"SPYCRAFT: THE GREAT GAME"
The Cold War may be
over, but game maker Activision is trying to ensure its memory lives on.
With its 3 disk CD-ROM
cloak and dagger adventure "Spycraft: The Great Game," the company
draws you into a thriller full of espionage, political intrigue, and the
old sex and violence standbys that never seem to go out of style.
Spycraft is set after
the fall of communism, during a heated campaign for President of Russia,
and, to a non-spy, it seems very authentic. To help ensure accuracy, Activision
brought in some heavy duty ordnance to act as consultants: ex-CIA Director
Willam Colby and former KGB general Oleg Kalugin, who also play themselves.
The game uses custom-filmed
movie segments to advance a storyline in which youre sent to find
the assassin of a Russian Presidential candidate, while ensuring the same
grisly fate doesnt befall the U.S. Commander in Chief. Before leaving
on your mission, you go through training that introduces you to the high
tech toys (and plain old marksmanship) youll need to accomplish
You learn to use satellite
photography and infrared scans to identify suspects, and youre even
dispatched to "The Farms" shooting range to practice gunning
down your opposition. These training sessions are fun, and theyre
only the beginning.
The bag of tricks
with which youre equipped would do Felix Leiter proud. Your computer
Intelink network lets you collect secret information that may - or may
not - be relevant to the case; youll also have the opportunity to
make good use of toys like a computerized wonder that assembles facial
features and runs them through the databanks to help you identify suspects.
Activision says Spycraft
mixes its home grown movies with authentic CIA footage, in the process
throwing 30 different puzzles at you that are supposedly based on real
CIA covert tactics and operations. Many of the film sequences actors
even interact with you: they look into the camera when talking to you,
making you feel a part of the intrigue. In all, its quite intriguing
Theres a nice
feature for those of tender sensibilities: you can lock out the more graphic
aspects of this particular life in the fast lane, though the "gratuitous"
setting seems no worse than todays movies.
Spycraft throws a
variety of life-and-death situations and tough decisions at you, even
bringing you face to face with the Russian Mafia and a network of rogue
spies, and theres an online feature that lets you continue your
quest on a special Spycraft web site.
The production values
are worthy of a Hollywood movie and, though youll probably get bogged
down at times (tempting you to see how shatterproof a CD-ROM really is),
Spycraft offers a delicious chance to live vicariously the life of a secret
Spycraft: the Great
Game is widely available.
Now, bring on Ernst
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