Smersh is Russian for "Death to Spies" and was the name of a set of counterintelligence agencies formed in the Soviet Army during World War II. Their mission was to secure the rear of the active Red Army by arresting traitors, deserters, spies and criminal cells.
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Release Date: Oct 16, 2007

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Smersh is Russian for "Death to Spies" and was the name of a set of counterintelligence agencies formed in the Soviet Army during World War II. Their mission was to secure the rear of the active Red Army by arresting traitors, deserters, spies and criminal cells. During the war these agents became the main force combating the German intelligence service.
As captain of the 4th department of Smersh, it is your job to execute these operations in the heart of enemy territory. Be prepared to complete various tasks, including stealing important documents, eliminating enemy officers, kidnapping high-ranking officials, and sabotage enemy plans.
  • Third-person stealth action immerses the player into the atmosphere of World War II military intelligence operations.
  • Different types of missions based on real historical intelligence and counterintelligence operations.
  • Freedom to choose the way a mission is completed.
  • Extensive real-life indoor and outdoor locations.
  • A variety of different spy skills at the player's disposal such as sneak, hide, carry dead bodies, change clothes, mine objects, throw knives, sniping, picking locks, setting traps and many others.
  • Authentic weapons and vehicles of World War II.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Supported OS: Windows® 2000/XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 1.7 GHz or AMD Athlon 1.8 GHz (Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon 2.4 GHz+ or higher recommended)
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM (1 GB RAM recommended)
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 5200/ATI Radeon 9500 with 128 MB RAM or higher(NVIDIA GeForce 6800/ATI Radeon X800 with 256 MB RAM or higher recommended)*
    • DirectX Version: DirectX® version 9.0 (included) or higher
    • Sound: DirectX® version 9.0-compatible sound card
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB free space
    * Indicates device should be compatible with DirectX® version 9.0 or higher.
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129 of 137 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
104.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2013
After completing this game on the hardest difficulty, I can say, that this is the only game that has a similar gameplay to the Hitman franchise. And if it didn't had an unlimited save option on the last difficulty, it was going to be a lot harder than any of the Hitman games. This game is definitly not for everyone. It is one of the hardest stealth games ever made and shooting your way out is impossible on most of the missions. The game has the wonderful stealth feauture of hiding in plain sight by using different disguises to infiltrate enemy areas. But most of the places are so crowded, that you will find it very hard to remain undetected, even if you take an unique disguise. Getting a disguise is not easy, enemies are hard to be distracted most of the times and after getting distracted, they can become very unpredictable, so you have to be very patient. Things I liked about the game are:
+ this is a pure stealth game that combines a lot of elements from other stealth games
+ disguises work significantly well, as long as you don't do anything suspicious;
+ things like running, crouching or crawling are suspicious, so you cannot act strange in front of your enemy and hope you can get away with it;
+ in order for you disguise to work, as a Russian spy, you must only carry enemy German weapons or they will detect you;
+ disguises work only if they are acquired after sedating, strangling or stunning an enemy, which means you cannot shoot someone, take his clothes and expect to fool someone else, while the outfit is covered in blood;
+ if enemies get alerted after sounding an alarm, like when they found an unconscious body for example, this will automatically mean you can no longer use stealth as an onption because enemies know there is something very wrong with the situation and won't be fooled again. So you must be stealthy all the time, in order to complete most of the missions;
+ you have a lot tools at your disposal like chloroform for sedating, strangling wire, pliers, knifes, pitlocks, explosives, snipers an other other guns and most of the times, you can choose what you need the at the start of every mission;
+ the minimap and the detection meter are very helpful to complete the mission;
+ you have a rating system that monitors your playstyle like in the Hitman franchise
Things I didn't like about the game are:
- you don't have that much of a freedom like in the Hitman titles;
- they can detect you too easily at times, especially when enemies tend to stare at you for no reason.
- characters seem to be communicating with each other, but you can never hear real actual conversations
- the story is very weak, so if you are looking for a good plot in the WW2 era and a motive to complete the levels to see what happens next, this is not the case
- the character you play as is also too plain. You won't hear him say anything during the missions and you won't find him interesting at all like Agent 47 from the Hitman games.
- the game was not polished and it has some technical issues
Overall, this game was not fully developed. It has some very interesting and challenging gameplay and most of the times, it surpasses the gameplay of other stealth games especially in realism, but due to the fact that the game was made with a low budget, it wasn't developed to be a top-selling title. I only recommend this game to people who really enjoy playing stealth games, especially Hitman fans.
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92 of 93 people (99%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
68.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2015
Death to Spies is probably the most niche recommendation I can possibly give.
While by no means is it bad, it's definitely the type of game you're either going to love or hate.
The problems it has are pretty big.

