Steal weapons. Improvise gadgets. Evade capture. Uncover the conspiracy.The Story: On the run and fighting for your life, you are freelance journalist Matt Carter. Twelve hours after arriving in Moscow for a routine story, you've been stripped of all possessions, beaten unconscious and thrown into the KGB's political prison.
User reviews: Mixed (74 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 27, 2005
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“Anyone who enjoys spy thrillers and retro settings should check out this oddball sneaker.”
74 % – PC Gamer

“Much of Cold War is not exactly new - it feels a lot like Splinter Cell in many regards - but where Cold War separates itself is the execution.”
80 % – 3DAvenue

“You keep playing, you lose track of time and you think that you haven't played such a good single-player game in years.”
79 % – Computer Games Online RO

About This Game

Steal weapons. Improvise gadgets. Evade capture. Uncover the conspiracy.

The Story:

On the run and fighting for your life, you are freelance journalist Matt Carter. Twelve hours after arriving in Moscow for a routine story, you've been stripped of all possessions, beaten unconscious and thrown into the KGB's political prison. Caught in the midst of an international conspiracy that aims to control the U.S.S.R., you are now on your own behind the "Iron Curtain". Using only recovered weapons and improvised gadgets, you must now evade and eliminate special Soviet forces and defeat the conspiracy or risk being either killed or sent to a remote Siberian prison camp.

Key Features:

  • Spy on your enemies through walls with the powerful and deadly X-ray camera
  • Complete missions in multiple ways: Stealth or Brute Force - the choice is yours
  • Interactive non-linear world: Accomplish objectives in multiple ways - find hidden paths, combine in-game elements to create weapons and traps, or silently eliminate opponents
  • Explore authentic recreations of real Soviet locations including: Lenin's Mausoleum, Chernobyl, the Kremlin and the KGB's Lubyanka prison
  • Collect and combine objects to create useful and deadly gadgets. You never know when a screw or a dirty old rag will come in handy.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/7/8 (x86 and x64)
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz CPU Processor
    • Memory: 384 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0 compatible, NVIDIA GeForce 3 (NOT GeForce 4MX) / ATI Radeon 8500 or better with 64 MB Video memory card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c or better compatible sound card
    • OS: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/7/8 (x86 and x64)
    • Processor: 2 GHz CPU Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0 compatible with 256 MB VRAM (GeForce 4Ti or higher)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c or better compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
49 of 62 people (79%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
I have to confess, this game was just a ridiculous amount of fun. It felt like I was interacting in a cheesy spy novel, and it did a good job at it. Well, this is a third person stealth/action shooter. The first six to eight levels are more stealth oriented, but once the Russion Special Forces, (spetsnaz) are sent after you, you can pretty much kiss stealth goodbye. It's all shooting from there. It implements a system where you can collect gadgets lying around like rags, alarm clocks, plastic bottles, cans, chemicles, ect. and McGyver them into cheep tools for temporary use. For example, you can use a plastic bottle and rag at the end of your barrel for a cheep, disposible silencer. You can also make explosives, paralyzing chemicle agents, and other completely implausible but fun innovations. But not to worry. It is a very easy system to pick up with very little learning curve. The story is told through a series of comic book-like cutsceens between missions with corny, voice-acted Russian accents that, (in my opinion) adds a lot of charm to this game. I found myself drawn into it and empathizing with the characters. Also I loved the ending! This game is cheep, the controls are very good, the graphics are great for 2005, there is a quicksave system as opposed to a checkpoint saving system, and I ask you: what other game allows you to have a shootout inside of Lenin's tomb? This game has a lot of atmopshere and I highly recommend it. Honestly, if there is anything even remotely negative I can think to say about it, it is that the character moves kind of slow, and has a lot of wide open ground to cover. The sprint system only works for a few moments before your character gets tired and has to rest, so traveling while sprinting isn't too much faster in the long run than walking. Traveling from one side of a map to another can be a bit tedious. But this is a very minor complaint. This game is a definite winner.
Posted: May 1
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Cold War is a 2005 made, parodic stealth action game. It is some kind of 3rd person view No One Lives Forever with hand-made gadgets which starring a journalist. It was really good first. I even planned to recommend it to you, but then, i got bored because of some problems and changed my mind. There are some summarized pros. and cons. below:

+ Story is interesting enough
+ Graphics are already outdated but it isn't ugly at all.
+ Some unique attractions like gadget crafting and X-Ray camera

Neutral: No widescreen support. Control scheme a little bit weird and dull, but somewhat useful as well. Especially setting your walking speed with mouse wheel is a good idea. Music is OK but repetitive.

