Generally favorable reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. 100
    This is not your father’s shooter, full of brain dead opposition that makes each level a carbon copy of the previous one. F.E.A.R. is a game that will keep you on your toes, keep you guessing, and keep you interested until the final credits roll. That’s worth a lot these days.
  3. F.E.A.R. on Xbox 360 gets high marks for atmosphere, graphics, and enemy A.I., but a stern finger-waving for a lack of a structured internet lobby or buddy system. FPS fans looking for quick frights, superior enemy A.I. and tons of weaponry should look no further.
  4. 93
    A cocktail of equal parts exhilaration and terror, F.E.A.R. excels in every facet of game design. The definition of a must-play title.
  5. 91
    F.E.A.R. has made it from the PC to 360 with everything that made it an outstanding experience along with a few new additions including the fantastic Instant Action mode, making it hard to lodge any huge complaints against the game.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. A creepy and atmospheric FPS with great survival horror elements as well as all out action.
  10. F.E.A.R. delivers action that lives up to its name.
  11. 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.
  12. 90
    If you're interested in taking on a captivating yet downright terrifying single player experience, F.E.A.R. comes highly recommended.
  13. 89
    If you like you shooting with a dollop of tangible fear, F.E.A.R. is for you.
  14. Just as frighteningly good on 360 as it was on PC. The combat works extremely well and so does the atmospheric storyline. The repetitive levels are still there, though. [Dec 2006]
  15. The only real shortcoming of F.E.A.R. is how repetitive it eventually becomes.
  16. If you're looking for an intense shooter that will occasionally scare the living crap out of you, F.E.A.R. is exactly what the doctor ordered. Thanks to some excellent visuals and sound design, this is one game that will have you peeking around corners and stopping in your tracks every time your flashlight's battery dies.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 116 Ratings

User 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! Full Review »
  2. ItsKapuder
    Nov 3, 2006
    Definately not worth the $60 I paid for the game. Gets old quickly and it campaign is short, maybe thats a good thing. I would recommend Doom 3 for regular xbox for equivalent graphics, 3 times the game play length, and you will save $30. Or buy it, get bored, and return to Halo the next day. Full Review »
  3. Jan 12, 2014
    The game itself is only good for a score of 6, a smidge above average, but it did lead to one of the best scare moments ever as a locker got thrown across a corridor as my friend launched his controller 10 foot into the air giving off a girly yelp. Yes the scares are good but the most memorable thing about this game were the scares from the creepy girl and was the only thing that kept me playing. The gameplay is mediocre, a pretty boring corridor shooter that has a few moments but the game is really let down by the bullet time mechanic which I don't really think works in games (apart from the innovator Max Payne and The Matrix games where it makes sense) and takes away the skill especially in first person shooters. Overall this game is generic for the generation and if you want to play a F.E.A.R game to see what its all about then I recommend this one but there is so much more that should take your time and money. Full Review »