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 by Prolixity:
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 by atkes:
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 2012-10-02 09:19:47 by Sneakysneaks:
This was one of the first PC games I played and it was very fun. The game had it's own internet type search engine for clues and details about the assassins. The game was clunky though and nearly impossible if you didn't have a guide (looking at you face puzzle). Still it's a fun game with a great story, clunky as it may be it's worth a look.
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