Xbox Game of the Year: Splinter Cell

GameSpy has announced their Xbox Game of the Year for 2002, and it is none other than Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell.

Games which concretely capture the experience of stealth -- claustrophobic and threatening at one moment, exhilarating the next -- seize the senses of gamers like none other. A game that can combine all of this with seamless gameplay and an engaging plot is a marvel. Metal Gear Solid 2 failed gamers in the latter respect, with a nonsense brew involving a gay vampire -- as everyone knows, the army has a strict "don't ask, don't tell" policy about vampires, so it was hardly believable -- and a whiny hero that drove most to distraction. Avoiding those pitfalls nimbly, Ubi Soft couples intricate gameplay with the unparalleled gritty realism of their Tom Clancy license for a stealth adventure par excellence.

Hard-nosed operative Sam Fisher is a member of the (fictional) "Third Echelon," an elite group of the most highly-trained and capable secret agents in the world. The U.S. government sends him off to infiltrate a terrorist organization operating out of the former Soviet Union and put a stop to a threat that could quite possibly lead to a full-on global conflagration. That's right -- the stakes in this game aren't high, or anything -- just World War III.

News source: GameSpy

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