FEAR is a psychological thriller that if given the chance will suck you in and refuse to let go. Meaning your addiction to it will be inevitable. We'll start with the story which in my opinion is extremely intrigueing. Considering that it is told without ever really disconnecting the player from the game with the usual flashy cinematics, that have almost become a second nature to videogames. Instead the story is able to be told through the gameplay itself and aside from a few brief nightmarish sequences the player will never not be in control of the character. This allows for the player to feel more connected to the game and will make the scares work in the games favor and seem that much more realistic to the one experiencing it. You play as a member of the F.E.A.R (First Encounter Assaust Recon) division whose job is to investigate the paranormal which is not lacking in this game. What with the army of super soldiers under the control of the cannibalistic Paxton Fettel, and the mysterious yet creepy little girl Alma. I can't say much about the story without spoiling it but just know that it offers enough twists and creativity to satisfy most everyone. Though there will be some people who play through the entire game and not understand anything that is going on. So for those people I suggest googling it and maybe that will shed some light on what was going on.
The graphics, now it should be noted that this is an older game so the graphics aren't the best you'll see. But I for one fell in love with them, because the game lacks what I like to refer to as shininess,that a lot of games suffer from. This games graphics look gritty and in my opinion realistic which really adds to the whole horror aspect of the game. Though to some, the graphics may just appear to be bland. And since this is an M rated horror game blood should be expected. But, this game is full of it, I think the developers wanted to see just how much blood they could put in one game. A couple parts in the game you literally swim in it. Its also extremely satisfying to headshot an enemy especially in slo-mo(we'll get to that later) and watch the head disconnect itself from the body and start rolling around on the floor spewing you guessed it blood. Its quite obvious this game isn't for the faint of heart.
On to the sound, which for the most part sounds pretty good (no pun intended). The score in the game will undoubtedly become repetitive but this is why the 360 allows you to play your own music. As far as the sound effects go, it all is pretty good. I mean the guns sound like guns so what more do you want. And, this is a horror game so it should be expected that things get knocked over and make a noise in an attempt to scare you. Which actually brings about a complaint, occasionally a vase or another object will get knocked over and the game will loop the same sound, though this mainly only happens on multiplayer (which most of you won't even play, shame on you).
On to the gameplay which is where FEAR really shines. As previously mentioned you are able to activate slo-mo because your character has "reflexes off the chart..." due to reasons I can't discuss since it would lead to the revealing of spoilers (which is a no no). The ability to activate slo-mo is one of the best parts about this game. You just can't imagine how satisfying it is to walk into a room activate slo-mo and just slaughter the enemy infested room. To me this game has a perfect flow, the controls are tight and responsive and the button layout is perfect. Hell I just like the feel of moving my character. This is a fast paced game and is most definately a run and gun, the action never stops and neither should you. The game also has one of the best AI's in any game, they will communicate with one another and flank you. Their tactics can be quite brutal. It's also very helpful to listen to their dialogues and quite comical to listen to them drop the f-bomb when a grenade lands by their feet. Parents beware there is a considerable amount of cussing in this game but come on who the f*** wouldn't f***ing cuss when put in that situation. Actually you'll probably be throwing a couple f-bombs in the air or your controller because the difficulty of this game is very high.
So I guess now would be a good time to start talking about the Achievements. Completionists beware because this game is not quite as easy as Avatar the Last Airbender
. Though this game has some of the best Achievements to date. They require you to run through the game quite a few times to snag some of the achievements like beating the game shooting less than 500 rounds or beating the game without using slo-mo, which I literally tore my LB off in order to obtain after having failed many times (imo the hardest achievement but for some reason no one agrees with me). You've also got your multiplayer achievements for weapons and winning 1000 matches. Most of you will boost all the multiplayer which is perfectly fine but please play a few legit matches because the online is extremely addicting. Good luck though because aside from a few hardcore fans, the online is dead. The instant action achievement on extreme is where the majority of you will meet your challenge. There are four maps which feature no checkpoints and are roughly 10min long. But, there not all that bad, and yes I am able to say that having done them on 3 seperate accounts. As long as you're dedicated enough the achievement will pop. This game definately deserves the 5 out of 5 but it should be noted that this game is not for everyone. Though I highly recommend that everyone try it.
Graphics- 4 out of 5 A little outdated and some may find it bland while others may see that blandeness as a realistic gritty look that helps the player stay more in tune with the horror vibe the game screams. Character models are a bit plasticy but do their job. On an upside the blood is nice.
Sound-3 out of 5
The score gets repetitive, but the sound effects are nice and listening to the AI can be quite comical.
Story-5 out of 5
A brilliant and creative storyline that may leave some confused and others wanting more.
Gameplay-5 out of 5
One of the best FPS's on the 360. A very addicting and rewarding experience. Controls feel right.
Achievements-5 out of 5 (as goes for difficulty)
Very good list, point distribution is a bit weird but oh well. Some may complain that its too difficult.
Overall-5 out of 5
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