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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

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 52
  2. Negative: 1 out of 52
  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. Kill Screen
    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. games(TM)
    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: 18 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
  1. Feb 27, 2015
    10
    icked 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 aticked 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… Expand
  2. Mar 7, 2015
    9
    This is actually a very fun game, well worth a play for a unique and entertaining feel. Randomized levels look great and add replay interest.This is actually a very fun game, well worth a play for a unique and entertaining feel. Randomized levels look great and add replay interest. Combination of sneaking, shooting, and searching for secret areas hiding safes full of valuable intel. Test yourself for stealth kills and extra cash, make every shot count to save ammo, or equip that assault rifle and run for it before DEFCON triggers.
    Neat game, enjoyed it.
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  3. 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
  4. 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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  5. Sep 2, 2015
    7
    Set in an alternate, and rather more comical, version of the Cold War CounterSpy is a 2d sidescroller with stealth elements. Playing the partSet in an alternate, and rather more comical, version of the Cold War CounterSpy is a 2d sidescroller with stealth elements. Playing the part of a counter agent players must infiltrate the bases of opposing countries in order to prevent either of them from launching their nuclear weapons at the moon (don’t ask!).
    The game is mostly played on a 2D plane but, when taking cover behind objects, the game switches perspective to allow the player to aim their weapon in 3D space. If spotted too often or killed the players DEFCON level will rise. Should it rise to DEFCON 1 the player is then only given a limited amount of time to complete the level before it is game over and you have to start the level over. This mechanic certainly adds a nice level of tension to proceedings which, coupled with the rest of the gameplay and highly stylised visuals, gives the game a unique feel.

    One slight let down is the procedurally generated levels. Apparently included to allow the game to be played through multiple times, on the unlockable harder difficulties, all this concept really does is lead to a lot of the levels feeling very similar. New weapons and ability upgrades, unlocked during the levels, do help to somewhat keep things fresh but I can’t help feel it would have been better for each level to have been individually designed.

    CounterSpy will likely only take most player a 2-3 hours to complete the first time around (although there are a few difficulty settings) but it’s certainly a lot of fun and well worth playing at the bargain price for which it can be picked up.
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  6. Aug 23, 2015
    6
    I liked the playful tone of this game and the atmosphere was none too bad either. The levels got a little boring after a bit and the gunsI liked the playful tone of this game and the atmosphere was none too bad either. The levels got a little boring after a bit and the guns were uninspired, but all in all I had fun. My big gripe is the camera angles. When you're primarily a 2-D stealth game you shouldn't be given to being discovered by some random yokel off-screen who happens to be facing the right direction. All in all I give it a C. Good, but not great. Expand
  7. Mar 8, 2015
    0
    Dull, frustrating, boring little game. What a waste. The things that could be done with a spy game. Firstly the whole thing should have been aDull, frustrating, boring little game. What a waste. The things that could be done with a spy game. Firstly the whole thing should have been a 3D cover shooter, second there should have been no random generation,3rd no buying bullets, 4th just why even make this crap to begin with?

    No fun to be had here people, ps+ has given us more utter sh@t this month.
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