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  • Summary: Synthesizing the spy mythology and unique aesthetics of the 50's and 60's and set during the Cold War, CounterSpy highlights the rogue third spy agency, C.O.U.N.T.E.R., which keeps the globe's superpowers at bay. As each side of the ongoing conflict nears the unleashing of a blow ofSynthesizing the spy mythology and unique aesthetics of the 50's and 60's and set during the Cold War, CounterSpy highlights the rogue third spy agency, C.O.U.N.T.E.R., which keeps the globe's superpowers at bay. As each side of the ongoing conflict nears the unleashing of a blow of earthshaking proportions, C.O.U.N.T.E.R. takes action, furtively subverting their plans and maintaining world peace with subterfuge. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 51
  2. Negative: 1 out of 51
  1. 95
    Save the Moon in Counterspy, a title created by a team of incredibly talented developers and creators from many different mediums. Experience Bond-esque style in a brand new way.
  2. Sep 2, 2014
    80
    It's a short game and the 3D perspective is lacking at times. However, those are the only flaws in an otherwise highly enjoyable title in a well-designed Cold War setting. Recommended.
  3. Sep 1, 2014
    77
    CounterSpy is a nicely designed and presented game with a lot of appeal. You’ll have a lot of fun sneaking through these challenging military installations, and you’ll appreciate the character customization and relative depth.
  4. Aug 25, 2014
    68
    When the stakes are low, the incongruity between CounterSpy’s stealth and action components matters little, but at DEFCON 1, you’re looking at mutual assured destruction. It’s a bit ironic that a game about escalating international tensions stumbles when it comes to its own escalating action.
  5. Sep 16, 2014
    60
    The game taper[s] off into mediocrity after a few hours. [Issue#152, p.118]
  6. Aug 24, 2014
    60
    It has all the elements to be a success, but if fails to mix them properly. The concept is original and we think it deserves a try, but it's a shame it doesn't get it right.
  7. Aug 29, 2014
    40
    The draw of the Cold War setting, the visual aesthetic, and the soundtrack only last so long. And all too quickly, Counterspy gets left out in the cold.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Aug 20, 2014
    9
    This game is great. It is a unique combination of a side scroller and an over the shoulder shooter. The game's music is fantastic and theThis game is great. It is a unique combination of a side scroller and an over the shoulder shooter. The game's music is fantastic and the visuals are fun and unique. On the PS4 it runs really well but on the Vita it is a little blurry and the load times are long. All in all it is a solid game that is worth your time. Expand
  2. Aug 23, 2014
    9
    How the mainstream got the review so far off the mark is beyond me. For the money it offers far more than some of the utter dross coming fromHow the mainstream got the review so far off the mark is beyond me. For the money it offers far more than some of the utter dross coming from the bigger studios. Great art style, simple mechanics and terrific concept make CounterSpy worth every penny you will pay for it. Expand
  3. Sep 3, 2014
    9
    What an incredibly charming game this is. The art style and bond-esque soundtrack are spot on while the game play is fluid and enjoyable. It'sWhat an incredibly charming game this is. The art style and bond-esque soundtrack are spot on while the game play is fluid and enjoyable. It's a game played in a slightly different aspect to anything I've ever played in the way it combines it's "mostly" 2D sidescrolling gameplay with it's 3D levels. The fact levels are randomly generated mean you never play the exact same level again, add that to the amount of replay value if you want to unlock all of the weapons and formulas or even get all the trophies and this game has plenty of lastability. Great little game for it's price Expand
  4. Aug 19, 2014
    9
    I wouldn't listen to the majority of the mainstream reviews for this game. Granted, the shooting mechanic isn't quite as good or precise asI wouldn't listen to the majority of the mainstream reviews for this game. Granted, the shooting mechanic isn't quite as good or precise as you would like it to be, but by the same token, it's just as good as Uncharted or Last of Us. In fact the mechanics may even be better than those games. Give it a try, definitely worth the purchase to beef up your PS4 collection (since you don't have any games to play as it is), and a very worthy addition to any PS3 game collection. Expand
  5. Aug 26, 2014
    8
    I was worried by the low reviews but on the whole I am enjoying the game very much. As a casual gamer, the 10-15 minute sections are perfectI was worried by the low reviews but on the whole I am enjoying the game very much. As a casual gamer, the 10-15 minute sections are perfect for dropping in and out. As most have pointed out, the art style is superb and really makes the game what it is.
    The gameplay is mostly rewarding - allowing a range of stealth kills, shooting explosive barrels and going all out with more powerful weapons. It is a satisfying mixture of good timing and good aim. The cover mechanic can be slightly irritating at times but pressing cover usually does what I want it to do. The only annoyance I found was never knowing when the enemies would start calling for backup. Sometimes they see you, sometimes they don't and then call anyway, forcing you to break cover to take them out before the defcon counter moves one notch closer to Armageddon. However I did find this Defcon mechanic really increased the tension making the game feel more rewarding when I finally get to the end of each level.
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  6. Aug 20, 2014
    8
    I have enjoyed playing this game, it is fun and will keep anyone who enjoys indies entertained, if you don't like indies I would notI have enjoyed playing this game, it is fun and will keep anyone who enjoys indies entertained, if you don't like indies I would not recommend this to you, mainly because there is not a big game, could complete it very quickly, all you indie lovers should give this a go. you will not be disappointed Expand
  7. Dec 22, 2014
    8
    Picked up this little gem at a discount, which should run through the holiday season of 2014. Good, simple fun. I love the art direction andPicked up this little gem at a discount, which should run through the holiday season of 2014. Good, simple fun. I love the art direction and at no time does it seem like the game is trying to achieve more than it sets out to achieve initially. A fun spin on the espionage/stealth system made popular in games like Arkham City or Assassins Creed. Mind you, this game is not those games, rather it emulates the stealth sequences of those games in a 2D playing field. Graphics are reminiscent of games like XIII, cel-shaded and easy to look at. I never lost interest throughout the initial campaign, mostly due to the procedural generated levels that keeps action fresh. I genuinely felt like a bad-ass spy a couple of times as I shot my out of a bad situation or crept past 10 guards without notice. There are a good amount of weapons that have a broad range of uses as to let the player decide whether or not they want to stealth it out or go in guns blazing (however the nifty DEFCON system warrants a little hesitation on the "guns blazing" action). All in all, for the 8$ I bought it for, this was a solid game. The sound is iffy, a lot of the puns in Russian probably flew right over my head and I had one bad experience with my entire save file being deleted without prompt just because I decided to discontinue a mission, but overall very pleased. For the sale price I'm giving this an 8/10, but if you have to pay more than 10$, I'd consider it more like a 7/10. Expand

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