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4.19 stars 4.19/5 Stars Average score of 21 user reviews spread across 11 releases and 0 DLC

One of the most memorable FPS games of recent times. 1

(This review was originally posted on GameSpot.com under the name stevenscott14. It appears here ever-so-slightly edited in order for it to not look like an absolutely unforgivable wall of text) The most creepy thing about my experience with F.E.A.R. wasn't even the silence, the atmosphere, or the spooky little girl that turns out to be much, much more than a Samara ripoff (The Ring, anyone?) The creepy thing was that I actually enjoyed the moments where there wasn't a thousand clones to shoot t...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

A Great Multiplayer Experience 0

 Thank the heavens that Max Payne paved a way for slow-motion in gaming, or else, we might not have a game like F.E.A.R.. F.E.A.R. stands out from shooters today for it's ability to slow down time with the click of a button, and because it's really gory, which is a good thing. The graphics are superb and the audio is really amazing. Only downfall of having a high-profile game is it comes at a hardware cost. You'll won't be running this game on low settings with 256MB of memory (which why in the ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Ghosts Instead of Doves 0

As if they didn't already make it clear with the name, F.E.A.R. obviously sets out to be a horror game, what with the ghosts, corpses lying around everywhere, and hallways with pools of blood for ceilings. Plus the opening cutscene is a fairly well directed 90 seconds with little girls with no eyes walking thru fire at Dutch angles. It's an early sign that this game might actually be able to pull off horror, even if it's going to be obtuse about it.EXCEPT this is a game created in the post-Half-...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

I Shat Bricks 2

I shat bricks when things crashed through windows and startled me, old-school Resident Evil style.I shat bricks when I fought a massive group of techno-ninjas in a dark office.I shat bricks when I would turn a corner and find a dude in power armor waiting to ventilate me with a massive nailgun.I shat bricks when I would accidentally knock over a bucket or chair in an empty room, jarringly interrupting the eerie silence with a startling noise.I shat bricks when Fettel started dropping massive mec...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Surprises Abound in This Solid Horror FPS 0

FEAR, it turns out, still holds up 9 years later and may be one of the best first person shooters of the generation. Sure, the story and characters aren't exactly Half Life 2 caliber, but everything that FEAR sets out to do, it does with flying colours.The story is fairly basic, and I didn't find had much sway in the experience. In fact, much of the dialogue seems very generic and inconsequential lending the game a lonely tone. Much of the dialogue seems basic, and almost robot-like. This may s...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Not Your Average Shooter 0

FEAR is actually a really good FPS that holds up really well today.Its a great break from the mindless military shooters out there. This game actually has a very interesting story and will scare you at times. I always try to use my flashlight during some of the scary parts but in some cases they disable the flashlight and use this noir film grain to really creep you out. As a shooter i'm actually really surprised how much I love this game.The AI is actually pretty smart, calling out positions or...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Easily the most disappointing game I've played 0

The long of it:    Long reviews are for good games. The short of it:   F.E.A.R. promised to be a fast-paced, visually stunning FPS with creepy gameplay and advanced AI.  The AI IS impressive. But putting good AI in this game is like adding sugar to standing water. With the endlessly identical rooms full of identical enemies, the AI is hardly utilized. And just when you get out of the building that half the game takes place in, you enter another equally identical building. And it's all topped wit...

1 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Mind-blowing A.I., and an absolutely chilling atmosphere. 0

It's difficult to know where to begin with my experience of playing through F.E.A.R. In fact, I've spent the last ten minutes re-writing this first paragraph over and over again simply trying to think of a way to begin talking about the game, so let's just get down the basics. F.E.A.R. puts you in the role of an unnamed operative of the First Encounter Assault Recon team, known only as the F.E.A.R. point man, as you track down the rogue commander Paxton Fettel and deal with his army of telepathi...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

One of the worst shooters 0

The shock I experienced was not so much with the poor quality of the game itself, but with the positive reviews and defense that this game received. To this day I am trying to understand and cannot. It appears that players are digging the game's atmosphere, but what creates that atmosphere? It's not the music, because there is hardly any music in the game. It's not the spooky graphics, because the game mostly consists of gray corridors. Is it the girl from the Ring? Just to clarify, we all under...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

F.E.A.R. 0

F.E.A.R. is the second franchise-creating first-person shooter developed by Monolith that took me longer to complete than it should have due to technical issues. Just like it was years before I finished No One Lives Forever, FEAR came out late in 2005 but I just beat it recently, after encountering numerous glitches and an issue with getting the game to reinstall. It didn't really sully my experience though, as once I started really playing it I ended up enjoying it quite a lot.FEAR's central, f...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

