F.E.A.R. PlayStation 3

Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
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  1. Games Master UK
    73
    A glaring disappointment considering it looked and played miles better on PC. [Apr 2007, p.63]
  2. It's aged badly. The PS3 version looks like the PC version running on low detail...It's a fair attempt, but in no way essential. [Apr 2007, p.79]
  3. While F.E.A.R. is still a good action game, it doesn't live up to its potential, thanks to stuttering frame rates and washed-out graphics.
  4. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    70
    F.E.A.R.'s slo-mo gunplay is worth experiencing, but the whole game hangs on a single gimmick - and ultimately it isn't quite enough. [May 2007, p.86]
  5. The action in F.E.A.R. is relentless from start to finish, and the AI of enemy soldiers is about the best you'll find in video games at the moment. Sadly, the core game is let down by some sloppy technical issues that really shouldn't be seen in a port of a game first released in 2005.
  6. Just don't expect the technical marvel that PC owners have been waxing on about for years, you'll be sorely disappointed.
  7. Although FEAR is starting to show its age, the twisted plot and strong gunfights overcome such obstacles, delivering a memorable experience to the PlayStation 3.
  8. It's a shame more effort wasn't put into this release as it just feels rushed and unfinished. The loading times alone are enough to make you want to give up and play something else instead.
  9. 65
    Unfortunately, the PS3 version features a choppier frame rate. F.E.A.R. is still playable, but the frame rate doesn't maintain a preferred rate of 30 frames per second, giving the action a slightly sluggish feel. Luckily, the controls give super-precise targeting abilities, which helps compensate.
  10. 60
    First among F.E.A.R.'s transgressions is the nauseating framerate. This isn't me being metaphorical here; the framerate in this game is so bad that it literally made me feel nauseated after any appreciable playtime. We're talking about something in the realm of 20 fps; that's just inexcusable for an FPS.
  11. The atmospheric first-person shooter retains all of its tension, along with the neat slow-down option that lets players pull off some brutally imaginative kills. However, the graphics look like they've been reworked for a PlayStation 2 version instead of for the PS3. Furthermore, the weak response time of the SIXAXIS pad ruins the experience and the game takes too long to load.
  12. If the framerate hadn't been as jerky, we'd have a fairly enjoyable game -- nothing ground breaking, but enjoyable, nevertheless.
  13. It really is a shame to see this once powerhouse FPS struggle the way it does on the PS3.
  14. It’s impossible to review the PS3 version without looking over at the PC and 360 editions, which are both clearly superior games. Why pay that kind of money for a PS3 game with poor controls and graphics when the same game can be had for a better price on other platforms?
  15. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    53
    Things pick up around chapter 8, but by then you may be in deep sleep. [June 2007, p.84]
  16. 50
    Yes, the PS3 version comes with bonus single-player content. No, it isn't worth the aggravation. If you have a 360 or a beefy PC, buy those (cheaper) versions of this game. If you only have a PS3, "Resistance" is a better shooter for the system.
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 64 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. Oct 30, 2016
    9
    A timeless classic in the horror shooter genre, F.E.A.R. is one of those games that I never get tired of no matter how much I play it.A timeless classic in the horror shooter genre, F.E.A.R. is one of those games that I never get tired of no matter how much I play it.

    F.E.A.R. is packed to the brim with action and unsettling scares, and though it's not terrifying, it'll definitely put you on edge with some sequences. It's a bit finicky to play on PS3 due to the age of the game and the fact that it was made for PC beforehand, but once you learn it, the game works well, and the gunplay is so satisfying. Activating slow mo and dropping a room before the first enemy even hits the ground is an absolutely amazing feeling, and the added particle effects during slow mo adds an extra bit of cinematic effect to the action scenes. Even without slow mo the gunplay feels amazing, with each bullet hit impacting the enemy in visual ways, the guns feeling powerful instead of just having the enemies stand there motionless before ragdolling. The AI is sophisticated as well, and will flank you and communicate with other squad members, telling others where you are or requesting backup, and even after 10 years after the PC release, this AI has rarely been topped.

    Of course, being an action game with horror elements, it's more action than horror. However, when the little demon child who is the very face of the game appears, it can be incredibly tense, and some scenes will have you downright scared to move on. Despite your impressive arsenal and your slow motion abilities, as well as the ultimate instant kill super weapon of the jump kick, you will feel absolutely helpless against her. When she's around, you can just feel her all around you, stalking you in the shadows and just out of sight, and it is very effective.

    The game takes a healthy 8 to 10 hours out of you, but it never feels padded despite its impressive run time. The game is solid and fun the whole way through, and the ending chapter provides a great and satisfying note to leave off on.

    F.E.A.R. certainly may not have aged well when it comes to looks, but the gameplay is still solid and the story is still gripping and the scares are still frightening, and it is definitely worth every cent you put down to get it.
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  2. Nov 9, 2015
    2
    Tried sitting through this version of FEAR for a couple of hours and I can't say I really enjoyed what I saw. It stutters, it jitters, itTried sitting through this version of FEAR for a couple of hours and I can't say I really enjoyed what I saw. It stutters, it jitters, it doesn't really look all that great (although, for a near-launch title, I wasn't expecting much), it lacks subtitles (which would be alright if you could hear a good majority of the dialogue in the first place, which you can't) and it lacked many necessities I would come to expect from a decent PS3 shooter, or any normal PS3 game.

    It lacks any support for normal things like Trophies and controller vibration, which sound like things that might have been added in an update at some point when they were introduced. Guess what: they weren't. The copy you buy off of that unsuspecting pawn shop shelf is about as vanilla as the day it was pressed.

    If you actually do plan on going back and playing the original FEAR nowadays, steer clear of the PS3 version and go for the supposedly better 360 and PC versions. You could probably get the PC version for a decent price on Steam anyway, so going out of your way to get the PS3 version is almost pointless.
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  3. Feb 24, 2014
    6
    I really enjoyed playing this game. I love the dark paranormal atmosphere of the game. the jump scares didn't really get me but the creepyI really enjoyed playing this game. I love the dark paranormal atmosphere of the game. the jump scares didn't really get me but the creepy music put me on edge. Full Review »