Everyone has their favorite stealth franchise — for some it’s Metal Gear, others it’s Deus Ex. While I like those games quite a bit, nothing scratches that stealth itch quite like Splinter Cell. Conviction was something of a reboot for the series, taking away certain features like hiding bodies and night vision, but also allowing for a more streamlined and snappier action game. Splinter Cell: Blacklist represents a return to form for fans of the PS2 era games, and a refinement of ideas and mechanics from Conviction.
When it was released back in 2009, the original Batman: Arkham Asylum was a mega surprise hit, and changed the game when it came to licensed game quality. And while some of my other editors might not have it enjoyed as much, I personally thought that it was one of the best games in a year filled with Uncharted 2’s and Borderlands’. Well, now the sequel has been released, and I’m happy to say that developer Rocksteady has changed the game once again. Despite some technical problems, I have found my leading pick for Game of the Year, in a year full of Uncharted 3’s and Skyrim’s.