We don't have his voice anymore, and he looks like he's discovered the fountain of youth.
But we should still be able to enjoy some of the other classic Fisher staples.
One thing that springs to mind is his sense of humour. It's understandable that we didn't see much (if any) of it during Conviction. He was pissed off and you can even attribute the gameplay change to his rage. It was also lacking in Double Agent, but the news of his daughter's supposed death was still fresh in his mind.
Now that he knows his daughter is healthy and happy, we should start to see a return to roots. He SHOULD be more methodical and stealthy, not just because we hardcore gamers prefer it. But because that's who SAM is.
He isn't a killing machine, and to make him so is a betrayal to everything Sam Fisher has ever stood for. It's a character assassination.
I wrote Zack Cooper, and in it, I said the following...
"...The thing is, this new gamestyle isn't suiting to Sam's personality. He's always been methodical and especially conscientious about taking another life. Remember that moment in one of the Legacy games, where Sam takes the time from his mission to save two crashed pilots? Or how about in Chaos Theory, where he removes the handcuffs from the tortured and dead prisoner that he was supposed to rescue during the Lighthouse mission? And you always had the option of going through all the missions without taking an enemy's life..."
Sam has a respect for life. Racking up a body count like some Sly Stallone carbon-copy just isn't his way.
Yes, he's gone through a lot, personally in the last couple games. Like grieving his daughter and then; just as he may be on the verge of acceptance, Grim throws him back into it.
Killing Lambert must have done a number on him as well.
These kinds of things would shatter a person's soul; but as I mentioned before, his daughter is alive.
He has a chance to find redemption and maybe even some happiness.
So why take that from him?
Hasn't he fought enough?
The general consensus appears to be, "Let Sam take a step back," and "his war is over."
I've read other posts on this forum suggesting that he become a Lambert 2.0 and make room for an entirely new protagonist.
Obviously they want to bring the next generation into the series. That makes sense from a business perspective. They aren't interested in making a game that isn't profitable, and they want to ensure that the series has a future. I get that, and I think the great majority of other hardcore SC fans all understand, once we look at it objectively.
But I really believe that the best way to not only appease the old hands; but also to pave the way for new sequels, is to let Sam either retire or take a mentor role for the new SC agent. It doesn't make sense for the head of a government agency to be in the field anyways.
This also gives an opportunity to justify the new style of gameplay. This new agent is obviously more bloodthirsty and reckless than his predecessor. Perhaps that could be a constant point of contention between Sam and the new guy.
All I'm saying is, we need to take Sam Fisher into account.
Is he the type to bash through a door with an AK and mow everyone down, after calling an airstrike on a technical?
Maybe that's a younger; less experienced Sam, back in his rookie days. But this isn't a prequel, so I find it hard to justify the change.