- Estimated achievement difficulty: 5/10
- Offline: 38 (720)
- Online: 9 (280)
- Approximate time: 30+ Hours Depending on Skill
- Minimum Number of Playthroughs Needed: 1 Minimum - Mission Select
- Number of missable achievement: None
- Glitched achievements: None
- Does difficulty affect achievements: Yes
- Extra equipment needed: None
- Online pass required: No
Fisher is back, and he’s looking better than ever! Splinter Cell Blacklist marks the sixth installment of the third person stealth game in which we control the green-goggled NSA operative around the world as he tracks down the baddies known as The Engineers and puts an end to their global terrorist attacks. Blacklist offers three separate modes right from the get-go: Single Player Campaign, Co-Op, and Spies V. Mercs Multiplayer. You can tackle this game in whichever manner you’d like, but in order to earn the full 1000, you’ll definitely need to experiment in all three modes. Completing the campaign on three different difficulties, satisfying all four sets of Co-Op missions, and winning a match in the five new Multiplayer game types are just the base of what the achievement list asks you to do. Silently creep past all your enemies in the campaign, grab a buddy for some online Co-Op, and complete some weekly challenges over Xbox Live while leveling up in Multiplayer and you will begin to feel like a true 4th Echelon operative. It’ll take around 25 hours to complete the game’s achievements, but every minute will surely be worth it. Sam Fisher guarantees it!
Campaign – Normal
You can begin the Campaign on Perfectionist right from start. For the sake of understanding level layout, gadgets, and overall combat, I would recommend doing your first playthrough on Normal however. Use this first playthrough as a chance to grab Distraction Technician, Tri-Rotor Functionality, Hostile Shield Secured, and Hostages Secured. Upon completing the Campaign, you will also earn eleven story related achievements. Keep an eye out for the three collectibles during the campaign: HVT's, Dead Drops, and Laptops. Lastly, make sure you use the cash you earn after each mission to fully upgrade one weapon and purchase all the Paladin upgrades from Grim.
Campaign – Perfectionist
Now that you have a better understanding of the campaign missions, combat/gadgets, and enemy AI, you can tackle the Campaign on Perfectionist. Once you complete the campaign on this difficulty, you will unlock two achievements: 4th Echelon Commendation and 4th Echelon Officer. Throughout this playthrough, you should continue to search for collectibles if have not already found those for each mission. You'll also want to complete a single mission without detection in order to obtain Mission Footprint Zero. Safehouse and Detention Facility are the easiest missions to obtain this on. You can also stack No Kill Option Engaged with this playthrough, but if that's too much, you can always replay missions individually for that.
Good ol’ Co-Op returns! While on the Paladin, you can access these missions from each of the members aboard. Grimm, Charlie, and Kobin's missions can actually be completed on your own - while Briggs's are mandatory COOP. It is definitely suggested to grab a friend to get all these done however. In fact, in order to obtain Combined Op Successful, you will need to complete a single COOP mission with another player. Complete each set of missions from all four characters, and you will unlock an additional four achievements. Each of their missions differ in terms of combat and stealth requirements, so make sure you prep your loadouts accordingly. Be on the lookout for Dread Drops, HVT's, and Laptops because they appear in COOP as well. Lastly, don’t forget to pick up Elite Killing Team and Lead Interrogator while playing with a partner.
Splinter Cell Blacklist sees the return of the fan-favorite Multiplayer mode, Spies v. Mercs. There are nine achievements tied to the Multiplayer modes, all of which can be unlocked in Private Matches! The achievements shouldn't take too long, as they only task you with winning a match of each game type, unlocking a custom loadout, completing a weekly challenge, and reaching Rank 10. There are also a few game mode specific achievements in which you will have to assist teammates and hack a computer terminal in Spies v. Mercs, recover intel in Extraction, and capture a control point in Uplink Control.
If you’ve missed any of the achievements during your time on Blacklist, now would be a great time to hop back into the Campaign or COOP missions for a clean-up. If you are missing any of the Dead Drops, Laptops, or HVT's, you can check the the Campaign or COOP mission details through the Paladin's SMI to see which missions you need to go back to. Also, if you have not yet obtained the three playstyle mastery achievements, you can reload Campaign and COOP missions inside the Paladin and work on those. Their mastery point requirements will be displayed in the missions details menu.
Splinter Cell: Blacklist is a fantastic game. It’s gameplay is smooth and satisfying, the various game modes are both addictive and brilliant, and the achievement list will leave you wanting more. From the gripping Single Player Campaign to the mix of stealth and action COOP missions, all the way to the grand Spies v. Mercs multiplayer, Blacklist offers heaps of content that will satisfy your Splinter Cell itch for a very long time. Some dedicated hours are necessary in order to earn all the achievements, but aside from completing the campaign on the Perfectionist, nothing on the list is too difficult. Splinter Cell Blacklist is the perfect stealth game of 2013 and is definitely worth checking out!
[x360a would like to thank BiggD for this Roadmap]