History VideoGame / SplinterCell

24th Apr '17 4:22:07 AM Argon2
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** Even more, each [[MeaningfulName Splinter Cell]] (which consists of a handler [Lambert], a tech expert [Grim], an operative [Fisher], and a support specialist [who tends to get killed]) has absolutely no knowledge of any other Splinter Cell operated by Third Echelon. They are completely independent from each other, so that if one Cell gets burned, their knowledge is limited. It's implied several times that Sam's extensive knowledge of Third Echelon itself is also not normal.

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** Even more, each [[MeaningfulName Splinter Cell]] (which consists of a handler [Lambert], a tech expert [Grim], an operative [Fisher], and a support specialist [who tends to get killed]) has absolutely no knowledge of any other Splinter Cell operated by Third Echelon. They are completely independent from each other, other so that if one Cell gets burned, their knowledge is limited. It's implied several times that Sam's extensive knowledge of Third Echelon itself is also not normal.
23rd Apr '17 9:36:26 AM Triglavjim
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* SamusIsAGirl: In ''Conviction'', President Caldwell is mentioned early in the game, without mention of gender. Only when Sam steps into the office, we learn that she is a woman.
22nd Apr '17 4:36:26 AM Saveelich
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* '''''Splinter Cell: Conviction''''' (2010) was to continue with Sam on the run and investigating his daughter's death. A further departure from the original tone and gameplay, ''Conviction'' starts with Sam in Malta, where some leads point him to a thug named Andriy Kobin. Before he can get the answers he needs, he's captured by [[spoiler:Third Echelon]], prompting him to escape and link up with old friend Victor Coste. His search for answers takes him down a path he had thought he would never take, uncovers truths he thought impossible and has him racing to foil a far-reaching conspiracy. Conviction was well-received despite some fan controversy, and was even named Game of the Year by the [[Podcast/MachineCAST Machine AWARDS]].

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* '''''Splinter Cell: Conviction''''' (2010) was to continue with Sam on the run and investigating his daughter's death. A further departure from the original tone and gameplay, ''Conviction'' starts with Sam in Malta, where some leads point him to a thug named Andriy Kobin. Before he can get the answers he needs, he's captured by [[spoiler:Third Echelon]], prompting him to escape and link up with old friend Victor Coste. His search for answers takes him down a path he had thought he would never take, uncovers truths he thought impossible and has him racing to foil a far-reaching conspiracy. Conviction was well-received despite some fan controversy, and was even named Game of the Year by the [[Podcast/MachineCAST Machine AWARDS]].
AWARDS]], although it remains the lowest-selling title in the series.
11th Apr '17 10:08:28 AM Triglavjim
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* YouCantThwartStageOne: In the first mission of ''Pandora Tomorrow'', you walk right past a room with BigBad Sadono, and can easily put a bullet in his head without endangering yourself or any hostages (this all takes place a week ''before'' Sadono implements his "Pandora Tomorrow" scheme to release smallpox bombs if he dies). However, if you do this, you get an instant Game Over for not following orders, as Lambert wanted to leave Sadono alone until more intel could be gathered. It sounds like the plan has already been implemented, though; he mutters the phrase into a phone before the attack from the introduction commences.
** Short-circuiting the entire plot in this manner does reward you with one of the more memorable game-over exchanges:

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* YouCantThwartStageOne: In the first mission of ''Pandora Tomorrow'', you walk right past a room with BigBad Sadono, and can easily put a bullet in his head without endangering yourself or any hostages hostages, even potentially saving one who's about to be gunned down for [[HeKnowsTooMuch knowing too much]] (this all takes place a week ''before'' Sadono implements his "Pandora Tomorrow" scheme to release smallpox bombs if he dies). However, if you do this, you get an instant Game Over for not following orders, as Lambert wanted to leave Sadono alone until more intel could be gathered. It sounds like the plan has already been implemented, though; he mutters the phrase into a phone before the attack from the introduction commences.
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** Short-circuiting the entire plot in this manner does does, however, reward you with one of the more memorable game-over Game Over exchanges:



'''Lambert: ''' It's not that simple! We can't work that way! The mission's over!

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'''Lambert: ''' [[LameExcuse It's not that simple! We can't work that way! The mission's over!over!]]
11th Apr '17 9:44:25 AM Triglavjim
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* YouCantThwartStageOne: In the first mission of ''Pandora Tomorrow'', you walk right past a room with BigBad Sadano, and can easily put a bullet in his head without endangering yourself or any hostages (this all takes place a week ''before'' Sadano implements his "Pandora Tomorrow" scheme to release smallpox bombs if he dies). However, if you do this, you get an instant Game Over for not following orders, as Lambert wanted to leave Sadano alone until more intel could be gathered. It sounds like the plan has already been implemented, though; he mutters the phrase into a phone before the attack from the introduction commences.

