Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow - PC

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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow (PC)
Also for: PS2, Xbox, GameCube
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Strategy: Stealth
Media: DVD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal Soft. Co.: Ubisoft
Publishers: Ubisoft (GB)
Released: 2 Apr 2004 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 12+
Accessories: Control Pad


Hot on the heels of its Xbox debut, Pandora Tomorrow is now available for PC, bringing all the stealth-em-up action of Ubisoft's Splinter Cell sequel to the more serious (and somewhat more affluent) games player. As you would expect, the game picks up where its predecessor left off, offering a series of brand new missions for the sleek Sam Fisher, introducing a number of new gameplay features, and also bringing us the much-hoped-for multiplayer element. Huzzah!

The game is set in the year 2006 - US troops have become controversially embroiled in a conflict between East Timor and a band of government-supported Indonesian guerrillas. Guerrilla Militia leader Suhadi Sadono has made himself nearly invulnerable, having planted scattered smallpox carriers around the world, to be released if he dies. When Suhadi's men attack and occupy the US Embassy in Jakarta, taking dozens of civilian and military personnel hostage, the super-sneaky Sam is called in to put an end to the situation.

The game continues in similar fashion to the original, with you taking on the role of Sam Fisher and stealthily taking on a wide range of top-secret missions, amidst an international assortment of shadowy environments. Along with a number of improved visual effects, the game also introduces a range of new moves and gadgets, giving our Sam an even more diverse array of cool manoeuvres and abilities. As such, you can now jump up from split jumps, hang upside down, shooting from pipes, and perform special forces-style SWAT turns, which, according to the manual, make you almost invisible.

Obviously, the bit everyone has been talking about since the game was first announced is the multiplayer side of things. Definitely lacking from the original Splinter Cell, this new feature now allows you to hook up to a LAN or the Internet and partake in an assortment of team-based games. The action is two-on-two, featuring the default Shadownet Team versus the ARGUS Corporation, and offers a range of different modes, including the likes of Neutralisation, Extraction and Sabotage.

If you played through the original Splinter Cell, you'll have no doubt been left longing for more missions once you'd completed it. Well this is what you've been waiting for - and it doesn't disappoint.