F.E.A.R. Review

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Good horror is extremely hard to find these days. Good horror in games is almost non-existant. Except for F.E.A.R. The game puts you in the shoes of an elite fighting force known as the First Encounter Assault Recon, or F.E.A.R., trained to deal with bizarre and supernatural situations. You are sent in to find and eliminate a telepathic psychopath who has taken control of an army of clone soldiers developed by Armacham, an American defense contractor. However, Command loses contact with all the teams it sends in, so it’s up to you find out what’s going on. A very good premise for a horror-based game that is, fortunately, not squandered on cheap scares.

The main enemies you’ll find in the game are the clone soldiers, also known as Replicas. Suffice it to say, F.E.A.R.’s A.I. is the best I’ve experienced in any first person shooter. Enemies will look for cover, sometimes moving furniture to be used as shields, and will report to each other on your whereabouts. But Squad combat is what makes the A.I. so great. You will never run across lone soldiers, so you’ll always need to have a good plan of attack. Bullet-time, otherwise known as slow-mo, is also present and lets you take out your enemies, Matrix-style.

But the great thing about F.E.A.R. is its horror element. Unlike Doom 3, where it’s the enemies that are intended to scare you, F.E.A.R.’s horror only serves to freak you out. It’s the sort of horror you’re likely to find in movies like The Ring, something more psychological in nature. Most of the scares (or intense moments) in the game will come from sightings and visions; sometimes you’ll see a little girl walking ahead of you, and sometimes the world around you will twist and change to be something entirely different. The one thing to take away from all this is that F.E.A.R.’s horror element doesn’t feel tacked on. It weaves itself into the plot of the game very nicely.

I’m going to be succinct: Play F.E.A.R. This sort of game is a rarity in the gaming world, and is an experience that must be enjoyed by anyone who plays shooters.

-“It is the way of men to make monsters. And it is the nature of monsters to destroy their makers.” -Harlan Wade, F.E.A.R.


Written by Kumaran Vijayan

June 25, 2007 at 3:07 pm

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  1. Definatly a good game. My brother got it a couple months ago, now hes gone i played it a couple times. Very nice, i love the actual fear that the game can give you. Good review, but 10/10? I dunno Dino.


    July 27, 2007 at 10:14 pm

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