Excerpt: If I ever found myself trapped alone in a sinister abandoned lab, with scary noises and creepy messages lurking in every room, I think I’d curl into a ball, stick my thumb in my mouth and weep pathetically until help arrived. Unfortunately there’s no button for that in Corrosion: Cold Winter Waiting, so you’ve got no choice but to explore the horrific interior of Cold Winter Farm, a menacing derelict building where - of course - you’re stuck with no way out.
Pros: Chilling story, Plenty of creepiness, Addictive exploration
Excerpt: These days, it seems every new entry into the saturated first-person shooter genre has to have some kind of gimmick in order to try to stand out from the crowd. Whether you’re talking about F.E.A.R. ‘s slow-motion, Half-Life 2 ‘s Gravity Gun or Riddick ‘s melee combat, pretty much every FPS out there has some kind of unique element to differentiate itself from its peers. Cold Winter is no exception, but I’ll come to exactly why later.
Excerpt: Ever go on a blind date and hear the phrase “He/She has a great personality?” It’s supposed to be something nice to say about someone that is...well, somewhat lacking in the looks department. Given the rather shallow nature of our society (American society anyway) that phrase is enough to scare just about anyone away from said date. That scenario is a lot like Cold Winter for the PS2 and that’s too bad because you could very well be missing out on a great time.
Excerpt: Despite the PlayStation 2's dominance in this generation's console war, the console hasn't been able to provide a great, exclusive first-person shooter. The Timesplitters series has been the leading franchise on the PlayStation 2, yet that has been available to Xbox and GameCube owners. Killzone had its moments, but ultimately fell somewhat short of its potential and little else has given PlayStation 2 owners anything like what Xbox owners now expect from an FPS.
Excerpt: The PS2 continues to produce a wealth of quality FPS titles, from the recent Project Snowblind , Area 51 and now Cold Winter . Early on though, PS2 was fairly devoid of FPS action -- as were most consoles -- but with these recent titles (*cough HALO ), the console FPS realm has bolstered it’s ranks Graphically, this James Bond-esque thriller is a nice showing on the veteran PS2 hardware. The levels themselves are really stunning and amazingly interactive.
Excerpt: , SierraÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s latest first person shooter, delivers a solid single-player campaign with an immense replay value. Instead of focusing on complex objectives and time-consuming puzzles, you can simply expect a straightforward action packed game right from the beginning. Filled with loads of gore and profane language, this title is sure to satisfy anyoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s desire for destruction.
Conclusion: Unfortunately the game is too linear and the graphics and sound departments did as much wrong as they did right. The multiplayer isn�t much to speak of when compared to other games on the market, but the single player experience offers an intriguing story.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: If you're into FPSes and intrigued by the look of Cold Winter it's absolutely worth picking up on a system long-starved of decent FPS titles -- by all means give it a try. But, for those of you hooked on the excellent design of titles like Halo 2 , FarCry and Half-Life 2 , it's probably just a good rental.
Excerpt: Some games are going to get kicked around in the press like a hacky-sack, and honestly, it's through no real fault of their own. Cold Winter is a first-person shooter in a period of time where it can often seem like every other game that comes in for review is a first-person shooter. It's also a first-person shooter on the PS2, so it's got a bad case of Murk Syndrome.