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Cold Winter

Platform(s): PlayStation 2
Genre: Action
Publisher: Vivendi
Developer: Swordfish Studios

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'Cold Winter' (PS2) Gets Some Retail Action

by Rainier on May 11, 2005 @ 11:15 a.m. PDT

Cold Winter is set in a dark world of global espionage, full of international intrigue, action and suspense. This story of a disavowed secret agent unfolds through three different threads and takes place in eight distinct environments that are as gritty as they are beautiful. Cold Winter will also incorporate a variety of immersive environments, from the dank hopelessness of a Chinese prison, to the exotic beauty of cities like Cairo and Hong Kong.

“Cold Winter is a visceral and tactile shooter that brings the precision, feedback and pacing of traditional PC FPS combat to the PlayStation 2,” said Philip W. O’Neil, Chief Operating Officer and President, North America for Vivendi Universal Games. “The impressive technology, realistic plot and beautifully lifelike elements provide gamers with a truly immersive and engaging sense of being right in the action.”

In Cold Winter, the player is Andrew Sterling, a disavowed British MI6 agent who does what it takes and is prepared to kill in good conscience. Gamers will experience incredibly realistic interaction throughout highly-detailed and life-like environments, featuring real-world physics, searching fallen enemies and manipulating objects to use as cover. As players encounter intelligent adversaries, they can choose from an arsenal of over 30 weapons which inflict extremely graphic zone-specific body damage and produce realistic rag-doll death animations. The original storyline -- set in 2002 and written in collaboration with noted author Warren Ellis -- is revealed through beautiful and dramatic cinematics.

Cold Winter will also feature multiplayer support (headset enabled) with up to eight-player online multiplayer action powered by GameSpy, or up to four-player split-screen off-line mode. Players can choose from six multiplayer game modes, over 30 player skins and 12 maps, as well as set the parameters to customize games.

All multiplayer game modes have team versions and include the following:

  • Deathmatch – Only kills matter in this mode.
  • King of the Hill – Race against other players to “capture the hill.”
  • Flag Tag – Find the flag and hold onto it for as long as possible.
  • Domination – Capture, defend and retain the most Objective Points in the level.
  • Last Man Standing – Outshoot, outplay and outlast opponents to win.
  • Head Match – Gruesome variation of Flag Tag where players try to get “ahead.”

Developed by U.K.-based Swordfish Studios, Cold Winter is currently available in North America on PlayStation 2 for a suggested retail price of $49.99 and with an ESRB “M” for Mature rating.

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