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  • Summary: Smersh is the Russian for "Death to Spies" and was the name of a set of counterintelligence departments in the Soviet Army formed during World War II. Their mission was to secure the rear of the active Red Army by arresting traitors, deserters, spies and criminal elements. During the warSmersh is the Russian for "Death to Spies" and was the name of a set of counterintelligence departments in the Soviet Army formed during World War II. Their mission was to secure the rear of the active Red Army by arresting traitors, deserters, spies and criminal elements. During the war these agents became the main force combating the German intelligence service. The game's main character is a captain in the 4th department of the Soviet counterintelligence service. He is a professional spy trained to execute dangerous operations on his own. During missions he has to complete various tasks in the heart of enemy territory including stealing important documents, eliminating different enemy officers or high-ranking officials, kidnapping and sabotage. Game missions are based on real historical events and operations which were executed by the military intelligence and counterintelligence during the war. [1C Company] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. A nice change of pace from the normal fast-paced action games of late. Observing the environment and enemies before making the right choices is good fun, even if the clumsy interface and slow-moving character try to mess the experience up. Not everyone's cup of tea, but fans of Hitman should be right at home here. [Nov 2007]
  2. 80
    Even with its quirks, Death to Spies is an entertaining, varied, and highly addictive pastime for those who enjoy exercising their brain as much as their trigger finger. It's intelligently delivered, credibly presented, and anything but easy.
  3. The missions are challenging, you get lots of options for how to play through them, and the 10-mission campaign takes about 20-30 hours to complete, which, all-in-all makes Death to Spies a pretty worthwhile purchase at its $30 suggested retail price.
  4. All in all, Death to Spies is well done, but it will require the right type of player to truly enjoy it. It has a few quirks (particularly in the user interface) that can drive you nuts, but as I said at the beginning: you were warned. Death comes very easily to spies!
  5. It may not be easy doing sneaky dirty work in the Second World War, but it is more entertaining than you'd expect.
  6. Offers a rather refreshing take on war-status games. It's nowhere near the excellence of other established stealth games, but it does offer enough innovation and open-endedness to get enough entertainment out of.
  7. The Soviet spy uses Hitman techniques and changes as often as him, but his moves aren’t half as cool. Sneaking past legions of suspicious Gestapo thugs soon becomes tedious and boring, and while the armory is full of things that go boom, using them is pure suicide precisely because said boom brings the whole damned Wehrmacht on your head. [Dec 2007]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Jun 23, 2012
    8
    Nice game. Story and the sounds are okay, the graphics a bit old. One of the best spy game and a bit hard. You can save, so no para. :D
  2. JoachimE
    Mar 13, 2009
    7
    This is one of the best games ever made.
  3. KenB.
    Nov 10, 2007
    7
    A poor imitation of the Hitman games. Can be challenging and takes a lot of patience as you spend a lot of time trying to get around people A poor imitation of the Hitman games. Can be challenging and takes a lot of patience as you spend a lot of time trying to get around people who can blow your cover from quite a distance. The game never did grab me, and still is unfinished. Expand
  4. JaredJ
    Mar 21, 2008
    6
    Horrifying graphics, night-mareish controls, and incredibly stupid game-play. Yet, the story-line seems to hold on to you making you want to Horrifying graphics, night-mareish controls, and incredibly stupid game-play. Yet, the story-line seems to hold on to you making you want to play the next level. The armory has lots of weapons to choose from, and you get a knife. I like the idea, and concept but the game itself is broken. A six would just be for the story-line and armory, nothing else. The A.I. is horrified! You can be seen with a disguise from the other side of the map! The detail of maps, and characters is laughable. This feels more like a beta stage demo than a full game. It at least deserves a weekend rent or the playable demo, but for you who are looking for a game to play just when you are incredibly bored, then this is for you. Expand
  5. Mar 29, 2012
    5
    This is an horrible game. Yes, the idea is good because you are a soviet spy in Germany and other places, but the AI is absolutly horrible! IfThis is an horrible game. Yes, the idea is good because you are a soviet spy in Germany and other places, but the AI is absolutly horrible! If you make yourself seen even the soldiers from the other side of the map can see you and you are dead in 2 seconds. It seems that the soldiers has a common mind: if one identifies you, than all the German army knows where you are and what is your desguise.
    And the weapons are a lot, but what you really need is more silenced guns! And you can bring principal weapons only if they are german, so when you ever used english weapons like the Springfield '03? And there are only the MP 40 and the K 98 you can bring without being uncovered!
    And there is NO story, only a mission after the other! And nobody tell you who you are, why you are fighting... Nothing!
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  6. Oct 2, 2014
    4
    It is a very challenging stealth game, the game is like the hitman series but only based on the stealth. It is one of those games were itIt is a very challenging stealth game, the game is like the hitman series but only based on the stealth. It is one of those games were it could have been better but just doesn't meet the standard. For one I had an issue about the controls where the buttons would change at random (left becomes forward, right becomes backwards, etc,) now I'm not running it game on low spec computer, I have a good gaming PC (can play The Elder Scrolls : Skyrim and Fallout 3 with ever little lag). Another issue is that I keep running into invisible walls that shouldn't be there, like the door ways of the room where the objectives are. I don't know if you guys have the same problem I have or not but I think the game has a lot of room for improvement. Expand