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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 Braving the storm on the drilling platform
Cold Fear Windows Watch your step when on deck, else you might end up lost at sea.
Cold Fear Windows Conceptual design samples
Cold Fear Windows The still living members of the crew aren't too friendly, either.

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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 (1279)
Regular Fear Xbox Tiroloco (24)

Critic Reviews PlayStation 2 May 11, 2005 77.2 out of 100 77
Worth Playing PlayStation 2 Apr 19, 2005 7.6 out of 10 76
GameCell UK PlayStation 2 2005 7 out of 10 70
Jolt (UK) Xbox Apr 06, 2005 7 out of 10 70
MS Xbox World Xbox Mar 14, 2005 7 out of 10 70
Extreme Gamer Xbox Mar 29, 2005 7 out of 10 70
Game Revolution PlayStation 2 Mar 28, 2005 B- 67
Gamezine Windows Apr 10, 2005 13 out of 20 65
GameStar (Germany) Windows May, 2005 60 out of 100 60
PC Player (Denmark) Windows Jun, 2005 5.5 out of 10 55


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Copy protection

Ubisoft received a lot of complaints 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.

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