Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction Updated Hands-On

Ubisoft let us loose on a new level from Sam Fisher's upcoming adventure that features new guns, gadgets, and interrogation techniques.

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While Splinter Cell: Conviction is looking fantastic, all we've seen of the game so far is an impressive Electronic Entertainment Expo demo. There are still plenty of questions about whether the game can maintain that momentum throughout the course of its story, as well as how the narrative will actually come together. Well, some of those questions got answered in a recent play of a new level of the game, which is the same build that's being shown at this year's Tokyo Game Show.

Our level took place about three-quarters of the way through the game and was called EMP Staging Grounds. After being brought back to Washington, D.C. by government agency Third Echelon, Sam is investigating a bomb plot outside the city. Producer Alex Parizeau explained that this dual storyline will run alongside Sam's hunt to find his daughter's killer, with both feeding into a bigger overall conspiracy.

EMP Staging Grounds opened with Sam on a quiet road outside an industrial plant. As he approached the gates, the mission objectives were projected on the wall of the building: Interrogate Black Arrow Officer. Black Arrow is the terrorist group in control of the site. You start the level with three "mark and execute" points, allowing you to tap the right bumper to highlight three targets before pressing the Y button to automatically kill them with your pistol. With five targets patrolling the yard, we took one hostage by holding the X button and immediately executed the other three. We tapped X again to snap our hostage's neck, leaving us with just the officer to sneak up on and interrogate.

If you've seen the E3 demo, you'll remember the brutal interrogation scene in the men's bathroom. The one in this demo, however, turned up the brutality even higher. Sam roughly pinched his assailant's throat this time around, asking him for information about what Black Arrow was doing at the plant. The assailant resisted the interrogation, so we threw him up against a nearby car. He then fell to the ground before Sam kicked his face into the bumper. As he continued to resist interrogation, we kicked him in the groin and broke his nose with a headbutt. He finally gave in and drew a knife, but Sam automatically dodged the attack, grabbed the knife, and stabbed him through the hand, pinning him down as he screamed in agony.

It turns out that the group has kidnapped a scientist, who is helping the group with some sort of weapon technology. We headed inside to find out more, and thankfully, this time, we were equipped with more gadgets than in the E3 demo. Sam's trademark visor made a return, but it received an upgrade for its Conviction showing. When engaged, a pulse of light was sent rippling through the environment and enemies were highlighted as glowing white bodies. Sam also had a fancy new sticky camera, which could be thrown into a room so we could view it, make a noise, or even detonate it--all remotely.

Sadly, the Tokyo Game Show demo was very short, with only a few rooms of enemies to clear before it ended. However, it allowed us a great chance to try out some of Sam's other tech, such as the flash grenades, as well as the mark and execute moves, which are rewarded for taking out enemies using stealth. We also got to see a slightly tweaked visual interface over the E3 build. Now, mark and execute points are displayed as arrows onscreen rather than dots. Other than that, this was a confident and remarkably polished showing for the game, and one that's maintaining our high level of excitement for the release of the game on the PC and Xbox 360 in February 2010. Ubisoft promises that we'll get to see the multiplayer game "very soon," and we'll be using our newly found interrogation skills to bring you more on that just as soon as we can.

Discussion

133 comments
-Dark_Palladin-
-Dark_Palladin-

Splinter Cell has always been a good series. A good stealth system, along with plenty of new features (including a co-op) is going to be something to behold in this sequel. Two more months left for SCC (from the time of this post). I'm gonna get it for PC and mod the life out of it. :)

Tinolas
Tinolas

I will non-stop playing this game!!! I can't wait for this one !!! It will be a real BLAST !!! I've see co-op gameplay, awesome !!! \m/

garcia_jx
garcia_jx

I wished it had come out this month so I could have played it all this month when my semester ends.

stebbinsd
stebbinsd

So where's the conviction? Who's the one who's "convicted." What did this guy do to get "convicted?" Please, PM me the answer, because I won't see it on this comment section.

SGZiming
SGZiming

It's good to hear that it's gonna be a dynamic stealth. The previous SC games limited your action abilities and focused more on stealth. Conviction is gonna be awesome.

SGZiming
SGZiming

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thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@spiders666, Conviction is being made by the same team that brought us the original SC and Chaos Theory (the best 2) and not Pandora Tomorrow & Double Agent, so chances are that it will be rather good.

gedbyz
gedbyz

omg cant wait, gonna be awesome

willy2142
willy2142

This game looks awesome, is the most anticipated game for me. Appart, the "new" they showed aren't new at all. The sticky camera with esplosives and the EMP grenade are from Double Agent. The only thing that change is the way that you throw it (in the camera, not the granade). Greetings.

