The game is about the agent Sam Fisher , who for the fictional splinter cell (engl. Splinter Cell) Third Echelon of the American NSA works. This sends him on various missions, often behind enemy lines. The focus of these missions is less on the usual for shooter off of enemies, rather the unnoticed and silent approach is a central element.
Splinter Cell plays in 2004 and plays in Asia, especially in the Caucasus and in China . It deals with the Georgian President Nikoladze , whose plan is to its neighbor Azerbaijan to conquer. Third Echelon, which was involved in the case by the murder of two of their agents in Georgia, sends Fisher to prevent the planned attack.
The game received due to its novel game concept very good reviews. The average review rating of all versions at Metacritic is about 90 out of 100 points.