Third Echelon has struck back again. This time with a theory. Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory continues on the story of the previous two games and attempts to add a darker aspect as well as co-op team play. Released in 2005 this critically acclaimed third-person stealth-based video game follows the adventures of Sam Fisher, yet again. Released for the XBOX, PS2, GameCube, PC, and a few other forgettable consoles.
Sam Fisher is called in to investigate random happenings around the world but he soon stumbles upon deeper dealings. Your first mission is on an island where you have to infiltrate the baddies base quickly and quietly while trying to save a kidnapped victim. Things just soar from here with intense conspiracies and such. Most of the story is delivered though in-game info relays that you get frequently. The story is something you get into fast even though you're tossed through it quickly.
Stealth-action is once again redefined. Your blood pumps and you're exhilarated as you cross a room and down an enemy from behind by cracking his neck. You need to unlock doors using picks, decode locks, climb up walls to stay anonymous, it's all in there. The controls are confusing at first but after the first mission you'll have it. Each weapon can have several modes, using bullets will obviously kill people whereas darts and sticky shockers will stun and K.O. the doofus enemies. That's the thing, sometimes even while you stand in the shadows directly next to them, they are not at all aware that you are there. Some guards will follow stupid things you do such as leaving lights on and bodies in doorways. The game really forces you to focus and play. This gives you your monies worth. Also a co-op mission mode is included expanding the fun. New missions based of levels you played in single-player are used and it serves the game well.
Sam Fisher looks great in this game. Defiantly an early XBOX 360 graphical state, the graphics and animations are great. The character models look real and the engine used for the game does it justice. The environments and effects are pulled off perfectly. The voice acting is great but sometimes cheesy lines are delivered. The games production values must have been high.
The online play is simple. Spies are third-person fighters that use shadows and stealth whereas the Merc's are first-person hunters that shoot on sight. It's your choice who you pick and it changes the gameplay drastically. The replay value is there, just in small amounts. Playing co-op missions with friends keeps you coming back and the single player campaign will draw you back in to play on harder difficulties.
Overall the game is a fun, extremely enjoyable stealth-action game from Ubisoft. You can find it at your local gaming bargain bin and it's worth it. Pick it up and try it out. If you like stealth you'll love this.