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  • Summary: There is nothing so cold as death. You are Andrew Sterling, a disavowed agent caught in the cat-and-mouse manipulations of a shadow intelligence agency. To facilitate its mission this agency now pervades all aspects of politics, national security, and the highest echelons of human society. You must fight through a complex web of intrigue, double cross, and sinister global interest. Cold Winter brings an intensive FPS experience to the PlayStation2 based in the clandestine world of spies and counter-spies, unique in its emphasis on gritty realism and attention to story detail including detailed weaponry and true-to-life spy gadgetry and realistic human combat interaction with visual representation of body damage in detail. [Vivendi Universal] Expand
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. While visually lacking, this shortcoming never manages to detract from the game's single or mutiplayer offerings. Cold Winter is an altogether solid package.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. An abundance of multi-player options adds depth, and 30 weapons ensure battles are exciting.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. MahSxcLilBod
    Oct 8, 2006
    10
    Superb physics!
  2. Kyle
    Aug 21, 2006
    10
    For this longtime shooter fan, CW ranks among the best. Interesting characters, dramatic and involving story, highly interactive (and useful)environment, excellent controls, brutally effective arsenal, state of the art physics, smart AI and good production values all contribute to an exceptional experience that is the most underappreciated game I've played. Expand
  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. Collapse
  4. ArloS.
    May 16, 2005
    9
    One of the, if not the, best shooters on PS2. You'd have to be blind not to realize that it sports some of the best console AI to appear in a fairly linear shooter of this type. Great story and better than average physics complement good voice acting and action set pieces. A must buy for virtual executioners. Expand
  5. 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. Expand
  6. JimmyD.
    Jul 4, 2005
    9
    Without a doubt one of the finest first person shooters to be made...top notch graphics, great voice acting and a logical and intelligent story with a great pace. Highly recommended Expand
  7. Michael
    Apr 26, 2005
    2
    I have been following this game for some time. It's had an incredibly long development time, judging by the demo in the recent OPM mag it's pretty mediocre by all accounts. The story, supposedly penned by acclaimed comic book author Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan) is as cliched and as foregettable as they come. Probably a bit late for an Alan Smithee credit... The AI is as dumb as it gets with some truly awfull looking characters running around like headless chickens in a level as linear as they come. Now on to the look.. This thing looks a pretty pathetic representation of the early mock renders. Very grainy lo res textures with harsh unrealistic lighting. After such a long development time this game should have been polished to the level Half Life 2 was (A far superior Vivendi title) but has ended up as another run of the mill FPS title. Expand

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