Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist

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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist cover
Developers
Ubisoft Toronto
Publishers
Ubisoft
Engines
LEAD Engine
Release dates
Windows August 20, 2013
Reception
Metacritic 82
IGDB 78
Taxonomy
Monetization DLC
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person, First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Stealth
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary, Africa, Europe, Middle East, North America, South America
Series Splinter Cell
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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist on Wikipedia
Splinter Cell
Subseries of Tom Clancy
Splinter Cell 2003
Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow 2004
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory 2005
Splinter Cell: Double Agent 2006
Splinter Cell: Conviction 2010
Splinter Cell: Blacklist 2013

Key points

PC version features high resolution textures, tessellation, high quality shadows and more PC-specific features.
Ubisoft has removed the mobile app required to unlock some of the in-game upgrades.
Game cannot launch when installed on a drive managed as a Storage Space.

General information

Port Report
Official website
Official forum
Splinter Cell Wiki
Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Windows
GamersGate
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Gamesplanet
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Humble Store
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Origin
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Deluxe Edition.
Windows
Steam
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Ubisoft Store
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Deluxe Edition also available, included with Ubisoft+.
Windows
All versions require Ubisoft Connect DRM.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
High Power Pack Included with Deluxe Edition.
Windows
Homeland Included with Deluxe Edition.
Windows

Essential improvements

Patches

Uplay should update the game by itself. If you have any problems patches links and changelogs can be found here

Skip intro videos

Skip intro fix[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Go into data\Videos
  3. Delete or rename Copyright.bik, Disclaimer.bik, ESRB.bik, Logo_Clancy_01.bik, Logo_MiddleWare_01.bik, Logo_Ubisoft.bik, and Logo_Ubisoft_Clancy.bik.

Game data

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Ubisoft\Blacklist\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/235600/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <Ubisoft-Connect-folder>\savegames\<user-id>\91\
<Ubisoft-Connect-folder>\savegames\<user-id>\449\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/235600/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Origin
Steam Cloud
Ubisoft Connect

Video

In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
See this page.
Ultra-widescreen
See this page.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
75°.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 4x TXAA (Nvidia only), FXAA, up to 4x MSAA and SSAA 2x2 Grid or 2x2 Rotated Grid.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
Multiplayer mode is capped at 60 FPS.
120+ FPS
High frame rate can cause undesired side effects.[1]

Bloom

Disable bloom[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open videoSettings.ini
  3. Change UseBloom=1 to UseBloom=0.

Motion blur

Disable motion blur[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open videoSettings.ini.
  3. Change UseMotionBlur=1 to UseMotionBlur=0.

Input

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game gamepad settings.
In-game gamepad settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Negative Mouse Acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Separate sliders for 1st and 3rd person.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Can only toggle between 3 pre-set layouts (multiplayer only).
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
In-game language settings.
In-game language settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and SFX only.
Surround sound
5.1 only.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Brazilian Portuguese
Czech
Danish
Dutch
French
German
Hungarian
Italian
Japanese
Norwegian
Polish
Russian
Spanish
Swedish
Traditional Chinese

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
8 Versus, Co-op
Co-op: Fourth Echelon (4E) Missions only (2 players).

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 80, 443
UDP 3658, 13000-13032
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support

3D modes Native Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
TriDef 3D
iZ3D
vorpX
2D
Officially supported game.
Note:Game is on official list but profile is not yet confirmed to be 3D.

Issues fixed

Display Mode Resets to "Windowed Mode" Every Time

Edit "videoSettings.ini"
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open videoSettings.ini.
  3. Find and change "WindowStyleFinal=1" to "WindowStyleFinal=2" or "WindowStyleFinal=0".
  4. Save the file.
Launch the game via Uplay only to prevent Steam from restoring "WindowStyleFinal=1".

Stuck @ 60 Hz

Edit videoSettings.ini[2]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open videoSettings.ini.
  3. Find and change "MaxRefreshRate=60" to "MaxRefreshRate=(x)" where (x) stands for your refresh rate of choice.
  4. Save the file.

Bad performance or unstable frame rate

Turn off video settings[3]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open videoSettings.ini.
  3. Find and change Occlusion_Off=2 to Occlusion_Off=0.
  4. For additional performance improvements, find and change UseMotionBlur=1 to UseMotionBlur=0.
  5. To ensure the changes take effect without the game overwriting it, set the file to read-only.

Game crashes without message after 20-30min

Correct Eyefinity settings in config files[4]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open videoSettings.ini.
  3. Find and change EyefinityMode=2 to EyefinityMode=0.
Change DirectX version used for rendering to DX9[5]
Below are possible solutions to an error marked with offset 00422c5c (DX11) or 006be09c (DX9) in Windows Event Viewer.
Set firewall rules[6][7]
  1. Edit firewall rules.
  2. Make sure that following applications can access internet in your network:
Launch the game as administrator[8]
Open Uplay and switch it to Offline mode[9]
This will prevent you from playing online.

Crashes instantly at start up

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open videoSettings.ini.
  3. Change WindowStyleFinal=1 (fullscreen) to WindowStyleFinal=2 (for borderless windowed) or WindowStyleFinal=0 (for windowed).

Can't connect to other players when purchased from different distribution platforms

Install patch[citation needed]
Uplay/retail customers should install the latest patch from Ubisoft when attempting to play with Steam customers.

Can't switch to DirectX 9 mode

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Set DirectX 9 in the video menus and shut down the game.
  2. Restart the Uplay client.
If you don't restart Uplay, it will launch the DirectX 11 executable again regardless of selected options.

Offline Save no longer working

Instructions[10]
  1. Locate the Ubisoft folder on your HDD, usually found within program files(x86)
  2. Open the savegames folder, you'll find a folder with your uplay account nickname hashed, it should be the only folder inside the savegames folder unless you have logged in and played as more than one uplay user.
  3. C:\Program Files (x86)\Ubisoft\Ubisoft Game Launcher\savegames\
  4. Inside, sort the folders by date modified, copy the most recent ones from one of the folders(in most cases: folder "91") to folder "449"
  5. Launch the game, you should find your save game intact and working. It's a good idea to make a small change, purchase, gear customization to check whether or not it was successful.
Start the game in online mode[11]

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 11
Shader Model support 3, 5
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Interface Scaleform
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Net-Z, Rendez-Vous, Uplay

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ 2.80 GHz
Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 2.53 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 25 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon HD 3870
Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 4 support

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/235600/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (235600) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References