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Splinter Cell: Blacklist and The Fifth Freedom

by Ron Duwell | September 26, 2012September 26, 2012 4:30 pm PDT

Freedom of speech and expression, Freedom of worship, Freedom from want, Freedom from fear. Franklin Delano Roosevelt claimed famously in his “Four Freedom’s” speech that these were the fundamental rights all humans should be born with and expect in a free and prosperous world.

Apparently, he forgot to mention one. The fifth and final freedom, to do whatever it takes to protect the other four,  has been bestowed on only a few people throughout America’s history, and Sam Fisher is one of them. Back for another round of covert killing in Splinter Cell Blacklist, Sam Fisher has been granted the freedom to protect American laws by breaking them, safeguard secrets by stealing them and saving lives by taking them as he tracks down a terrorist group responsible for the murders of over 100 people in Guam.

Between what looks like a murdered ambassador sprawled across the presidential seal and “Death to America” spray painted on the walls, the images from this new trailer should ring true to most Americans keeping up with current world events. Ubisoft seems to be tapping a lot of this conflicting imagery to entice American audiences because between a modern super soldier taking down terrorists and a robed colonialist decapitating redcoats, I don’t know what boils my patriotic blood more. Pandering much?

Splinter Cell: Blacklist will follow in the foopsteps of Splinter Cell Conviction and improve upon the “Mark and Execute” mechanic introduced to mixed reception. Newcomers like me enjoyed it well enough, but fans of the older games detested it, hoping for a more stealthy approach with shadows and sound actually making a difference in gameplay.

Either way, Sam Fisher is now operating in broad daylight and firing noisy guns like they’re going out of style. I think he’s found a new comfort zone for murder with all these new freedoms the lady president has given him, and a man as limber as himself doesn’t need to worry about remaining hidden anymore.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist will be available in Spring 2013 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

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Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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