Splinter Cell Conviction has been received fairly well by the critics, at an 86 currently on Metacritic, it will likely be deemed a commercial success. Pre release there was a lot of bad press ( us included ) about the games deviation from the Splinter Cell formula which was slated to contain no multiplayer component like its predecessors. Yes, we're talking about Spies vs. Mercs. While it's definitely missed, Face-Off has taken it's place, sort of.
Face-Off pits two user controlled spies against each other while fending off waves of enemy A.I. and it's an absolute joy to play. We haven't seen many reviewers mentioning this mode in their reviews in much more than a gloss over. But a game mode that seems pretty simple on the surface is actually deep, rich, and engaging to the point that I can see it adding tens of hours if not more of playtime to Splinter Cell Conviction. Don't just take our word for it, watch the video above, and then nod your head in agreement.(more)