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Splinter Cell Blacklist is a stealth combat game, much like Metal Gear Solid. At first it reminded me of both Metal Gear and Syphon Filter, which were amazing games for the time, but let's talk about this game. A lot of games nowadays require great graphics and not talking about DirectX11 features which are really cool. This game apparently got DirectX11 features and it is stunning.
The gameplay is all about staying hidden, thus making you win the game. Unfortunately, there are sequences where you have to use the force and kill your enemies. You pack your character with new gears and equipment, like weapons, armor and much more. The nightvision does its job pretty well while you hide in the darkness and if you have reach a point in game, you can look at enemies behind walls by pressing x. The controls were very intuitive, nothing to be afraid of and same thing goes for staying hidden or making a confusion for the enemies to lure them into your own trap.
When it comes to graphics, this is the best you can get. From lightning to textures, to 3D models, everything was perfect. No need to worry for a high end card too, since DirectX11 is known to be a bit faster than its predecessors. The game played perfectly on my machine with a 6770HD AMD Radeon with a resolution of 1920x1080. Apart from this, the game had some special effects which are known to be unseen in real life, such as lightning and some flares. You could use the googles and see through the heat of people so you know where they are, making it clearly visible and very realistic for a game.
The stealth assassinations of the people were awesome, you could just knock out a lot of people without getting cought, or you might end up dead if you don't use your skills well. After you kill some enemies, you have the possibility to kill other marked enemies automatically, which makes the missions easier. There are some missions though that you have to kill every single enemy, meanwhile there are others which can be passed without killing any. The game can also be played in coop modes in multiplayer, making it very interesting for those who love coop games.
Without a doupt, this game seemed to use the same engine as Assassin's Creed which is well known to be very compatible with PCs and fantastic optimization. All controls worked fluently, every enemy recognized you when you were in their view range, every bullet counted and you had all the game under your total control. The game seemed to be repetitive, but only when there is a very long mission where you have to kill enemies dozens of times. After completing a mission, you earn money from your hard work, which means that you can invest your money on equipment. I personally like snipers, so my choice was that and there are many different other choices. If you like to be stealthy, you could just buy equipment for your body, foot and others so that you had a higher stealth skill. If you liked combat, you could raise your armor in order to be more protected next time you go and burst to the enemy.
The idea seems unique and quite a good find. Even though I have played other Splinter Cells games, this one is the cherry of the cake. Every mission was very different, every place, move and other stuff which made the game very intuitive. You could go and hide into places after being cought by their shots, leaving a trace behind which shows you where the enemies think you are. There are also dogs in the game, which need to be killed as fast as possible, otherwise they will find you and come to eat you!
Overall the game is clearly one of the best games I have played this year and with high chance it will be the best for PC, unless GTA V for PC comes out. I would definitively recommend this game and make no mistake, this game stands out from the gaming crowd. Every move you make, will leave its own joy of playing and when you use your sniper, try to find some secret areas so that enemies won't reach you. Expect for them to throw you some bombs which can instantly kill you if you don't go aways fast enough. See you next time!
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