VentureBeat: "Fans and critics didn’t take the absence kindly. So when Ubisoft Montreal went to work on Splinter Cell: Blacklist (due August 20 on PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U), they made a point to include not one, but two versions of Spies vs. Mercs.
It essentially boils down Coke Classic versus New Coke. The differences will almost certainly polarize gamers into diehard either/or camps, and that’s a shame, because both have their vicious charms. Even more impressive, both games play identically on the exact same maps, and yet feel entirely different."