"Berlin by Night" is the fourth level and second mission in the critically acclaimed video game The Operative: No One Lives Forever. UNITY field operative, Cate Archer is sent on a top-secret mission to East Berlin, to facilitate the safe extraction of a scientist who wishes to defect to the West. The level consists of three scenes and is immediately followed by the mission Unexpected Turbulence.
We've been contacted by Dr. Otto Schenker, an East German Biophysicist who we believe is working on a top secret biological weapons program for the Soviet Union. Dr. Schenker has a desire to defect. He has asked us to assist him in exchange for information on his research.
This opportunity couldn't have arisen at a worse time. After that embarrassment in Morocco, you're hardly our first choice to handle this affair, but all of our other surviving operatives are tied up to equally critical assignments. If we want a chance at Schenker, it has to be now and it has to be you, on your own.
Before she can enter the facility, Cate contacts four different agents who each provide her with one piece of information with regards to the exact location where Dr. Schenker can be found. Having put together that "the entrance is hidden in the basement of the library behind the shelf", she then bribes the guard at the gatehouse who allows her entry. Using stealth (or firepower) Cate ventures further into the compound.
Cate now finds herself at the main garrison and library of the facility. Trying to remain undetected, she photographs some of Dr. Schenker's work and sets the timers on explosive devices to prepare for her escape. She then meets her contact Werner von Haupt, who provides her with a visitor ID card. Von Haupt warns her that while the staff should ignore her, the guards and security cameras won't be fooled by her disguise. (Note: if you apologize for being late von Haupt will give you an intelligence item). Cate then locates the entrance to the secret facility behind a shelf in the basement.
Again, stealth is required to remain undetected and avoid the alarm from being raised. While raising the alarm won't fail the mission, it will become slightly more difficult to proceed as all the guards will be looking for you. Dr. Schenker is found waiting in his office and is not at all impressed that a woman has been sent to liberate him. Cate assures him that he can lodge a full complaint as soon as they reach Western soil but urges him to leave with her immediately. Schenker relents and after retrieving a picture of his wife, he follows Cate out of the building. The explosive charges are detonated thus distracting the other guards and allowing for a quick getaway. As they run through the streets, a brawny Scotsman steps into view. After quietly commending Cate with the words: "Good Girl", he walks back into the alley.
Memorable Quotes Edit
(Funny code phrases)
Contact 1: "Guten Abend Fraulein, do you make love to strangers?"
Cate: "Certainly not!"
Contact 1: "Then allow me to introduce myself..."
Cate: "Why not introduce yourself to a police officer and spare me the trouble?"
Contact 1: Who makes up these ghastly code phrases anyway?
Cate: Someone in the cryptography department. Someone in need of a girlfriend apparently...
Contact 2: (through a pay phone) "Are you free tonight or will it cost me?"
Cate: "More than you can afford!"
Contact 2: Why must I be made to say such idiotic things? [...] Tell the person who wrote the code phrase to grow up!
Contact 3: (over a doorbell intercom) "Want to come in for a game of Twister?"
Cate: "I'd rather run over you with my car!"
Contact 3: These code phrases have a somewhat confessional tone to them, don't you think?
Cate: Yeah, now that you mention it.
Contact 4: "You are the most beautiful girl I have ever seen. Can you cook and clean too?"
Cate: "No, but I can put you in the hospital if you want. Maybe you can find someone to take care of you there. Maybe."
Contact 4: What sort of imbecile says things like this?
Cate: I'm afraid to find out
(after locating Werner von Haupt)
Cate: "Care for a light?"
Von Haupt: "Danke. I seem to have lost my phone number. Can I have yours?"
Cate: "I'm in the book. Just look under: Police Department"
(Various guards and scientists in the Research Facility)
Guard 1: Want anything to drink?
Guard 2: Sure
Guard 1: What do you want?
Guard 2: Very funny!
Guard 1: I have to amuse myself somehow. One "3CP Soda" coming up!
