The Sum of All Fears (video game)

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The Sum of All Fears
The Sum of All Fears Cover.jpg
Developer(s) Red Storm Entertainment
Publisher(s) Ubisoft
Producer(s) Deke Waters
Composer(s) Bill Brown
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 2, GameCube
Release Microsoft Windows
  • NA: May 28, 2002
  • EU: August 9, 2002
Game Boy Advance
  • EU: October 4, 2002
  • NA: November 19, 2002
PlayStation 2
  • EU: November 8, 2002[1]
GameCube
  • NA: December 17, 2002
  • EU: March 21, 2003
Genre(s) Tactical shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

The Sum of All Fears is a tactical shooter video game developed by Red Storm Entertainment, published by Ubisoft, and released for Microsoft Windows, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 2 (only released in Europe) and GameCube. The game is based on the Ghost Recon game engine.

The game is based on the Tom Clancy's book. It is a tactical first-person shooter and is very similar in style to that of the Rainbow Six series of games.

Plot[edit]

A screenshot showing the PC version of the game.

The game's first two missions take place sometime during the film, in which the FBI Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) works to save hostages in a Charleston, West Virginia television station, and shut down operations from a West Virginian militia calling themselves the "Mountain Men". From the third mission on, John Clark recruits the team to work for the CIA and has the operatives work on seeking out and killing the conspirators behind the incident in Baltimore, Maryland, in which a nuclear bomb was detonated during an American football game, killing a large number of people.

Gameplay[edit]

The Sum of All Fears uses a significantly simplified version of the gameplay seen in the Rainbow Six series. There is no planning phase to each mission; instead the player's 3-man team executes a pre-planned insertion with other anti-terrorist teams controlled solely by the computer. However, the player is free to deviate from the planned route and select their own path. The player also cannot individually select the equipment each team member carries. Instead, the player chooses from a small selection of pre-defined equipment packages for the entire team. On each mission, the player has control of his two teammates, and can take direct control of any of them at any time. The player can also give a few rudimentary commands to his teammates, such as "wait here", "follow me", and "clear/grenade/flashbang the next room".

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
GBA GC PC PS2
EGM N/A 5.5/10[2] N/A N/A
Eurogamer N/A N/A 6/10[3] N/A
Game Informer N/A 5.5/10[4] 7.5/10[5] N/A
GamePro N/A 2/5 stars[6] N/A N/A
Game Revolution N/A N/A C−[7] N/A
GameSpot 6.7/10[8] 2.6/10[9] 7.2/10[10] N/A
GameSpy N/A 1/5 stars[11] 3/5 stars[12] N/A
GameZone 8.3/10[13] N/A 8.3/10[14] N/A
IGN 6/10[15] 2.5/10[16] 8.7/10[17] N/A
Nintendo Power 4.1/5[18] 3.1/5[19] N/A N/A
PC Gamer (US) N/A N/A 72%[20] N/A
Aggregate scores
GameRankings 68%[21] 36%[22] 72%[23] 53%[24]
Metacritic 69/100[25] 36/100[26] 72/100[27] N/A

The PC and Game Boy Advance versions received "average" reviews, while the GameCube version received "unfavorable" reviews according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[25][26][27]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ EGM staff (December 2002). "The Sum of All Fears (GC)". Electronic Gaming Monthly (161): 236. 
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  4. ^ "Tom Clancy's [The] Sum of All Fears (GC)". Game Informer (120): 89. April 2003. 
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  13. ^ Knutson, Michael (December 10, 2002). "The Sum of All Fears - GBA - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 6, 2007. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  14. ^ Lafferty, Michael (June 9, 2002). "The Sum of All Fears - PC - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 12, 2008. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  15. ^ Harris, Craig (February 21, 2003). "Sum of All Fears (GBA)". IGN. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
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  18. ^ "The Sum of All Fears (GBA)". Nintendo Power. 160: 166. September 2002. 
  19. ^ "The Sum of All Fears (GC)". Nintendo Power. 165: 154. February 2003. 
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  21. ^ "The Sum of All Fears for Game Boy Advance". GameRankings. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  22. ^ "The Sum of All Fears for GameCube". GameRankings. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  23. ^ "The Sum of All Fears for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  24. ^ "The Sum of All Fears for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  25. ^ a b "The Sum of All Fears for Game Boy Advance Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  26. ^ a b "The Sum of All Fears for GameCube Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  27. ^ a b "The Sum of All Fears for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 

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