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It was while stuck behind enemy lines, carefully studying the movements of armored guards that I realized just how deeply I'd fallen for Splinter Cell Blacklist. Completing most of the game as an unseen and non-lethal ghost, I left the franchise's protagonist motionless for minutes as I examined the patterns of three aggressive adversaries. This is the Splinter Cell...

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Best of the Rest: Ludwig's picks of 2013

Team Joystiq has concluded its selection of last year's best games. Click here to see the complete assembly of ingenious indies and triple-A triumphs - until next year! The Wonderful 101 The boundless, ALL-CAPS exuberance of The Wonderful 101 may have been misread by its intended audience....

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Best of the Rest: Xav's picks of 2013

Team Joystiq is barging into 2014 with a celebration of last year's best games. Keep reading throughout the week to see our assembly of ingenious indies and triple-A triumphs. Splinter Cell: Blacklist Splinter Cell: Blacklist was my Game of the Year for 2013. It's hard to name another game that...

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Joystiq Streams: Sam Fisher sneaks into 2014 for Splinter Cell: Blacklist co-op [UPDATE: It's over. Relive the stream!]

The Joystiq team is exhausted from the mental strain of composing our Best of the Year 2013 top ten. We need a release, some way to get rid of all this pent up tension, and sweet cooperative stealth play is the only restorative for us. Our very own Xav de Matos and Ludwig Kietzmann will be...

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Steam Holiday Sale day five: Splinter Cell, Borderlands 2, Amnesia

The Steam Holiday sale continues, rotating out a slew of new daily deals. Splinter Cell: Blacklist headlines today's deals and is half-off, down to $30. Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition, which includes the base game and a whole mess of DLC, has been marked down to $15, while Castle...

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Report: Gamestop's Black Friday has exclusive bundles, blue PS3

Gamestop's Black Friday circular has supposedly leaked its thick, viscous deal-goo all over the internet, exposing the retail chain's plans for the most excruciating shopping day of the year – just don't expect any deals on that new PlayStation 4/Xbox One hotness. For everyone staying in...

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Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Rayman Legends among Ubisoft underperformers

A number of Ubisoft's games from this fiscal year are selling less than the publisher targeted, including Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Rayman: Legends. Those were the games name-checked by CFO Alain Martinez when pressed on the company's adjusted forecasts in the wake of delays to Watch Dogs and...

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Weekend deals choose Bioshock, XCOM: Declassified and more [Update]

If you've somehow avoided accumulating a backlog over the year or just enjoy the act of spending money, Steam and Amazon have some weekend gaming deals to help you burn cash. Steam enthusiasts can splurge on the service's 2K Games Weekend, which includes Bioshock Infinite for $13.59 $26.79 and...

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Splinter Cell Blacklist gear now available in Ghost Recon Online

The weapons and gear used by Sam Fisher in Splinter Cell: Blacklist are now available in Ubisoft's Ghost Recon Online. Ubisoft says the cross-over is inspired by the successful Assassin's Creed pack, which launched for the free-to-play shooter in February. The Splinter Cell: Blacklist pack is...

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Splinter Cell Blacklist 'Homeland' DLC emerges from the shadows

Sam Fisher and Fourth Echelon get some new gadgets and missions in Splinter Cell Blacklist today. The Homeland DLC pack, available for $6.99 on PC, Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U, adds a pair of co-op mission maps, two new sneaking suits for Sam, a crossbow with sleeping darts and some skins for...

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Ubisoft and Nvidia form 'alliance' to give PC gamers a visual edge

Watch Dogs, Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag are going to look best on PC, thanks to an "alliance" formed between developer/publisher Ubisoft and graphics card manufacturer Nvidia, the two companies have announced. Tony Key, senior vice president of sales and marketing...

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