Scientist beside vending machine: I don't even know why we have this machine. Did you know there is only one beverage in the whole Soviet Union? "3CP Soda". And you what? It's just tap water! It's not even cold!
Scientist in office: I don't understand it: The goat should explode but it does not! Jürgen's goat explodes but mine does not. Why? Is it a problem with the goat or with the reagent?
Scientist 1: Test! 1, 2, 3 Test!
Scientist 2: Turn it down!
S1: How's this? Over
S2: I can't tell, I'm deaf!
S1: Proceed with the experiment. Over
S2: You don't have to say "over". It's not a radio!
S1: I like to say it! Over
S1: How is the goat? Over
S2: The goat is nervous. How do think the goat is?!?
S1: You don't have to shout. Over
S2: Can you come down here for a second?
S1: Why? Over
S2: I have to tell you something...
S1: I don't trust you. I think you are planning to hurt me. Over
S2: I'm not going to hurt you. I just want to tell you... a secret
S1: What kind of secret? Over
S2: A good one. About Bettina. Something she said about you
S1: I don't believe you. Over
S2: Suit yourself...
S1: What did she say? Over
S2: If you want to know, you have to come down here...
- This mission marks the first appearances of Dr. Schenker and Magnus Armstrong.
- It is also the first mission to feature scientists in a hostile location, who may be killed without consequences. Civilian casualties will still be incremented but not result in mission failure, supposedly because they end up being responsible for the creation of the later revealed "human time-bombs".
- The German Democratic Republic was the official name of East Germany and lasted from 1949 to 1990 when it was reunified with West Germany, thus forming today's Federal Republic of Germany. The 2003 film "Goodbye Lenin" deals with the subject of reunification and highlights some of the major differences between Eastern and Western politics and society.
- The guard in the gatehouse to the facility can only be bribed after Cate has met with all four of her contacts. Going to him before this results in him raising the alarm, thus failing the mission. This also occurs upon killing him.
- In a conversation between two STASIs, one of them says "Geh zum Teufel" which is German for "Go to hell" (literally the "devil")
- The STASI (or Ministry for State Security) was the secret police agency of East Germany and is often credited as being one of the most efficient intelligence services to have ever existed. Their methods of interrogation and excessive use of wiretapping private residences have since been widely regarded as human rights violations. The 2006 film: "The Lives of Others" provides an accurate insight into life in East Germany and the work of the Stasi.
- Inside the compound, there is a cage containing three German Shepherds, which are still the most popular breed of police dog in Germany.
- A large East German flag can be seen hanging on the wall of the garrison's cafeteria in Scene 2. While the colors were the same as its West German counterpart, the emblem consists of a hammer and compass surrounded by a ring of rye. The emblem of both West and modern day Germany is a black eagle.
- In the research facility, there is a lot of talk about CCCP Soda, supposedly "the only beverage in the Soviet Union". While this is a clear exaggeration, it provides some more comic relief and contributes to the game's clever use of Cold War humor.
- The CCCP Soda vending machine also appears in the game's sequel, most notably in the missions set in Siberia.
- CCCP is the Russian abbreviation for the "Union of Soviet Socialist Republics" (U.S.S.R.) more commonly referred to simply as the Soviet Union. It was founded in 1922 by the Communist Bolsheviks and was dissolved in 1991. Its dissolution is commonly regarded as the formal end of the Cold War.
- The new bio-weapons program that is being researched in the facility is used on goats as test subjects. There is a special test area in Scene 3 (see quote above) which contains several goat pens and a room (accessed using a Code Breaker) containing a gigantic goat, possibly the result of a faulty reagent. If the alarm is raised, this area cannot be accessed.
- Goats and dogs, both of which appear in this mission are two of the four animals to feature in the game. The other two are sharks and monkeys.
- Dr. Schenker takes a picture of his wife with him before his escape. However, if the cutscene is skipped, the picture is left behind.
- One of the Intelligence items found in this mission is the coded message "wirmp nliv lezogrmv" the translation to the message is "Drink more Ovaltine" (a reference to the 1983 movie A Christmas Story).