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Description

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.

Screenshots

Cold Fear PlayStation 2 Title screen.
Cold Fear Windows Typical boss fight: you have to distract the baddie while your woman does the real job tsk. tsk.
Cold Fear Windows The automatic camera could often be positioned better.
Cold Fear Windows Sometimes, you can use things to your advantage. The steam will help you detect invisible enemies.

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 (1225)
Regular Fear Xbox Tiroloco (24)

Critic Reviews

Futuregamez.net PlayStation 2 Mar 28, 2005 79 out of 100 79
Fragland.net PlayStation 2 May 11, 2005 77.2 out of 100 77
IGN PlayStation 2 Mar 17, 2005 7.2 out of 10 72
GameCell UK PlayStation 2 2005 7 out of 10 70
Deaf Gamers Xbox 2005 7 out of 10 70
Yahoo! Games Xbox Mar 29, 2005 3.5 out of 5 70
Game Revolution PlayStation 2 Mar 28, 2005 B- 67
Game Informer Magazine Xbox May, 2005 6.25 out of 10 62
X-Power Xbox Apr 18, 2005 6 out of 10 60
Pro-G PlayStation 2 Apr 20, 2005 6 out of 10 60

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Trivia

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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