Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction

Not content on being the first console to sell ten million units in record time, while Sony botched the PS3 debut and Nintendo’s shaky-wavy low-def remote box can't be found anywhere, Microsoft aren’t resting on their laurels. And bagging Ubisoft’s leading man exclusively on Xbox 360 is another punch to the solar plexus of the competition. To say that Microsoft was pleased with the coup… well that’s an understatement. And when they said Conviction ’s 360 exclusivity is “a testament to the ability of 360 to deliver a complete experience no other console can match,” it was a smug, verbal flip of the bird to their rivals.

Understandably, they didn’t focus on the big wedge of cash they’ve no doubt splashed out, especially if they’re to prevent different Splinter Cells emerging from Ubisoft’s hit factory on different platforms. One thing is for sure though, the only pics that have surfaced of Sammy F’s next adventure focus on making, er, Sammy F’s second Xbox 360 outing perfectly attuned to the console. Any other Cell games will be poor, pale imitations.