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  • Summary: Velvet Assassin is a stealth-action game set in World War II and is inspired by real-life British secret agent Violette Szabo. Players assume the role of Violette Summer and head deep behind enemy lines with no support or official backing from the British Government. Violette risks her life fighting to defeat the German war machine one stealth mission at a time. Velvet Assassin combines lush, surreal visuals and a ground-breaking stealth combat system to deliver a gaming experience which is truly the first of its kind. [Gamecock Media] Expand
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  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. 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.
  3. Massive missions with too few checkpoints make it difficult to love. For stealth nuts only. [July 2009, p.81]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 50
    Velvet Assassin is a decent stealth game, until you're replaying the same sequence for the umpteenth time.
  7. 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.

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. PhiloF
    Jan 8, 2010
    Overall, i thought velvet assassin was rather entertaining, and i feel that the critics of this game may have been a little too harsh. it's definitely not perfect, and it isn't the most visually amazing game ever made, But,it definitely has flaws in the imagination. they wanted this game to be realistic. not through graphics, but through game play. they didn't waste their time making 40 different assassination cut scenes, instead they featured 4 or 5 basic moves, to make the game more about patience and observation, rather than the bloody hack and slash visuals that a lot of games have become today. So if you've been longing for a true stealth game, i'd suggest renting or buying this one. it will keep you entertained for atleast 10-20 hours depending on how many times you fail, which you will, again and again. Expand
  2. SaschaB
    May 8, 2009
    nothing new, but very solid and lots of fun, espiecially if you're into stealth-games and love to kill some nazis...
  3. MikeM
    May 3, 2009
    For a small developer trying to do something a bit out of the ordinary, Velvet Assassin succeeds. Though its presentation lacks polish, its bare-bones gameplay works; it establishes its own rules, and plays well by them. It almost takes on an 'old school' feel, while being a visually and audibly rich experience. Expand
  4. Feb 16, 2013
    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.
  5. peterb
    May 2, 2009
    Not to bad at all if stealth games are your thing, after all its been too long since a hitman or a splinter cell fed my addiction for sneaking up on unsuspecting foes in video games. This does have some flaws but not too many to make it a bad game. The gameplay does nothing wrong although it could be somewhat more imaginative, its quite unforgiving and I like it for that. Checkpoints sometimes feel a bit far apart but it just makes you hone sections of the game perfectly, reviews should take note , thats been done on purpose. graphics are nothing amazing but do their job well, I found it on the whole to be a rewarding game, some will say that the story makes little sense, but to me video game stories are secondry to the playability and timing of takedowns in this game is key to enjoyment, it will tide you over nicley until splinter cell conviction or the next hitman arrives. Collapse
  6. MichalK
    May 4, 2009
    Really nice game but it's only nice... Don't expect that anything will bring you above avarage of WWII games.
  7. tonydeleano
    Apr 29, 2009
    this is with out a doubt one of the worst games to hit,it's right up there with "payback" and that was a load of garbage too.I'm truly sorry I purchased this game,it was not money well spent. The only thing that was half ass decent was the inviroment,the chacter movements were almost stick like,and she gets killed as easy as 1 2 3 . And your back to square one! And that's on the "easy" level !. Expand

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