Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent

Game review by
Aaron Lazenby, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Morality key to latest in adult stealth series.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 24 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Missions require you to balance your moral choices -- but you can always decide to go bad.

Violence

You can complete the game with minimal killing, but you can also slit throats and shoot people in the head.

Sex
Language

Occasional salty dialogue.

Consumerism

A few obvious in-game advertisements.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game is the latest entry in a franchise featuring surly NSA agent Sam Fisher. The series is notable for its use of stealth, lethal, and non-lethal attacks -- the players choose how violent their agent will act (the violent extremes are throat-cutting, sniper tactics, and throwing enemies to their death). Another moral aspect is a trust meter, which measures how your actions improve or undermine your relationships with the NSA and the terrorist John Brown's army.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBen L. March 9, 2018

Great Game

This game I great I don't think young children should play it but great for anyone above 12.
Adult Written byMychemicalstinkpants April 4, 2011
Kid, 12 years old August 5, 2014

Awesome.

These parents think that the violence and language is going to affect their kids... WRONG. Tom Clancy's splinter cell games involve alot of strategy and ac... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old February 5, 2014

buyyyyyy it for your kids like it and they love you

im 9 year old and in this game there are two bad words d**n and h**l the violence is not bad just in one time is one man with cutted legs without blood or gore... Continue reading

What's it about?

NSA agent Sam Fisher returns with TOM CLANCY'S SPLINTER CELL: DOUBLE AGENT, another excellent entry into the long-running spy series that perfected the stealth genre. Players control Fisher, a veteran spy for the NSA's counter-terrorism unit. Fisher has a reputation for being able to put a stop to the most nefarious terrorist plots, but is prematurely recalled from a mission when his superiors learn his daughter has been killed. Bereft and self-destructive in the wake of this tragedy, Fisher takes on his most dangerous mission yet -- to infiltrate the ranks of the domestic terror organization called John Brown's Army.

Is it any good?

Fisher's double agent assignment gives this Splinter Cell entry ample opportunity to push the boundaries between upstanding law enforcement and excessive force. During one mission, players must choose between killing innocent bystanders and building trust with the terrorist leadership. Each choice changes the game a little bit -- and colors Fisher's methods as either reserved and upright or aggressive and extreme.

Some of Fisher's workaday tools may raise some parental eyebrows as well. While he uses a full arsenal of non-lethal weapons (tasers, rubber bullets, and choke holds to name a few), Fisher can always resort to throat-cutting, sniper tactics, and throwing enemies to their death. For all of its nuance, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent remains an adult game dealing with big issues.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the impact of including explicit moral choices in gameplay. Do you like contemplating the results of your actions and the way they affect your character? Or is this a distraction from the shoot-'em-up fantasy and catharsis expected from video games? How does reflecting on the moral fiber of a video game protagonist change the way you feel about characters you control in other games?

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