Cold War (video game)

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Cold War
Cold War PC game cover.jpg
Developer(s) Mindware Studios
Publisher(s) DreamCatcher Games
Runesoft (OS X)
Linux Game Publishing (Linux)
Distributor(s) Desura (Linux)
Engine MENG
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, Xbox, Mac OS X, Linux
Release date(s)
  • NA: September 27, 2005
  • EU: October 21, 2005 (Xbox)
  • EU: November 11, 2005 (PC)
OS X
  • WW: July 31, 2006
Linux
  • WW: August 4, 2006[1]
Genre(s) Stealth
Mode(s) Single-player

Cold War is a video game developed by Czech developer Mindware Studios and published by DreamCatcher Games (Linux Game Publishing for Linux). The game is similar to the Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell series of games in that it uses a stealth-action system of gameplay. The game distinguishes itself by adding an item invention system where the player can use seemingly useless objects to create new tools and weapons. Also, the story of the game centers on a civilian reporter, so no extremely acrobatic moves are available to the player. Another aspect of the game is that the player can take many different approaches to winning the game.

Plot[edit]

Matthew Carter

Cold War takes place in 1986 and follows the story of a freelance journalist Matthew Carter who finds himself in the midst of an international conspiracy that aims to control the U.S.S.R.. Twelve hours after arriving in Moscow in hopes of gathering material for a Pulitzer Prize winning story, he finds himself thrown into KGB's political prison and framed for an attempted murder of the president. The reason for this was unknown, however, a unidentified female agent placed a prototype X-Ray camera in replacement with his original one. Carter noticed this unknown device and decided to capture a fire extinguisher for testing, but the chemicals in the flash powder caused the object to explode, making him visible to the guards.

Inside the prison, he met a former Soviet agent whom he agreed to accompany with. The two escaped by using a shaft to go to the outer areas of the prison. With each investigation, the agent helped Carter by assisting him from conspiracies.

Using only recovered weapons and improvised gadgets, he must now evade or overcome elite Soviet forces and defeat the conspiracy before he is sent to a Siberian prison camp or killed.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
PC Xbox
Game Informer 6/10[2] 6/10[2]
GameSpot 6.5/10[3] 6.5/10[3]
GameSpy 2/5 stars[4] N/A
IGN 5.8/10[5] 5.8/10[6]
OXM N/A 4.5/10[7]
PALGN 4/10[8] N/A
PC Gamer (US) 74%[9] N/A
TeamXbox N/A 5.3/10[10]
VideoGamer.com 5/10[11] 5/10[11]
X-Play N/A 2/5 stars[12]
Aggregate score
Metacritic 64/100[13] 60/100[14]

The PC and Xbox versions received "mixed" reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[13][14]

The Linux version received more positive reviews, with Phoronix stating the game is "truly phenomenal" and that it's "one of the best single-player shooters we have ever played on Linux."[15] LinuxGames awarded it 8.5 out of 10, commenting that the game was "the most enjoyable Linux gaming experience of 2006 so far."[16] PC Burn "heartily" recommended the game's Linux version.[17]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Larabel, Michael (August 4, 2006). "Cold War Shipping". Phoronix. 
  2. ^ a b Biessener, Adam (December 2005). "Cold War". Game Informer (152): 161. Archived from the original on February 26, 2006. Retrieved November 28, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Kasavin, Greg (November 7, 2005). "Cold War Review". GameSpot. Retrieved November 28, 2016. 
  4. ^ Osborne, Scott (November 29, 2005). "GameSpy: Cold War (PC)". GameSpy. Retrieved November 28, 2016. 
  5. ^ Clayman, David (October 3, 2005). "Cold War (PC)". IGN. Retrieved November 28, 2016. 
  6. ^ Clayman, David (October 13, 2005). "Cold War (Xbox)". IGN. Retrieved November 28, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Cold War". Official Xbox Magazine: 70. December 25, 2005. 
  8. ^ Keller, Matt (October 18, 2005). "Cold War Review - PC Gaming Review". PALGN. Archived from the original on September 11, 2006. Retrieved November 28, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Cold War". PC Gamer: 55. January 2006. 
  10. ^ Fisher, Matthew (October 3, 2005). "Cold War Review (Xbox)". TeamXbox. Archived from the original on March 11, 2012. Retrieved November 28, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b Young, Andy (November 16, 2005). "Cold War Review". VideoGamer.com. Retrieved November 28, 2016. 
  12. ^ Speer, Justin (December 2, 2005). "Cold War Review (Xbox)". X-Play. Archived from the original on December 27, 2005. Retrieved November 28, 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "Cold War for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 28, 2016. 
  14. ^ a b "Cold War for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 28, 2016. 
  15. ^ Larabel, Michael (May 13, 2006). "Initial Impressions: Cold War". Phoronix. 
  16. ^ Micks (2006). "Cold War". LinuxGames. Archived from the original on March 2, 2008. Retrieved November 28, 2016. 
  17. ^ Bergeron, Chris (June 2006). "Cold War". PC Burn. Archived from the original on July 3, 2006. 

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