SimplyXbox writes, "2010’s Splinter Cell: Conviction began with the words “the Sam Fisher you knew is dead.” As far as form was concerned, that was true. Conviction almost ended the modern stealth that Splinter Cell refined following the wake left by the Metal Gear series. While hints of stealth were hidden throughout Conviction, the game clearly catered toward the run-and-gun crowd instead of fans of stealth. Some three years later, Splinter Cell: Blacklist returns to form without losing the good ideas that appeared in Conviction. There are more gadgets, more missions, more characters, and more choices for variety than in previous games."