An enjoyable and visceral shooting experience 0

FEAR has to be one of the hardest games to review for several reasons. For one, it's almost impossible to describe the pure adrenaline rush of some of the game's most intense firefights, but also because this is a game which is much greater than the sum of its parts. FEAR combines frenzied first-person-shooting sequences with terrifying horror segments to create what must be one of the most nerve-racking and atmospheric games ever. FEAR tells the story of a nameless agent of the First Encounter ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

F.E.A.R. is Meant to be Played in the Dark 0

F.E.A.R, a wierd acronym for First Encounter Assault Recon. FEAR came out a awhile ago for the PC, now it's out for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. First off the graphics in FEAR are getting pretty stale as far as design goes. It always seems like you are fighting in either industrial areas or battered buildings, but when you get to one of the "scary worlds" where you are running down hospital hallways and when you get to the end a little girl named Alma will appear and scare your pants off. T...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Top notch AI and addictive Multiplayer! 0

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>What was GIANT>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>AI > I started the game on Extreme since I tend to start games such as Call of Duty 2 and COD 3 on Veteran, and I quickly reverted back to medium d...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Though its creepiness is lacking, F.E.A.R. is still superb 0

F.E.A.R.: First Encounter Assault Recon—which is one of the worst meanings Monolith could've come up with for that acronym—is a shooter that, inspired by Japanese movies like The Ring, incorporates horror elements into its gameplay. Random pools of blood are everywhereF.E.A.R. boasts quite an intriguing storyline, involving a ruthless man called Paxton Fettel and a mysterious girl with the same greasy hair as the one we saw in The Ring movies. You take on the role of a nameless protagonist th...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

F.E.A.R truly instills fear 0

When I bought this game I was sure that I would be able to play this on all high graphics. Well it did.....kind of. When I went to check the FPS I averaged 32 FPS. This was not good for me and I could tell that it would chug in huge action sequences. So you can see the only downfall I have with this game is that it is a resource hog and you need a good computer for it. Now for the real review. First thing you notice when you load the first level is that this game has a very good storyline. The ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

F.E.A.R. is the epitome of the FPS/Horror genre. 0

Originally appearing on the PC in 2005, F.E.A.R. has made its way to consoles for the first time with this port to the Xbox 360. In F.E.A.R., you'll play as a new member to the First Encounter Assault Recon, or F.E.A.R., a top-secret government agency designed to investigate paranormal activity outside the spectrum of the public's watchful eyes. Thus, during F.E.A.R.'s engaging campaign, you'll encounter many creepy "things" and explore many creepy places, highlighting what F.E.A.R. does best --...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Facing your FEARs 0

Fear is a great game and is unlike many other FPS games in many ways. Monolith have gone out of their way to raise areas of this genre above and beyond anything that anyone has acheived before. Gameplay: One of Fears great assets is its gameplay. The controls are well laid out and once you get used to them you should have no trouble leaning round corners, aiming and shooting dudes. I found the aiming idea really useful and suited my style well. Leaning is a must and unless you get good at it yo...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The way shooters are supposed to be made...intense, fast, violent 0

The Good: EVERYTHING The Bad: OPPOSITE OF EVERYTHING F.E.A.R is by far one of the greatest shooters made in recent years. If this game doesn't set the standard for future shooters then I don't know what will. F.E.A.R (First Encounter Assault Recon) is much too laboring to type with it being an acronym and all, so from now on the game will be referred to as "this/the game, or just FEAR." The game revolves around an elite army team called FEAR, and they are tasked with the investigation of an uns...

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Great game with scary moments 0

Fear:Gameplay: Fear is bringing the series to a success not only because it has scary moments mostly because the story has so many good moments like how the story unfolds infront of you. You are a new recruit in the First Encounter Assault Recon team and you are asked to neutralised Paxton Fettel since he is the main person in the story since he killed most of people in the city. Alma is also the girl who created all this madness you will often see her wandering around the maps to distract you o...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Ring: The Video Game 0

What is it about evil little children that sends chills up your spine and makes you fear the playground near your house at night? Perhaps it is the bastardization of something normally so (outwardly) sweet and innocent that generates the same feeling of fear as when we hear about another Uwe Boll movie coming out. Then again, it could be how emotionless said child acts when bathed in blood and standing over a dead body, but let's get back to the video game.F.E.A.R was undoubtedly one of the best...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

F.E.A.R. Review 0

Note: My actual review is a 3.5/5, and I didn't play multiplayer because it was disabled.F.E.A.R. is a first-person action horror shooter set in what I guess is the near future. You play as point man, an above average , slightly superhuman soldier as part of a special military unit designed on fighting paranormal threats in the U.S. You are tasked with finding and killing a man named Fettel;who with the power of his mind, controls a highly trained military unit that otherwise lays dormant. Also...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

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