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.
The 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[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Windows
GamersGate
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Deluxe Edition.
Windows
Gamesplanet
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Deluxe Edition.
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[edit]

Patches[edit]

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

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete or rename video files[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[edit]

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

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

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[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin
Steam Cloud
Ubisoft Connect

Video[edit]

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
120+ FPS
High frame rates can cause undesired side effects.[1] The multiplayer mode is capped at 60 FPS. See also The game is stuck at 60 Hz.

Bloom[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Display Mode Resets to "Windowed Mode" Every Time[edit]

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

The game is stuck at 60 Hz[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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 Ubisoft Connect and switch it to Offline mode[9]
This will prevent you from playing online.

Crashes instantly at start up[edit]

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[edit]

Install patch[citation needed]
Ubisoft Connect/retail customers should install the latest patch from Ubisoft when attempting to play with Steam customers.
Patched out or doesn't occur in all cases.

Can't switch to DirectX 9 mode[edit]

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

Offline save games no longer working[edit]

Instructions[10]
  1. Locate the Ubisoft Connect installation folder, usually found within Program Files (x86)\Ubisoft\Ubisoft Game Launcher.
  2. Open the savegames folder. Inside of it there should be a folder with the user's Ubisoft Connect account nickname hashed, it should be the only folder present unless multiple users have logged in on the same PC.
  3. Inside of it, sort the folders by date modified, and copy the most recent sc6_save.sav files from inside one of the folders (usually folder 91) to folder 449.
  4. Launch the game, the save game should be 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]

Cannot connect with a friend in lobby[edit]

Set firewall rules[12]

If you already played the game before, it can occur that prompt from Windows firewall to "allow access" to the game doesn't show up when the game is launched, while the game is still not added to the firewall exception list. In consequence, it will prevent the game from joining lobbies if the game is not added to firewall exceptions.

Disable all network adapters beside your internet connection[13]

Above solution can fix connection problems and also cause the system to show firewall "allow access" alert if you didn't set the firewall rule manually already.

Sometimes you may be forced to manually uninstall adapters like Hamachi or Radmin VPN, if they're constantly turning on their selves, even if they're closed.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

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

Middleware[edit]

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

System requirements[edit]

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

  1. Splinter Cell: Blacklist - Side effects of high frame rate
  2. [1]
  3. Splinter cell black list low fps and lag fix? | Forums
  4. Found possible crash fix - last accessed on 2020-09-29
  5. Verified by User:Suicide machine on 2020-10-03
  6. ANOSMIA review - last accessed on 2020-10-03
  7. Game is crashing? Here is the crash fix! - last accessed on 2020-10-03
  8. Verified by User:Suicide machine on 2020-10-03
    Also might reduce issues, but doesn't always solve them.
  9. Verified by User:Suicide machine on 2020-10-03
  10. Blacklist save's gone PC - Ubisoft forums
  11. Uplay Offiline Mode - Starts the game from beginning - Ubisoft forums
  12. Verified by User:Deton24 on 2021-03-30
    Disabling other network adapters like Hamachi and Radmin VPN caused the OS to show firewall alert, which didn't happen immediately after game launch as normally supposed to. Previously I played the game on coop few years ago on the same system, and apparently the firewall rule for the game has had been deleted
  13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3QvFGExQTk