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Splinter Cell: Blacklist First Impressions And Benchmark

Level 15
Sam Fisher’s back and he’s ready to kick some ass in this sixth installment of the Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell series. The game puts players back in control of Sam with all his abilities and skills at their disposal to eliminate a group of twelve terrorists around the globe that call themselves “The Engineers”.

Taking on terrorists is no easy task and you’ll need major firepower. So don’t forget to arm yourself with one of Asus’s latest GTX graphics card. Are you ready to takedown the Blacklist?

A game for players of all skill levels.

The different difficulty levels will make this game appealing to players of all calibers whether you’re a die-hard Splinter Cell fan or this is your first time playing. Since we’re far from being a Splinter Cell veteran, we decided to roll with the “Normal” difficulty to not make fools of ourselves.

Some Hollywood cinematics to help develop the story.

Like every spectacular military shooter, the player is first greeted with an intense introductory cutscene that puts you right into the story. After watching the short cutscene, he will understand what his main objective is throughout the game.

Stealth class 101.

The first mission serves as a big tutorial to introduce new players to the different buttons and actions. It teaches them about stealth and combat tactics which will surely aid them in becoming the ultimate operative.

And there he stood, deep into the darkness.

After playing for a while, you’ll start noticing that hiding in the dark is your best weapon in Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Learn to blend in it and you’ll become the ultimate “Ghost”. Making everyone disappear in the darkness.

Age is taking its toll but Sam is still as deadly as ever.

Hardcore fans might notice that Sam isn’t getting any younger but he’s still nimble enough to scale high structures, hang over ledges and dangle on ceiling pipes while handing out headshots to enemies.

An operative is only as good as his equipment.

There are many customizations that you can make add and remove to Sam’s gear before you undertake a mission. Each piece of equipment has its own unique modifications that you can make to it. So do not be surprised if you find yourself spending hours to dress Sam up. Nothing beats customizing your gear to suit your playing style.

The shortest distance between two points is a straight line.

Apart from being an expert with weapons, Sam has a plethora of hand-to-hand combat techniques that will prove very useful in situations where stealth is vital to complete a mission, or when you’re low on ammo or when you just want to kick some ass the old fashioned way.

Watching the pink mist rise.

You’ll often go up against a whole town of terrorists and ammo is scarce. So you better make every bullet count. There’s no place for trigger happy soldiers here. You have to learn to manage your ammo the best way that you can while trying to survive.

Defying gravity.

You can take out enemies in a lot of different ways. You can throw them over a ledge, pull them through a window or simply knock them out from above. And they never see it coming.

Going in hot like a John Woo movie.

Sometimes confrontation is inevitable. In such situations, you just have to whip out your SMG and start returning fire. Spray and pray techniques work in cases like these. That is until you run out of ammo.

System Requirements
So, do you have what it takes to run this amazing game? Here’s what you need to be packing inside your rig.

Minimum Requirements
Recommended Requirements
Our Test System
Core 2 Duo E6400 2.13GHz or Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5600+
Core 2 Quad Q6400 2.13GHz or Phenom 9550 Quad-Core
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz
2GB of RAM
4GB of RAM
8GB of RAM
GeForce 8800 GT or Radeon HD 3870
GeForce GTX 260 or Radeon HD 5770 512MB
GeForce GTX 670

Testing Methodology
We used the latest 320.48 Geforce drivers during our benchmark. We were using a monitor resolution of 1920x1080. Frame rates were measured during the play through of the first mission “Safehouse”.

Advanced graphic options.

There are a lot of graphic options in Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Some options will certainly tax your graphics card more than others. Anti-Aliasing will be the deciding factor in the amount of frame rates per seconds that your system achieves. There are a total of 7 different types of Anti-Aliasing. Choosing the right one usually often boils down to personal preference.

During our benchmark we cranked all the eye candy to the maximum and disabled V-Sync to ensure we get the highest quality gameplay.

Higher is better.

The results show that performance wise, FXAA is hardly a performance hit. MSAA and TXAA on the other hand, tax the graphics card a lot more but nonetheless, we were able to maintain an average of 60 FPS. But you should definitely stay away from SSAA because it basically kills your FPS in half.

Level 40
Very nice write up Chino. You planning any more mate?
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Level 11
Great post man I haven't played this game as of yet but i'm definitely going to give it try.
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Level 13
Decent review Chino, Good job mate!
I've been playing the campaign and liking it a lot, It's more like the older Splinter cell again 😄

I've got to spread some love before i can rep you again...

Level 15
Hey Chino, what system spec/GPU did you use to get those results?

Level 40
It's listed under "our test system" ;)....670

The game is quite good...enjoyed it mostly so far....a bit frustrating in places having to redo stuff since you have to pass whole levels as it were before a save....and the faces and lip sync leave a lot to be desired!!...but it's good fun...head shots in sonic eye goggles are as graphic as you could want 😄

SSAA even tried to bring two Titans to their knees...and cranks out some heat !!

Level 9
Í´ve always been a big Splinter Cell fan. Didn´t play Conviction because I had the feeling it was a bit "scripted". Unfortunately this one feels exactly the same 😞

Level 7
I never really like the quick killing mode where players only need to tag enemies and automatically kill them. Kind of losing the art of the game itself.
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Level 40
Finally finished this...not because I wanted to but because I was taught to finish what I started....wish I could just let go sometimes....not bad but not great either....really glad I got this code from a mate of mine....if I'd paid money for it I would not be so...ummm... enthusiastic LOL 🙂