Sam Fisher has been through a lot these past few years. A drastic haircut and change of direction on the development front has seen him go from shambling, dishevelled bum to social networking hipster in the space of one game.
Several years later than planned, Splinter Cell: Conviction is finally here. And, hey, it's pretty damn good. It's not exactly the reinvention we were initially promised - it's still evidently a Splinter Cell game, after all - but there's a palpable sense that its stealth is more deadly, more threatening, and more exciting than of the type seen in earlier games.
It's definitely my recommendation for the week. Will you be picking up anything else?
New releases for the w/c April 12:
DSi XL (DS) What Is It? Bigger, fatter version of Nintendo's DSi handheld. Comes in bronze or burgundy. Should You Care? Nice for those a) with failing eyesight and/or b) who don't value portability in a handheld.
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City (PS3, PC) What Is It? The Lost & Damned and the Ballad of Gay Tony on one PS3 or PC compatible disc. Should You Care? It's GTA IV, if GTA IV knew how to have a bit more fun.
Lock On Modern Air Combat Gold + Flaming Cliffs (PC) What Is It? Terrifyingly hardcore flight sim celebrates fact your PC hardware can now run it properly by releasing new expansion pack. Should You Care? For those who wear aviator goggles to bed.
Machinarium Collectors Edition (PC) What Is It? Apparently this slipped yet again! It's turning into a running joke... Should You Care? Yes!
Prison Break: The Conspiracy (360, PS3, PC) What Is It? Third-person stealth-action out the same week as Sam Fisher's latest outing. Oh dear... Should You Care? Escape From Butcher Bay remains videogaming's finest prison break.
Splinter Cell: Conviction (360) What Is It? Third-person stealth-action with a vast array of gadgets doesn't reinvent Sam Fisher as much as expected yet delivers his finest chapter to date. Should You Care? Get it, unless you really hate stealth - in which case, what the hell's wrong with you?
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition (PC) What Is It? Repackaging of 2009 PC release of semi-decent Force-powered action-adventure, with some bonus content. Should You Care? Only if you never picked up the original.