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Requiem for a Spy

"Requiem for a Spy" is the third level of the critically acclaimed video game The Operative: No One Lives Forever. It consists of only one scene and is a training level that prepares the player for the next mission.

BriefingEdit

Needless to say, the Morocco assignment was an unmitigated disaster. Report to the war room for debriefing.

And try to control your temper.

Summary/WalkthroughEdit

Cate reports to the briefing room where Mr. Smith expresses his irritation at the fact that Ambassador Monroe is dead and that UNITY has lost yet another operative (Bruno). He blames the botched mission on the fact that they sent a woman and a "fossil like Lawrie" into the field.

The player is given a choice on how to respond to Smithy: Responding angrily will include some extra dialogue in which Smithy expresses his utter disgust that you just threatened an administrative executive. It is therefore more advisable to choose the other option and remind him that Volkov was lying in wait (this also earns the player an intelligence item).

Smithy claims that the traitor was probably Bruno himself, suggesting that he may have done so as an act of defiance considering his upcoming resignation. He claims that Volkov probably shot him either to silence him or because he didn't like Bruno's "demands". Cate strongly disapproves of this accusation and Mr. Jones thinks Bruno's memory should be kept in honor until he is proven guilty.

As there are still no other agents available, Cate receives another assignment (although reluctantly) which she must now accomplish on her own. She is being sent to East Berlin to facilitate the escape of Dr Otto Schenker, an East German biophysicist who wishes to escape to the West. Dr. Schenker is working on a secret bio-weapons program for the Soviets and has promised to provide UNITY with valuable information pertaining to his research in exchange for his freedom. Smithy claims that this mission can hardly turn out as bad as Morocco, but he doesn't express much hope.

Before heading to the training facility, Cate pays a brief visit to Bruno's grave and tearfully leaves a flower on it.

CharactersEdit

New Gadgets & Field TacticsEdit

Gadgets

  • Spy-Glasses with zoom feature - used to secretly take photos of intelligence items
  • Ordinary Cigarette Lighter - to distract guards by lighting fires in garbage cans
  • Red Lipstick Explosive - Hand grenade disguised as lipstick. Detonates on impact

Field Tactics

  • Taking Photos of items that can't be picked up
  • Understanding how security cameras work and how to avoid them
  • Understanding searchlights and how to avoid them

TriviaEdit

  • This is the first time that Cate reports to the briefing room on her own without any other operatives present.
  • East Berlin was the capital of the so-called "German Democratic Republic" (or simply East Germany), an Eastern Bloc state that was founded in 1949 and dissolved in 1990 following the Reunification of Germany. It consisted of the German territories occupied by the Soviet Army at the end of World War II and practically functioned as a satellite state of the Soviet Union. The city of Berlin was divided into East and West and in order to curb the mass immigration of people into the West, the Berlin Wall was erected all around the western half of the city in 1961 so as to prevent the East Germans from getting in (and not the West Germans from getting out as is sometimes mistakenly believed). East and West Germany were divided by the Inner German Border which consisted of steel, concrete and very strict border controls.
  • Dr. Schenker's desire to defect into the West is a plausible scenario and not an uncommon occurrence throughout the Cold War, during which many attempts were made by East Germans to escape into the "free" West. Successful attempts were few in number and unsuccessful ones resulted in being shot on sight or long prison-sentences if falling under suspicion or being implicated in assisting others to escape.
  • Mr. Jones remarks that if this mission is a success, they'll "have struck a mighty blow to the Soviets" thereby making a strong reference to the ongoing Cold War between NATO and the Warsaw Pact, during which the game is set. The Cold War is especially remembered for its use of espionage on both sides which has served as the backdrop for many acclaimed works in literature, television and film (some notable examples include: the James Bond franchise, 'Get Smart', 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' and 'The Spy who came in from the Cold')
  • The cemetery which holds Bruno's grave, is seen for the first and last time until the mission: Such Is the Nature of Revenge.
  • The Spy-Glasses, cigarette lighter and red lipstick explosive are introduced and can now be equipped at the beginning of each mission.

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