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  • Good day, and here we have FEAR, or First Encounter Assault Recon, an FPS released in

  • 2005 by Monolith and published by Sierra. Ah, sierra... How I miss thee. But anyway.

  • FEAR is an interesting FPS. It tries to be a mixture of first person action with horror

  • elements. And it both kind of works and kind of falls flat. Seemingly the game was created

  • by two people; one person wanted a horror FPS and one person wanted a sci fi FPS, and

  • then they sort of mixed the two together to varying results.

  • Now, the game can be scary. But the scary elements are mainly just relegated to freak

  • out moments - it's where your character kind of freaks out and sees disturbing imagery

  • that doesn't really have much of an impact on the game itself. Sure, during some of these

  • freak out moments you can be attacked, but it's very rare and really, it just sort of

  • comes out of nowhere. And I guess that would be scary, but it comes off as more annoying

  • because you don't know which freak out moment will actually have things that can hurt you.

  • Now another thing going for this game when it comes to horror is the fact that the main

  • villain is a creepy little girl that is basically an Eldrich abomination that no one can stop,

  • even if you detonate a nuke right on top of her she can just sort of teleport herself

  • out of there. That can be scary but she doesn't really do anything to you. She just sort of

  • tries to creep you out, I guess, even though in theory she should just be able to vaporize

  • you with her mind.

  • Really, the main enemies you fight in this game are just cloned soldiers. See, that's

  • where we're getting into sci fi FPS territory. You gotta fight clone troopers. And I don't

  • show it here, mainly to avoid spoilers, but yes, you will fight power armoured soldiers.

  • Not really horror based there, I'd have to say.

  • Really, first person shooters today, and when this game came out, weren't really scary,

  • and I think that's mainly because it's kind of hard to make them scary at this point.

  • First person shooters are really nothing new. You see, back when they were new, you could

  • actually scare people with them. Doom, for example. We all look at that game as just

  • a run and gun FPS, but back when that came out, it was pretty bloody scary because no

  • one had ever seen monsters that realistic before. Quake is another good example; you

  • never saw monsters that realistic before and you never saw an atmosphere that creepy before.

  • But here, though, it's just another first person shooter. Oh no, it's a creepy girl

  • who's just.... walking around. Really, you're not going to be that scared by this game.

  • I suppose if this is your first playthrough and it's late at night you might get a little

  • scared by it, but really, there's only one or two jump scares that are actually effective.

  • And the atmosphere, while good, just does not convey a sense of creepiness when you're

  • fighting some powered armour with a rocket launcher. It just doesn't work.

  • Now the graphics for this game are really very good. This was probably one of the best

  • looking games of 2005. Everything is highly detailed, all the enemies look really good

  • - and the enemies actually have good AI. They know how to go to cover, they can actually

  • crouch and crawl under things, and that's really this game's main strength. The AI is

  • very fun to fight.

  • Another aspect of this game that also got rather famous was bullet time. Basically you

  • can slow down the game and massacre enemies en mass. This, while fun, also decreased the

  • horror factor quite a bit. Because basically, you're a super human fighting an Eldrich abomination.

  • Now if you were just a generic person, maybe that might make the game a little more scary,

  • but when you're a highly trained soldier who's also genetically augmented on top of that,

  • the horror aspect is definitely reduced somewhat.

  • Ultimately, FEAR is a good first person shooter. But it is definitely not a horror first person

  • shooter in any way, shape or form. Do I recommend it? Yes I do. Primarily because the gameplay

  • is really quite fun and the enemy AI is really quite good. And so, this is Jon, signing off.

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