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January 14, 2004
Splinter Cell Chaos Theory - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
24/3/2005UbisoftUbisoft Montreal1, 2 $99.95

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Splinter Cell is yet another title in Ubisoft's catalogue which has really cemented itself as a premiere title on all major platforms (PS2, XBox, PC and Gamecube). At a time when stealth games were becoming the fashion Ubisoft entered the market with the first Splinter Cell and created a storm. Great controls, excellent use of light and shadow and wonderful gameplay combined to make it among the best games of 2003. In 2004 the company released Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow a fitting sequel which retained the same formula but took the game that little bit further, including online gameplay. This third game is yet another advancement for the series, and comes only 9 months after the previous game.

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Impressive shadow effects.
The storyling for Splinter Cell Chaos Theory is as follows; The year is 2007. Japan's creation of an Information Self Defense Force is deemed a violation of international law and of their own Constitution and ignites rising tensions between Japan, China and North Korea. Facing North Korean and Chinese blockades of shipping across the Korea Strait, Japan requests US assistance in accordance with American obligations under Article 9 of the Japanese Post War Constitution.

Mounting evidence gathered by the I-SDF indicates that the devastation of the Japanese economy on the now infamous ‘Black Gold Day’ may have been caused by intentional Information Warfare attacks. As nations begin to mobilize and the United States activates the USS Clarence E Walsh, the world’s premiere Electronic and Information Warfare platform and dispatches her to the region, Third Echelon gets wind of a small and seemingly unrelated incident that may end up having global repercussions…

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He ain't gonna be in Splinter Cell 4!
As with previous games the core element of this game is stealth, althogh the developers are giving you a little more freedom in the way you complete missions. Taking out enemies can be performed stealth-ily, or by going in all guns blazing. The game includes a wide range of weapons from knives, to grenades, pistols, to machine guns. Some of the weapons are also experimental such as the Land Warrior System.

Multi-player also makes a return to the series. Gamers will be able to participate in a split-screen co-op mode, not only on the single console, but also online where two players can complete the missions together. The Spies v. Mercenaries mode will also be making a welcome return with new maps, gadgets, humiliations and more.

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Sneaking up behind an enemy.
Thanks to new effects like geotexturing, reflections, refractions and a host of water effects, Splinter Cell Chaos Theory looks like becoming one of the best looking games on PS2 ever. The screens scattered around this preview come from two levels in the game - the Hokkaido and Cargoship and all demonstrate the wonderful lighting and shadows throughout the entire game. Not to be outdone the texturing in the levels also looks set to impress in a big way. The cinematics are being worked on by Andy Davis, director of movies such as The Fugitive, Under Seige and Collateral Damage. Once again Michael Ironside is returning to voice Sam Fisher.

Sam Fisher fans don't have long to wait with a late March release now scheduled for Australia.