A Splinter Cell: Blacklist gameplay trailer confirmed the new Xbox 360 game at the Microsoft E3 2012 press conference where, after the demo, there was no denying it: even the Kinect disbelievers will be shouting from the rooftops about this one. That's right, Sam Fisher is back and you'll be calling all the shots. Ubisoft's Alex Parizeau and Maxime Beland made an appearance to announce where all the explosive action will be taking place. This time around, the setting is on the Iran-Iraq border, with Fisher working for Fourth Echelon, tasked with finding the leader of a terrorist group of rogue nations in an attempt to prevent imminent attacks on US soil. This group is known as the Blacklist. Our first glimpse of Splinter Cell: Blacklist shows the lead character concealed behind a scarf wrapped around his head. As soon as we see Fishers "Mark & Execute" feature calling card there's no doubt who's hidden under the disguise.
The gameplay on show featured Fisher stampeding his way through an enemy camp, disposing of everyone in his path. The house went up in cheers as the protagonist performing deadly takedowns in slo-mo, combining Max Payne-esque shoot-outs with the brute force of the Batman. This cracking new feature was dubbed as ?killing in motion.? Alex and Maxime went on to say ?once you've mastered Sam's abilities you can move smoothly through the environment while taking out targets quickly and fluidly."
Although Michael Ironside no longer provides lip service for Fisher, voice features were quite the show stopping feature as they were warmly applauded by the audience. We got to see two examples of this in action. The first of these saw Fisher dangling off the side of a wall with an enemy patrolling above. In the demo a ?Hey you? shout attracted the enemy's attention before he was abruptly taken care of once within arm's reach. The other voice feature is the possibility of calling in mobile assistance such as air strikes. These features were the only real Kinect features worthy of praise as the others needed ?Ushering?? or ?catapulting? out of the auditorium, without mentioning any names of course.
In the section of gameplay we saw, Fisher had received orders to extract the terrorist leader alive and kicking but the only thing the terrorist was kicking was the bucket. It would appear that Fisher will be opting for the Jack Bauer, rogue agent approach.
If all of this wasn't enough, we were informed that Splinter Cell: Blacklist will feature single-player, co-op play and the fan favourite Spy vs. Merc mode, made popular in Pandora tomorrow. The game will be released for the Xbox 360 in the spring of 2013, and this time round PS3 and PC will get their fair share of the action. ?Do you think you can stop the Blacklist??
Here is the Splinter Cell: Blacklist gameplay trailer demoing Kinect voice commands.