A few hints for one of the greatest stealth games ever. Splinter Cell came around when people were asking for another great Xbox game besides Halo. Well guess what? They got one.
When you are throwing a can or a bottle hold L to throw it harder and further.
When you are in the room with a guard sitting at the desk that must be interrogated behind the laptop is a machine gun. Near that there is a lot of 5.56mm ammunition for your SC-20K.
If you find a room being patrolled by a guard or worker wait until he leaves then turn off the light switch. When he returns he will immediately move to the light switch to turn it on. At this point his back should be turned to you. Quietly sneak up and either grab or punch him without firing your weapon.
You can sometimes find glass bottles on the ground. If you find one there are some things that you can do with it to save ammunition. Throw a bottle at a guard’s head to knock them out. You can also throw them at lights which can sometimes break them. Throw a bottle (or a can) into an area where a guard is located. This will cause the guard to looking around which allows you to sneak into places without being seen. To throw a bottle or a can pick one up and press X. Once you do that aim with the dots and press R to throw it. You can throw farther and harder by holding L while doing all of this.
You can use objects such as a pop can or beer bottle to distract guards lure them or knock them out. Simply go over to it and press A to pick it up. To throw it hold X to get an aimer (hold L if you want a stronger longer shot) then press R to shoot. To hit someone with it walk up or sneak up to them (either from the front or rear) and press R to smash it at them. To lure a guard just throw it somewhere and they should come looking for whoever threw it.
Always try to stay in shadows or bushes; crouch when walking around; try to take someone hostage before shooting them; always try to use your night vision/thermo goggles just to check to see if there is anything to get around you; and drag bodies into dark corners.
Retrieving Sticky Camera:
To retrieve a sticky camera that is too high to reach shoot it with the sniper rifle or the handgun. It will fall to the ground.
You cannot be seen when hiding in dark places. Shoot the lights to make it dark but make sure that there are no guards around. Do not stay in the light too long.
Faster Manual Lockpick:
When using the manual lockpick instead of rotating it slowly as the game suggests press the Analog-stick in one of the four diagonal corners as the “rumble” will always be in one of those directions. This is much quicker.
Thermal Goggle Keypad Readings:
To read the heat signature on a keypad you can either walk up to the keypad and look at it with the heat goggles on use sniper mode at a distance with the heat goggles on or activate the keypad and turn on your heat goggles there. The order of the buttons will be as follows based on color: Deep Blue Blue Light Blue Green Light Green Yellow Orange Red. For example if you had a Deep Blue button at 1 a Light Green button at 3 a Light Blue button at 4 and a Orange-Ish Red button at 6 the code would be 1-4-3-6.
Opening doors often triggers events that just waiting for a certain amount of time will not. For example at the beginning of the Defense Ministry level the first door you reach leads to a room with a security camera. When you use the optical cable no other dangers are present. However upon opening the door a guard opens the door across the room which may make you panic and do something foolish. To prevent such events from occurring use the Open Door Stealth feature. When you walk up to the door hold A press Left Analog-stick Down and release A. You will open the door slightly. Next press Left Analog-stick Down again to close the door. This will cause the scripted event (if any are set for that door) to go off. In the Defense Ministry example doing this will get the guard to come in. Use the optical cable to see where he is. He walks behind a bookcase then walks back to his desk. Once he sits down open the door crouch walk slowly behind him then whack or shoot him. Either leave him there or pick him up and drop him behind the bookcases. You can also grab him and knock him out behind the bookcase.
If you have someone chasing you run out a door and when it closes stand in front of the door for awhile. The guard will sometimes try to open it before he gives up. Note: The door must open towards you and not towards the enemy. The game can crash sometimes when you do this. If the guard starts shooting at the door you must open it quickly. Otherwise the game will glitch and you will be invisible to the enemy and no event triggers will start.
Shooting Lights Accurately:
When you want to shoot out a light and need make it accurate turn on your heat vision. You should be able to knock out the light faster and easier.
You can zoom up with the Sc-20k after you have drawn it out by pressing Y. After that you can also center the screen by holding L. You only have a limited time before it runs out. However this is useful when you want to shoot lights very accurately.
Escaping A Room Full of Soldiers:
Take a sticky camera or smoke grenades and throw it near where the most guards are located. For the sticky camera a control bar that tells you how to make a noise or use smoke will appear at the bottom of the screen. Throw the smoke grenade and the smoke should knock out some guards. When the smoke appears from the grenade(s) it is your chance to run for it .
Knock Out An Enemy:
To knock out an enemy without killing him equip the sticky camera and shoot it at his head. Aim slightly above the head to compensate for gravity. After he is down pick up the sticky camera and use it again.
You can throw bottles to knock out guards. You must aim and hit them in the head.
Taking Out Two Guards:
Shoot a sticky camera near the guard closest to you. When he approaches use the gas to knock him out. The other guard will approach to investigate. You must either shoot him with a non lethal round if you cannot have casualties or take him out with a head shot if killing is sanctioned. This has to be done correctly or he will revive the guard that you knocked out.
Eliminating Guard Threat Without Ammunition:
If you do not have ammunition and you find two guards sneak up to one and take him hostage. Make sure that your hostage is facing the other guard or he will shoot you.
If you do not have ammunition hide in the shadows and wait for a guard to come up to you (or slowly creep up to him) then press R. This will punch him. Use two punches to knock out someone.
Luring Your Enemy:
To do this find a can or glass bottle to pick up. Once obtained move to a location preferably dark. While hidden throw the can or bottle to an open area with an enemy nearby. When thrown the enemy will wonder what happened and walk towards that location. After you have drawn him out you can take him out for an easy kill.
After you have disposed of enemies in an area make sure that you still hide them even though no one is nearby. Before going to another checkpoint the alarm may ring and it will say that a body was found. Try to hide all bodies in hidden areas for best results.