I'm not going to lie and say that I've been a fan of the series for a long time. But when I get into a series I always go back and get caught up. In prep for Conviction I went and bought every single previous Splinter Cell game and beat them all. It has become one of my favorite series since then. Conviction came out and I loved it. Have had tons of fun playing it.
Decided to pop in and see how the so-called hardcore fans of the Splinter Cell series were liking Conviction, which is one of my favorite games.
Turns out that it is like many other big forums for a game series. Tons of negativity. I see it everywhere.
I love Mass Effect 2, the reviewers love Mass Effect 2, many people I know love Mass Effect 2. The Mass Effect 2 forums on Bioware's Community site very much dislikes a ton about Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 1 is clearly superior to them.
Lots of GTA fans on the big GTA forum thought San Andreas was clearly superior to GTA IV.
Seen lots of Metal Gear Solid fans on their forums unhappy about how Rising looks. All that has been shown off is the cutting mechanic and immediately judgments are made. Heck, plenty of them even hated MGS4.
I can already tell people here made a judgment about this game even before it came out.
A game series like this cannot consistently remain in this niche realm forever. It will wither and die. Even Michael Ironside was getting tired of it. I know I would have never even given the series a look until Conviction's gameplay caught my eye. You've got to change things up and try to inspire more interest in the product.
I see people here who seem like they would rather the series die than change. Conviction is a great game and it deserves support despite what some people here might say.
Ubisoft should and probably has ignored most of the nonsense on here, because how can you take someone saying "this killed the series for me" seriously?
It is like trying to take those people who said they'd boycott Left 4 Dead 2 seriously when you can see on their gamertag that they bought it and are playing it a lot.
I'm not saying that their aren't legitimate criticisms from people. I am just saying that this type of negativity is unproductive and ridiculous.