Monday, April 29, 2013

New Splinter Cell Blacklist Trailer Reveals Wii U Exclusive Features And Release Date

When it comes to gameplay and features for a lot of multi-platform games, the Wii U has been a bit of a trojan horse in that there is so much more to the system than just HD graphics. I expected to enjoy the system but I am shocked at just how much I find myself using the system and enjoying what the Wii U Gamepad brings to my game experience. A good example of this is Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition which has changed how I look at stealth and action games and has honestly turned me off to the idea of playing this game on PS3 or XB360. I'm not saying those versions of the game are bad, simply that the added depth of control and options on display makes playing with a traditional controller very unappealing for me. It shows that when a company takes advantage of the system, an already excellent game shines all the brighter.

This brings us to Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist which will launch simultaneously on August 20, 2013 for PC, Wii U, PS3 and XB360. Developer/Publisher UbiSoft has been one of the few mainstream third party publishers to really show the Wii U the love it deserves despite a small misstep earlier this year. What's really impressive is the Wii U Gamepad integration revealed in their latest trailer for the game. Like Batman before it, the Gampad, motion control and touch screen will be used to immerse the player in the game acting as a high tech multi-tool controlling everything from marking targets to remote drone control. Many may call this gimmicky but it actually feels very natural and organic adding a layer of depth simply not possible on other systems. That is to say nothing of the Wii U's under advertised killer feature, Off-screen Play, but more on that later. Enjoy!

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