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Everyone's second-guessing Sam in Splinter Cell: Blacklist | Joystiq

Joystiq: "In Splinter Cell: Blacklist, series frontman Sam Fisher finds himself in a new position as leader of Fourth Echelon, a black ops outfit assembled by the President of the United States. Fourth Echelon was formed to hunt down The Engineers, a group of terrorists promising to attack American interests every seven days until all US troops are pulled out of foreign countries."

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Dr Pepper1176d ago

Why is he leading a government black ops force as an agent in the field? It would be like Lambert being the field operative in the original trilogy. Just one of the many aspects I can't help but question in terms of developer choices.

Allsystemgamer1176d ago

Should have made a new agent as the lead character due to lack of ironside/fact that fisher is head of 4E.

theWB271176d ago

Cause it's a videogame and certain liberties can be taken to make us feel a little more bada$$. Is it all that different than the route Agent Hunt has taken in the Mission Impossible movies?

Dr Pepper1176d ago (Edited 1176d ago )

"Cause it's a videogame and certain liberties can be taken to make us feel a little more bada$$. Is it all that different than the route Agent Hunt has taken in the Mission Impossible movies?"

The franchise used to be above such things like "we must include anything and everything that makes it super duper badass". It doesn't make sense in the world Splinter Cell established. At all. Comparing it to Mission Impossible movies where there have been motorcycle fights... holy hell. Just shows where Maxime Beland has taken this series.

theWB271176d ago

It established a world back on the first Xbox. That's a loong time ago. 2002. How many times could we have a game where all that happened was: we get introduced to a bad organization and third echelon sends Sam out on a mission? That's alot of games to keep that same formula. Game and mechanic wise, they're taking the game back to its stealth roots which is the best thing we could ask for.

Dr Pepper1176d ago (Edited 1176d ago )

"How many times could we have a game where all that happened was: we get introduced to a bad organization and third echelon sends Sam out on a mission?"

Have someone send Sam on missions, make him retire, or put him behind a desk and direct other people. What we have now is something absurd. And it wasn't a lot of games at all, it was 3 over the life span of the Xbox, ending in 2005 (with the Shanghai studio making one of those three).

Do you honestly prefer the direction the series has taken with Double Agent, Conviction and now Blacklist?

theWB271176d ago

I actually dig the stories. The going rogue aspect. But I'll hold judgment on this 4th echelon story until I play through it. I do appreciate it going back to its stealth roots.

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