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  • Summary: Cold Fear is the first action-horror title under the Ubisoft brand. The game is set in a dynamic environment on a stormy sea, including intense combat, intelligent enemies, and a high element of the shockingly unexpected. Your life jacket won't be sufficient. Players step into the role of Tom Hansen, a U.S. Coast Guard who is sent to board a drifting Russian whaling ship in the middle of a howling storm on the Bering Sea, who will discover there is no safe place here. On this constantly rocking and shifting ship and a mysterious oil rig, players must turn their interactive surroundings to their advantage to take down human enemies ? and enemies that aren't human any more - and save their own life. [Ubisoft] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Puts out where it counts. Cold Fear is a pants-browner. [Aug 2005, p.68]
  2. A highly polished title that shows that Ubisoft's action-focused approached to the horrific can be gory fun, too.
  3. The game utilises a series of components and dare we even mutter it under our breath, clich├ęs that can be derived from any number of horror films and survival horror titles, which is no big fault since for the most part (travelling aside) the game is an enjoyable title away from the established franchises that does offer some new ideas and details to the genre.
  4. I was really disappointed with this game because it has good potential and includes certain qualities that makes a great game, but fails to deliver.
  5. I must say it's a pity that a game with such a realistic feel and a believable atmosphere suffers from several annoying problems, such as the lack of an in game mini-map or an inventory system and the inability to save your progress or use the health packs at will.
  6. Has a forbidding atmosphere (beginning on a ship and moving to an oil rig), violent blood-letting and superb environmental effects. However, we've seen the same kind of lame puzzles (sodding keycards anyone?) and storylines a billion times before. [PC Zone]
  7. Some games are just garbage, and PC gamers are quick to pick up on what is crap and what rules.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 5 out of 16
  1. Feb 28, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The best action-horror game ps2 with tremendous atmosphere helped by its large graphics.
    The enemies are surprisingly fast and great animations.
    the scenery is sublime
  2. Apr 3, 2014
    This game plays very similar to Resident Evil, gameplay, mechanics and all. But i had the chance to play this game before i ever played Resident Evil, this game scared the living hell out of me, a grown man! I don't get why is this game so underrated and overlooked? Expand
  3. Jun 4, 2011
    When I first started Cold Fear I really enjoyed the atmosphere. The sway of the ship, the rain, the lightning. All lended a nice touch. Then I tried playing the game. Forget WASD, the movement controls for this game are F*KD and the aiming is just as bad. Stopped and uninstalled after just 15 minutes of "play". Gave the game to a friend. He played for about as long. Even for free this game is a pass. Expand

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