Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 46
  2. Negative: 8 out of 46
  1. Velvet Assassin’s strengths are in its quiet, richly framed version of a World War II inside the head. The stealth mechanic is very specific and rigidly pattern based, but it presents its scenarios incredibly well.
  2. VA is a great story idea, the narrative of which really succeeds, but the actual gameplay itself is a letdown.
  3. The strength of this game is the visceral experience. It all feels very real and can be very tense, much like the enjoyable tension you feel in a good scary movie. This is all very good, but some poor choices in game design sometimes pull you out of the experience which is not so good.
  4. A realistic war-zone atmosphere and rewarding stealth action make this an intense look at World War II, despite some problems.
  5. Velvet Assassin is very much an enjoyable game, it might not have the high production values of some of its peers, but in general offers a tense, thrilling, and engaging gameplay experience throughout.
  6. 74
    The lack of reason to return to the campaign will no doubt hurt the experience, but what is here is worth venturing through. If you are a fan of the stealth genre then I highly recommend checking out SouthPeak's latest title.
  7. You'll either love it or hate it. I don't see a lot of people falling somewhere in the middle. The lack of competitive and cooperative multiplayer modes, while not needed, doesn't help the game's replay value.
  8. When it comes to presentation and overall atmosphere Velvet Assassin does a great job of conveying the sense of being alone behind dark and threatening enemy lines. Unfortunately the gameplay is bogged down by repetitive executions, predictable events and a far too slow pacing. Looking beyond these issues you'll find a qualitative action title well suited for those keen on stealth based gameplay.
  9. It's not that Violette's adventures in Nazi-occupied territory are particularly bad, but any stealth game comes with an assumption of frustration in figuring out patrol routes, minimizing the amount of time you're exposed, and dealing with whatever systems are built into the game to detect you.
  10. Velvet Assassin shows gamers the horrors of war as few other games have, with stealth action that captures the feeling of a predator stalking human prey. Unfortunately, clunky shooting controls and dumb AI break the immersion.
  11. Massive missions with too few checkpoints make it difficult to love. For stealth nuts only. [July 2009, p.81]
  12. Despite our reservations about the plot, we had an entertaining time with Velvet Assassin. It never hits the highs of the average Hitman mission, but the game's palpable atmosphere, and solid sneaking mechanics, should satisfy anyone suffering from stealth-deprivation - and help keep your mind off the agonising wait until Agent 47, Sam Fisher and Garrett finally emerge from the gloom.
  13. A straightforward stealth game that's capable of scratching a particular type of sneaky itch for many players, but also feels slightly dated and accomplishes little that hasn't been done before and done better.
  14. 65
    Ultimately, Velvet Assassin is an interesting effort in bringing something different to the WWII setting.
  15. While no technical marvel or innovation has been accomplished here, I enjoyed my play through of Velvet Assassin. It’s not trying to be anything other than a stealth game and I found that charming with today’s titles attempting to do so much more than needed.
  16. Velvet Assassin delivers a fresh point of view on the Second World War scenario, providing the player with more intense and human aspects than the average shooter. Sadly, the stealth gameplay is split between great level design and lousy A.I, while the overall experience feels a little bit too linear. Disappointing, since a deeper testing could've made a great game of this interesting concept.
  17. In the end, Velvet Assassin is definitely worth a playthrough.
  18. Velvet Assassin is not a bad game, but what it is not for sure a great one. There were some good ideas in its concept, especially in its general atmosphere and charismatic heroine, but all of them fail because of many wrong features and decisions.
  19. You can't call Velvet Assassin a complete disappointment. The cautious move here is to rent the title, and decide for yourself if the title is worth a buy, something not ridiculous considering the attractive price point.
  20. It could've been soon much more. [Aug 2009, p.70]
  21. There are plenty of good ideas in Velvet Assassin. Sadly, they’ve all been done before. The issues in the game are simply too great for more people to give it any thought, and everything besides the basic stealth mechanics aren’t fleshed out enough.
  22. Velvet Assassin is a solid stealth game but only if you can live with a rather dull story and even more dull environment.
  23. Violette Summer is an interesting character, no doubt about that. But it's not that interesting the way in which Replay Games has decided to offer an strange gameplay system. There's also a lack of an interesting story, but basically it's a cheap game with nothing special to consider besides the main character and nothing more than that.
  24. Velvet Assassin could have been a better game. It has a solid approach to the genre, but a limping AI and frustrating shooter sessions reveal the limited experience of the developer team. You can try it if you're a great stealth fan.
