Vivendi Games Developer:
Day 1 Genre:
First Person Shooter Rated:
M (Mature)Released Date:
November 17th, 2006Written By:
Andrew S.Other Consoles:
Xbox 360Screenshots: link
When F.E.A.R was first shown at E3 2005 on the PC, many hailed it as the next Half-Life 2. The game released at the end of 2005 and although it didn’t reach the acclaim of the Half-Life series, it wowed gamers with its intense firefights and creepy atmosphere. Now FEAR is heading to the next-gen consoles. Previously announced as a 360 exclusive, FEAR will also be hitting the PS3 in time for launch. Will FEAR be as big on the consoles as it was on the PC?
The story of F.E.A.R begins at a facility owned by Armacham Technology Corporation, a weapons company that is contracted by the US government. The facility is breached by an army of clone supersoliders controlled by Paxton Fettel. To retake the facility, a special operations task force called First Encounter Assault Recon, better known as F.E.A.R, is sent in to eliminate Fettel and his clone army. In the game, you play as an unknown rookie of the F.E.A.R team. The operation goes seriously wrong at the beginning and you are left alone to combat a clone army with a small number of remaining teammates. Throughout the game, you’ll discover that there is more than meets the eye.
F.E.A.R is first and foremost an intense first person shooter. The game cleverly combines fast action, physics, and slow motion to create some of the best fire fights ever in a video game. Gamers will be given a wide variety of powerful weapons but you can only hold 3 at a time, so choose wisely. Unlike most first person shooters, physics play an important role in immersing you into the experience. When players shoot at an object, bits and pieces will fly about much like the game Black. The game also features advance AI. The clone soldiers players will be up against are smart and will work as a team to try and outflank you. However, the player doesn’t have to rely on his aiming abilities on his own. The main character has heightened reflexes. When the player switches to reflex mode, the game will move in slow motion allowing them to dodge bullets and pull out shots easier. Combine all these elements together and you’ll have some of the best combat moments of your life.
Like its name, F.E.A.R is all about fear. A little girl named Alma haunts the facility and she’ll do her best to scare the nuts out of you. When the player is not in combat, he’ll be traversing dark corridors and silent rooms. All the while, Alma will be watching. She’ll show up occasionally, appearing just in the corner of your eye. Sometimes she’ll make bigger entrances by killing soldiers or causing massive explosions. F.E.A.R strives to live up to its title.
F.E.A.R features a hefty multiplayer component over Xbox Live or PS3 online. Up to 16 players and compete in the game modes such as deathmatch, team deathmatch, capture the flag, elimination and team elimination. The slow motion abilities found in the single player game will also be featured in multiplayer as well. Gamers can download F.E.A.R Combat for the PC right now for free if they want to get a taste of the multiplayer.
F.E.A.R for the Xbox 360 and PS3 ships out this November with a few added content, such a new level and guns not seen in the PC version. If you’re looking for an intense, engrossing first person shooter this holiday season, you don’t want to miss F.E.A.R.
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