- Stealth is a little bit dull. You can't do so much actions for best stealth results. Furthermore, at the last half of the game, say goodbye to stealth.
- Characters you control can't run. They pretend to do so but they seems like they are taking a stroll on the park. Any NPC runs well though.
- Aiming is bad. You can't change shoulders while aiming, so, time by time you can't see the target properly.
- You're playing on same locations over and over again.
- Planting gadgets like mines is deceptive. You have to stop the desired plant location first, then you have to highlight the gadget on the menu and left click to insta-plant.
- Background sound effects are annoying.
- A frustrating bug on Meltdown level ( spoiler: When you try to stop meltdown in Chernobyl, you have to press two buttons and start the crane, right? Be careful, you have to use these buttons first or else... you can't use crane again. That means you need to restart the level. )

After all, it worth for $1,25 but don't expect too much. Especially after the last half, quality of the game started to decrease in my humble opinion.
Posted: August 25
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9 of 17 people (53%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
This game is awsome it may be little out of date but it plays very well it has an engageing story and a cool comic'esk style for the cut sceens it's stealth system is solid and it has awsome music.

now for the stats

Gameplay 8/10 the only real problems i have with the gameplay is that it can be hard to place traps in the right spot some times.

Visuals 6.5/10 I would like to set this higher but it's was only just par in 05 and it hasent aged well but this mostly comes from the few cut sceens done with the game engine itself and those are few and far inbetween

Audio 8/10 great ambient music and thrilling chase music are great for setting the tone for this game! My only complant is that while crouching you footsteps sometimes get out of sync and i tricks you into thinking that there is a guard nearbye that isent or visce versa (witch is much worse but much rarer)

Realism 4/10 Granted this is a strange stat but i had to add it, the items you use to caft your tools would never work for what you are makeing (such as a alarm clock and a can makeing a slingshot or a plastic bottle and bullets makeing rubber bullets)
this isent a big deal but for those of you who like to have your games as real as possible you should know.

Replayabilaty 9.3/10 While the story doest change there are 4 gamemodes and 3 diffuculty levels aswell as the fun of replaying a level just to see if you can do it another way.

My summary this game is awsome and for a $5 it is a must have for fans of the genre.

If you have any questions please let me know in the comments.

P.S. forgot to metion Sterotpying is a big 11/10 evry guard want ciggeretts and vodka I mean evry single one of them!
Posted: August 5
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record

This is one of those games where you can immerse yourself in and have fun, and that's what really counts.
When you're not playing it you will be thinking about it and you will actually want to continue playing it, which is rare for me (it usually means the game is good).
This reason alone combined with the small pricetag is why it should be welcomed as an addition to your library. So if you haven't played it, I recommend checking it out, even if it is made around 2005, which in my oppinion is when gaming started to really get good so don't overlook it. It's not that dated, really.
A definite must have for any power gamer.
Posted: August 13
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4 of 11 people (36%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Splintercell, Death to spies, Velvet assasin fans all need a coy of this game!

-The story is short and sweet! You do not need to care about your guy, you are a CIA assassin!
- For a 2005 game this has some really good animation and asthetics. The models are very human like, and have a lot of personality.
- AI is very smart. No aimlessly running into things. They seek cover, or seek you and attack.

-Hard core reaslism! No standing there as they riddle you with round after round. If you get shot, YOU GET SHOT! Stealth is the key.

-Guns are very realistic too. None of this "snipe with my handgun crap lilke in splintercel. Tou need to be really close to use a handgun, just like in real life. Stealth is the key to this game.

-Levels are very well made. Trees are animates. Lights and ambient sounds are all there.

- Great post processing for 2005! You get a MSAA like AA in this game by default! very nice looking atmosphere.


it is from 2005, Yes you will need to play it in 4:3 aspect ratio, but it has so much character you will not care

This is not some crappy console port, expect to play with your full keyboard. Xbox and other controller ,Controls can be used but Mouse and Keyboard are essential in the few times you need to make snap shots.


10/10, For a 2005 game, and a "GIVEAWAY" pricetag in the steam summer sale, I say this is a MUST buy! (even if you dont like stealth games it is really good)
Posted: June 28
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218 of 275 people (79%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
It's no bad game. Like maybe 6.5-7/10. But be aware that it's a way outdated (made in 2005), and even then it wasn't able to compete with Splinter Cell.
Why buy it? Well, it's cheap, and it's spy-story stealth game. You can pass without killing, by fabricating your own devices like rubber bullets, silencers and ether mines from a junk and using cool x-ray camera to look behind, well, almost everything. Oh, if you remember old James Bond game, Nightfire - sorry, it's not That cool.
Just keep in mind that there are great games for this genre, like NOLF or Deus Ex, and there are some mediocre and generic, like this one or that JB Nightfire I've mentioned. Best of luck for you, anyways!
Posted: January 8
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