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Gameplay 8.9
Graphics 9.2
Sound 8.9
Value 8.5
Distributor: QVS
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
October 2005
Reviewer:
Andrew B

8.7


Cold War

Cold War is the latest Splinter Cell "clone" to land on the XBox and PC that follows the heroic exploits of Matt Carter, a freelance journalist who unwittingly finds himself in the midst of an international conspiracy that has deadly ramifications for the U.S.S.R. From the minute you start the game, the realism of the title hits you immediately as you find yourself waking up in a KGB prison, stripped of all your possessions. With only your wits and instincts at hand, you must somehow escape your captives in order to prevent the U.S.S.R falling into the wrong hands and perhaps the chain reaction needed to start World War III.

Cold War is an interesting game on the PC and although it's similar to the Splinter Cell series, there is enough in this title to make it different. The camera system of the game switches between first person and third person, depending on what actions you are performing in the game. For instance, when performing stealth activities, the camera automatically switches to a third person perspective and back to a first person perspective when you are using your guns.

The gameplay itself uses a combination of stealth and action that is heavily influenced by the items that you discover in the gaming environments. Thankfully, unlike Splinter Cell, the game can be completed in a number of different ways to not only increase the longevity of the title but also to prevent a linear timeline.

The combat system of the Cold War is relatively easy to master but I must admit that the artificial intelligence in the title sometimes performed a little strange that actually makes this game on the moderate side of difficulty. As with all stealth games, your main objectives is sneak around in the shadows without alerting too many enemies to your presence.

What really sets this game apart from Splinter Cell is that your character can make a variety of different gadgets with the objects that he finds. Although all these items are  already predetermined, it does make for some fun and interesting gameplay, especially when things become a little too hectic. Your character also has access to an x-ray camera (awesome graphics) that allows you look through walls to know where the enemy is,  not to mention where weapons and key items are hiding.

Graphically, Cold War is a visual treat on the PC that uses state-of-the-art graphics and special effects to thoroughly immerse you into the mid-1980's of the U.S.S.R with locales  that are diverse and colourful such as Stalingrad to dreary Chernobyl. All the characters in the game have been professionally designed and move with a humanlike grace that contain high resolution texture details and shadows. The special effects of the title are top class and some of the fire effects in this title are the most realistic that I have seen in a game and match that with some great prerendered cinematics and you have one impressive looking title.

The musical score of Cold War sounds like it has come straight out of a Hollywood espionage movie like Tom Clancy and really helps draw you into the world of 1980's Russia with its heavy influence of Communism. Add some professional voice acting, some realistic sound effects and it's almost as if you're watching a movie but you're actually starring in it.

In conclusion, Cold War is very adept title on the PC that is almost like you're playing a Tom Clancy Splinter Cell game but with a twist. With extraordinary graphics, an interesting yet sometimes clichéd storyline, Cold War has enough going on for most gamers to check it out. The only down side to the title is probably the replay value as I found this game a little on the easy side. Check it out though, there's not much better in the world at the moment!






 
 



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