Metacritic (PC): 92/100
Metacritic (PS): 87/100
Metacritic (Xbox): 94/100
Release: Mar 2005
Reviewed on: PC

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory

Site Score
Good: Plenty of ways to approach each level – Improved AI and graphics
Bad: Script could use refinement
User Score
(6 votes)
Vote for this game


(User scores are recalculated daily)

The third game in the Splinter Cell franchise with Tom Clancy’s name is Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory and is just as stealthy as the other games in the series.


Following Sam Fisher who works as an agent in the covert-ops branch of the NSA known as the Third Echelon. Opting for a much darker atmosphere than other games in the franchise this mature approach was a definite hit amongst fans and newcomers.

Set in 2007 Chaos Theory explores rising tensions between the Asian nations with a blockade in the Yellow Sea in order to stop Japanese ships. As an ally of Japan the US gets pulled into this situation which escalates further and ties in with other global events.

Chaos Theory launched with impressive graphics and stealth mechanics and thus ensures that despite its age they still hold strong today. Most notably were the gameplay improvements around light and audio tracking with gives players the required information to know just how stealthy they are being.

This is particularly important as the AI in Chaos Theory also takes several steps forward in AI design compared to previous games in the franchise. Stealth is your main weapon in Chaos Theory with severe consequences for being spotted by enemies such as wide spread alarms and more alert enemies.

There is some room for my assault orientated gameplay in a small number of missions though with players having the ability to choose a more assault orientated kit that provides additional ammo and destructive items. For players that won’t to go even more stealthy though there is the stealth kit which swings the other way instead.


Regardless of the route you take players will find their trust 5-7 SC Pistol and SC-20k still pivotal to success with the ability to disable electronics, shoot gas grenades, knock out targets, fire sticky shots and more.

Despite its age Chaos Theory is still one of the best that Splinter Cell has to offer.


  • Enjoy Splinter Cell on a wide range of platforms.
  • One of the best that the Splinter Cell franchise has to offer.
  • Focus on stealth or opt for the assault kit in missions.
  • Use your trust 5-7 SC Pistol and SC-20k for extra strategy.
  • Explore a world on the brink of all out war.

Quick Links:


Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, 8.0 out of 10 based on 6 ratings
Reviewed on

1 Comment

  1. Adam
    February 19, 2017

    Splinter cells games are amongst the best stealth games definitely recommended.



Leave a Reply (all comments are approved before posting)