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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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 57
  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. 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 207
  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. QOO
    Nov 16, 2013
    10
    If Max Payne and Doom had a baby, this would be the game. This game has excellent gunplay, and some of the best A.I I've ever seen. F.E.A.R isIf Max Payne and Doom had a baby, this would be the game. This game has excellent gunplay, and some of the best A.I I've ever seen. F.E.A.R is excellent all the way through, and is injected with some bullet time to help you keep going. Horror-wise, it isn't that scary. It's basically jumpscare after jumpscare, and it can sometimes be effective, but it usually isn't. Buy it for the shooting. If I could give this game more than 10, I would. 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. HenryM.
    Nov 1, 2005
    8
    FEAR is a good game. The AI is sublime and it's take on the action is new and innovative. What stop's FEAR from being a great game FEAR is a good game. The AI is sublime and it's take on the action is new and innovative. What stop's FEAR from being a great game is the uninspired level design and constant wave of attack's that feel all too the same. It's a shame that FEAR got mostly everything technically right and then rushed the level designs and attack. As for thos who give it 0 for not running well on their machines, it's really not the software's fault that you don't have the hardware to run it. Expand
  5. Jul 14, 2015
    8
    Satisfying gunplay: The Game.

    Spooks are not spooky enough anymore (probably because they warn you about them for some reason). Locations
    Satisfying gunplay: The Game.

    Spooks are not spooky enough anymore (probably because they warn you about them for some reason).
    Locations design so uninspired that you always going to be saying to yourself: "Hey! I've already been in the identical room, like 15 minutes ago."
    Story is completely trivial. And it's good that the game is aware of this, It doesn't try to stop action for a long time.
    AI is as good as everyone claimed it to be. They rarely act moronic, they flank, a lot. They ambush when they outnumbered. They won't go to the room when there is clearly someone with shotgun around the corner waiting for them, they act like real people, and this is ironic considering that most of them are mindless clones without any free will, controlled by someone else.
    I think the most disappointing part of this game is that there are only two encounters with ninja assassins, they were the best.
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  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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