Excerpt: Players: 1 Platforms: Xbox, PC ESRB Rating: Teen (Language, Tobacco Reference, Violence) Cold War is a third-person stealth action game in which the player controls American journalist Matthew Carter. After receiving an anonymous tip, Carter sneaks into a Russian embassy to get a scoop on some top-secret international affairs between the Presidents of North America and Russia.
Conclusion: The features that are marquee in Over the Hedge - on-the-fly co-op, combat/platform/collect combo gameplay, mini-games, unlockables - have all been done before, and pretty much better than in this title. Games such as Shrek 2 , Madagascar , and even Scooby-Doo! Unmasked all contain some level of camera control, and are therefore better choices than Over the Hedge when selecting a kid’s title to enjoy with your littler one.
Conclusion: In the end, I can see where Cold War was headed. There are enough unique features to the stealth genre , such as the x-ray camera and assembly mode, to acknowledge their existence, but that is really it. The stealth aspects of the game are clumsy and unimpressive, the action scenes are equally as un-fun, and it is all rolled up in a rather lackluster package. There are some nice graphical moments in the game, but that is far from enough to save the experience.
Excerpt: It's hard to remember what games were like before 'stealth action' started to arrive on the scene. A huge proportion of games in many genres have seen 'stealth elements' creeping in, to the extent that they have become second nature to many gamers. A well-implemented stealth section always becomes something to look forward too. Though, when it's done badly... well, it can leave a bitter taste.
Excerpt: Graphically, Cold War retains a decent quality, but it’s nothing near what other spy games like Splinter Cell offer on the Xbox. The immersion factor of DreamCatcher’s espionage shooter is pretty good visually, but some of the textures and other elements of the environment just don’t live up to the Xbox’s standards. The mix of realistic in-game visuals combined with the comic book style of cut-scenes is also confusing.
Conclusion: and Russian government officials. While covering the news story, Carter is framed for attempted murder and thrown in a Russian prison. Much like Splinter Cell, Cold War is played from a third person perspective. CW sees you do many of the same things in Splinter Cell such as eliminating and interrogating enemies, and obtaining vital documents. One area where Cold War branches off from Splinter Cell is the weapons. The weapons in CW are really quite unique and innovative.
Excerpt: Cold War is a stealth action game that owes a debt to the popular Splinter Cell series, from which it borrows its third-person perspective, as well as its interface and many play mechanics. However, while Splinter Cell casts you as a highly trained ultrasecret agent, in Cold War you play as a sarcastic journalist who's in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Pros: Decent stealth action mechanics, along with some neat gadgets to play with, Storyline keeps you guessing and throws in a few good surprises
Cons: Enemy artificial intelligence is predictable but isn't believable, Not much variety or interest in level design, Little lasting value
Excerpt: MacGyver meets CNN's Anderson Cooper. That's the best way to describe Matthew Carter, the protagonist in Cold War. Matt is a freelance American journalist. Following a tip from an informant, Matt has arrived in Moscow to witness a top secret meeting between USSR leaders and the head of the KGB that might lead to the story of his career, but instead he becomes the story when he's framed for the attempted assasination of the Soviet president.
Conclusion: Cold War took a great story idea and added some stealth gameplay elements, but obviously just didn’t know how to put the two together. Some would say that this is a poor man’s Splinter Cell, but in truth, Cold War does not deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence with Ubisoft’s great stealth title. Unless you are a die-hard stealth fan, you are definitely better off looking elsewhere to satisfy your cravings.