Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell - 3DS
Shame on you Ubisoft Montreal...
I read the reviews on this game around several sites and most of them were negative. Actually all of them. I will trust reader reviews over editorial reviews any day and most of them where favorable. Gaming site reviews ranged from the PSP shooter style controls, levels are too dark, no multi-player, no StreetPass and it's a port.Well I can live without multi-player and I've played tons of shooters on the PSP, so I'm used to using face buttons for the camera control. In addition having not played it's console brethren and desperate to play a new game in this current 3DS drought I decided to make the purchase.
I knew this was going to be a sloppy game even before I launched the game. The 3D title screen title that displays when you highlight the cartridge on the homescreen looked bad. Fuzzy and flat text with a simple nightvision goggle that pops out in 3D. No creativity or ambition to make a decent looking title. Everything from the presentation to the graphics is sub-par on Splinter Cell 3D. In the first level I think there were about 3 save points. I hit 3 bugs before reaching the first save point! I threw a body over a cliff and it looked like he hit an inivisible wall, just laying in the air in the center of this cliff. I threw another body down and he made it all the way down. Another area I threw a body beside a crate and he was hanging in midair! In that same spot I threw a second body and he made a splashing sound on a concrete floor!
All in all, the gameplay is alright. The game is not completely broken and it's still fun sneaking around. This is not the worst game I have played. It reminded me of Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions on the Wii. It was a decent game but there where tons of bugs, especially the Noire levels. You get a sense that Ubisoft Montreal quickly slapped this thing together to cash in on the 3DS launch. My reason for purchasing this title is because I grew really bored with SFIV 3D Edition and Ridge Racer 3D. Neither of those games are going to carry me until June 7th when the firmware update is supposed to be released. I've finished all the puzzle panels and just started the Link one. I'm almost finished with Find Mii on the second pass.
Splinter Cell 3D is not worth 40.00, maybe 20 and that's stretching it. I would wait until it hits the bargain bin and by that time a better game like Metal Gear Solid is going to be on the 3DS.
It can be a little frustrating when you are in 3rd person shooter situations occasionally, but considering 3DS doesn't have dual-analog they do a pretty good job with the buttons controlling the camera, which you get used to and is playable. Theres an addictive quality to this classic port, in the challenge of pulling off these stealth missions. Keeps you coming back. To this point there's nothing like this game on the 3DS, and the sound in the game adds a lot. Great stuff.