operation, through which Fisher stars as the most recent playable operator within the Clancy-verse’s most elite anti-terrorism unit.When you gained’t discover Siege’s newest medium velocity/armour attacker hanging from ceiling pipes or methodically taking pictures out each lightbulb within the constructing, this model of Agent Fisher does maintain true to the spirit of Splinter Cell. Very similar to in his personal video games, Fisher – who nowadays goes by the codename Zero – is all about intelligence gathering. In his solo adventures, he’d use a fibre optic digital camera to look below doorways and scope out enemies within the subsequent room. However for Siege, that capacity has been beefed up: now he can fireplace a spy digital camera via partitions.The ARGUS launcher is a pistol-like gadget loaded with 4 cameras that may be fired over moderately lengthy ranges. Once they strike a floor they anchor in place and supply a green-filtered digital camera feed of the opposite facet of the place it’s deployed. Fireplace it right into a wall and you’ll see what’s within the adjoining room. Fireplace into the ground and you’ll see what’s happening within the area beneath. This works on each tender cowl and bolstered partitions, which means you will get imaginative and prescient inside even essentially the most closely secured defender websites.
Moreover, the digital camera rotates, permitting you imaginative and prescient on each side of the deploy floor. It signifies that, when you’ve scouted forward and eradicated everybody in a room, you possibly can rotate the digital camera again to face the course it was fired from and use it to be careful for an enemy counter assault. (Within the case of Siege’s uncommon indestructible surfaces, the digital camera attaches however can’t bury via to supply imaginative and prescient on each side. This turns the gadget into one thing akin to a Valkyrie Black Eye for attackers.)
As a closing little bonus: the digital camera is armed with a single-use laser beam, which means it’s acquired a smidge of Thatcher in it. Has a Jäger acquired a web site entrance locked down with an ADS? Simply fireplace a digital camera into certainly one of that room’s partitions and shoot it out. Watch out to not fireplace wherever throughout the ADS’s vary, although: an ARGUS digital camera is taken into account a projectile, and so might be caught out by something that’s anti-grenade. They’re additionally susceptible to any of the standard digital counters, so don’t shoot it right into a Bandit trapped wall or by a Mute jammer.
Zero’s whole software package is a nostalgia journey for any Splinter Cell fan. When an ARGUS digital camera anchors in place there’s the whine sound impact, which is certain to elicit a couple of tingles. The launcher itself has the moulded, green-lensed scope you’d anticipate from Third Echelon gear. After which there’s the weapons. For a sidearm, it’s the 5.7 USG, customized fitted with a silencer, identical to Fisher’s all the time used. However the major gun is the star of the present: the SC3000Ok, Fisher’s iconic assault rifle, and a uncommon new weapon for Siege.
It doesn’t fireplace sticky shockers or ring airfoil rounds like its modular predecessor, however this bullpup rifle does really feel nice to fireplace, and could be outfitted with certainly one of 5 completely different sight attachments: the crimson dot, holographic, reflex, and the brand new 1.5x and a couple of.0x scope choices. Sure, no ACOG, however that’s as a result of the ACOG is… gone. Nicely, form of. Siege now has a number of scopes, accessible for each attackers and defenders, that substitute the only ACOG possibility. 2.5x magnification continues to be accessible for some weapons, however now you can slap a 3.0x in your DMRs, or the 1.5x when you want one thing a contact extra zoomed than the usual non-magnifying sights in your SMG.
These scopes are prone to be essentially the most helpful moment-to-moment addition to Siege, however Shadow Legacy additionally comes with what might low-key be the largest shakeup within the recreation’s historical past: the Exhausting Breach Cost utility gadget. Accessible to eight attackers – Montagne, Fuze, Capitao, Ying, Lion, Finka, Nokk, and Amaru – it’s a half-size exhausting breach machine that blows a vault or crouch-sized gap via reinforcements. You solely get one, nevertheless it means a whole group can have sizable exhausting breach capabilities with out bringing alongside a devoted breaching operator. That’s going to be an interesting influence on the meta and should drive tactical innovation each on assault and defence.Shadow Legacy additionally brings with it a sequence of modifications promised at first of the yr. The Map Ban part is on the best way, as is the contextual ping system that means that you can mark parts like traps and devices with distinctive HUD icons. There’s additionally the replay system, which can maintain as much as 12 full match replays. Different tweaks come within the type of Thatcher’s EMP now solely briefly disabling devices somewhat than destroying them, and a brand new accessibility menu that means that you can change crosshair colors to fit your eyesight wants. And, in a notable swap up for defenders, somewhat than having two reinforcements every, the whole group shares ten, which means one participant can put up all ten ought to they so select. It lastly means trappers can spend the whole prep part specializing in their job somewhat than reinforcing.
Oh, and Chalet is that this season’s map rework, with a contemporary lick of paint and reasonably redesigned flooring plan. Not that Chalet ever felt prefer it wanted a significant rework, however hallelujah: the window within the kitchen is now gone. The brand new bane will doubtless be the freshly put in window above the snowmobile storage. Breaching that’s going to be a bit trickier now the defenders have an overwatch sightline.
I feel Shadow Legacy’s most necessary parts are the smallest ones; I foresee the scopes and exhausting breach devices changing into invaluable additions in little or no time in any respect. However that doesn’t tarnish Sam Fisher’s reassignment to Staff Rainbow. He’s not the flashiest operator in latest occasions – the ARGUS is sort of boring in comparison with water breachers and holographic clones – however he offers a talent that’s universally helpful for any attacking group. Whereas the cameras could also be simply shot if detected, full imaginative and prescient of an unexplored room permits for extra exact intelligence than a Lion ping or Dokkaebi Logic Bomb. And in a recreation that thrives on intelligence, he would possibly show simply the addition we want.
He’s additionally positively changing Thatcher as Daddy Rainbow. Simply try that beard and slick haircut. Speak about getting old gracefully.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK Information and Leisure Author.