3. no hide and seek - you can finish game in "berserker mode",I didn't find it that way... I'm not done with it, and I'm having to 'thin the herd' in the criminal's hideout just to have a chance.
If I didn't know Splinter Cell at all I would quite like it because it is good game. BUT I have played once again all previous parts and this is why I got upset. Hide and seek was a brand name for SC and this was giving special kind of challenge to me. Conviction broke it when I had discovered that whole game can be rushed easily. I don't consider myself as hardcore gamer but this was no challenge at all.
The other thing is Ubisoft's DRM: I bought SC pre-ordered and when I started to play it kept bothering me about unstable connection every few seconds
. This is what is pissing me off every time: I spent money on game which just simply does not work*. There was a patch, obviously, after few days but this is still something wrong.
I knew before buying that this will be not the same game as before but I did not expect it will be different that much. I was hoping for easy mode (no problem rushing) and classic mode (for gamers like me) but it was too much for Ubi. I knew it was also made for consoles but there is Batman (for comparison) which has pretty good h&s scheme. I did not think they can't make it similar way.
I know that things change and I can do nothing about but I don't want to know that. Maybe I am childish but I want to be naive, I want some games to be the same for years because this is what made me to like them.
4. bogus mark & execute.I actually quite liked that mechanic. What didn't you like about it?
It is too easy to get points for it. I did half of my 1st play-through with m&e easily. If they did it harder to gain it would be more satisfying.
Despite of all the complaints I gave, I can recommend this game to people who do not know SC at all. It may be very enjoyable and has dozen of good things. But still I think it may be big disappointment for the rest. From n00bz point of view I can score it 8/10, from fan's - 6/10. You'd better play latest Batman or Mini Ninjas
*) Some issue I have with Fallout:New Vegas right now. Was expensive, I bought it and can't even play without CTD.