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  • Summary: Cold War follows the story of a freelance journalist who finds himself in the midst of an international conspiracy that aims to control the U.S.S.R. Twelve hours after arriving in Moscow for a routine story, he has been stripped of all possessions, beaten unconscious and thrown into the KGB's political prison. Using only recovered weapons and improvised gadgets, he must now evade or overcome elite Soviet forces and defeat the conspiracy before he is sent to a Siberian prison camp or killed. Powerful and widely-recognized setting - mid-1980's U.S.S.R. Strong espionage/stealth gameplay - including gadgets like the x-ray camera. Interactive non-linear world: Accomplish objectives in multiple ways - find hidden paths, combine in-game elements to create weapons and traps, or silently eliminate opponents. Set in real Soviet locations, and is built around locations such as Lenin's Mausoleum, Chernobyl and the KGB's notorious Ljubljanka prison. [DreamCatcher] Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. Much of Cold War is not exactly new - it feels a lot like Splinter Cell in many regards - but where Cold War separates itself is the execution.
  2. The replay value is where Cold War suffers the biggest blow.
  3. Anyone who enjoys spy thrillers and retro settings should check out this oddball sneaker. [Jan 2005, p.55]
  4. A competent if unspectacular stealth game.
  5. While Cold War features some pretty impressive graphics and a decent story, the predictable enemies you'll face and the limited number of environments you'll visit prevent the game from being particularly exciting.
  6. Unfortunately, as imaginative as the X-ray camera and creative gadgets are, they simply cannot make up for Cold War's countless missteps
  7. Silly, balking, chuckle-inducing for the wrong reasons, Cold War is the sort of pretender-to-stealth-throne that makes you squint, pinch your nose, and wave your hand rapidly in front of your face.[Feb 2006, p.59]

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  1. Jun 1, 2012
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    ColdWar
    Developer: Mindware Studios
    Publisher: DreamCatcher Games (Windows), Linux Game Publishing (Linux)
    Runesoft (Mac OS X
    Release:
    September 27, 2005
    Genre: Stealth
    Platforms PC/Xbox
    Reviewed on PC
    Starforce DRM

    Story:

    The game takes place in 1986 where journalist Mathew Carter comes to Moscow to investigate a big story involving the Russian President and the CIA. Things go wrong when he finds out that his camera was switched with a x-ray camera that has a flash that causes a fire extinguisher to explode. The head of the KGB and the spetznaz arrive to quickly pin the event as an assassination attempt on the President. He frames the people the President was meeting with and the journalist as a CIA assassin. Matt must break out of the KGB prison., discover he truth of what's going on, and stop the KGB leader from his notorious plans.

    Game-play:

    Cold war fails big time here as it feels tedious due to the slow movement speeds. Even when running it feels slow and sluggish. This makes it a pain to sneak up on enemies as on hard mode, they can hear faraway through stone walls and stormy weather. This tediousness ruins the pacing while other stealth games like Hitman, Thief, and the first three splinter cell games keep the pace while not making it tedious. The one interesting feature about this game is the ability to combine mundane object into usable items. It's a neat idea to be able to improvise equipment in a game, but it feels to basic like it could be so much more. Graphics/Sound:

    The game is not visually impressive. Textures are dull to look and they look puckish too me. The cut-scenes use an simplistic comic book graphical style to is interesting. Audio quite good where gunshots sound loud and the snap of fingers sounds real. Though the music is kind of forgettable with it's campish spy music. There is nothing about it that provokes emotions or feeling from it. The voice acting is mediocre with stereotypical Russian accents and Matt's actor sounding like a **** self centered jerk.

    Conclusion:

    Overall I dislike this game enough to not finish it. It feels slow and sluggish like I'm controlling a snail. The guards are cheep with their hearing through concrete while it's raining outside, That makes you play even slower that just makes things frustrating. I was a nice try on the developers but this game is not fun.
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