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Cold Fear
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Developer(s) Darkworks
Publisher(s) Ubisoft
Distributor(s) Touchstone Pictures (Movie)
Engine RenderWare
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, Xbox, Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) Windows
EU April 29, 2005
NA May 17, 2005
EU March 4, 2005
NA March 15, 2005
Genre(s) Survival horror
Mode(s) Single player
Rating(s) BBFC: 18
ESRB: Mature (M)
PEGI: 18+
Media DVD-DL
System requirements Windows 2000, XP
  • 1 GHz processor
  • 256 MB RAM
  • Sound Blaster compatible sound card
  • 4x DVD
  • 2.2 GB HDD free space
  • 64 MB DirectX 9 compatible graphics card (ATI Radeon 800\900 series or better or NVIDIA GeForce 3\4\FX series)
Input methods Gamepad
Keyboard and mouse

Cold Fear is a third-person survival horror video game designed by Darkworks and published by Ubisoft. It was released on April 29, 2005, in Europe.


In Cold Fear the player takes on the role of Tom Hansen, a former soldier now in the employ of the United States Coast Guard who has been sent in to investigate a mysterious Russian whaler Eastern Spirit in the middle of the Bering strait. The beginning cut-scenes show a SEAL team under the orders of a CIA agent, identifying the ship and trying to discover its cargo. Unfortunately, the SEAL squad is slaughtered mercilessly by an unknown threat. CIA agent Bennett then orders any government vessel in the vicinity of the Russian boat to investigate, and it is Hansen's ship which responds. As Hansen, the player finds out that the boat is occupied by hostile Russian soldiers and by strange creatures, known as "exocels", that use humans and other life forms as hosts, to feed on and to use as protection from the environment. These parasites are a threat to Hansen from inside and outside their host bodies. His investigation leads to the mystery of the ship and its lethal cargo, as well as the unethical experiments which were being carried out aboard the ship.

Throughout the series of logs found throughout the game, the reason for the cargo of Exocells was revealed. Dmitri Yusupov, a member of the Russian Mafia was originally using the Star of Sakhalin as an oil drilling plattform as well as a base of operations for smuggling after purchasing it for a low price. When the drilling revealed the exocells, he then had Doctor Kamsky work with him to produce Biological Weapons using the exocells. The exocells proved to be a profitable pursuit as the prototypes alone was worth 150,000 USD while Pavel Bakharev developed countermeasures to ensure the exocells do not gain the upperhand. As time went on and the patience of the Cartel grows thin. Yusupov relied on strongarming Viktor to work for him. This drove Viktor eventually insane and unleahed the exocells on the plattform as well as infecting himself. The Eastern Spirit whaling ship was soon found along with its cargo of exocells, and Barnett, taking the opportunity to seize the cargo in hopes of profitting from the research. ordered the investigation of the vessel


In Cold Fear, players can choose between a behind-the-shoulder camera angle or a fixed camera angle. The game employs many scare tactics. For example, when opening a door, a creature may jump out at the player, or while talking to an NPC, a creature may just burst out of his chest. Cold Fear employs a stamina bar, which decreases as the player performs certain actions, like running.

The conditions on the deck of the ship can change how the player can control Hansen. Since the game takes place in the middle of the ocean during a storm, there is a lot of movement of the vessel as it bobs up and down through the rough seas. The cargo ship continuously banks left and right while Hansen is walking on deck, making it more difficult to aim and to walk in a straight line. In some instances, the ship rocks so much, and to such a great degree, that Hansen can get knocked down and possibly sent overboard. There are also many environmental hazards, like swinging electrical wires and crates hooked up to ropes, which are also affected by the swaying of the ship, and can easily crash into the player or enemies if they aren't careful. Waves crashing on to the ship's deck may also inflict damage on a player's health. The environmental hazards can also be used against enemies.

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Cold Fear

Developer(s) Darkworks
Publisher(s) ubisoft
Engine RenderWare
Release date 2005
Genre Survival Horror
Mode(s) Single player
Age rating(s) ESRB: M
Platform(s) PlayStation 2 Microsoft Xbox Windows PC
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Cold Fear is a survival horror title published by Ubisoft and released in 2005.


In the throes of a ferocious arctic storm, distress signals are sent from a seemingly abandoned Russian whaler. As coast guard veteran Tom Hansen, you board to investigate - and discover unthinkable horrors lurking beneath the ship's bloodstained decks.

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