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Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Chaos theory
Video Game
Genre: Stealth
Series: Splinter Cell
Platform: PlayStation 2, Xbox, PC, GameCube, Nintendo DS, Mobile and N-Gage
Release date: March 23rd, 2005 (NA)
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Ubisoft Annecy
Publisher: Ubisoft
Status: Post-Release

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Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory is the third installment in the Splinter Cell series.


The game takes place in East Asia during the summer of 2007. Tensions are running high between China, South Korea, North Korea, and Japan, due to Japan's formation of an Information Self Defense Force (I-SDF). Considering this to be a violation of Article 9 of the post-World War II Constitution, Chinese and North Korean forces establish a blockade in the Yellow Sea against Japanese shipping. Because Japan is an ally of the United States and Third Echelon, the United States Navy dispatches its most advanced warship, the USS Clarence E. Walsh, to the Yellow Sea with the hope that China and North Korea will back down.

Meanwhile, Sam Fisher is dispatched to locate Bruce Morgenholt, a computer programmer captured by a Peruvian separatist group called "The People's Voice", led by Hugo Lacerda. Morgenholt was working on deciphering the Phillip Masse's weaponized algorithms, who had been assassinated by Fisher (in Splinter Cell). The resulting Masse Kernels are being touted as the superweapon of the 21st century. Sam is tasked with making sure they do not fall into the wrong hands. He arrives too late to prevent Morgenholt's death and is unsuccessful in stopping the release of the Masse Kernels. Sam boards the Maria Narcissa and assassinates Lacerda. Unknown parties use the algorithms to black out Japan and the Eastern Seaboard. Japan has previously suffered similar attacks that crashed its economy, and Admiral Otomo of the I-SDF contacts Third Echelon and warns them that North Korea and China are likely responsible. Meanwhile, following a lead discovered in Panama, Sam travels to New York to investigate Abrahim Zherkhezi, a man who worked with Morgenholt. He finds that Displace International, a private military corporation owned by his old friend Douglas Shetland, is protecting Zherkhezi. He breaks into the Displace offices and learns of Milan Nedich, a Bosnian war criminal. Fisher finds that Nedich secretly relocated Zherkhezi to Hokkaido. Sam travels to Hokkaido and meets with Shetland, who claims that Nedich is clean; Fisher infiltrates the hideout that Zherkezi is being held in, kills Nedich, and witnesses Shetland murdering Zherkezi. Shetland escapes and goes underground.

Meanwhile, the American show of force backfires when the USS Walsh is sunk by a North Korean anti-ship missile on July 4, initiating a war between North Korea and South Korea/United States. Since North Korea claims the missile was launched unintentionally, Sam is sent to the Korean Peninsula, including the South Korean capital city of Seoul, to determine if North Korea is truly responsible for sinking the USS Walsh, or if the Masse Kernels are involved. Sam eventually learns that the entire war has been orchestrated by Displace International. Displace used the Masse Kernels gained from Zherkhezi to hijack North Korea's missile systems and sink the Walsh, in order to draw the U.S. into a war from which Shetland could profit through their status as a leading American PMC. Ultimately, Third Echelon sends him to spy on a meeting between Shetland and Shetland's unknown accomplices, who turn out to be the I-SDF. At the meeting, the I-SDF betray Shetland, and a firefight subsequently breaks out between Shetland's soldiers and I-SDF assault troops. Amidst the chaos, Sam pursues Shetland to the roof, where, after a tense Mexican standoff in which Shetland tests their friendship over the security of the U.S., Sam kills Shetland.

Even after Shetland's death, one loose end remains. Admiral Otomo of the I-SDF has acquired a copy of the Masse Kernels from Shetland, and attempts to return Japan to Imperial rule by blackmailing the Japanese government officials and senior JSDF officers. He threatens to use the algorithms to launch a North Korean missile against a Japanese city. Because North Korea would be supported by China, and Japan would be backed by the U.S, the incident would spark World War III. Although Otomo's loyalist I-SDF soldiers manage to fight off the JGSDF commandos sent to stop him, Sam infiltrates the I-SDF's lowest levels and manages to put an end to Otomo's plans. Otomo attempts to commit suicide, but Sam saves his life and captures him. Otomo stands trial at the United Nations and takes full responsibility for the entire Korean crisis, returning stability to the Far East.

Cooperative StoryEdit

The co-op missions on the game feature two new unnamed Splinter Cell's who believe they are the first. The missions you play are not those that are found in single player, they are more of just smaller levels that provide you with different "obstacles" to complete on split-screen.



  1. Lighthouse
  2. Cargo Ship
  3. Bank
  4. Penthouse
  5. Displace
  6. Hokkaido
  7. Battery
  8. Seoul
  1. Bathhouse
  2. Kokubo Sosho


  1. Team Training
  2. Panama
  3. Seoul
  4. Chemical Bunker
  5. Train Station
  6. Nuclear Power Plant
  7. United Nations Headquarter

Online GameplayEdit

The game is based on two opposing teams of two human players. The SHADOWNET spies must move forward without being spotted, analyze the environment, and fulfill the conditions for victory. The mercenaries` team {ARGUS PMC) must prevent the SHADOWNET spies from making progress by tracking them down, finding them, and eliminating them.

