Cold Fear (Windows)

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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 Meeting Anna, one of a few survivors on this ship
Cold Fear Windows Level Designer 1: "Let's place something uber-gory here!"
Cold Fear Windows Main Menu (the radar blimp is the mouse cursor)
Cold Fear Windows Reaching the captain's quarters

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. Daniel Hernandez (6) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars
Average survival horror, sooooo average MichaelPalin (1188) 1.71 Stars1.71 Stars1.71 Stars1.71 Stars1.71 Stars

Critic Reviews

GamesCollection Oct 02, 2014 9 out of 10 90
Playback May, 2006 8.33 out of 10 83
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Mar 19, 2005 83 out of 100 83 Mar 30, 2005 81 out of 100 81
Game Captain May 07, 2005 80 out of 100 80
PC Powerplay May, 2005 72 out of 100 72 Jun 03, 2005 14 out of 20 70
GameStar (Germany) May, 2005 60 out of 100 60 Jun 15, 2005 12 out of 20 60
PC Player (Denmark) Jun, 2005 5.5 out of 10 55


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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.

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Cadorna (190) added Cold Fear (Windows) on May 05, 2005
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