Preview: Spies vs. Mercenaries in Splinter Cell Blacklist

By Trevor Osz

Editor-In-Chief for Spiderduck Network

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Splinter Cell Blacklist is bringing back one of my favorite multiplayer experiences of all time. As a young gamer in the early days of Xbox Live it was a one of a kind experience that only enhanced my love of the stealth-action genre. Of course I am talking about the Spies vs. Mercenaries mode that is making a comeback in Blacklist. The first game that introduced it was Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow and at the time there was nothing like it, and for the most part there still isn't. I am very excited, to say the last, to hear that they are bringing this mode back. 

Spies vs. Mercenaries lets you choose a side and both sides have their own unique play styles. If you play as a spy the experience is much like you would find in the campaign where you play from a third-person point of view as you try to sneak around and gather the intelligence that you need to complete your mission. When you play as the Mercenaries, you are in a first-person shooter where you try to use brute strength to overpower the spies and claim victory for you team. In a game of Spies vs. Mercenaries you will get to play both sides as it switches between rounds to keep it a balanced experience. Ubisoft Montreal has put a lot of effort in bringing this game mode back and the original designer of the mode in Pandora Tomorrow, Gunther Galipot, has returned to the series as a Game Director. 

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They have actually separated Spies vs. Mercenaries into two very different ways to play. First you have the 'Classic Mode" which is a callback to the original where it is 2 on 2 and the spies will have to use teamwork to subvert the mercenaries as they have no lethal weaponry while the mercenaries will have their heavy weaponry and various tools to subvert the spies. This should be enough for any fan of Splinter Cell to squeal with glee, but they've done even more! They've added a new mode called 'Blacklist' which will pit 4 spies against 4 mercenaries. In this mode the core gameplay will remain the same, but there will be more customization options thrown in to differentiate the experience including giving spies lethal weaponry. In this mode you will pick a custom loadout for your gadgets, weapons, armor, active skills, and passive skills. This will add a ton of strategy into a mode that is already packed with it. I can't just imagine all the possibilities as you work together with your team to gear up for a mission. 

Splinter Cell Blacklist is set to make it's debut on August 20, 2013 in North America

I am personally excited to Splinter Cell Blacklist and the more I hear about the harder it is to contain my excitement.