Splinter Cell Blacklist is the sixth installment in the series.
The game begins with Sam Fisher and his old friend Victor Coste who are about to depart from Andersen AFB in Guam when an unknown enemy force destroys the entire base. Assisted by hacker specialist Charlie Cole, Sam and Vic manage to escape, although Vic is injured after protecting Sam from a grenade. Soon after, a terrorist group calling itself “The Engineers” assumes responsibility for the attack and announce that it was the first of a deadly countdown of escalating attacks (called “The Blacklist”) on United States assets, declaring that they will halt the attacks only after the U.S. government accomplish the demand of calling back all American troops deployed abroad.
Blacklist had some performance issues until Nvidia released the 326.80 beta driver, which we are using today.
We test with a series of high image quality settings as shown above and with 4x MSAA and 16 x Anisotropic filtering enabled.
These are demanding settings for the hardware on test today. The single HD7850 struggles to maintain smooth frame rates, and the image quality settings would need to be reduced to compensate. In Crossfire however the results are improved substantially, with the average frame rate increasing from 25 to 50.
A single GTX760 Mini produces smooth frame rates throughout, averaging 40 and dropping only 5 in more intensive sections of the environment.