Game ModesEdit

  • Neutralization Mode:

SHADOWNET's goal for this game mode is to find the viral containers (ND133s) and neutralize them while the ARGUS PMC's try to protect the containers and eradicate the intruders. For SHADOWNET to win they must either neutralize all the ND133s or eliminate all the mercenaries and the ARGUS PMC's need to eradicate all the intruders or protect the ND133s within the time limit. To neutralize an ND133, SHADOWNET members must position themselves in front of of it and press the action button. The process takes time, but they are allowed to break off whenever they want and take up again where they left off.

  • Extraction Mode:

The goal for this game mode is for SHADOWNET to find the ND133s, take the tubes from them and return them back to the extraction point while the ARGUS PMC's try to eradicate the threat they constitute and protect the tubes within the time limit. If SHADOWNET takes a tube from the ND133s it can be retrieved by the ARGUS PMC's by eliminating the carrier before they reach the extraction point.

  • Sabotage Mode:

The goal of this game mode is for the SHADOWNET members to find the the ND133s and place a modem near by. The modem slowly neutralizes the ND133s over time while the ARGUS PMC's try to eliminate them and prevent them from placing their modems. If the ARGUS PMC's destroy one of the modems another one can be placed near by and it will resume the countdown where the last left off.


Sam fisher portrait Sam Fisher
Fisher has been on the front lines of espionage through several key decades of world history. He has not only survived, but excelled in the field of espionage through hard work, insatiable curiosity, and brutal honesty. He has little time for polite niceties and even less for lies. He is quiet, instinctive, and observant, somebody who watches from the outside...(Read More))
Irving Lambert Irving lambert portrait
Lambert is in charge of all Third Echelon field operations. Lambert became involved in intelligence as a young man and rose quickly in rank and responsibility. He was in the Persian Gulf for months leading up to Desert Storm, coordinating SIGINT and running double agents...(Read More)
William redding portrait William Redding
Redding attended the University of Chicago where he received a BA in political science with a dual major in history. He then applied for admittance to the United States Marine Corps where he trained as a communications specialist and rose quickly to the rank of captain...(Read More)
Anna Grímsdóttir Anna grimsdottir portrait
"Grim" helps as a civilian computer and signal intelligence technician. Her job is to provide technology and communications support to field operatives. She is calm, confident in her abilities, and capable of tackling the best computer security systems in the world...(Read More)
Toshiro Otomo portrait Toshiro Otomo
Admiral Toshiro Otomo is the commander of the I-SDF, the newly formed information warfare arm of Japan's Self-Defense Forse. Otomo is stoic, determined, and absolutely loyal. He is the Japanese equivalent of Third Echelon's Irving Lambert...(Read More)

Arthur Partridge
Arthur Partridge was the captain of the USS Clarence E. Walsh and one of the Navy's top commanders, on a career track to becoming an admiral. A longtime friend of Fisher's, Partridge was the commanding officer for a short time when Sam was a Navy SEAL...(Read More)
Frances Coen
Coen had been monitoring the activities of a Yakuza organization known as the Red Nishin when Fisher is asked to tap telephone lines in a Japanese bathhouse to aid Coen in this and he replies, "For Frances...of course I can"...(Read More)
Douglas Shetland
Shetland is the president and CEO of D.I., a private military security agency. He has turned his distinguished military career and expert-level training into the solid backbone of a formidable and legitimate mercenary company...(Read More)
Milos Nowak
Milos is the vice president of Displace International. Well dressed and deliberate in his movements and demeanor, Milos is an exceptionally mean drunk...(Read More)

Frank Masson
Frank Mason is the Secretary of Defense under President David Bowers. In response to North Korea and China's blockade of Japan, Mason sent the USS Clarence E. Walsh to the Yellow Sea to reaffirm the US commitments to Japan. Shortly after the Walsh was destroyed by the Koreans...(Read More)
Thomas Standish
Thomas Standish was brought in to the NSA to help Sam Fisher break into the MCAS Banco De Panama, in the mission "Bank". Through his contacts he gets Fisher a Telemetric Lock Pick and helps explain to him how to use it...(Read More)
Abrahim Zherkezhi
Abrahim Zherkezhi has a doctorate in cryptological number theory from Gottingen University, and was an advisor for the United Nations Homeland Protection Acency following the blackouts in 2003...(Read More)
Hugo Lacerda
Intelligence had indicated that he may have formaed his own movement and has been advocating the use of information warfare techniques as the only feasible way for revolution to succeed in the modern world. He is also the leader of The People's Voice...(Read More)
Bruce Morgenholt
Bruce Morgenholt was a one of a kind engineer for the United States of America. He was one of the men who helped design the USS Clarence E. Walsh which is an armed ship for the United States Navy...(Read More)


Single PlayerEdit


Online MultiplayerEdit

SHADOWNET EquipmentEdit

ARGUS PMC EquipmentEdit


Game Critics AwardsEdit

In 2004 "Chaos Theory" had been nominated for Best PC Game at the Game Critics Awards which it ended up winning. They received the Best of E3 award.

Golden Trailer AwardsEdit

In 2005 "Chaos Theory" was nominated for Best Video Game Trailer at the Golden Trailer Awards. They received the Golden Trailer award.

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