In the early days of Xbox Live, a few games stood out. Halo 2 was of course the most popular online game of its day, but coming in pretty close to that was the Spies vs. Mercs multiplayer element of Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow. In the days before the PS3/Xbox 360 and Modern Warfare, whispering sweet nothings through the headpiece of an opposing player whilst quietly snapping his neck was one of the greatest gaming joys known to man.
This year a new Splinter Cell is due for release after several years in the wilderness with some fairly average games. Ubisoft is hoping that Splinter Cell: Blacklist will be a return to the glory days of Pandora Tomorrow and Chaos Theory. To that end they are bringing the Spies vs. Mercs multiplayer mode back to the franchise.
For those of you unfamiliar with Spies vs. Mercs, it is one of the most balanced yet asymmetrical gaming experiences this side of the mini-games in Nintendo Land. Either you’re playing as a Spy in third-person perspective, trying to remain undetected and hack terminals while being quick, agile, and deadly in shadows; or you’re the Merc, in first-person perspective, a brute force with unmatched weaponry who’s trying to defend the data from the infiltrators. The twist in the new version of Spies vs. Mercs is that in one gaming session you must play as both sides in order to learn how each one operates.
Splinter Cell: Blacklist will feature two variants of the Spies vs. Mercs multiplayer. The first one will be classic mode, and feature 2 players on each side, playing to set rules. The newer version of the game will be 8 players in total (4 vs. 4), and have a more customizable rule set to enable hosts to determine their own ways of playing.
Do any of you guys have fond memories of playing the original multiplayer mode back in the day? Has the announcement of a return to the original Spies vs. Mercs persuaded any of you to pick up Blacklist when it launches later this year? In the meantime, take a look at the reveal trailer for the mode if you missed it before. For additional details hit up the PlayStation Blog.