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Velvet Assassin - PC

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Platform: PC
  • The ability to briefly stop time in-game via 'Morphine Mode,' which allows for easy dispatching of enemies or escape as needed.
  • A beautifully detailed and dreamily frightening vision of the the adventures of a female WWII undercover assassin based on the real-life experiences of Violette Szabo.
  • The ability to adjust heroine Violette's attributes to suit player preferences: Stealth, Strength and more through awards earned in-game.
  • Access to a large variety of weapons and stealth gadgets true to 1940's WWII technology.
  • Gameplay that is an incredible mix of assassination moves, satisfying firefights and hold-your-breath stealth action.

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Product Details

Platform: PC
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001BC719O
  • Item Weight: 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,654 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: PC

Product Description

Velvet Assassin tells the tale of Violette Summer, an intelligence agent working for the British government during Worl War II and number one on the Nazi list of most-wanted. Inspired by real-life heroin Violette Szaba, Velvet Assassin takes players through Europe's darkest hours of oppression under the jackboot of the Third Reich. Players will engage in varied missions of sabotage and assassination in a heroic attempt to help the allies overcome their enemy. One Woman, alone and deep behind enemy lines; Violette Summer is the Velvet Assassin.

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Developed by Replay Studios in Hamburg, Germany, Velvet Assassin is a single player gaming experience that aims to redefine the stealth action genre through incredibly stylized visuals, immersive environments and a mysteriously haunting atmosphere. Inspired by the exploits of real-life WWII heroine, Violette Szabo, Velvet Assassin reveals the revulsions of war that are never spoken aloud and through its innovative third-person gameplay is set to change the way gamers think of combat forever.

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Heroine Violette Summer from 'Velvet Assassin'
Play as heroine Violette Summer.
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Violette using a knife in 'Velvet Assassin'
Utilize the deadly stealth of the blade.
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Violette wielding a pistol in 'Velvet Assassin'
As well as explosive firepower.
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Shadows betraying Violette to Nazi guards in 'Velvet Assassin'
Use and beware of the shadows.
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Story
Born in Devon, England, Violette Summer grew up in a happy family and had a great and active childhood. Initially, she started her working life in a beauty salon before the outbreak of war inspired her to move to London and join the weapon industry. It didn't take too long for her to be noticed by the Secret Services; she was after all beautiful, athletic and had great attention to detail. It was only a formality that she was recruited into MI6 during Britain's darkest hours.

Violette had lost an aunt during one of the first Luftwaffe bombing attacks and to further compound her heartache she later lost her RAF husband in battle. However, she was strong willed and used these painful experiences to inspire her to succeed as a spy for the MI6. And successful she was, but all things come to an end; or do they. Violette carried out several missions successfully before being captured by the Germans. Now lost in a coma and dying in hospital bed, she replays key moments from her past missions as a series of flashbacks. But where does reality end and hallucination begin?

Gameplay
Gameplay in Velvet Assassin is made up of a series of missions behind enemy lines in Nazi occupied Europe that Violette flashes back on from her hospital bed. The twist here is that although these have already happened, their outcome is not set. Missions are a mix of assassinations, demolitions and rescue operations where the player, is entirely on their own. Because of this, and your limited ability to carry weapons and ammo, you must rely heavily on stealth and weapons that draw the least amount of attention. If detected Violette will have to fight her way out of situations where she will always be outnumbered and almost certainly outgunned, yet when discovered and the chances of survival are slim, players do have the option of activating a play feature called 'Morphine Mode.' A sort of 'bullet time' linked to the drugs that Violette receives during her physical reality in her hospital bed, Morphine Mode allows the player to briefly freeze time, providing an opportunity to dispose of enemies without taking damage or to attempt escape. The experience leaves Violette dazed for a few moments though, so regardless of what the mode is used for players should make good one their plans to avoid being taken out as their heads clear.

Adjustable Skills
Violette's skills as an assassin are customizable. By completing missions successfully players accumulate the ability to change Violette's attributes to suit a preferred playing style and/or as a means of preparing Violette for anticipated combat situations. These customizable combat areas include stealth, strength, weapon handling and Morphine Mode effectiveness.

