Another trailer for Action Man: The Video Game… oops I mean Splinter Cell: Blacklist has been released that is more story focused than the wham bam thank you ma’am action tone of what we’ve seen previously. The latest iteration of the Splinter Cell series is still settling in amongst fans of the series who don’t know if they should totally accept this continued emphasis on action or merely walk away from the series for good.
On the heels of Sam Fisher opting for more combat tactics than stealth in Splinter Cell: Conviction, the continued action centric tone found in Blacklist may be predictable but it’s still odd to see more or less. Aside from the impressive visuals and ease between different mechanics (shooting, world navigation), Blacklist has been criticized for once again putting stealth in the background but there’s only so much fans to do in an attempt to rectify such a thing.
Since Splinter Cell: Blacklist is still a ways off from release, it’s currently scheduled for an April 2013 release, Ubisoft is slowly building up the media hype by releasing trailers such as the one we have today. Showing the intense anti-American sentiments found within a new shady terrorist organization, this Blacklist trailer shows Sam at his best and at his worst as he’s on the receiving end of an interrogation session.
Besides showing an equal amount of action, some true narrative substance is interjected as the general plot of the game is laid out. Once again Sam, sans the gruff vocals of Michael Ironside, needs to stick it to those pesky terrorist organizations but this time he has the rare backing of the U.S. President and the Fifth Freedom act which allows Sam to mess people up off the grid but with a sizeable backing to aid him.
It’s tough to figure out what the overall tone of Blacklist’s narrative will be, but it doesn’t look totally dudebro in the trailer. Certain elements may seem familiar as it’s not breaking new ground, but the acting seems decent and I’m sure fans of the TV show 24 will get a kick out of seeing actor Carlo Rota (Morris O‘Brien) play a baddie.
The shoot-em-up nature of Splinter Cell: Blacklist may not go down as smoothly as a fine wine once gamers experience it, but as long as Ubisoft doesn’t pull an Army of Two I’m sure the game will be an adequate action romp - even if it isn’t on the same caliber as Splinter Cell 2.