It has almost no sense of atmosphere, with many levels lacking music. Most of the characters in-game are lacking any sense of real voice acting.
Most blatantly the international version of the game is censored to not include swastikas or Hitler portraits.
There are NO subtitles whatsoever, and the few english voice actors they brought on to do cutscene work are absolutely monotone, beneath even Bethesda level.

Thankfully, if you're in love with stealth games, all of this is trumped by the frankly insane amount of work put into the game's levels and mechanics. You will probably never find a stealth game that's as hard, yet as fair as this one.
You will work for HOURS finding the perfect disguise and route to penetrate the ONE small hole in security the developers made for you, and you will ♥♥♥♥ing LOVE it.

That said? If you don't feel like spending loads of time, patience and thought on any given level in a stealth game, you're probably playing the wrong one.
Death to Spies has levels so difficult and guarded that the game expects a degree of lethality, rewarding the best rating in spite of 10 or so guards killed at times. This makes it fairly unique amongst the game's peers in that while it doesn't encourage lethality, it makes it a necessity rather than shunning murder altogether.

If you like tough as nails, yet fair and complex stealth games to the point that you can tolerate questionable delivery? Pick this game up.
You owe it to yourself.
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48 of 50 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
You are a Soviet counterintelligence agent reliving his memories of sabotage / assassination assignments for SMERSH through flashbacks during an interrogation. The storyline is scattered, as it features select important missions from the spy's CV. Each mission is thus standalone and the main character remains the mysterious strong & silent type. The graphics and controls remind me a lot of Mafia 1 and Max Payne 1 and 2. The shooting accuracy is very messy (not smooth). The game is undemanding and runs smoothly even on older / weaker rigs. Despite it being set in WWII, you won't get that "nazi bashing" feel you get with most games set in that era. DTS is a long enough (will take you 10-12 hours to comlete), stealth-oriented game, so you get lots of rewards for acting qietly - infiltrating enemy compounds, silently disposing of bodies and walking around in enemy uniforms, for the obtainment of which you get a rich array of tools (strangling cord, cloroform, poison, throwing knives, silenced weapons, distraction tools and opportunities, whistling, etc) and you get a rating for your work at the end of each mission.

A lot of people and gaming magazines claim the game is overly difficult, and it is not due to the quality of AI. As a matter of fact, the game is difficult mostly due to their quantity. Some missions are literally spammed with civvies and soldiers (who are immune to spatial awareness) to the point where you can't reach your objective on time. Don't get me wrong, even on the easy difficulty, the AI has excellent sight, hearing and identifying capabilities. The higher up you go in uniform, the less suspicion you arouse. Enemies will also recognize foreign weapons and backpacks. Trigger an alarm and you'll have to redo a whole section. Save, save, save. I normally have around 7-10 saves per mission and each mission is about an hour long, mostly because of unknown variables, such as random civvies / soldiers walking in, or you walking in on an uncomfortable set of enemies. You'll spend a lot of time scheming and waiting for an opportunity to strike and hide a body, or a window to run past a diplomat, pick his safe and replace his documents. Compared to other stealth games like Splinter Cell, Death to Spies is more "wooden" and realistic in terms of the human limitations your character has - get in trouble once and it's over. He can't even climb stuff other than ladders. He's just a regular guy, and that makes fooling an entire enemy base such a rewarding experience.
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31 of 33 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
This is a third person stealth shooter, where you play as a Soviet spy during the second world war. The graphics of the game are a bit outdated, and the AI isn't the best, but the storyline and the rather difficult gameplay make up for it. I'd definitely reccomend this game if you like stealth games.
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27 of 31 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
34.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 18, 2014
This game is overall very good. It is very different from your average WWII game which there's a lot of shooting. This game involves careful planning and stealth. You will find yourself dead very quickly if you start shooting. I will discuss this game under these heading:

LEVELS: There are 10 levels in total. Most of them take at least 1 hour to complete. The levels include; a German concentration camp, a British hotel, an American military base and a German military school. A detailed tutorial mission can be done at the start of the game.