Realistic WWII Era Weapons
Although Velvet Assassin is primarily a stealth game, and as such players can expect to become extremely proficient with dispatching enemies silently with a blade, it also features a wealth of authentic looking and functioning Allied and Nazi weapons from the WWII era. Just a few of those included are: MP40 submachine gun, grenades, Colt .45 pistol, Lugar 9mm pistol, flame-throwers, shotguns, STG-44 assault rifle and the MG-42 machine gun.

12 Authentic European Locations
Go on assassination missions in hyper-realistic dreamlike settings that are modeled after actual WWII locations. While on assignment you will battle Nazi enemies from the shadows, will discover letters and treasures left behind by German soldiers, be forced to deal with the frightening nature of your own nightmares, and complete rescue missions that are anything but life saving.

Key Features:

  • Brutal assassinations - Use historically accurate World War II guns and knives to viciously execute your enemies.
  • Dynamic lighting and shadows - Slip into the darkness of Nazi-controlled Europe and avoid the relentless searchlights of German guards that cut through your shadowy cover.
  • Stylized environments - Explore surreal, dreamlike settings that are modeled after actual World War II locations.
  • Adjustable skill - Adjustable skills allow you to change Violette's attributes to suit your playing style.

System Requirements:

Minimum Specifications: Recommended Specifications:
OS: Windows XP SP2/Vista SP1
Processor: Single core 3GHz CPU Duel core 2Ghz CPU
RAM: 512MB 1GB RAM
Video Card: Pixel shader 3 card with 256MB VRAM (GEForce 6800 or ATI X1600) GEForce 7900GT or ATI X1900 XT
Sound: Stereo sound 5.1 Dolby surround sound
DVD-ROM: Quad-speed (4x) DVD-ROM drive
Hard Drive: 5GB of free space or more
Other: DirectX 9.0C; keyboard & mouse
 

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I picked this up from Steam after its initial release. The game seemed to be getting decent player reviews and that usually helps me decide to buy a game or not.

Velvet Assassin is a stealth game at heart. If you've played any of the Splinter Cell games you will be right at home here. However, unlike the PC version of Splinter Cell games this seems to be more geared toward the consoles or XBox 360.

You play as a British spy or secret agent (like - James Bond) which is actually a female that has been hospitalized after a unknown tragic accident. As you play through the story you will have various tasks to complete like destroying a fuel depot. Your main task is to get to your targets without being noticed by killing anyone that gets in your way. It's a simple and effective stealth concept however the way you perform these tasks is a bit arcadish compared to many other PC stealth games of the past.

The controls are geared toward a XBox control scheme. You can not navigate the main menus with the PC mouse just the keyboard. The stealth kills are animated cut-sceens which are a bit cheesy to me. Climbing latters, going through doors or crawling under objects are not shown in real time as you will appear on the other side without actually going through the motions.

What saves this game is it's errie and surreal stealth atmosphere. The story is not bad but can get confusing sometimes especially on what happened to her and why she is in the hospital. The music is well placed as you will her creepy sounds when your inside dark hallways and buildings.

The graphics are wonderful and very vibrate. I liked how the designers use color to set the mode in various levels.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile Game to play December 23, 2010
By Bob
Platform for Display:PC Download|Verified Purchase
I was curious about this game, since it's release. When I got the opportunity to pick it up...I was pretty amazed. The Physx graphics are good. Gameplay has a bit of a learning curve, but once you figure out the moves, etc...this game is a decent challenge and worth buying. the story was based on a real life WWII British assassin. For the price...the gameplay is fun!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric stealth game with a mature storyline May 30, 2009
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
First the basics:

Video - 4.5; Positives include generally crisp resolution in higher settings, excellent use of light and shadow, unique coloring for mood and place. Negatives are few, but I found a couple of scenes too dark in the middle distance to see a foe, and the colors could get a little monotonous.

