underwater amidst churning ice floes, in a blinding sandstorm or in the dank crevices of a US penitentiary. The scariest new setting though? Daylight. Step out of the shadows and find out if you’ve really got what it takes, because not all of your assignments will have the luxury of darkness. It’s enough to make even the stealthiest of operatives quake in their padded boots.
Splinter Cell Double Agent will undoubtedly be one of the best gameplay experiences of 2006. Splinter Cell fans will need no encouragement to get their hands on a copy but for anyone still sitting on the fence - this game may just change your life.
Will you have what it takes to face life as a double agent?
The Good: Featuring an incredible new style of gameplay which will flip the series on its head.
The Bad: A risky new gameplay gamble – fingers crossed it will pay off.
The Ugly: Sam’s latest prison ‘do leaves a lot to be desired.