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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 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] Expand
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  1. Positive: 41 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
  1. 100
    F.E.A.R. really is a shooter with everything - exceptional enemy AI, amazingly detailed graphics with truly entertaining rag doll physics and proper reactions when you land a hit on an enemy, a fantastic range of weapons and an online mode that's tremendously addictive.
  2. In parallel with a near-perfect shooter experience, F.E.A.R. develops a hue of eeriness through subtle storytelling and powerful emotional immersion within its environments.
  3. Bear in mind, if you're addicted to racking up your gamerscore, you might find F.E.A.R. a touch frustrating...F.E.A.R. makes you work for its accolades. But even so, this is an excellent port of a great game.
  4. Probably the closest thing you'll get on the 360 to "Halo 3" until, well, "Halo 3" itself. If only it wasn’t quite so FPS-by-numbers, it’d be a classic in it’s own right.
  5. A technically superb conversion of a superlative shooter, if a bit creaky. [Christmas 2006, p.96]
  6. An adrenaline-soaked blend of terror and action. If it wasn't for the fact that there's little between the PC and 360 versions, F.E.A.R. would no doubt have scored higher. [Issue 13, p.94]
  7. The sad reality is that just over a year on, F.E.A.R. is desperately showing its age. Hard-edged shadows, bland textures, and some gloopy-looking water effects make the First Encounter Assault Recon experience look quite tired, especially in light of the Goliath that is "Gears of War."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 45
  2. Negative: 13 out of 45
  1. HarisA.
    Jul 19, 2009
    It's very rare to get a game that actually tries to scare you psychologically. Most titles just have monsters jump out like a Doom 3 clone. Kudos to FEAR for creating a game with an interesting storyline and for making you jump in your seat! Expand
  2. Jay
    Nov 20, 2006
    EXCELLENT game just too short (Like Black) Word of advice - play it on Harcore and not Casual of you will be disappointed when its all over. I completed it in 1 week. Expand
  3. Apr 23, 2012
    FEAR is the best first person shooter I've played since DOOM 3. The story has you playing as mute Point Man, trying to stop a man named Paxton Fettel from killing everyone in a massive, haunted, corporate building called Armacham. I'm not going to reveal much more about the story, see that's the fun part, the way that you unravel this story is the best part. You listen to phone messages, read doccuments, and read emails. That might seem familiar, but it is done really well here. The voice acting is top notch, especially from the man who voices Fettel, damn was he creepy. The music is also really creepy, right on par to the Silent Hill games. The campaign isn't short, but it isn't really long. I beat it in around 6 hours. The graphics are slick and smooth, even if every hall in this building looks the same to me. Seriously, you will think you're going in circles. The gameplay is top notch as well.Your main character has the ability to slow down time, which is very helpful in combat. But beware, you can only go slow-mo for a limited time. You get a arsenal of kickass weaponry to back this up,ou got your typical guns:the shotguns,machineguns, and pistols. However, they also throw in a bunch of sci-fi weaponry to mix it up. The game controls are very responsive, and the combat is a blast to play. Another thing that is done really well here is the horror, I crapped my pants several times during this game. FEAR is one of the most polished horror shooters on the market, if you aren't too chicken, go check it out. It is worth every single cent of its retail price. Expand
  4. Aug 9, 2011
    FEAR is a great idea for a game .Take the FPS and Horror and combine the 2 and i remember seeing the adds for it on tv when it was coming out for the PC and wishing i had a PC powerful enough to play it . when i found out it was coming out to the xbox 360 i couldnt wait to play it and when the demo was released it looked great. problem was that in the demo you get all the best parts they take every scarry moment in the game and combine it into a 10-15 min demo . then in the actaul game they stretch it all out. fear's horror element is actaully kinda dull and is more focused on shooting which does work good and i like the slow mo shooting but in the end what i wanted is what the demo was showing us and unfortunitly what we got was a decent shooter but not what this game ultimately could have been. Expand
  5. JaceN.
    Nov 14, 2006
    Very ordinary! This game tries so hard to be this scary jumpfest through creepy setpieces and timed events...I have to say every one of them felt cheap...from the spooky person walking past your field of vision up ahead and the "zing WOOOOOOO" musical spike to the fact that you can't use an elevator without the lights blinking off and yet more predictable surprises bursting out...can we have something that hasnt been done to death please. The weapons feel too generic and innacurate, their sound effects seem to have suffered in the translation from NTSC to PAL as theres a huge rift between "firing" and "stopped firing with ejecting brass" sound files, you shoot-stop-realise hes not dead-shoot-shoot-stop-realise hes not dead-shoot in a near endless loop...particularly on tougher enemies and the voice track is so quiet I just gave up paying any attenton to the weak plot. Save your money and go buy Doom 3 and Half Life 2 for your 360s backwards compatibilty feature instead of this bland "Rainbow Six visits the scare factory/office/back alley" wannabe! Expand
  6. DarinM
    Jan 21, 2009
    I kmow this is a couple of years old now but i got this for a tenner and have to say i have never played such a boring Fps as this before.Every level looks the same,the graphics are dull,.the gameplay repetitive,no variety in enemies.and scary? maybe for a 5 year old.
    I really wanted to like this but its so average in every respect and boring as hell.I think the reviewers were playing a different game.
    85?? yeah right
  7. RickD.
    Dec 22, 2007
    Thiss game is horrible. Absolutely the worst gameplay and graphical design I've ever seen. Every weapon looks the same and the environments look exactly the same as the last one. This game is terrible and I don't recommend it to anyone. Expand

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