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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Brutal, lifelike stealth game is for mature audiences only.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 6+

Great game

2010 game graphics so the violence is kept to a minimum. Lots of fun. Stealth based so you don’t NEED to kill everyone.
age 12+


mild blood, guns, swearing, and politics. Adding this rating in preparation for the VR game

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14 ):
Kids say (23 ):

Blacklist manages the unusual feat of taking a well-established franchise in new directions while simultaneously appealing to fans of the series' stealth-based roots. The ability to choose between multiple missions, visit with team mates aboard a plane that acts as a central hub, and deeply customize Sam's appearance and loadouts represent steps forward for Splinter Cell. Also, combat action has never been smoother, more cinematic, or more accessible. This is a game that's nearly as much fun to watch as it is to play.

At the same time, there are plenty of missions and sequences that hearken back to the Splinter Cell of old. These have Sam stalking quietly through the shadows using classic gadgets -- sticky cameras, sleep gas, noisemakers, and the like -- to stealthily knock out or eliminate entire compounds full of enemies. It isn't quite as polished as one might hope -- you'll likely notice a few minor quirks and bugs along the way -- but it's hard to imagine many fans of stealth and action gaming coming away disappointed.

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