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Velvet Assassin

Velvet Assassin / PC
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Release Date

04/30/2009

Genre

Action

Shooter

Themes

Espionage

World War II

Alternate Historical

Developer

Replay Studios

Publisher

Gamecock Media Group

Overview

Sneaking up on an unaware soldier
Sneaking up on an unaware soldier

Velvet Assassin is a stealth action game developed by Replay Studios and published by SouthPeak in April 30, 2009 for the PC and Xbox 360. It is set in World War II where the protagonist, Violette Summer (based on the real life World War II secret agent Violette Szabo), relives key missions in flashbacks as she lays comatose in a hospital bed. Some of these missions include blowing up a fuel depot in the Maginot Line, assassinating a Nazi colonel in Paris, and making her way to a Gestapo prison in Warsaw to find a captured agent. The game concept shares similar characteristics with another third-person World War II game released the same year, The Saboteur.

Plot

Background

Violette Summer was born in Dorset, England to a happy family and she had a great and productive childhood. Before the outbreak of the war, Violette worked in a beauty salon, but after the outbreak of the war she moved to London and joined the weapon industry. She was noticed by the Secret Services and was recruited into MI6 during Britain's darkest hours. Violette had already lost an aunt during a bombing run by the Luftwaffe and her husband who was an RAF pilot was also killed. This lead her to become a spy for the SIS.

Story

Violette is able to complete many missions as a spy before being severely wounded by a sniper during her assassination attempt on a German Military Intelligence Officer named Kamm. While in a coma in a hospital, she relives many of her past exploits. Most of the gameplay takes place during these flashbacks. These missions include the destruction of a fuel depot near the Maginot Line, the assassination of a German Colonel in a cathedral, stealing intelligence documents and marking a sub-pen for Allied bombers during Operation Gomorah. Another flashback mission involves her finding three secret agents in Warsaw, Poland. Whilst in the Warsaw Sewers, she finds one of the agents, and neutralizes him. She then finds another who is already dead from cyanide poisoning and finds out the third agent was captured. She moves through the Warsaw Ghetto and makes her way to the Pawiak Gestapo Prison where she gives the last agent the cyanide.

During her coma, two men can be seen in the hospital arguing over whether to keep Violette alive, kill her to save torture from the SS or giving her up to the SS. Finding her position is compromised, she awakes from her coma and escapes the hospital as the Nazi soldiers raid it. After she escapes the hospital, she finds a group of villagers being rounded up by the Dirlewanger Brigade, a group of SS convicts. The villagers are taken to the church and the SS set it on fire. Violette tries to save them and is unsuccessful. Due to her failure, she collapses and the leader of the SS unit is shown to be Kamm who had his face partially burned by the assassination attempt. In the end credits, Violette is shown wearing her hospital gown standing on a cliff and overlooking a German plane.

Gameplay

The game uses techniques similar to other stealth-based games, primarily from the Splinter Cell franchise. Players must hide in the shadows, sneaking around unsuspecting Nazi soldiers and performing silent kills. The heads-up display gives a silhouette of Violette which change color depending on her visibility (the color purple stating that she is hidden in the shadows) and detection (glowing red stating that she has been detected and enemies are seeking out her position).

Players can find vests which gives them additional protection, gas masks to protect them in areas with poisonous gas (with the inability to whistle at enemies), Nazi SS uniforms to disguise Violette so she can walk around in open areas (in which her disguise can be compromised by either standing too close to an enemy or by drawing a weapon), and morphine, which slows down time and allows the player to easily get a silent kill.

Players gain experience through finding hidden collectibles and secret objectives. Every 1,000 EXP earns you an upgrade star, which you can use to either increase the duration of morphine mode, increase the speed of your sneaking, and increase the amount of damage you can withstand.

Weapons

Violette holding a SIlenced Colt M1911
Violette holding a SIlenced Colt M1911

Starting with the second level, players find weapon lockers that contain new weapons and ammo. Players can only carry three weapons at a time (knife, pistol, and rifle).

  • Combat Knife - Carried with you throughout the game. Weak in normal attacks.
  • Silenced Colt M1911 - Silenced pistol that's good for specific stealth kills.
  • P08 Luger - Loud pistol with more ammo than the M1911.
  • Flare Gun - Pistol that fires single flares, igniting the enemy for an instant kill.
  • G43 Sniper Rifle - Accurate long-distance weapon.
  • Shotgun - Lethal short-distance weapon.
  • STG44 Assault Rifle - Found during the final levels of the game, does tremendous damage in close quarters and good damage in short bursts at longer ranges.

Levels

The Lost - Valley

  • Mission Start
  • Entering Enemy Territory
  • At the Bunker Entrance

The Lost - Fuel Storage

  • Mission Start
  • Entering the Hub
  • Getting the Gas Mask/Gas Mask Found
  • Getting the Explosives
  • In the Storage/Explosives Found
  • Blowing Up the Fuel Depot
  • The Escape

Death of the Butcher - Cathedral

  • Mission Start
  • On the Bridge
  • Cautious Proceedings
  • At the Roadblock
  • Entering the Garden
  • Entering the Cathedral

Death of the Butcher - Crypt

  • Mission Start
  • At the Coffins
  • At the Tombs
  • Entering the Bell Tower

Leave a Light On - Docks

  • Mission Start
  • Entering the Storage
  • At the Reloading Point
  • At the Submarines
  • In the Fuel Supply Area
  • In the Torpedo Supply Area
  • Entering Inner Harbor Area

Leave a Light On - Storage

  • Mission Start
  • In the Storehouse Administration
  • In the Storehouse
  • In the Storage Room for Explosives
  • In the Storage Room
  • In the Loading Area
  • The Bombing

The Third Man - Sewers

  • Mission Start
  • Agent Wojzeck
  • Back in the Cistern
  • Agent Jozef
  • Agent Radek
  • In the Digester Gas Installation
  • Combustion

The Third Man - Ghetto

  • Mission Start
  • At the Ghetto Barrier
  • In the Ghetto Backyard
  • In the Labyrinth of Furniture
  • At the Gestapo Prison

The Third Man - Prison

  • Mission Start
  • In the Kitchen
  • In the Canteen
  • In the Luxury Office
  • In the Torture Chamber

Le Boeuf

  • Mission Start
  • In the Boathouse Cellar
  • On the Landing Stage
  • Entering the Inn
  • Entering the Backyard
  • In the Wine Cellar
  • In the Mill
  • Back to the Boat

Fade to Grey - Hospital

  • Mission Start
  • Causing Trouble
  • In the Hospital
  • Entering the Backyard
  • In the Chapel
  • Entering the Garden
  • In the Washhouse

Fade to Grey - Village

  • Mission Start
  • Burning Corpses
  • The Cleansing
  • At the Harbor
  • The Tragedy

PC System Requirements

    Minimum:

    • OS: Windows XP / Vista
    • Processor: Singlecore CPU with 3GHZ
    • Memory: 512MB RAM
    • Graphics: Pixel Shader 3 Graphics Card with 256 MB VRAM (Geforce 6800 or ATI X1600)
    • Hard Drive: 5GB Free Hard Disk Space
    • Sound: Stereo Sound

    Recommended:

    • OS: Windows XP / Vista
    • Processor: Dual core CPU with 2Ghz
    • Memory: 1GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce7900gt or ATI X1900 xt
    • Hard Drive: 5GB free Hard Disk Space
    • Sound: 5.1 Surround Sound