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  • Summary: It is the height of the Cold War, a time of global uncertainty and civil unrest. In this stealth shooter you play Agent Alekhine, a highly skilled Russian assassin driven by a moral compass that leads you headfirst into a covert operation unsanctioned by the country you serve. WorkingIt is the height of the Cold War, a time of global uncertainty and civil unrest. In this stealth shooter you play Agent Alekhine, a highly skilled Russian assassin driven by a moral compass that leads you headfirst into a covert operation unsanctioned by the country you serve. Working alongside American CIA agents, your mission is clear - though how you accomplish it is anything but - as the tension of a nuclear standoff grows with each passing minute. In a world where one wrong move could be the end of you, navigating a new direction comes at a price. Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 12
  2. Negative: 11 out of 12
  1. CD-Action
    May 30, 2016
    65
    Hitman’s less gifted cousin has a lot of flaws that I need to point out, like a poor story that I didn’t care about, stupid AI painfully reminding that you’re playing a game, and dated visuals. Surprisingly, despite all that I do not regret playing Alekhine’s Gun, because its mechanics are solid and eleven locations are varied and well-designed. [05/2016, p.50]
  2. Apr 4, 2016
    48
    It is hardly a spy thriller, but rather a madhouse with disguises and murders, so it’s best to avoid this chapter of Mr. Strogov’s life altogether.
  3. Pelit (Finland)
    May 9, 2016
    47
    You come at the king, you best not miss. Comparing Alekhine’s Gun to an AAA title like Hitman may seem unfair, but Maximum Games made the mistake of trying to defeat the ruler of the genre with its own weapons and they take a beating on every front. [May 2016]
  4. Mar 16, 2016
    40
    Stealth games are meant to be challenging and should feel like a tense, punishing experience. But Alekhine’s Gun is stretch too far and instead punishes you because of its poor mechanics and terrible AI.
  5. Mar 18, 2016
    40
    The bad news is that this entertaining and occasionally surprising narrative is wrapped around an inadequately polished Hitman knockoff.
  6. Game World Navigator Magazine
    May 18, 2016
    37
    Biggest problem of AG isn’t the story or lackluster graphics, but its incredibly poor AI. Should you cause an alarm, every guard on the level will blindly run to that spot, letting you shoot them one by one without even changing position. At some point, you start to wonder – why bother trying to stealth around if it’s so much easier to just kill everyone? [Issue#209, p.63]
  7. Mar 11, 2016
    30
    Like the chess move it’s named after, Alekhine’s Gun puts its pieces in the right places, but then it fails to follow through with any quality or grace. It’s hard to feel accomplished after pulling off a clean kill when the targets lack the competence to even defend themselves.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 6 out of 8
  1. Mar 12, 2016
    10
    Very interesting game, all the advice! In the style of Hitman contracts, but more interesting At first glance boring, but you only play 5Very interesting game, all the advice! In the style of Hitman contracts, but more interesting At first glance boring, but you only play 5 minutes, after which the game becomes very interesting. Expand
  2. Apr 12, 2016
    10
    This is amazing game. Эта игра - отличное продолжение "Смерть шпионам". Пиндосам сложно оценить и понять всю эпичность действа. ЭтотThis is amazing game. Эта игра - отличное продолжение "Смерть шпионам". Пиндосам сложно оценить и понять всю эпичность действа. Этот умопомрачительный стелс и вариативность геймплея. Сравнивать это с Хитманом - нельзя. Это другая игра, о другом. Expand
  3. Mar 23, 2016
    2
    Before playing I read the users reviews here, so I can't say that I wasn't fairly warned. Like another user mentioned, the game seems to beBefore playing I read the users reviews here, so I can't say that I wasn't fairly warned. Like another user mentioned, the game seems to be trying to emulate Hitman Blood Money, but goes ahead and bungles all the things that made the aforesaid game pleasing and is a technical nightmare to boot...don't get me wrong there were aspects of the game that sometimes had flashes of inspiration like the lock picking and the art direction was good enough to carry off some decent atmosphere but all the mistakes like the broken AI where NPCs rely on cone sight distance and nearly only become suspicious from your costume and not what you are doing. More words would be a waste of time, this game crashes and burns spectacularly - twice my video card totally dropped out and I had to completely power offon the computer to get a picture back...sounds unpleasant doesn't it? In the log file for the game it says the renderer is a debug build...the game seems to be in alpha stage. Fair warning. Expand
  4. Mar 24, 2016
    2
    Alekhine's Gun set out to fill a yawning abyss left by Hitman's departure from it's original style and unfortunately failed to meet theAlekhine's Gun set out to fill a yawning abyss left by Hitman's departure from it's original style and unfortunately failed to meet the enjoyment factor of any game in the series. It doesn't really stand up to much in the genre at all. Considering I wanted to enjoy this, the fact that I had to tap out midway into mission 2 speaks volumes. Expand
  5. Mar 12, 2016
    2
    I honestly don't understand any positive review on this game. Now, I'm not trying to discourage anyone from either trying the game orI honestly don't understand any positive review on this game. Now, I'm not trying to discourage anyone from either trying the game or recommend it to other, but please - make no mistake with this one and please, be very, very sure about trying it. I call this game "refund-dumb", because the first two hours of the game is quite... ok-ish. But you can't use Steam's refund option after the 2 hours, from which the game starts to fall on its head again, and again, and again.

