In Spycraft: The Great Game, you take on the role of a CIA operative who must attempt to unravel an assassination plot that could topple the fragile peace established by the Cold War. Blending fact and fiction to create a contemporary story tied to real-world events, the game thrusts you into a dangerous world of intrigue where you must make significant moral choices and face the consequences of your actions. As you begin your investigation, you’ll discover that a Russian presidential candidate has been assassinated and the CIA has received a tip that the life of the US president could be in serious jeopardy.
Spycraft: The Great Game is one of the first interactive entertainment titles to blend 35mm film, digital video footage, still photographs and actual stock footage from the CIA with intricate 3-D puzzles based on real-life covert tactics and operations. Are you ready to make the first move in the “great game”?
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Mild Language, Realistic Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Posted on 2012-10-02 15:20:56 byProlixity:
I've truly never played another game like Spycraft. I can honestly say it's the most unique gaming experience I've ever had. Granted, there are areas where you're shooting and areas where you're choosing between response 1, 2, and 3 in a dialog... but encompassing that is a compelling story that truly makes you feel like a CIA field agent hunting down an assassin, and facing deadlyread more challenges every step of the way.
I imagine that the game's FMV may look someone dated by now, but that would be a foolish reason to miss out on such a rich experience. Remember that William Colby and Oleg Kalugin contributed to this game; I think they really helped make a spy thriller out of this game. There are definitely finite story branches to take; however, you should have several playthroughs with new discoveries available, and the consequences of your actions will certainly be shocking...
I cannot recommend this game highly enough! I'm absolutely ecstatic to see it come to GOG. If you're into adventures, spy thrillers/espionage, mystery/investigation, etc. then I doubt you'll be disappointed with Spycraft: The Great Game.
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Posted on 2012-10-05 05:33:34 byatkes:
Paying for real ex-Intelligence brass to appear in-game, relying on videos to deliver the story when FMV games were often panned .. both are gutsy moves and it worked great.
The game is all about realistic espionage themes and tasks. It is memorable because it included the less glamorous side of spying.
You will use a beige PC, sit in a cubicle and examine clues. After the funread more detective work is done, you report to fellow agents and bosses via pre-prepared emails (just pick the right answers to complete the email). They send you 3G cellphone video replies/messages (back in 1996 woohoo).
You will also pick replies in lots of conversations.
You get to use interesting softwares (highly simplified for ease of use):
** 'photoshop' pictures and make it believable, this is tricky business
** investigate an assassination: how did they do it ?
** examine security cameras
** Search a database of suspects for the culprit you're looking for, using a facial sketch software.
Negatives of this game:
* not the DVD version with better videos
* some tasks like doctoring a picture are hard to get right, but they're far and few.
I finished this game back in late 90s, with a pictorial strat guide from Computer Player :P
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Posted on 2012-12-16 14:03:18 byfahbs:
Anyone who remembers the early to mid 90s remembers the deluge of awful cheesy full motion video games that rode along with the craze of this new "cd rom drive" technology.
Spycraft was one of the few with some actual quality. The acting is well above average for such a title (starring Martin Sheen's manager from Wall Street Lynch! And McElroy, leader of The Good 'Ol Boys fromread more Blues Brothers!) and it never feels that cheesy.
The game involves you as part of a CIA taskforce hunting down an assassin before a big presidential summit. The majority of the game is spent using analytical tools to dig up more clues. They range from finding details in satellite photos, to scanning for bullet holes to trace trajectories and locate snipers, to slowing down phone calls to pinpoint key background noise for a guess at the caller's location.
I'd say 80% of these "mini games" hit the mark. There are some fairly week ones, the worst of which are Mad Dog Mcree shooting sequences.
I'd probably call this the pinnacle of 90s FMV games, which sounds like a backhanded compliment but it's definitely worth a shot if you're a fan of adventure games. And I don't mean the "hunt down some chewing gum and a clamp to rig a rubber ducker deflation timer so you can tie it to a fishing rod and lower it to fetch a key" type adventure games, but puzzles that actually make sense. I was never frustrated or stuck for very long with Spycraft.
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