Destructoid: Splinter Cell: Conviction Review

Jim Sterling:

Splinter Cell: Conviction is a thoroughly great game, and should definitely be purchased by stealth and action fans alike. Gratifying predatory battles, a unique visual exhibition, and a variety of engrossing game modes makes Conviction an absolutely solid experience that nobody should feel disappointed in. Splinter Cell is most definitely back, and I sincerely hope that this latest installment represents the future of the franchise.

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callahan093138d ago

Oh, Destructoid. How am I supposed to take this review seriously when you assign it to Jim Sterling? Is this game REALLY not as good as Deadly Premonition? I suspect not. But Jim would have us think so.

Chris3993138d ago

10/10 stuff, by his account.

Seriously, console-war allegiances aside, the man is an idiot. He shouldn't be allowed to review games.

Two-Face3138d ago

You guys don't know the greatness of Deadly Premonition. It's a masterpiece.

Chris3993138d ago (Edited 3138d ago )

If Deadly Premontions is a masterpiece, Bulletwitch is the greatest game ever made.

That was sarcasm. And if you're serious, you must be on glue.

deadreckoning6663138d ago

"I came in to Read, I saw *Jim Sterling*, I Cursed & I left."

Yet you took the time to comment

JackBNimble3138d ago

Jim needs to get off his knees and wipe his chin.

Vespertine3138d ago

I can't believe people are still going on about that Deadly Premonition review. It was a JOKE. He even goes on to say this: "Yes, Deadly Premonition is bad. By most standards it's terrible." in the review. It's not meant to be taken seriously. It's all satire really.

HolyOrangeCows3138d ago

"I can't believe people are still going on about that Deadly Premonition review. It was a JOKE"

Just like all of Jim's reviews/articles.

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dgroundwater3138d ago (Edited 3138d ago )

I absolutely have to say that Deadly Premonition had the most overwhelming and interesting story of any game this gen. It's almost as if a Japanese version of Shakespeare wrote it. The amount of character detail going on rivals novels. Frankly the fact that Heavy Rain came out the same day only serves to embarrass it. Actually, there is scenario in Heavy Rain that is directly stolen from DP.

Yes the gameplay and graphics are dated obviously it's a PS2 port. This doesn't change the fact that you are missing out on an extremely memorable game. You will be creeped out and laugh many times, often within minutes of each other!

Francis York Morgan is more entertaining and unique than almost any game character too.

Chris3993138d ago (Edited 3138d ago )

Comparing Deadly Premontions to Shakespeare? A man who is lauded as one of the greatest writers of all time? Really? I'm looking for the "/s" at the end of your statement, but there isn't one, and that's rather sad.

I have the game, and it's fun. Bulletwitch kinda fun (I have almost every achievement for that game). Trashy, Otaku fluff. Deadly Premontions is not some cerebral, insidious, horror masterpiece. It's a poorly made game (likely a PS2 port, as you said) with some interesting ideas. And the biggest draw is it's price. Who cares if the game is less than average when it's $20? It's a shame that 1/2 the crap these days that gets smeared onto DVDs and blu-rays isn't priced the same, as it should be.

That aside, the fact that Jim Sterling had a "joke" review posted on Metacritic calls into question the integrity of the review system. And he wasn't doing it to be political, or to prove a point regarding the issue that I just raised. He did it to be sensationalist. He did it to be a troll. If you can't do your job properly (games journalist, in this case), you shouldn't be doing it at all.

The unfortunate thing is that there is no governing body in the industry for shoddy, megalomaniac journalism. So Jim Sterling and kine continue their verbal diarrhea unabated.

dgroundwater3137d ago (Edited 3137d ago )

I dunno, between the eccentric characters and the rambling dialogue it seems like Shakespeare would have wrote it. That is if he grew up in modern day Japan working in a low budget game studio.

I can't make people like it, but even the mystery surrounding the identity of the killer was enough to keep me going. Not to mention the relationship between York and Emily, which is quite well told and becomes quite dramatic towards the end. How about the trippy as hell conclusion to York as a person? My mind was blown a small bit to say the least.

Agreed on the pricing thing. At least they were honest that they have a shoddy game on their hands. And it has sold fairly well as a result, imagine that!

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The Time Reaper3138d ago

Sorry, but you can't tell me to not be disappointed in a 5 hour campaign.

BeaArthur3138d ago

Depends on your point of view. The co-op is awesome and I could easily sink hours on top of hours into it. Even the campaign may be worth a second play through. Games like Bad Company 2 and Modern Warfare have short campaigns but excellent online gameplay which easily makes it worth the money.

NMC20073138d ago

Splinter Cell Chaos Theory could be beaten at or less than 3 and a half hours, nobody had a problem with that.

Two-Face3138d ago

and Metal Gear Solid 4 can be beaten in under 2 hours.

BeaArthur3138d ago

Two-Face...that's a good point, if you take out the MGS4 cut scenes it's only like a 7 to 8 hour game. If you speed play it you can do it in under 5.

The Time Reaper3138d ago (Edited 3138d ago )

Allow me to qualify my statement.

I can be disappointed in the length, but that doesn't mean its a bad game (or in this case a bad campaign). I'm just saying it's disappointing that campaigns are quickly being shoved aside for meaningless online deathmatch modes. Coop/splitscreen though? Real glad to see that making a return. I'm not arguing the value of the package, rather the length of the SP.

Also, with all due respect... saying "X game did it too" doesn't really validate the situation IMHO. Yes, MGS CAN be beaten in two hours... but a general first run of MGS4 is easily 15 - 20 hours. When a game's campaign (I love SP/Coop) lasts around 5 - 6 hours FIRST run without rushing, that worries me as a bad trend. What is IN those hours is what matters most of course, but it's still scary to see resources wasted on MP in games like Bioshock 2 at the expense of amazing SP.

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Obama3138d ago

If you speed play SCC you can probably finish it in an hour. What's your point?

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cobraagent3138d ago

Don't take this review seriously. The game doesn't know how to review games properly

-Mezzo-3138d ago

I came in to Read, I saw *Jim Sterling*, I Cursed & I left.

BeaArthur3138d ago

Has anyone considered that his review of Deadly Premonition was meant to be facetious. From what I understand it's one of those "so bad it's good" situations.

The Wood3138d ago

but it was taken as a real review by meta....just another reason why meta is flawed

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