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  • Summary: F.E.A.R. (First Encounter Assault and Recon), is an intense first person close-quarters combat experience with rich atmosphere and an engaging storyline. The story begins as an unidentified paramilitary force infiltrates a multi-billion dollar aerospace compound. The government responds byF.E.A.R. (First Encounter Assault and Recon), is an intense first person close-quarters combat experience with rich atmosphere and an engaging storyline. The story begins as an unidentified paramilitary force infiltrates a multi-billion dollar aerospace compound. The government responds by sending in Special Forces, but loses contact as an eerie signal interrupts radio communications. When the interference subsides moments later, the team has been literally torn apart. As part of a classified strike team created to deal with threats no one else can handle, your mission is simple: Eliminate the intruders at any cost. Determine the origin of the signal. And contain this crisis before it spirals out of control. [Vivendi Universal] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 55 out of 57
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  1. 100
    F.E.A.R. is just polished, period. If you have the system to handle the game, it is a must have for all gamers.
  2. But the fantastic graphics, sound, and firefights all blend to make F.E.A.R. an excellent game, though in order to enjoy the graphics and the game to its fullest, you must have a high-end computer system. In closing, F.E.A.R. is definitely one of this year’s best games.
  3. Fantastic horror game with great action and everything else that that might imply, you can use your flashlight AND your gun, and the game will STILL scare you! Hallelujah!
  4. While some of the horror elements to the storyline may seem a tad cliché, the game's almost perfect fundamentals and solid extra's makes it an instant nominee for 2005 PC Game of the Year.
  5. The story is mysterious enough to demand further investigation, but after a while you start wishing they would hurry things up and get to the good stuff. It’s only later when you’ll stumble onto the Catch-22 that the only truly "good stuff" in the game is that you can blow up a lot of the boring stuff.
  6. 85
    Arguably the strongest single-player FPS this year. It is the total package – great graphics, great sound, great multiplayer and captivating single player.
  7. Computer Games Magazine
    70
    There's the requisite little Goth girl with long black hair to 'creep you out.' Thanks to its overuse, it's become the lens flare of horror. [Jan 2006, p.48]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 26 out of 213
  1. Jun 26, 2011
    10
    According to these user reviews FEAR seems to be a love or hate experience. People junk this game for repetitive levels, bad graphics, andAccording to these user reviews FEAR seems to be a love or hate experience. People junk this game for repetitive levels, bad graphics, and lack of enemy diversity. I just don't see any of that except maybe the bad level complaint is valid. Although who cares about how the levels look when the gameplay is so solid. I just played this game again in 2011 and it's still an awesome game. My one complaint with this game is even on the hardest difficulty it is still a bit too easy. The reason people love or hate this game is because its focus is the same gameplay over and over in different variations so if you don't like the shooting mechanic you will pretty much hate the whole game. Monolith has an epic resume of games Expand
  2. Nov 22, 2013
    10
    I think the game is awesome, I had it when it first came out and just repurchased it. It still has great graphics and a good storyline. And itI think the game is awesome, I had it when it first came out and just repurchased it. It still has great graphics and a good storyline. And it will make you jump a few times too. Expand
  3. Bass
    Jan 6, 2006
    10
    A remarkable game that was well worth the wait. Incredible graphics, physics, sound effects and gameplay combine to form one of the best FPS A remarkable game that was well worth the wait. Incredible graphics, physics, sound effects and gameplay combine to form one of the best FPS titles in recent memory. Monolith have truely created a work of genious and we can only hope that an equally outstanding sequel will turn up within the near future. Expand
  4. JimboI.
    Nov 3, 2005
    8
    Even with a computer that meets the requirements, the game really chugs are certain moments (I have a 3 Ghz with 1 gig RAM and GeForce 6800) Even with a computer that meets the requirements, the game really chugs are certain moments (I have a 3 Ghz with 1 gig RAM and GeForce 6800) without even turning on slowmo, which really is the prettiest part of the game. In comparison, games like half-life 2 and doom 3 run great with better graphics (at least in terms of levels). That said, what really brings this game down is- lack of level variety, lack of texture variety, lack of ... um overall variety. Basically, the levels are really bad in this game. Sure the AI is awesome, dont get me wrong, but nothing is more frustrating than going in circles because you cant tell the difference between two parts of a level. You constantly meet the same soldiers in this game, and yes, they have a lot of personality and a lot of intelligence, and they are challanging.... but come on, you have no idea how relieved I was to see them introduce a new bad guy. Also what brings the game down is what appears to be an inside joke the designers had or something where they put this nasty fat computer dude in the game... and play music in the background that sounds like a flute laughing or something. Have you seen that South Park episode with Korn in it, and they have that goofy bird thing, and when it does something silly the music sorta goes "wah wah wu wu wu wuuuu" or something like that, well, when you meet this guy it does the same thing. Its really bad. You dont even get to blow him up later either. That said, this game could have been so much more. The whole leaning, aiming, and slowmo controls are great, yet I turn on multiplayer and I find a bunch of unoriginal people playing deathmatch and CTF and nobody playing any slowmo games (slowmo isn't in all the game types). The actual graphic effects are very very well done in this game, and the sound is awesome too. The original matrix definately inspired this game. I definately like how they applied filters to the player's view to represent different things. Surprisingly, the game does give a couple frights, but these are rare, and some of the attempts to be scary are diminished by repeated animations (person walking in distance). The good sound scheme definately helps set the mood. Would I recommend buying this? I bought this game less than a week ago, played it on hard (the second hardest difficulty), and just now beat it. No I didn't play it constantly. I'd estimate 15 hours of gameplay, maybe less if your one of those people who sets the game on easy and blows through levels without trying. Expand
  5. Dec 11, 2013
    8
    A great game for its time. The visuals are excellent as is the sound design, just going into slow-mo and seeing bullets whiz by is fantastic.A great game for its time. The visuals are excellent as is the sound design, just going into slow-mo and seeing bullets whiz by is fantastic. The story isn't anything outstanding, but it's solid and it works. Gunplay is fairly conventional, but enhanced with the addition of slow-mo. One thing that really stands out in this game though is the AI. It is simply excellent, no other shooter I've played has surpassed it, even shooters released years after it's release. It means enemies feel like more than just cardboard characters that just hide behind cover and shoot every now and then. Expect to be flushed out, ambushed and flanked if you don't pay attention. Perhaps the game is a bit repetitive in its gameplay and level design, though it does try to spruce it up a bit with new weapons and new enemies. Scares could've been better as well. Sometimes it feels as if jumpscares are just shoved down your throat, and I would've appreciated some buildup of tension in some levels before the actual scare, it would've created a more intimidating atmosphere. Fighting assassins was truly intense though. Overall, a game definitely worth consideration for FPS and horror fans. Expand
  6. Agemo
    Oct 16, 2005
    7
    It's not so bad, but its quite overrated. Original on a first sight, but annoying with the pseudo-horror full of cliches. Glamourous It's not so bad, but its quite overrated. Original on a first sight, but annoying with the pseudo-horror full of cliches. Glamourous graphics like a swank hooker, but poor code reveals the true abbreviation of F.E.A.R. - F*cking Engine And Requirments ;) Expand
  7. Jun
    Oct 2, 2005
    0
    The game loses your interest before the third level and becomes just another boring "Doom" clone. It had a lot of promise, then it was as if The game loses your interest before the third level and becomes just another boring "Doom" clone. It had a lot of promise, then it was as if the programmers gave up and had a meltdown. Sad. Expand

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