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Thunderbolt Preview: Velvet Assassin

Anthony Karge reports:

''It might be hard to believe at the moment, but there are stealth games outside of Splinter Cell and Metal Gear Solid. Replay Studios' Velvet Assassin is one of these. Instead of futuristic warfare and fancy gadgets, the action takes place during World War II. The story is loosely inspired by the true story of female agent Violette Szabo, a British agent executed by Nazis after performing numerous sabotage missions. The game intends to ramp things up with a number of grisly assassinations performed by a sexy protagonist.

The most striking aspect of Velvet Assassin is its setting. Europe during World War II has been done to death, but the stages I saw were something much different. Violette Summer, clad in tight jeans and a jacket, was surrounding by apartment buildings where shots would ring out periodically. She was infiltrating the nearly empty Warsaw Ghetto. A poignant reminder of the sad history of the place was the section where the streets were littered with furniture. The Nazis were looting the apartments of the people who were on the way to their death. Violette would give a line or two reflecting on the horror.''

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