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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 Typical for consoles, every now and then, the game will offer you to save your progress. You can't do it manually.
Cold Fear Windows Sometimes, you can use things to your advantage. The steam will help you detect invisible enemies.
Cold Fear PlayStation 2 Title screen.

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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 (254)
Average survival horror, sooooo average Windows MichaelPalin (1420)
Regular Fear Xbox Tiroloco (24)

Critic Reviews Xbox Mar 30, 2005 81 out of 100 81
Cheat Code Central Xbox 2005 4 out of 5 80 PlayStation 2 Mar 28, 2005 79 out of 100 79
Jolt (UK) Xbox Apr 06, 2005 7 out of 10 70
ActionTrip Windows Apr 11, 2005 69 out of 100 69
Game Revolution Xbox Mar, 2005 B- 67
Gamezine Windows Apr 10, 2005 13 out of 20 65
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 May, 2005 6.25 out of 10 62
UOL Jogos PlayStation 2 Mar 29, 2005 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Thunderbolt Games PlayStation 2 Mar 28, 2008 6 out of 10 60


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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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