Monday, July 22, 2013


F.E.A.R. is a first-person-shooter/psychological horror developed by Monolith Productions and Day 1 Studios for the PC and consoles respectively, and published by Vivendi Universal.

You star as the Point Man, a new recruit into a secret special ops group designed to tackle paranormal threats to national security hence the name, First Encounter Assault Recon. You were recruited for your amazing reflexes despite objection from one of your teammates on account of your rookie status. You're immediately pulled into action when a group of clone super soldiers stage an uprising led by their new leader, Tom Hiddleston Paxton Fettel.

The objective is simple, find him and take him out. Of course, you know nothing is ever that simple. The game does a good job of revealing as little details as possible at the beginning so the player is able to witness the story unfold at the same time as the character. Because of this, I won't be going into much detail of the overall plot, but you see the doll-like child on the cover above? You're going to hate her.

When it comes straight down to it, the horror is what sets this game apart from other first-person-shooters. Both the music and the scenery helps to create an atmosphere that's both bone-chilling and terrifying. It takes every horror cliche that just doesn't work on its own and manages to make a going of it. Causing players to feel emotionally drained as those game hours goes by a lot slower than you would normally feel on other titles.

You'd think that the fact you're practically a super soldier in your own right would take away from some aspects of the game's horror, but no. When the game wants you to feel helpless, you feel helpless, and even when you know what's coming the game still finds a way to be scary.

So, if you're a fan of horror, especially psychological horror, then I definitely recommend giving this game a try. If you're the type of person who is scared by his own shadow... I'd recommend playing Mario Kart instead.

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