PlayerBG
PlayerBG

Definately getting this on my 360 :) !

moehamster
moehamster

Sam Fisher owns your face!!! WOOT!!!!!!!!

tat2pap
tat2pap

yes yes yes , sam fisher is back , this will be a rocker.

lindallison
lindallison

This crap looks awful, great a too young fisher who climbs around so fast his animations can't keep up while queuing up called shots in his built in cheat mode. And actually ghetto blasting with his pistol. To top it off his objectives are displayed like some sort of fever dream and projected all over his environment, yeah that's not more obtrusive than a HUD.

flUx_
flUx_

I hope they don't make Sam Fisher into a James Bond. Looks fun as hell, though.

spiders666
spiders666

YES ohh my god looks so awesome, im just hoping the multiplayer wont be epic fail as in 360s double agent, if its like choas theory's my life will be complete, if not hoping project stealth ever launches, the single player will be epic nonetheless

lawfrye
lawfrye

Looking VERY good, its been a long wait for this game but sometimes...just somethimes, good things come to those who wait!

HellsKing
HellsKing

@TheCyberKnight Technically, Batman came way before Sam Fisher. Think about it, Batman invented older males mentally unbalanced creeping around at night in costumes. So, without Batman...there would be no Sam Fisher...yes...I know...that WAS deep...(back to main topic) Yeah, Sam...can't wait. woot.

TheCyberKnight
TheCyberKnight

DO WANT ...and Batman: AA was made in Splinter Cell's image, not vice-versa. Even the developers of the new Batman game admit that.

derby_9
derby_9

This Game is Crazyyyyy!!

Duke_51
Duke_51

If it's anything like Batman I'll get it. 'Nuff said.

lukeja
lukeja

can deffinately see similarities to batman AA. the big diffence being you get guns!

Fearless07
Fearless07

SOOOO AWESOME I CANT SLEEP AT NIGHT!

sivasiva
sivasiva

This game is gona be awesome. Its definitely worth the wait.

Voltage800
Voltage800

Hopefully the multiplayer is as good as Chaos Theory's.

TamerEmad
TamerEmad

This is an example of how cobat should be. Awesome.

CSI24
CSI24

Conviction's looking and sounding better every time they show something. I can't wait to get this game!!!!!

joksterz78
joksterz78

greatest thing since sliced bread... no joke.

maskbos
maskbos

Definitely gonna get this game!

Chronikas
Chronikas

This is the first splinter cell game I've ever been excited about. I've tried to get into them before but just couldn't. Might be a bit late to pickup the story in the series, but oh well...suppose I could just wiki the story up until now.

Vasot
Vasot

OMG !! This game completely pwns Metal Gear solid !! Ubisoft has done an amazing work balancing action with stealth.- ------------------------- MY BUY LIST 1.Mass Effect 2 2.Alan Wake 2.Assasins Creed 2 3.Dragon Age Origins 4.Splinter Cell : Conviction 5.Diablo 3 (maybe starcraft 2 too) 6.DOW 2 Chaos rising

docwoo
docwoo

Definitely gonna get this game!

Sabzak
Sabzak

1.Modern Warfare 2 2.Assasins Creed 2 3.Splinter Cell : Conviction 4.Alpha protocol

jk80
jk80

that guy and this game: class acts

zaz0o0o
zaz0o0o

kick ass game can't wait

WTFitsPauL
WTFitsPauL

Gameplay is Good Story is Lame (atleast he aint emo no more) Graphics is Ancient (Good For the x360) :P Will Get the PC Version, 8xAA + 1920x1200

Amz1217
Amz1217

awesome....... definitely looking into that more

dcboy36
dcboy36

Oh man this game looks very sweet, i thought they said there were going to be no goggles because sam threw them out of a helicopter. But oh well, it dont matter, the game is going to be awesome im going to buy this for sure

YoungDab
YoungDab

This game is going to be sick,but notttt for my console tho lol.I still dont even know if it has a multiplayer,nomore 2vs2 or whateva that was for the splinter cells before.The maps were incredibly huge and you never found your enemy untill you felt bored.

Mike0193
Mike0193

Wow it just sounds and looks so awesome!

Xylum
Xylum

my thoughts: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!

Shorezy
Shorezy

niiiice, drop down shots to head - badass

ascalon94
ascalon94

It been pushed back 4 months, it better be worth it. This has a chance for game of the year, can't wait for release

unknownman25
unknownman25

Looks great, can't wait to pick this one up.

Oblivionfan10
Oblivionfan10

Was it just me, or were the graphics not that impressive