This time, the game I’ve reviewed is called F.E.A.R..
F.E.A.R. was developed by Monolith Productions, Inc..
This game is probably a great choice for players who look for shooters with an interesting narrative.
It’s an horror first person shooter, with a weird story, a cool slow-motion mechanic, enjoyable guns, old-fashion gore and scary moments.
With the amount of horror games focusing on their narrative, the story might be more obvious for you today than it was, back in 2005.
A mysterious organized force of soldiers infiltrates a compound. The elite F.E.A.R. (First Encounter Assault Recon) team, of which you’re part of, is called to act, with the mission to evaluate the threat and eliminate the intruders.
The game is divided by different missions, between reports of your current mission, that most of the time are to open the next part of the map.
There’s the ghost of a girl that you’ll be finding once in a while, such as shadows or strange paranormal situations.
The music and the sound effects are responsible for establishing a mood of distrust and uneasiness.
There are a nice variety of weapons, giving you an evident choice for the kind of guns you prefer. Using melee is a good way to take down enemies, since it’s lethal.
You’ll also be able to use an ability to slow down the game, while keeping your normal speed. This is supposed to simulate your superhuman reflexes.
The special effects and textures are old, but the game doesn’t need a re-skin to manage to get people to play it, nowadays.
The horror part is no side effect: It’s a core feeling. They managed very well to make us feel vulnerable against the crazy and supernatural events, and even against some harder enemies.
F.E.A.R. Extraction Point and F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate are short sequels of the game, that take action right after the end of the main game. In Perseus Mandate you’ll play as a member of a second F.E.A.R. team.
The multiplayer mode is no longer available.
It took me almost 10 hours to finish the game, on the high difficulty (the 3rd of 4 difficulties available).
The game is great. The horror effects paralyzed me sometimes, but taking down mind controlled units in slow motion with any gun available was amazing.
F.E.A.R. is available for PC (Windows), PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.