F.E.A.R. Xbox 360

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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] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
  1. AceGamez
    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. Overall, if you like FPS titles, you like your games pretty, and you like to be scared, then F.E.A.R. is right up your alley. Proceed with caution; you will wet yourself on this ride.
  3. F.E.A.R. is the 360's first shooter to score a [90] on Eurogamer for the simple reason that it's such a consistently exciting game that gets the core of the experience so absolutely spot-on that most of the niggles are swiftly swept aside. Slow-mo gunplay and cunning AI don't sound like next generation ideas, but somehow Monolith combines the two so expertly that it feels more alive and more exciting than could ever seem possible.
  4. Play Magazine
    85
    But the engaging paranormal angle to the story and the violent imagery rising from it breathe a creepy chill into F.E.A.R.'s soul that never lets the game lost its powerful grip. [Dec. 2006, p.64]
  5. Games Master UK
    82
    A technically superb conversion of a superlative shooter, if a bit creaky. [Christmas 2006, p.96]
  6. 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. Bar an ending that will leave you wanting a lot more, there's little not to enjoy.
  7. Many of the set-pieces are utterly predictable (the mini-battlemech you meet coming up on a lift platform thing, for example, or the snipers in the distant windows on a rooftop), and the AI seems distinctly switched off for these moments.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 48
  2. Negative: 13 out of 48
  1. HarisA.
    Jul 19, 2009
    10
    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 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. DennisS.
    Jun 27, 2006
    10
    The action had me jumping out of my chair. The programmers did a great job with having things jump out at you. Scary at times, yet holds your The action had me jumping out of my chair. The programmers did a great job with having things jump out at you. Scary at times, yet holds your interest. Expand
  3. Jay
    Nov 20, 2006
    9
    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. 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
  4. Aug 29, 2012
    7
    I finally got a hold of this game after 6 years of wanting to try it out, and I got what I expected. It's a six year-old game, so I expectedI finally got a hold of this game after 6 years of wanting to try it out, and I got what I expected. It's a six year-old game, so I expected some glitches, outdated mechanics, and repetitive gameplay. That being said, it's pretty fun for short periods of time. I do enjoy the psychological horror aspect rather than strictly quick scares. The atmosphere is creepy, but I've seen better. The ability to slow down time was pretty original, so kudos for that. I managed to get this game for free, so I believe I got my "money's worth." Expand
  5. JaceN.
    Nov 14, 2006
    6
    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 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. MarkW.
    Jul 1, 2008
    4
    Yawn zzzzzzzz....... Incredibly boring.
  7. RickD.
    Dec 22, 2007
    0
    Thiss game is horrible. Absolutely the worst gameplay and graphical design I've ever seen. Every weapon looks the same and the 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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