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Retail Roundup: April 12, 2010 on Game and Player

Retail Roundup: April 12, 2010

Michael Ubaldi  //  April 12, 2010

Paging Sam Fisher.


ho's Tom Clancy? It's the return of Sam Fisher that fans of the stealth-action series Splinter Cell have been waiting for. The fifth title, Splinter Cell: Conviction, for the Xbox 360 and PC, sees the secret agent gain a few prescient abilities — from painting targets according to a kill order, to visualizing an enemy's guess on Fisher's location — each of which can be used in single-player and multiplayer. No doubt, the former Third Echelon operative, deep in intrigue that's invisible to the public, could use the help. So: if a pistol is fired by a furtive man on the run from an undocumented division of the National Security Agency, does it need a silencer?

Repeat after me: urban sociopolitical turmoil should be addressed by fixing the proverbial broken window only when bareknuckle vigilantism leaves gang members alive. Robert De Niro's Travis Bickle was technically a hero, wasn't he? Capcom celebrates twenty-one years of the direct approach to crime with Final Fight: Double Impact, a downloadable bundle of the beat-'em-up classic and fantasy side-scroller Magic Sword for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network.

Released as a tabletop game the same year as Final Fight, fantasy universe Warhammer's jocular Blood Bowl comes to the PSP following last year's multiplatform releases. Turn-based dice-rolling determines control of the ball, favor of the refs, and position of — yes, indeed — the smuggled goblin chainsaw. The pigskin's probably wild boar, but hey, the spirit of the game still translates.

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