Splinter Cell: Conviction Last Stand Mode Hands-On

We face off against endless waves of terrorists and learn a thing or two about stealth in Conviction's new multiplayer mode.

While we've already seen what the first 20 minutes of Sam Fisher's latest adventure has to offer, publisher Ubisoft has kept many of the new multiplayer modes away from our grubby little mitts. One such mode is Last Stand, which is Conviction's take on the endless-wave gameplay featured in Gears of War 2's Horde mode and Halo: ODST's Firefight mode. We spent some time with the new mode to see if it shares the same addictive quality as its forebears.

Your job in Last Stand is to protect an electromagnetic pulse bomb from disgruntled terrorists that are hell-bent on destroying it. The EMP has a health bar that decreases each time it is shot; if you manage to stave off the attackers, the health bar is replenished slightly and another wave of enemies appears to try to take it out. A running counter lets you see how many terrorists are left in each wave so you can plan your attacks accordingly. There is also a short respite from the action between waves, allowing you to stock up on ammunition and gather weapons from fallen enemies. Waves get progressively harder, so you'll not only have to fend terrorists off in increasing numbers, but also deal with new strategies and weapon types. Like other modes in the game, you can choose your weapon and armor loadout before you jump into a match. These fall into five categories: pistol, alternate, primary gadget, secondary gadget, and uniform. Each item has ratings, such as power or protection level, which you can compare before choosing. Depending on your play style, you may want to stick to silenced weapons for stealth or load up on noisier but more powerful guns if you like to go in all guns blazing. There are large number of items to choose from, though we weren't able to see everything because they weren't all are unlocked at the start of the game. However, Ubisoft did kit us out with an ideal loadout that consisted of an MP-446 pistol, KSS-74U rifle, frag grenades, and stealth armor.

We sampled one map called St. Petersburg Banya, which took place in what looked like an old hotel lobby. There was a central circular atrium, with four corridors leading away from it. In the centre of the room was a large chandelier, underneath which sat the EMP we were trying to protect. The room quickly filled with terrorists as the round kicked off, and we set about dispatching them before the EMP took too much damage. The terrorists were quite clever, flanking us and using height to get the advantage. They also strategically used grenades to flush us out from the shadows and into their line of fire. We went in all guns blazing on our first try, which ultimately resulted in us being killed rather quickly. We were told that the Last Stand mode is the most difficult in the game and is intended to be the one that seasoned players can go to for a challenge. Our second run-through was much better, and we used cover to conceal ourselves from enemies. At times, we found the EMP was taking too much damage and were advised to jump out of cover just long enough to distract the enemies, as well as move the shooting away from the device. As we progressed through the waves, it became more difficult to stay alive. We had to use a portable EMP to stagger the terrorists, and by switching to sonar goggles, we could pick them off one by one before they regained their balance. As a last resort, we shot down the chandelier in the centre of the room, allowing us to take out a group of enemies in one fell swoop, though this could--obviously--only be used once.

Sam Fisher knows the best way to fight through a sales crowd.

Conviction is a good-looking game, and the slick interface ensures that you're never taken out of the action. Information, such as your score at the end of each Last Stand round and how long it took you to complete it, is projected onto walls. In-play colours also shift to black and white to indicate you're in stealth. Though Conviction clearly borrows from other games for the Last Stand mode, the addition of stealth, equipment loadouts, and a central defense point add a layer of strategy to the experience that is currently unrivalled. Splinter Cell: Conviction is set for release on the Xbox 360 and PC on April 13. Keep reading GameSpot for a full review soon.

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Discussion

56 comments
ICECOLD122
ICECOLD122

im more interested in the co op rather then the campaign

racistgummybear
racistgummybear

This game looks amazing!!! finally a good stealth game with split screen co-op!

cracktoad
cracktoad

Can't wait to get my hands on this game. I absolutely loved the demo.

drknessfeeds
drknessfeeds

Game looks better and better as it comes closer to launch.

FortWorthRaised
FortWorthRaised

You know what would make this game better? Amon Tobin doing the soundtrack again!

Anzac2
Anzac2

the game-play of this game is so frequent and the enemies are so stupid

True_Chaos_UK
True_Chaos_UK

Looking very good indeed and loving they took the time to implement split screen when its so easy for it to be left out now a days.

xpowerboss
xpowerboss

Great video and spectacular multiplaying

domz_dream
domz_dream

Cool Can't wait. I've always been a Splinter Cell fan.

blackhammer77
blackhammer77

I've bought every single splinter cell to date - damn they were good (and hard!). I don't know whats prompted ubisoft to go nuts with drm - ea did it for crysis and they made a tool to deactivate it because so many people were complaining (rightfully complaining I might add). Fuzeone below me is right - they're punishing us when we buy their game. I bought assassin's creed 1 - but I'm sure as hell not going to buy 2 (even though I was looking forward to it for months). And now conviction. It looks to be one of the best splinter cell (hell, one of the best of all time) and if they have that sort of drm.... enough said.

