Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow Review

Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow Review

Pandora Tomorrow is the second game to the highly adored Splinter Cell. A guerrilla leader threatens the free world with a biological contagion, and it is up to Fisher to track him down. The action soon begins.

The first Splinter Cell game took place entirely indoors, which was kind of annoying and mundane, but which were richly detailed. One of Pandora Tomorrow’s obvious improvements on its predecessor is in how it takes place in more-exotic locales. In Indonesia, you will take out victims and use the foilage to hide their bodies. You will use plant cover for camouflage. On the passenger train level, you will shimmy along the outside to avoid detection and will come ever so close from death right under your feet.

There are only eight missions in total for Pandora Tomorrow, and while the previous versions’ levels felt pretty substantial, most of these a bit ridiculous compared to the first game. You will always be interrupted by invisible barriers and sometimes barely pass some of the guards before a checkpoint, which serves to annoy. From this, it is clear the missions lack a level of cohesiveness in terms of single-player campaign that serves to be good but not great.

The multiplayer action is limited to just four players at a time and the teams can be balanced or unbalanced. There is definitely freedom to choose how to play games. There are also many modes that distinct multiplayer types in the premise In the neutralization mode, Shadownet needs needs to disable some containers, while ARGUS stops that from happening. Extraction mode is similar a la Counter-Strike hostage rescue. Sabotage is similar to neutralization, but Shadownet must dispose of containers via a hacking interface. It takes a while for the modems to finish the job, so ARGUS has an opportunity to destroy them before the countdown is complete, while Shadownet must make sure this is not the case.

It is pretty obvious that Pandora Tomorrow is a great follow-up to the first Splinter Cell that debuted on Xbox. But then there is the fascinatingly complex multiplayer mode, which truly is one of a kind and gives Pandora Tomorrow a great value, minus for bad single-player level designs.




Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Wednesday, June 2nd, 2004
6:21 PM