Cold Fear

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A team from the Coast Guard boards a nameless Russian Whaler lost in a storm. Little do they know that a team of CIA operatives tried to do the same shortly before, all of them ending up dead. Within minutes, the entire Coast Guard team shares their fate, except one person, veteran USCG Tom Hansen. Now it's up to him to discover which kind of creatures wiped out his mates. Are there any survivors? What happened aboard this vessel? How does its recent visit to the Russian scientific drilling platform "Star of Sakhalin" fit in?

Cold Fear is a typical console-style action adventure, similar to games like the Silent Hill series. Most of the time players will be viewing the action from a third person point of view, following the character around as he utilizes an array of weapons to dispose of a variety of enemies. Occasionally, a puzzle has to be solved or a cutscene (rendered with the game's own engine) must be witnessed. Additional insight can be gained by reading the various notes, letters and diaries that can be picked up every now and then.


Cold Fear Windows Who needs headshots when you can just stomp on their faces when they are down?
Cold Fear Windows The monsters and the crew will fight each other. But once either has gotten the upper hand, they'll jump on you.
Cold Fear Windows Using the environment to your advantage, here I punctured a gas pipe.
Cold Fear Windows How's THIS supposed to fit into the storyline?!?

Alternate Titles

  • "极度深寒" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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User Reviews

A fun, addicting game that's certainly worth the try. Windows Daniel Hernandez (6)
More like "Cold Apathy" PlayStation 2 AkibaTechno (248)
Average survival horror, sooooo average Windows MichaelPalin (1188)
Regular Fear Xbox Tiroloco (24)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Xbox Apr 04, 2005 4.5 out of 5 90
Next Level Gaming Xbox Mar 31, 2005 89 out of 100 89
Playback Windows May, 2006 8.33 out of 10 83 Xbox Mar 30, 2005 81 out of 100 81 PlayStation 2 Mar 30, 2005 81 out of 100 81
IGN PlayStation 2 Mar 17, 2005 7.2 out of 10 72
Extreme Gamer Xbox Mar 29, 2005 7 out of 10 70 Windows Jun 15, 2005 12 out of 20 60
Factornews Xbox Mar 29, 2005 6 out of 10 60 (UK) Xbox May 04, 2005 5 out of 10 50


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Copy protection

Ubisoft received alot of complains about the game refusing to run on the PC. It was traced back to the copy protection. Ubisoft then recalled all PC copies of the game on store shelves. Ubisoft released a patch which removes the copy protection and CD-check for those who held to their copy.

German index

On September 30, 2005, Cold Fear (PS2) was put on the infamous German index by the BPjM. Shortly after, on October 29, 2005, both Windows and Xbox releases followed. More information about this can be found in the game group

Music and Sound

Some of the sound effects and ambient background music are recycled from Darkworks' previous game, Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare.

Information also contributed by Karthik KANE and Xoleras

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