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* YouCantThwartStageOne: In the first mission of ''Pandora Tomorrow'', you walk right past a room with BigBad Sadano, Sadono, and can easily put a bullet in his head without endangering yourself or any hostages (this all takes place a week ''before'' Sadano Sadono implements his "Pandora Tomorrow" scheme to release smallpox bombs if he dies). However, if you do this, you get an instant Game Over for not following orders, as Lambert wanted to leave Sadano Sadono alone until more intel could be gathered. It sounds like the plan has already been implemented, though; he mutters the phrase into a phone before the attack from the introduction commences.


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** Similarly, in the train mission of the same game you can easily kill [[TheDragon Norman Soth]] and presumably foil Sadono's smallpox scheme before it begins since Soth was the one responsible for procuring the smallpox bombs and sneaking them into America. However, if you do this you will similarly be met with a "Mission's over, Fisher!" communication from Lambert.
11th Apr '17 9:35:07 AM Triglavjim
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* DamnYouMuscleMemory: The controls for hanging from a pipe were completely inverted between games. Where you once had to press 'crouch' to drop ''down'', or 'jump' to pull your legs ''up'', you now had the choices to "crouch" ''against'' the pipe (i.e. pull your legs up) or jump ''off'' it.

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* DamnYouMuscleMemory: The controls for hanging from a pipe or ledge were completely inverted between games. Where you once had to press 'jump' to jump down, and 'crouch' to drop ''down'', or 'jump' to pull your legs ''up'', you now had the choices to "crouch" ''against'' the against a pipe (i.e. pull your legs up) or jump ''off'' it.up), you later press 'jump' to bring your stance ''up'' and 'crouch' to drop ''down''.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: In the Abattoir level from the first game, one of the enemy soldiers voices his displeasure over his boss deciding to murder captive U.S. soldiers and webcast their killings over the Internet, calling it "barbaric".

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: In the Abattoir level from the first game, one of the enemy soldiers voices his displeasure over his boss deciding to murder captive U.S. soldiers and webcast their killings over the Internet, calling it "barbaric". Some of the mercs in the Kalinatek level also express seeming displeasure with the night's grisly work.



** Bizarrely averted in ''Pandora Tomorrow.'' For whatever reason, ''all'' the voice actors in this game didn't bother to use any kind of accent. Thus, you get the rather hilarious situation where Indonesian militants, Syrian mercenaries, Israeli police officers [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and a French nightwatchman]] actually sound more American than Sam does (which in itself is funny on another level, as Michael Ironside is Canadian). That same game also averts this trope in a different manner in the Jerusalem level, where you can sneak by two Ultraorthodox rabbis who are speaking in Hebrew to each other. Also averted in that same game's final mission, where the terrorists you are hunting are all Americans.

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** Bizarrely averted in ''Pandora Tomorrow.'' For whatever reason, ''all'' almost all the voice actors in this game didn't bother to use any kind of accent. Thus, you get the rather hilarious situation where Indonesian militants, Syrian mercenaries, Israeli police officers [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and a French nightwatchman]] train conductor]] actually sound more American than Sam does (which in itself is funny on another level, as Michael Ironside is Canadian). That same game also averts this trope in a different manner in the Jerusalem level, where you can sneak by two Ultraorthodox rabbis who are speaking in Hebrew to each other. Also averted in that same game's final mission, where the terrorists you are hunting are all Americans.



* MotiveRant: Done by [[spoiler: Shetland]] in ''Chaos Theory'' and [[spoiler: Reed]] in ''Conviction''.

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* MotiveRant: Done by [[spoiler: Shetland]] in ''Chaos Theory'' and [[spoiler: Reed]] in ''Conviction''.Theory''.



* MusicalSpoiler: The games are fairly silent, focusing on ambient background sounds... until the player is spotted, at which point the music starts. The music even reveals how sticky the situation is, because the music varies between different levels of the enemies' awareness of the player. Finally, when the music starts to fade, the player is in the clear.

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* MusicalSpoiler: The games are fairly silent, quiet, focusing on ambient background sounds... music... until the player is spotted, alerts an enemy, at which point the different music starts. The music even reveals how sticky the situation is, because the music varies between different levels of the enemies' awareness of the player. Finally, when the music starts to fade, the player is in the clear.



** In the climax to the next-gen version of ''Double Agent'', where [[spoiler: Sam is ordered to shoot his boss, Irving Lambert, who has been captured by the terrorists. The player has the choice to either go through with it, or shoot the person watching him instead.]] [[CuttingOffTheBranches Canonically]], however, [[spoiler:Sam did shoot Lambert.]]
** In ''Pandora Tomorrow'', during the Jerusalem level, you are ordered out of the blue to kill [[spoiler: an Israeli agent]] assisting you in the mission.
11th Apr '17 5:01:32 AM Triglavjim
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* MotiveRant: Done by [[[spoiler: Reed]] in ''Conviction''.
10th Apr '17 4:39:13 PM REV6Pilot
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** Also from ''Pandora Tomorrow'':
-->''(Elevator stops.)''\\

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** Also from [[MissionControl Lambert]] is prone to bouts of this. Sam [[DeadpanSnarker reacts accordingly]].
--> '''In
''Pandora Tomorrow'':
-->''(Elevator
Tomorrow'':'''
--->''(Elevator
stops.)''\\



'''Fisher:''' Thanks Lambert.
** Again in ''Chaos Theory'':
-->''(Sam has to upload eight forged emails)''\\

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'''Fisher:''' [[SarcasmMode Thanks Lambert.
** Again in
Lambert]].
--> '''In
''Chaos Theory'':
-->''(Sam
Theory'':'''
--->''(Sam
has to upload eight forged emails)''\\



'''Sam''': Thanks. I've always found it hard to count past 3.

