I've always been a fan of the Splinter Cell series ever since the first game. Essentials however does not give the series any justice. The story mode is pretty odd; random flashbacks of Sam from random and unimportant side characters. The camera control is simply terrible, causing you to come to a complete stop before you can look around. The graphics leave something to be desired and the sound is kind of broken too. Dialogue can be corny and even recycled from previous games. Don't even get me started on the multiplayer! Besides all this, Essentials is worth enough for any die-hard fan of the series to rent.