Several years in the making, and at least one false start later, a new Splinter Cell is finally upon us. Fittingly, the best part of it sneaks up on you.
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction is a third-person stealth action game offered in four parts: single-player campaign, single-player challenges, two-player cooperative adventure and competitive multiplayer. In the first you are what you would expect from Conviction's marketing campaign. You are series hero Sam Fisher, the impeccably vicious ex-government spy and morose dad of a daughter believed to be dead. (Yes, this game adds to the recent Daddening of Video Games.) The Fisher storyline charges the Sam and the player to do the usual infiltration of bases filled with enemies, but offers the gamer a superb new method of killing-from-the-shadows gameplay.