The Splinter Cell: Conviction was released this morning on Xbox Live. It starts with a cutscene, moves into an interrogation, and finally turns you loose to carry out a mission in the field. You'll peek under doors, toss flashbangs into crowded rooms, and stalk solo enemies for quick, quiet hand-to-hand kills that earn you execution tokens. The tagging/execution system was great fun to experiment with, as was the Last Known Position mechanic. Though there were occasional times when it felt like I was getting easy kills because the game was trying to err on the side of making me feel like a badass. The single-player stuff is proficient enough, but mark our words: co-op will be the real star of Splinter Cell: Conviction. For those of you who haven't had a chance to play the demo yet, we've recorded a couple videos for you.
This first video shows the story part of the demo, the highlight of which is pressing B to smash a thug’s face into a urinal while squeezing him for information.
The second video captures the mission portion of the demo, which occurs some unspecified amount of time after the interrogation. Watch for sticky cams, flashbangs, executions and some last-known-position chicanery. And if you can, get ahold of the dang thing and play it for yourself!