DISGUISES: Disguises are an important element of this game. Most levels you start off in Soviet military camouflage clothes. German soldiers will immediately start shooting at you until you get a disguise. There are different disguises available. A German soldier is the most basic disguise. Most German soldiers will not bother you but higher ranks may see through your disguise. Some levels require you to get officer's uniforms, staff's clothes (e.g. a chef) or a worker's clothes.

WEAPONS: Before you start each level you can fully customise your equipment. You can carry a shoulder, side and a knife weapon. Main weapons include MP40s, MP44s and Stens. Many pistols are also available. The silenced pistol is he most useful. Knifes can be carried - they can be used at close range or thrown. For silent kills you are equipped with a choke cord and chloroform. You can also punch people, although this is nosier.

VEHICLES: Vehicles can be driven in some missions. Trucks, motorbikes and cars can be driven.

UI: You can swap between a main map and a mini-map. You can use the + and - keys to zoom in and out. The AI are shown as green, yellow, red and grey icons; green meaning no suspicion of you, yellow - vary (don't stay around these guys too long!), red - alert, usually if they see you they will raise the alarm and grey - civilians. A suspicion meter appears at the top of the screen when guards are suspicious of you. If this fills the alarm will be raised.

AI: There are many different types/appearances of AI people, though they aren't great. Once you start shooting they tend to run around crazily until they compose themselves. Mostly they're OK though.

Sound: The sound is good in this game. German music can be heard coming from gramophones and the environmental sound are good. The AI are pretty wordless. This is improved in the sequel Moment of Truth (they say ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ to you if you're dressed as an officer!)

OTHER: You can pick locks, spy through keyholes, sabotage functions to distract attention away and more.

This is a great game I recommend you buy it (wait for a sale somewhere - and get the Gold Edition, it works out cheaper). If you like a game with lots of pace and action this may not be the game for you.
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35 of 46 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 13, 2014
Agent 47 and the gang go to WWII except this time its eye gougingly difficult.
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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2015
You will die.... alot, but you will have a hell of a good time doing it. Very hardcore game that feels like it could have inspired many of the shooters/stealth games we know today.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
In Soviet Russia, Man-Hit you! This is basically WWII Hitman with GLORIOUS MOTHER RUSSIA as your employer. Plot is irrelevant since it's more than likely the kind of WWII "intrigue" story you've heard, seen, and had forced down your throat umpteen times. But really you'll be hard pressed to find a bigger bang for your buck on Steam. The levels are very large and give you lots of options to complete missions within the parameters you need to work with. Nice to play a game that understands how experimentation and problem solving make for a good stealth game, not just being able to set up several "silent takedowns" with click of a button.
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23 of 30 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
GREAT' game. Like world war 2 hitman. kinda hard tho. i reccomend stealth.
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 2, 2014
This game is amazing, and has so much more than you would expect! It is certainly a challenge. It is not a "shoot anything that moves" game, rather, it is more of a game of stealth. I started the game on easy mode, and figured I could just charge in and shoot all the enemies to complete the mission, like you would do in a call of duty type game. I ended up dead realy quick. it took me about 5 hours just to complete the first mission, but it did not get boring. Buy this game, or better yet, buy the Gold bundle and play both the games. Dont expect this to be a fast paced, or "graphix" game. This is not a game you will be able to complete in a weekend.
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HairlessMage
9.8 hrs
Posted: September 26
This isn't for the faint of heart, or those easily frustrated, but if you're persistient enough it's a great stealth game and well worth a buy.

The game is set in the context of an interrogation by a Russian intelligence officer of the protagonist, Sermion Strogov, as he recalls several missions he was involved in during WW2, in various different countries and with different goals. That isn't a spoiler, as the story is completely worthless and adds virtually nothing to the experience, it's just there to provide context. Your average Call of Duty game is more story-focused, so don't get this if you're looking for a deep, intriuging narrative experience.

The level design and stealth system are both great. Levels are fairly varied, though a few missions are quite similar to one another. Trial and error is crucial - this is a very hard game, and you will die, or be discovered, or fail, a lot. Constantly dropping saves before doing anything risky at all is strongly advised - it is not a pleseant experience to have to reload back 5 minutes because you messed up avoiding a single guard.

The health system is BRUTAL - no regenerating health or bullet sponge hero here. Strogov will die extremely quickly under fire, and there is no cover system so being discovered is essentialy a death sentence. Trying to just shoot everyone is pointless - you'll just die over and over again.

The graphics still stand up in 2016 - it looks dated, but not awful.