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'''Sam''': [[SarcasmMode Thanks. I've always found it hard to count past 3.3]].
10th Apr '17 3:51:55 PM Triglavjim
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** There are also no cameras, alarms or need to hide bodies. Time to see what your [[MoreDakka SC-20K can really do.]]
10th Apr '17 3:51:14 PM Triglavjim
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** Ghost: The GlassCannon, focuses on remaining hidden and non-lethal/indirect assaults. Effectively a swift version of the old approaches.
** Panther: The LightningBruiser, with specialties in [[ConfusionFu flanking and outsmarting]], and lethal attacks. Akin to the aggressive but quiet approaches introduced in ''Chaos Theory'' and ''Double Agent''.
** Assault: The MightyGlacier, which sacrifices stealth for a [[DifficultButAwesome risky-but-powerful]] approaches. Favors the ''Conviction'' fans, but fixes several issues it held.

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** Ghost: The GlassCannon, focuses on remaining hidden and non-lethal/indirect assaults. Effectively a swift version of the old approaches.
** Panther: The LightningBruiser, with specialties in [[ConfusionFu flanking and outsmarting]], and lethal attacks. Akin to the aggressive but quiet approaches introduced in ''Chaos Theory'' and ''Double Agent''.
** Assault: The MightyGlacier, which sacrifices stealth for a [[DifficultButAwesome risky-but-powerful]] approaches. Favors the ''Conviction'' fans, but fixes several issues it held.



* CoolOldGuy: In "Conviction", Sam can hop up from one tiny ledge to another, run up walls and even scale an entire building with his bare hands with minimal effort despite being 50.

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* CoolOldGuy: In "Conviction", Sam can hop up from one tiny ledge to another, run up walls and even scale an entire building with his bare hands with minimal effort despite being 50.54.



** Most of the levels in ''Conviction'' are extremely linear. Sam will stay on the right path because there is only one route at all - other doorways are blocked by [[InsurmountableWaistHighFence cleaning equipment]] or other obstacles, and sneaking past enemies will result in the game forcing you back.

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** Most of the levels in ''Conviction'' are extremely linear. Sam will stay on the right path because there is only one route at all - other doorways are blocked by [[InsurmountableWaistHighFence cleaning equipment]] or other obstacles, and sneaking past enemies will result in the game forcing you back.obstacles.



* OccupiersOutOfOurCountry:
** This was at least in part the motivation for both Kombayn Nikoladze in the first game and Suhadi Sadono in ''Pandora Tomorrow'', both demanding the removal of American forces in and near their home countries.
** Majid Sadiq in ''Blacklist'' takes this UpToEleven by demanding that U.S. forces leave ''all'' foreign countries they are stationed in - all ''153'' countries.

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* OccupiersOutOfOurCountry:
** This was at least in part the motivation for both Kombayn Nikoladze in the first game and Suhadi Sadono in ''Pandora Tomorrow'', both demanding the removal of American forces in and near their home countries.
**
OccupiersOutOfOurCountry: Majid Sadiq in ''Blacklist'' takes this UpToEleven by demanding that U.S. forces leave ''all'' foreign countries they are stationed in - all ''153'' countries.



* OptionalStealth: ''Blacklist'' gives players the option of choosing to complete missions in "Ghost" mode (enemies are avoided and not knocked-out/killed), "Panther" (stealth kills) or "Assault" (combat kills and straight-up gun battles).

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* OptionalStealth: ''Blacklist'' gives players the option of choosing to complete missions in "Ghost" mode (enemies are avoided and not knocked-out/killed), knocked-out rather than killed), "Panther" (stealth kills) or "Assault" (combat kills and straight-up gun battles).



* SirSwearsALot: The Black Arrow mooks in ''Conviction'', '''and how.''' It's almost as if they always have to use the f-bomb or asshole in everything they say.

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* SirSwearsALot: The Black Arrow mooks in ''Conviction'', '''and how.''' It's almost as if they always have to use the f-bomb or asshole "asshole" in everything they say.



* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Victor Coste seems to be essentially a [[spoiler: non-evil]] version of Douglas Shetland. Both are old friends of Sam Fisher who served with him in the US Special Forces, currently run a PMC, and assist Sam during his current assignment. The two even look a lot alike.

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Victor Coste seems to be essentially a [[spoiler: non-evil]] version of Douglas Shetland. Both are old friends of Sam Fisher who served with him in the US Special Forces, currently run a PMC, and assist Sam during his current assignment. The two even look a lot alike.
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