Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 41
  2. Negative: 1 out of 41
  1. The option to use realistic damage will reward all that time spent in the single-player game nailing head shots too. Those of you with a Multitap will have great fun here. [PSW]
  2. 90
    Immensely playable...Easily the most enjoyable first-person shooter available for the PS2. [June 2005, p.74]
  3. Sure, the story is hackneyed to the point of being a rip-off of just about every spy movie from the past ten years, but the script is great, the acting is better, and the gameplay just can’t be beat.
  4. The unique features this game has, like the spectacular physics and item creation system, push it past the run-of-the-mill shooters into a category just under the truly elite.
  5. Has the most impressive physics engine seen on consoles thus far, but the game does not take full advantage of it. The action is straight-forward, but engaging, and the whole game has a nice cinematic feel to it. One of the best shooters for PS2. [July. 05],
  6. While visually lacking, this shortcoming never manages to detract from the game's single or mutiplayer offerings. Cold Winter is an altogether solid package.
  7. The fact is, Cold Winter repeatedly enables the player to do things you just wouldn't expect to be able to do. Big guns even break crates more easily than small guns; such is the developer's level of consideration.
  8. With the exception of a small item collection scheme which allows players to build their own grenades, Cold Winter offers nothing distinctly new to the FPS market. Instead, what it brings is excellent design, good storytelling, and eight to ten hours of entertaining violence to a console that's never had it so good.
  9. 85
    This unpretentious disc was cobbled together by a self-proclaimed "garage team" in the U.K., and is well worth your hard-earned quid.
  10. It's not "Halo," but PS2 owners finally have an exclusive FPS that is worth bragging about. [June 2005, p.129]
  11. Cold Winter is the type of game you would take home to meet your mother, not too flashy but nothing to be embarrassed about either...just a good time.
  12. By taking the most essential parts of any action game and combining them into one DVD, Cold Winter is a considerably engaging console shooter.
  13. Offers the best FPS experience on the PlayStation 2 with a fluid experience that immerses gamers into a world of conspiracy, intrigue and action.
  14. No first person shooter on any future system should feel like a gun mounted on a camera ever again!
  15. Cold Winter ticks every box on the 'perfect FPS' checklist - except for the one marked 'lasting challenge'. Good, but it should have been so much better. [PSM2]
  16. It may not be the prettiest or the most innovative FPS out there, but Cold Winter is worth a look.
  17. It all seems very familiar, but it's a good gaming experience that FPS fans will gobble up for a little while.
  18. 75
    The unremarkable climax not withstanding, Cold Winter offers a consistently exiting Bond-ish shooting experience.
  19. Cold Winter isn't the best in its class, but it's definitely worth playing if you're looking for a solid single-player shooter with a decent online component to back it up.
  20. I really like the look of the game, with its rich color palette and vivid lighting, and the presentation is top-notch. [July 2005, p.79]
  21. The controls are a bit sluggish when it comes to targeting and the game’s load times are typical. The game is also a bit linear and the puzzles are not particularly detailed.
  22. Too average to warrant purchasing at full price, but not a bad rental.
  23. Cold Winter felt at times like a dark TimeSplitters, almost GoldenEye-esque in feel and certainly deserves much credit for delivering an accomplished alternative that hits the mark enough to warrant a recommendation to those that hunger for a decent PS2 shooter.
  24. This whole thing came as something of a disappointment for me given Cold Winter’s focus on being something of a "realistic shooter", and the consistent gaps in AI behavior became really noticeable over time.
  25. I think the largest problem Cold Winter has is that it's on the wrong system. If, for some freakish reason, you only own a PS2 and you're a big FPS fan, this is one of the better games that's available on the system. It can genuinely be fun if you're willing to forgive its various flaws.
  26. Cold Winter might look like just another guntoting vigilante/superspy action game and for the most part, it is. But the AI routines, deep story, voice acting and music transcend the usual FPS fare and give you the impetus to move forward.
  27. Even the audio is a bit underdone, and gunfire doesn’t sound different in enclosed spaces from how it sounds out in the open and helicopters may become nearly inaudible depending on which direction Sterling faces.
  28. Buy it knowing that you'll be getting a solid chunk of action hijinks, but nothing more and nothing less. [June 2005, p.92]
  29. 70
    The nicely crafted dialogue, which often leads players through each level, is a good extra, as it keeps the story moving at just the right level of consciousness.
  30. Cold Winter's visuals aren't all that great and a marker always tells you where to go, but running around dismembering people is the primary focus and it's incredibly satisfying.
  31. An abundance of multi-player options adds depth, and 30 weapons ensure battles are exciting.
  32. Scores with the cause-and-effect physics of a PC game but seldom capitalizes on the unscripted chaos. [June 2005, p.101]
  33. A standard, almost old fashioned FPS wrapped around a completely forgettable story. [June 2005, p.75]
  34. 65
    The ability to find various items and combining them to create new items like lock picks and Molotov cocktails is an interesting aspect, too, though not as cool in practice as it sounds in theory.
  35. It’s insight into what lay beneath GoldenEye’s unforgettable skin is commendable. But the subsequent attempt to update and embellish the formula is, while a gleeful pleasure, not wholly successful. [July 2005, p.88]
  36. Cold Winter is sort of like the "C" student of FPS games. It's good in almost all areas, but doesn't excel in any. If you can't get enough shooting action, its worth a pick up.
  37. 60
    It's not a bad game, and should hold your interest for several hours, but the things it does well are diminished by its myriad flaws.
  38. For all the nice touches, however, the shockingly poor artificial intelligence lets down Cold Winter badly, and the game is unlikely to offer serious players any real challenge.
  39. During the development of Cold Winter the fps-genre has evolved and unfortunately for the most part the game has not. At its best, Cold Winter is like a big budget Hollywood action-film, but these moments are far too rare. The writing is especially bad. [June 2005, p.72]
  40. There's a lot of physics to encourage you to turn over tables and throw things, but your time is almost always better spent just shooting. [July 2005, p.90]
  41. The game’s a breeze, which might appeal to novice gamers and people for whom achievement is more highly-valued than challenge, but doesn't do it for those better-versed in the art of fragging.
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. KeenanSullivan
    Jun 8, 2009
    9
    Cold Winter is a great FPS for the PS2, but unfortunately most people don't know about this title. I was thoroughly impressed with what it delivered. A great storyline that keeps you wanting to know what's going to happen next, the ability to blow limbs off of an enemy, plenty of explosions and weapons to use, and you can interact with the environment. The game is intense and has some of the most impressive shootouts I've ever seen in a game. This game is very exciting and an absolute blast to play. The flaws? Graphics in real-time look ugly and sometimes there are hit detection problems. Full Review »
  2. MahSxcLilBod
    Oct 8, 2006
    10
    Superb physics!
  3. NathanJ.
    Oct 8, 2006
    10
    This game is one of the best FPS on PS2! It's physics engine is superb and because I didn't take the story line or game seriously in anyway, it's awesome fun. Full Review »