Splinter Cell: Conviction
Sam Fisher comes to iPhone in this promising mobile adventure.
It was only a few short years ago that Gameloft started bringing Ubisoft's Splinter Cell franchise to mobile phones, and while the games were impressive, they were limited 2-D affairs that were a far cry from their console counterparts. While a huge divide still exists between Xbox 360 and cell phone, Apple's iPhone is powerful enough to support gripping 3-D adventures like the upcoming Splinter Cell: Conviction. Although this pint-sized version of the highly-anticipated shooter doesn't come close to looking as good, Gameloft managed to create a polished and fun action romp that compliments its big brother.
You play as series hero Sam Fisher, a battle hardened warrior hoping to avenge his daughter's death. His journey will take him to a series of different locations, including Malta, Washington D.C. and Iraq. As the story unfolds, he'll (more like you'll) uncover a much larger conspiracy, one that'll involve plenty of death-defying maneuvers to overcome.
Fortunately, Fisher has a handful of devastating attacks and weapons, including pistols and machine guns. Or, if you prefer the stealth route, you can sneak up behind guys and take them out silently/use them as human shields. In addition, he possesses a grenades and a useful sticky camera that reveals enemy locations.
What's cool about this game is how much Gameloft stayed true to the Xbox 360 version, and this goes far beyond the 3-D graphics. Not only does it follow the exact same story, but it also features a neat tag and kill system that lets you target and slaughter multiple bad guys (one after the other), as well as a stylish presentation that displays objectives on walls, instead of forcing you to pause the action.
There's also a useful cover system, as well as the ability to shoot certain lights to help Sam hide in the shadows. From there, he can climb poles to reach higher ground, silently slip into buildings, hack computers and read email to discover clues.
All of this works using an on-screen analog stick and various icons that instruct Sam to fire his weapon or perform a stealth kill/silent takedown. Gameloft's always done excellent work when it comes to utilizing the iPhone's touch screen, and once again, Splinter Cell: Conviction is no exception. You'll find the game very easy to control.
It also looks incredible for an iPhone game. Jagged edges notwithstanding, all of the characters and environments were constructed using polygons and you'll have a blast running through the mostly abandoned streets in Irag gunning down terrorists, or sneaking around a dock picking off evildoers one by one.
Now we just need the final version, which should release in late March/early April. Splinter Cell: Conviction packs a lot of content into a small package, and should be a great way to get your action fix on the go.