Xbox Backwards Compatibility has shown a strong start to 2018 with a number of top titles being made available to play on Xbox One, but whilst this week doesn’t bring quite as many new arrivals as the past few weeks, there is still one addition for us to get stuck into once more… and it’s one that’s sure to prove a popular addition.

Play – Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction

If you’ve not heard of the Splinter Cell series, then chances are you’re either not big on stealth, you’re not big on gaming, or you’re too young to have enjoyed one of the greatest stealth series’ ever created. If you were someone who was enjoying gaming back in the Xbox 360 era however, there’s pretty much next to no chance you don’t know who Sam Fisher is.

Whilst many may look to the classic and world-renowned James Bond movies for their action thrills and spills, in gaming, things were very different. Sam Fisher was the name to remember, Splinter Cell was the series you’d find him in and the experience was just as explosive.

Since the arrival of the Xbox One however, the Splinter Cell series has disappeared until now. But should you really be returning to a game that arrived all the way back in 2010? Well, yes of course you should, and here’s why.

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction isn’t just your usual run of the mill action game. It took what was already great within the beloved Splinter Cell series and expanded things ten-fold to create the ultimate Splinter Cell experience. In this adventure Sam Fisher wasn’t your usual younger, graduated super-agent that stuck to the shadows; the series had moved on, and we were left to control the adventures of a rugged agent who wasn’t taking any messing around. With the ability to blend in to the environment, interacting with local objects such as chairs and tables and utilising hand-to-hand combat against your enemies, we were now seeing a man who’d given up on hiding in the shadows and was instead in it to get the job done – no matter the bloodshed, no matter the cost. Boy, was it enjoyable no longer hiding from every enemy.

Of course, this was still a stealth game in a sense, and running around guns blazing was never a good move. Thankfully there was appropriate weaponry to handle the sensitive situations, but Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction was the first game to properly give us the same heroic feeling we imagined when watching those classic James Bond movies. It had action, it had explosions, it had stealth and it had the classic no-nonsense protagonist.

So, why should you revisit it now?

Well because it’s aged superbly. From visuals to gameplay and the fantastic story that goes along with it, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction is a game that is well suited to the Xbox One. Whilst it may not have been given any of the lovely enhancements such as games like Assassins Creed, Gears of War 3 or Halo 3, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction is still a damn impressive game, and anyone looking for a fantastic adventure with Sam Fisher once more would be wise to head back to his latest story.

So, there we have it, our thoughts on the latest Xbox Backwards Compatible adventure. Do you agree? Will you be jumping back to the role of Sam Fisher on Xbox One? Let us know in the comments below or via our usual social channels.

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  1. Maybe this is primer for an announcement of a new Splinter Cell game during Ubisoft’s E3 2018 press conference?!!!

    • That would make quite the announcement! And given the relative quietness this series has had in recent years it’s plausible too, let’s hope we hear it 🙂

      • This year, I think Ubisoft will be announcing either a new Prince of Persia or new Splinter Cell at E3. Certainly it’s possible they could announce both…as one year they announced two AAA games – For Honor & Ghost Recon: Wildlands…..however that’s a case of one new IP and one established franchise. I bet Ubisoft would prefer to have one of these (Splinter Cell or Prince of Persia) to announce as another returning franchise for E3 2019.

        I do hope the next Splinter Cell stays linear though. The Uncharted 4/The Lost Legacy approach of “wide linear” would be perfect.

        • Couldn’t agree more with the linear side of things. A Splinter Cell game with the Uncharted 4 approach would certainly be fantastic!

          As for Prince of Persia, I’d be happy with another entry in that series although i’d quite like to see something a little more matured from that franchise.

          • With Splinter Cell I would like to have more of an option to go with stealth or bombastic action….plus I want a great story with great character portrayal.

            With Prince of Persia….they need to take a look at what Sony is doing with 2018’s God of War. That kind of a reboot/sequel that goes in a significantly more storytelling different….heck, I even want it to have the typical camera angle from Uncharted 4 and the new God of War!

  2. Now let’s have double agent and splinter cell blacklist and ghost recon future soldier and fight night champion and I bought an Xbox one X and it’s not 1080p it’s 1680p just waiting to get 4k HDR tv


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