  25. When Velvet Assassin gives up on stealth at the end of the game and decides to spawn waves and waves of soldiers, I regrettably also gave up trying to enjoy the gameplay.
  26. If you are looking for an entertaining stealth game, you should probably look elsewhere.
  27. In the end this is a game that most likely needed a bit more development time in which to iron out the kinks. There’s a good game in here, but its buried underneath psychic AI and strange game mechanics.
  28. The problem I had was with the game’s radical inconsistency.
  29. As Velvet Assassin’s story unfolds, a realization begins to dawn. Events have nothing to tie them together. No overarching plot shapes your gameplay experience. Instead, these are vignettes devoid of character or emotional resonance.
  30. The simple truth is that Velvet Assassin is a mediocre game that made its way onto the market earlier than it should have.
  31. Critical flaws in every major respect, then, and yet it just about hangs together. There's an affecting moodiness to it, a real satisfaction when you do chain together several silent kills, and the low-tech 1940s setting lends a refreshing purity to the sneak 'em up genre. With a little more polish, further adventures for Violette could well be to die for.
  32. A World War II-themed Splinter Cell, but with too many technical and design flaws to satisfy.
  33. 50
    Assassin features flawed stealth action elements that can ruin the gameplay when they go awry, and only point out the hit-or-miss nature of the mechanics when they work well.
  34. 50
    Velvet Assassin is a decent stealth game, until you're replaying the same sequence for the umpteenth time.
  35. A good level design and some good ideas loaned from more successful titles aren't enough to make a good game of Velvet Assassin. Frustration always around the corner and a rough gameplay unavoidably worsen the game experience.
  36. Bugs, shortcuts, and the game’s habit of repeating the same clever trick too many times hold back an otherwise solid stealther.
  37. This is a World War II story that’s thankfully less of a bunker blockbuster and more of an ethically exploratory ride through a side of war rarely explored in videogames. Now if only they could’ve gotten the videogame parts right…
  38. 50
    An ambitious experiment from beginning to end, this innovative wartime stealth effort just can't seem to rise above the commonplace level of mediocrity found in a sea of cookie-cutter World War II titles.
  39. Lacking the tools to really upset her enemies or cope with them when she does, Summer relies on a wafer-thin playbook of obvious traps and distractions. [July 2009, p.96]
  40. A frustrating gaming experience.
  41. Velvet Assassin accentuates the negatives of the genre rather than it emphasises the positives. [July 2009, p.108]
  42. Despite its solid foundations, Velvet Assassin doesn’t have the brute strength to be anything more than a brief distraction for extremely patient, hardcore fans of the traditional stealth genre.
  43. Velvet Assassin is in one word: weak. The story never reaches its full potential and furthermore the technical side is flooded with flaws. And even though the game has its moments of tension, the game fails horribly in being worth your money. Try to sneak past this one if you can.
  44. A shame in so many ways. Avoid, unless you like boredom.
  45. 30
    Velvet Assassin is an excruciatingly painful, unappealing mess of a game, and its number of redeeming qualities can be counted on the stump of a leper's former arm: it ends.
  46. Velvet Assassin has a neat premise, but I knew before the second mission was over that I never wanted to play it again. It's just too repetitive, frustrating, and archaically designed to make it recommendable even to diehard stealth fans. The genre has evolved, and Velvet Assassin didn't keep up.
User Score
6.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Feb 16, 2013
    8
    In this game you play the role of British WW2 spy Violette Summer, a protagonist who really does put the 'ass' in 'assassin'. The missions are presented as flashbacks as Violette lies ill in a hospital bed. Whilst not a masterpiece, this is an incredibly underrated game. The stealth mechanics and actual gameplay is pretty simple; but it is the atmosphere, claustrophobic and haunting, that will stay with you the most. The graphics aren't great but neither are they terrible. The voice work for Violette is quite good.

    My main complaint with this game is the absolutely terrible shooting mechanics. While this isn't really as issue for most of the game, it becomes a major gripe for the last two missions :/

    All in all, I enjoyed Velvet Assassin much more than I thought I would. There was potential for a sequel too, but I doubt we'll ever see one.
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  2. Dec 28, 2012
    3
    A lonely, isolated gaming experience, easy to forget and move on with. One of the hardest things about the 'Velvet Assassin' experience is finding the will to finish it. The games efforts to engage audience with the haunting audio only makes the game more boring and unpleasant . Just as the stealth genre continues to fall into commercial hell... the release of Velvet Assassin only justifies this predicament. Full Review »