Pete, I have the game but haven't done multiplayer on it yet. I'd be interested one night as a break from Gears. I've never played any (meaning no previous incarnation either) of the Splinter Cell MP games though. I'm sure I would just be more fodder.
Well, we'd be playing on the same team, so at least you wouldn't be my
As with anything, there's a learning curve to adjusting to online multiplayer play. My friend Jeff (Snrub1) joined us last night later in the evening and even though he finished the game and did rather well playing though the campaign, multiplayer is a whole other animal, with human unpredictability, varrying levels of skill and accuracy, and a level of tension and competition that just can't be replicated by playing against the computer.
Give the single-player portion of Splinter Cell a try, and then watch the videos in the multiplayer portion of the game to learn the subtle differences in controls and gameplay from the single-player campaign. There are a few multiplayer training levels of sorts that you can play alone to get better aquainted with multiplayer, and perhaps one night we'll be able to organize a game.