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  • Summary: Cold Fear introduces a new kind of horror experience in a constantly shifting environment out at sea. You'll play as Tom Hansen, a US Coast Guard crewman whose team is sent to investigate an abandoned Russian whaling ship. As you delve deeper beneath the ship's bloodstained decks, you'll encounter hordes of evil creatures. To survive, you must eliminate your enemies, avoid traps, and get helpful information from other characters on the ship. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 41
  2. Negative: 2 out of 41
  1. 90
    The Xbox version offers the superior visual experience. Its advanced lighting system casts advanced real-time shadows (much like "Doom 3"), a high-tech feature the PS2 hardware simply can't match.
  2. It packs a ton of bedwetting frights into those [few] hours, and there's nothing like a game that leaves you craving even more. [May 2005, p.83]
  3. Graphically impressive, to the point where those prone to sea-sickness should stay away, and the dark bowels of the ship provide an eerily effective gaming environment.
  4. With the exception of the first hour or so, in which you are constantly scavenging for ammo, the gameplay is pretty solid throughout, but never highly engaging, having neither interesting puzzles nor a large variety of enemies.
  5. 70
    Some nifty gameplay mechanics and nasty enemies keep it from being an also-ran, while a little too much repetitive exploration and a short story keep it from being a contender.
  6. 63
    Yet another substandard attempt to make a splash in the shallow Xbox survival horror pool. Toss this one overboard.
  7. But this overbearing sense of familiarity is what dogs Cold Fear down into the lower echelons of the genre – it just doesn't do enough to further survival horror in any way at all. In fact most of the time it just feels like a step back.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. BibiS.
    Mar 4, 2005
    Waouh!!! AWESOME...
  2. GeorgesD.
    Apr 5, 2005
    Very good game!
  3. Nov 16, 2013
    i remember seeing these classics in my game books back in 2001 and 2 around there. my dad showed me this in game informer. He used to play it, and one day i said ima play this. and since that day, cold fear will never be forgotton by me. i still play it til this day almost 10 years since release. Expand
  4. MARIOQ.
    Mar 18, 2005
    The controls take a little time to adjust if you're used to using both thumbsticks and the combat keeps you on your toes making sure you have enough ammo and are aiming just right... it's difficult, but nonetheless a fun challenge, good graphics and interaction not a favorite but definatly worth playing through in your spare time. Expand
  5. Todd
    Mar 22, 2005
    I agree camera angles suck, unless you hold down the left trigger the whole time. Which can make your fingers get tired after a while. A map sure would be helpful to. overall, buy it if you have some trade-ins or hit blockbuster to rent. Collapse
  6. Andy
    Mar 26, 2006
    This game would have been so much better if the camera angles were better and use both joysticks. The single joystick for moving and looking stinks.
  7. Ron
    Mar 20, 2005
    This game is terrible!!! Rent it, don't buy this game. If this game would have been FPS, it might have been 'OK'...

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