We played the singleplayer demo for Splinter Cell: Double Agent the other day but we havenâ€™t had the chance to share our experiences with you yet. Weâ€™re in the car on our way back home now so we thought we might as well kill some type by giving you the lowdown on SC:DA now.
The level that was playable was the one that takes place in Kinshasa. The bright sunny environment was a nice chance from the standard dark offices and buildings the game normally takes place in. Samâ€™s gear wasnâ€™t as high tech as we were used to which made it pretty though to play.
You start out behind a fence where the game immediately gives you three options to choose from; you can either cut through the fence, climb over it or pick the lock. We tried all three of the available options and cutting through it was the easiest and best way. After that we had to go through a few allies and squares and shoot a bunch of terrorists. Nothing special there.
Since your kit is less high tech than normal you donâ€™t get your cool night vision and thermal goggles. Not in this level at least. The only goggle-thing we had were our sunglasses which we could put on and take off. There was no real use in that besides the cool bloom effect we got. The overall graphics are pretty nice but it doesnâ€™t look as good as on the screenshots. The shadows have some anti aliasing issues, the textures are muddy at times and it has some framerate and v-sync issues, like the ones youâ€™re used to in Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter. The character models are quite detailed and Samâ€™s sweat was a neat looking effect. We canâ€™t say it looked bad or anything but we expected a bit more of it.
All in all it was really just another Splinter Cell game with some shaders and lighting effects. The whole Double Agent thing wasnâ€™t played out at all in the demo besides the lack of gadgets. We tried to pick up an AK47 dropped by an enemy but we couldnâ€™t. We can only hope that the full game brings enough stuff to make it feel fresh and new enough, something the demo didnâ€™t do.
Splinter Cell: Double Agent is scheduled for the Gamecube, PC, PS2, Xbox and Xbox 360 in October 2006.