The controls are fairly bog-standard, and as someone who is primarily a console gamer I found them surprisingly good. However, you have to constantly correct Strogov's movement - for some reason, he walks diagonally by default.

There are a few irritating animation glitches, but nothing gamebreaking and certainly not what other reviewers are sugguesting.

Whether or not you get enjoyment out of this is basically down to how much failure you're willing to put up with. Just use your head, think what the logical solution is and you'll fail slightly less.

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Sniperwulf16
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 25
Product received for free
I couldn't even go past the main menu
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Cosmo
11.1 hrs
Posted: August 25
Hitman Blood money, meets Splinter Cell meets World War 2. This game is hard as hell, and has a great historic setting on the Eastern Front! Absolutely worth it!
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Varangon
30.4 hrs
Posted: August 24
To do very well in the infiltration field you need 2 at least elements: a solid AI and an authentic atmosphere. Let's say that the first one isn't a total success as the Ai acts like robots more than human. The AI have fixed patrol routes, they tend to be very passive and predictable. So I was often disappointed but at least it does not ruin the gameplay because the AI isn't broken at least. on the other hand the level of details that the developers put in this game is just amazing: radio music propaganda, authentic uniforms, portrait of Stalin / hitler , weapons, vehicles, even building. Those all together really makes you feel like spy in enemy territory.

Conclusion :
There isn't much to say. It is a good game but nothing more. Some people will certainly hate death to spy for its lack of funding and because it is very retro in many ways. The others will very appreciate that game for its design and atmosphere.

6.5/10
Worth a buy during sales
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MonconTheIdioticDerp
54.1 hrs
Posted: July 29
if you cant beat the new HITMAN then you might just want to step away from this.........OTHER THAN THAT IS A GOOD
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ItchyDani3l
31.8 hrs
Posted: July 27
This is an okay stealth game.
It is similar to the Hitman franchise of games, but there are a few key differences that make the gameplay very different.
I do recommend this game because I had fun playing it.

Similarities to Hitman:
-Weapon Loadout at the beginning of each mission
-Disguises and weapons can be acquired during each mission
-Goal-oriented independent missions with minimal story (but there is a briefing)
-Unnecessarily large numbers of guards

Dissimilarities:
-Unable to customize individual weapons
-Disguises function differently (for the worse)
-Gameplay centers around using the Mini-map constantly to stay out of enemy's cone of vision
-Many, many quicksaves. You will fail many times each mission.
-Drivable vehicles
-Walk/Run/Sneak and Stand/Crouch/Prone
-Very few options within missions (although there are some)

That basically summarizes it.

The disguises are one of the biggest differences from hitman. Each disguise will only fool certain people in Death to Spies, and there are no disguises that will fool everyone. Although this sounds cool, it was poorly implemented:
There is no consistency in who can see through your disguise or not, and the only way to tell if someone will see through your disguise is to check on the mini-map to see if they are a red arrow or a green arrow.
Even if you wear the best disguise on the level, usually an Officer uniform, there are a surprisingly high number of regular grunt soldiers that will instantly notice you are a spy and open fire. Yet, some other Officers on the same level will be none the wiser and treat you normally. One of the most irritating things is that there are some guards which cannot be fooled by any disguise, and these guards are usually placed directly in the path of your objectives. Additionally, most targets (when your objective is to kill a target) cannot be fooled by any disguise, and they are generally also accompanied by a posse of guards which follow them everywhere.

This is why the gameplay is very different from hitman. You never really get the feeling like you're fooling them like you do in hitman. You always feel like a naked man running around and ducking behind bushes and hiding behind doors. It is always necessary to have the mini-map open to detect which enemies you need to be cautious of and which ones you can completely ignore.
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๖ۣۜChiyuki ღ
5.9 hrs
Posted: July 16
Really fun game, graphic arnt the best but its an older game so i dont complain. its like hitman in ww2 and its really fun.
10/10
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stoned killer
0.1 hrs
Posted: July 10
the game is a ripoff it wont even start dont buy this game unless you want to waiste 5 dollars buy at your own risk i could got me a meal instead buying this junk that dont run hell i have more powerful games that run this one wont even start
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Chellwaw
0.2 hrs
Posted: July 3
when i press "new game" and try to select "start" i cant highlight or click it and ive tried reinstalling the game but i still cant select the "start" option when you choose to play "new game"

CAN SOMEONE HELP PLEASE ME LOVE YOU LONG TIME
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SPAGBOL
4.4 hrs
Posted: July 3
This game is about killing Hitlers and the Nazi.
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