Sound - 5; excellent sound and musical score matched the atmosphere and locations well. Sound effectively used to generate tension when hunted, reinforce atmosphere. German voices add to atmospheric effect and are correct. Screams of people caught in a burning church were appalingly realistic and made me rush to try to save them, immersing me thoroughly (though very disturbing). Music genuinely haunting, especially end theme.

Gameplay - 3.5; Positives include stealth ability (similar to Splinter Cell and actually a little like the Theif games. Negatives are the "dream-like" morphine rush, which I never used beyond the first mission because it detrated from the realism and you do not have to to win, the inability to pick up dropped weapons (other than the morphine rush, perhaps the single most unrealistic element of the game), and the fact that generally you can avoid the enemy AI by using vertical movement (go up or down a stair and they lose you). They also seem to lose interest if you stay hidden for ahwile, which is not too realistic, either, but makes sense as a trade-off for gameplay.

Atmosphere - 5; like the old Thief games, with their dark visuals and eery music and sound themes, I found myself quite immersed and absorbed in this experience. Teh story is interesting if a bit difficult to pull together early as it's told in falshbacks of a sort.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent stealth game January 26, 2011
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Not a run and gun....not many guns and little ammo. Your best friends are the shadows and your fairborn (knife)
Tactical situations are challenging....how to get in position....who to dispatch first. Very little blood, but the kill moves are direct and intense. No team, no squad, character operates alone. Character skills are upgradeable as the game progresses...simple and effective. Graphics are excellent...superior lighting effects adds greatly to the playability of the game. Enemy AI is effective and they all have guns. Character can softly whistle to get guards to come and investigate the sound. Realistic depiction of uniforms, weapons and vehicles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Velvet Assassin Review September 15, 2013
By Kevin
Platform for Display:PC|Verified Purchase
Southpeak delivered my purchase of Velvet Assassin on time and on the exact date shipping said I would receive the product. As far as I am concerned they appear to be a reliable vendor.

The game itself is very worthy of its price tag. Although, I believe Steam is selling it for slightly less at $1.99 - $2.99. I think. Gameplay is exceptional yet not spectacular. If you own a console I would recommend Splinter Cell: Blacklist. In the genre of stealth video games it rates very high.

Velvet Assassin is not an easy game. I am running Windows 7 on a Dell Inspiron 570 Desktop PC, 64-bit processor with 2.00 GB RAM. As a result of my PC not being built for gaming I had to run Velvet Assassin on the lowest settings possible.
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Published 3 months ago by Andris Prokopovich
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull Game
I really tried to get into this, because I like stealth games, but something about it was just... boring. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Hero of Shapier
3.0 out of 5 stars Received Mac & PC Version
This game only runs on my Mac, it refuses to even launch on any of my PC's. It runs pretty well on my Mac.
Published 6 months ago by Brandon Edington
1.0 out of 5 stars did even play the game yet
it would be nice if going to sell a game than don't separate the requirments and put them far down the page and have other games that your selling un the game a person is... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kenneth Bryan
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this Game
Its a hard game to get to learn all the moves but it does work very well the key board and mouse and the Graphics are pretty good and it plays on windows 7 32 bit don't know if it... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Paul Sprauer
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok game. Only for WWII buffs.
Pros: Inexpensive. Fast download speeds. Interesting game.

Cons: Two of the game files are corrupted in this download. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. Sandman
2.0 out of 5 stars Can't Recommend This...
As others have mentioned there are certain things that kill this game. One is the checkpoint system. Read more
Published 12 months ago by PJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice game with only one drawback
I bought and played this game about two years ago, and frankly, I was not expecting much, recalling some very mediocre magazine reviews from when it was released. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mark Lahren
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this game
I enjoy the game play and how it moves, really,wish it was on ps3 for more play with others online
Published 16 months ago by James L.
1.0 out of 5 stars off guard
purchased this game not knowing it was connected to STEAM. had problems with steam in past with refunding and tech support so wasnt steam eager. Read more
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