    Alekhine's Gun was initially Death to Spies 3 that took a lot of evident inspiration from Hitman: Blood Money. Getting those two games/franchises together, you might have a million-dollar idea on your hands. But AG fails to execute ANYTHING properly. The story is boring, the characters are dull, level design is terrible [1], game design lacks basic stealth options [2a] or execute these options terribly [2b]. Audio is probably one of the worst I've seen (or rather heard) in a B-title game. Dubbing (along with character models) is Road to Hell: Retribution-quality and most of the time, it sounds it's not even recorder in a studio but in some office with a bunch of friend sitting over a beer. Graphics aren't that much bad for a B-title, but the filters used gives you headache.

    And the list goes on and on and on. I didn't even mention definitely one of the worst AI in games I can remember. They can't even climb the ladder. If you get close to anyone, he will just stand there staring at you forever until you move. Even if he or she was the one to bump into you. Lockpicking a door and someone sees you? They come to you, stop there, stare at you, you can just quit the minigame and they return to their patrol. Did I also mentioned that their reaction time is really long? Yeah.

    This game has its ideas. A little polish to this, little polish to that, Alekhine's Gun could have had anything a stealth game needs to be... playable. But this game simply is not. Many people do 2 basic errors when it comes to "reviewing" this game. Especially on Steam.
    A) They review it after playing barely and hour or too (see beginning of my review)
    B) They praise this game because it's completed. Not like new Hitman, which was made episodic. And while I don't agree with that business model and I know that Hitman has its flaws too (there are many bugs and it's very demanding on computer, along with always-online DRM), I would choose Hitman anytime over Alekhine's Gun, because Hitman is in its core a fun game that makes everything, what makes Alekhine's Gun badly, good.

    Please, stay away from this game if you value your 40€/$.

    [1] - The levels are short, linear, unoriginal and the game reuses assets and design from DtS games - one library in the level 3 is the exact same copy of one of the Death to Spies hotel libraries.
    [2a] - Hiding in closets for instance.
    [2b] - You can't move while changing equipment, interaction with environment is minimal, Instinct system is pointless, most of the disguises are pointless as well - you only need one to get more or less everywhere easily. By completing missions as stealthy as possible you get RP points, which you can use to buy new equipment, but... There is almost no stealth equipment available and you can get those hard-earned RP points from STEALTH to buy LOUD weapons. Where's logic in that?
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  6. Apr 25, 2016
    1
    HORRÍVEL,péssimo game cheio de bugs,apresenta várias proposta em falhou em varias delas,muito bostaHORRÍVEL,péssimo game cheio de bugs,apresenta várias proposta em falhou em varias delas,muito bosta
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  7. Mar 19, 2016
    1
    2016 just started and i think i have the biggest disappointment for the year. To be honest i just registered to tell how bad this game is.2016 just started and i think i have the biggest disappointment for the year. To be honest i just registered to tell how bad this game is.
    Death to Spies (along with Moment of Truth) was a great game where you were sent to a big field with some tasks to complete and you had to infiltrate the area in order to gain Access to the objectives. Of course those games had their faults as well but they were still great games and fun to play. With the time however i started to wander if there would be a sequel where we would be against soviets. I was so happy that it was announced to this spring.

    Dun dun duuuun.the game fails. Let me narrate my experience:
    Okay I'm so excited.Let's go on normal.Wait.The first games were pretty hard even on easy. Okay maybe there are new functions so i need the tips. Honestly i don't really care about the story. What? right inside a nazi base without a disguise? nevermind.lets throw the guard with my knife like i did in the first place.aim for the head not to harm the disguise.No,you idiot,dont wave it around throw it!Aw come on!Yourwhat? Instinct mode? Ah nevermind. Let's get a soldier and his clothes and kill that dude.First thing:check. The second? Kill the officer(whose every step is guarded like in reality,no problem with that) without any accident like method,meaning shooting him(alerting every soul in the castle) or sneaking up behind him while he pees and killing him with a knife/garotte/chloroform (alerting one guard to shoot at you which also alerts ppl) And what are these sound effects, Ctrl c ctrl v from the first games. Do not buy it, Waste of money.Belive me.1/10
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