Fuzeone
Fuzeone

I know this article is about the game, so I'm going off on a tangent here, but I feel it's neccesary to get the words out there! Just to itterate on my last point: the stupid thing is the bloody DRM will do nothing!! I will still quite easily aquire a perfectly working cracked, and importantly, DRM free copy of the game in no time!! It's crazy! And I swear, I will not touch illegal copies otherwise! I will always, always go and buy my games, provided I'm getting a game without any other ''anti-copy'' software or drm that just causes grief to my PC and it's software. I, like so many others, love computer games!! I don't blink an eye at spending a bit of cash for a good game, and for a great game like this especially! But DRM's do the exact opposite that they are meant to! They genuinely do scare away honest consumers like me (and many others I know) and just force our hand at supporting the very illegal industry they're (very badly and stupidly) trying to stop. And, while this is an arguable point, the DRM's don't even come remotely close to hindering game hackers, so what's the point? Except to maybe push more people to support hacked games. Please keep on giving us great games! But please, please stop punishing those who actually buy the games!

Fuzeone
Fuzeone

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Fuzeone
Fuzeone

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Fuzeone
Fuzeone

I'll run out and buy this right away if it DOES NOT have any drm!! I'd like to think Ubisoft would pick up on the fact that it's scaring away honest consumers...but unfortunately it probably won't. So while I'm more than happy to spend my money on games - if they have DRM I'll rather do the illegal thing and get a cracked copy. But as for the actual game - looks tops!

PenthiusX
PenthiusX

another series of reasons to makeme buy this game....and yea only if ubi drops the DRM crap

d34nh46i
d34nh46i

it's an awesome game i love all splinter cell series,i think this one will be the best

UN4G1V3NX
UN4G1V3NX

@everyone Found some interesting information on the Splinter Cell Series. Some of the SC games have been released to Xbox first for a short while only to be released a few month later to other consoles (and handhelds in some cases). Now this is just my guess, but... being that some of those games were released on other consoles a few month later, i believe it might be released on the PS3 sometime in late Summer or early Fall... depending on the games success on 360 and PC. That's just my guess.

KamikazeDonut
KamikazeDonut

Awesome I'am playing DA now to prep myself up for this.

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

As long as Ubisoft require their new drm on the pc then I'll pass.

pidow
pidow

Pre-ordered, waiting to play.

benjahut
benjahut

@ Gelugon_baat: I'm sorry to say this, but it's going to be applied to Conviction. My source is several gaming sites.

Anel4
Anel4

Deeeeeaaaaaammmmn ths is D game man this it D game.....

wikkiwild1
wikkiwild1

I got stuck early in DA and was not able to get passed that section. I had an invisible wall. lol. I look forward to Conviction.

shakensparco
shakensparco

This game is looking exciting! I can't wait! Double Agent and Chaos Theory were both disappointments, but this looks very promising!

BDK-Soft
BDK-Soft

I still hate the B/W color changing thing. Also it's going to be riddled with DRM. Pass and then pass!

MarcRecon
MarcRecon

I'm feeling alot of love for my 360 at the moment!!! lol

kkevguy47k
kkevguy47k

Is there splitscreen for the PC version like l4d2?

Onetwoindo
Onetwoindo

much improvement from double agent... the movement is very smooth....cant wait.

thesilentkiller
thesilentkiller

My all time absolute favorite game. I am really anticipating the release.

DJslinky
DJslinky

this is gonna b sweetttttt

BradHummr
BradHummr

Alright, Gears 2 Horde was great, hopefully this is similarly fun as I've got people to play with. :D

Jim60360
Jim60360

the awesome games just keep rolling in, im gonna have to buy another dvd rack for my games at this rate!!

Gamesmasterx
Gamesmasterx

Good to see there is some kind of 'solo multiplayer' I miss games like that.

TheVGamer
TheVGamer

Damn you PS3 fans! You have MGS 4,uncharted 2,heavy rain and it still isn't enough,ha?! Shut up and play your exclusives!

darkmask1991
darkmask1991

Lets just hope the "online" portion stays in the multiplayer...

Angre_Leperkan
Angre_Leperkan

@Fumanchu2 and @F3l1p3 You guys have been missing out ;) These games are great. The best ones are probably Chaos Theory n Double Agent, but I've liked all of them so far.Can't wait for this one, gonna pre-order this game fersuresies.

F3l1P3
F3l1P3

@ Fumanchu2 I'm agree with you, never played SC before D: so i hope i's easy to understand :P It looks so great >.

Fumanchu2
Fumanchu2

Game looks cool, I'm just not sure how easy it will be to understand since I've never played any of the other SS games. I just bought the original one off of Steam so I think I'll start there.

fox3796
fox3796

Every time I read about this game, I get goose-bumps. I can't wait.

QOSMSTR
QOSMSTR

@readmatt007 yeah i am too! Now all we have to do is get the union up and running again...

readmatt007
readmatt007

This games going to be awesome cant wait to get my hands on it. In a way im happy all these delays happened