One of Chicago’s main tourist attractions is the setting of a major terror attack in the latest installment to the popular "Splinter Cell" video game series.
Luckily for the citizens of this faux, digital Chicago, badass undercover operative Sam Fisher is on the case.
Under the cover of night and against an illuminated Chicago skyline -- complete with the pier's trademark Ferris Wheel -- a battle-ready Fisher slinks around the rooftop of the shoreline destination searching for hostages in “Splinter Cell: Blacklist” out for the XBox 360, Playstation 3, Wii U and PC from Ubisoft.
In this sixth game of the series, Fisher must take out a small army of heavily-armed terrorists calling themselves The Engineers who threaten deadly attacks on major cities across the country.
One of their first attacks is the gorgeously-rendered game is on Navy Pier during Christmastime in a grand plan to poison the city’s water supply at the nearby water filtration plant.
It’s an intriguing plot device when you consider that, in reality, the Jardine Water Filtration Plant is located just north of the 3,300-foot pier.
Using his own array of conventional and high-tech weaponry, gamers as Fisher must deftly sneak through Navy Pier's air vents, darkened hallways and crawl up drainage pipes to neutralize the bad guys, all while avoiding detection.
Game designers with Ubisoft Toronto were "inspired" by the real Navy Pier in recreating the venue on a digital level, but didn't use its actual specifications, according to a company spokesman. Indeed, a spokesman for Navy Pier was surprised to hear that it was included in this top-notch spy thriller.
"Is it good?" asked Nick Shields, with Navy Pier.
Mr. Shields, you don't know the half of it.
Splinter Cell is an exciting, engrossing, tense thriller of a game that puts you in control of missions taking down guerrilla fighters, weapons smugglers and terrorist cells across the globe.
New downloadable content scheduled for release (like the new Homeland content pack) will keep stealth lovers scurrying through the dark for the next year.
Replacing longtime series regular voice actor Michael Ironside as Fisher is newcomer Eric Johnson, whose younger, less raspy voice gives a different vibe to the Sam Fisher we’re used to.
While Ironside’s bass may bring a sort of Cold War feeling to the games, Johnson’s more youthful vocals are strong and earnest as the leader of the new "Fourth Echelon."
Buy this game.
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