Cold Winter PlayStation 2


Mixed or average reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 41
  2. Negative: 1 out of 41
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  1. 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.
  2. Too average to warrant purchasing at full price, but not a bad rental.
  3. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Buy it knowing that you'll be getting a solid chunk of action hijinks, but nothing more and nothing less. [June 2005, p.92]
  4. 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.
  5. Cheat Code Central
    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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. An abundance of multi-player options adds depth, and 30 weapons ensure battles are exciting.
  11. 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.
  12. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Scores with the cause-and-effect physics of a PC game but seldom capitalizes on the unscripted chaos. [June 2005, p.101]
  13. PSM Magazine
    A standard, almost old fashioned FPS wrapped around a completely forgettable story. [June 2005, p.75]
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Pelaaja (Finland)
    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]
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Edge Magazine
    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]
  20. Computer Games Magazine
    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]

Awards & Rankings

#74 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
#80 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. KeenanSullivan
    Jun 8, 2009
    Cold Winter is a great FPS for the PS2, but unfortunately most people don't know about this title. I was thoroughly impressed with whatCold 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
    Superb physics!
  3. NathanJ.
    Oct 8, 2006
    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 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 »