In Cold Blood

Critic Score User Score
PlayStation
72
3.6
Windows
73
3.4
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Description

In the near future, Cold War has reignited between USA and People's Republic of China. CIA has requested assistance of British MI6 to send an agent into Volgia, a fictional state under control of General Nagarov which he founded after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The player takes control of John Cord, MI6 agent chosen for the assignment. His investigation turns out to be anything but simple.

In Cold Blood has characteristics of an adventure game, a stealth game, and a shooter. It relies on puzzle-solving but also includes action segments. Progress in the game is mostly achieved by collecting items and talking to various characters to find clues. Many conversations consist of multiple-choice dialogues. At certain points it is necessary to use stealth to proceed undetected, or attempt to solve the situation violently. Combat is fairly simple and consists of melee fighting (punches) or shooting.

Screenshots

In Cold Blood PlayStation Intro. Captured and tortured.
In Cold Blood PlayStation Asking a mechanic for some info.
In Cold Blood Windows Hide in the shadows
In Cold Blood PlayStation Viewing Mission Objective on character's PDA.

Alternate Titles

  • "Не зная страха" -- Russian spelling
  • "ICB" -- Abbreviated title
  • "De Sang Froid" -- French title
  • "Cold Blood" -- German title
  • "A Sangue Frio" -- Brazilian title
  • "A Sangue Freddo" -- Italian title
  • "A Sangre Fría" -- Spanish title

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User Reviews

Distinctive, fast and fun. Windows Ola Sverre Bauge (235)

Critic Reviews

Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation Aug 02, 2000 17 out of 20 85
Eurogamer.net (UK) Windows Oct 09, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Joystick (French) Windows Oct, 2000 76 out of 100 76
Power Unlimited Windows Nov, 2000 7.5 out of 10 75
GameStar (Germany) Windows Oct, 2000 75 out of 100 75
4Players.de Windows Nov 06, 2000 74 out of 100 74
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Mar 26, 2001 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PC Player (Germany) Windows Oct, 2000 68 out of 100 68
Quandary Windows Apr, 2001 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Super Play PlayStation Aug, 2000 3 out of 10 30

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Trivia

Development

Charles Cecil, interviewed in PC Review of November 1997, in conjunction with the release of Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror:

At the moment 3D games tend to look very samey. If we use the 3Dfx card then they tend to look like every other 3Dfx game. At the moment this is the very thing we're trying to decide - whether or not we'll be using 3D graphics in what we do next.

Plot

The plot of the game strangely resembles Andrew Plotkin's text adventure Spider and Web (1998). Whether or not Revolution Software nicked plot elements remains unknown.

Mobile version

In October 2000, In Cold Blood was the first popular commercial PC game to get a simultaneous release as a mobile phone game, stripped down in graphics and gameplay at hand-held standards. The game used WAP technology and was published by Ludiwap. The first episode was available for a free trial.

Information also contributed by Mo and Ola Sverre Bauge.

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