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I can see why this game started a whole series. The story was a bit weak in general, but at least it let us see Sam's personality as well. Often times games like that completely skip on the actual main characters. Atmosphere is great, and despite the fairly linear nature of the missions there's plenty of freedom in how each one can be accomplished. I had to refer to a walkthrough guide a few times and noticed that in most cases I did things completely differently. Best thing I can say about it though, is that for a game that came out almost 8 years ago, it holds up extremely well. The stealth action is done extremely well and can stand toe to toe with the best of them - like for example Batman: Arkham Asylum.
Game Traits applied to Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell (PC) by white-rabbit