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  • Summary: Hammer & Sickle is a tactical RPG set in the spring of 1949. The player assumes the role of a top Soviet spy on clandestine duty in the British-American controlled sector of Germany during the early years of the budding Cold War. In a world where no one is quite who they appear to be, theHammer & Sickle is a tactical RPG set in the spring of 1949. The player assumes the role of a top Soviet spy on clandestine duty in the British-American controlled sector of Germany during the early years of the budding Cold War. In a world where no one is quite who they appear to be, the player is trapped in a hellish ploy that could trigger a third world war, this time between the United States and Soviet Union and their respective nuclear arsenals. Gamers have to navigate a web of intrigue and make decisions that could determine the fate of the world. [CDV Software] Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 26
  2. Negative: 8 out of 26
  1. Hammer & Sickle is something of a strange case—it's by no means a perfect game, but it features a perfect game engine.
  2. The actual gameplay is great, but the narrative, which maintains a much more noticeable presence than in Silent Storm, is very cliché and serves only to drag the game down.
  3. Poor gameplay, sub par graphics, and some antiquated control mechanisms.
  4. There may be a select few that will try the game and love it.
  5. 50
    Though it sounded sweet on paper, developer Nival Interactive couldn’t translate it into a great game. Hopefully, Hammer & Sickle’s failures will inspire the creation of games that can more fully realize its potential.
  6. Eventually, the mire of frustrations, constant reloading, harsh difficulty level, bugs and generally poor design wears you down. Rabid strategists will appreciate the game's saving grace, the combat system, and may find themselves more tolerant. Good luck to them. They'll need it.
  7. 30
    Except for true masochists who believe that hair-pulling frustration equals enjoyable realism, Hammer & Sickle offers nothing worth paying for -- except maybe time to catch up on your reading while waiting for your turn to load.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. ChesterD.
    Jan 14, 2006
    10
    I'm glad I didnt read some of these reviews before I bought the game! Its much better than most of these. Its exactly what Ive been I'm glad I didnt read some of these reviews before I bought the game! Its much better than most of these. Its exactly what Ive been wanting, a tactical RPG! The story is really good. Playing a Russian is extremely cool, and your character does not have to be all good, like in so many games. The characters are interesting, some are very funny, and the voices are great. Some of these reviewers missed how replayable it is, and how many ways it can go. Very replayable. Yeah its got some rough edges. I'd give it an 8, but since some of these reviewers are shooting it down, I'm going to give it a 10. Expand
  2. JuliusCaesar
    Feb 1, 2006
    8
    Pretty good but hard game. It's silent storm v. 2.