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  • Summary: The player starts out as Private Eye John Mc Affrey. Together with his assistant Jane he has his own detective agency. Because he is completely broke, one day he takes a job where he has to secretly exchange way-bills. The job is finished very quickly, but now his problems are reallyThe player starts out as Private Eye John Mc Affrey. Together with his assistant Jane he has his own detective agency. Because he is completely broke, one day he takes a job where he has to secretly exchange way-bills. The job is finished very quickly, but now his problems are really starting to grow. The cheated person, you see, is a Don of the Italian Mafia...

    John has now a simple choice to make: Die. Or agree to carry out more illegal missions. John decides to remain among the living; his first job is to steal a virus called "Cold Zero" from a Bio-Research lab. Was this a good decision? You will soon see... [JoWood Productions]
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. It combines the best elements of "Jagged Alliance," "Commandos" and the original "Postal" game into one neat package.
  2. A lot of fun to play, and even when I got annoyed at getting killed due to the camera giving me a problem (which happened more than it probably should have), I found myself going back in and playing it again.
  3. The combination of elements from several different genres--action, strategy, and role-playing--works to keep things interesting. When flaws in one are discovered, you always have something else to fall back on.
  4. The fun is there, but the general unkempt nature of many parts of the game drown the fun factor with a huge anchor. If you can look past the word acting, basic premise, finicky camera, and questionable gameplay mechanics, you can find a deep, involving action game.
  5. Not being exclusively wedded to any particular genre - and being tolerant of the inevitable compromises forced in a hybrid - is an absolute prerequisite for enjoying this offering.
  6. While it might pass as a cheerfully violent diversion if your copy of "Thief" or "MGS" is on loan to a mate, its innate problems and lack of innovation are going to leave it fighting for attention.
  7. Its interface is basic but does the job but the AI is non-existent, the puzzles are needlessly complex, and the awkward free-floating camera bogs down the 3D isometric perspective. [Jan 2004, p.85]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. NevskyK.
    Oct 24, 2003
    10
    Great game!!
  2. [Anonymous]
    Sep 16, 2003
    8
    Simple, nice game, some problems yeah, but still enjoyable enough to play.
  3. MetaB.
    Sep 7, 2003
    6
    Not quite ready for prime time - an interesting concept (a one man "Commandos" game with rpg elements thrown in) poorly executed plus too Not quite ready for prime time - an interesting concept (a one man "Commandos" game with rpg elements thrown in) poorly executed plus too many frustrating aspects like an awful interface, useless AI and irritating little glitches all over. It'll be in bargain bins everywhere very soon. Expand