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"junk"
1 stars"

Absolute tedious rubbish -as for being scary..yawn…wake me up when it's over. Truly dreadful weapons and seriously tiresome same old same old – the rooms are all the same the gunfights are all the same, and will someone please turn on some lights!

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"A Frightening Experience"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

This game truely raises the standards of FPS to an entirely new level. The graphics are amazing and the AI is the single best out of any game – ever! It's as though you are playing human players and not the computer – they will outflank you, trick you and anything else to kill you as quickly and ruthlessly as possible. This is also a very entertaining game on many levels. It offers an engrossing story and some genuinely scary moments – not monsters poping out of the closet kind of scary, but really creapy kind of scary. This is a game that everyone should play once, especially with the lights off at night. I'm looking forward to the sequel due out later this year. Buy this game if you want to play an all around good game.

"Brillian AI, average gameplay."
3 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Amazing AI, average gameplay.

A solid shooter sadly spoiled somewhat by really high system requirements. I have a pretty good machine and have run many of the latest shooters without a problem, and I don't see what's so special about Fear's graphics that they are so demanding.

It's not really mission based. You're ‘mission’ is to hunt the bad guy but all you do is fight your way to the end of the level. Later on you have to activate computers now and then but that's about it in terms of missions.

The area the game shines is the enemy AI. It's amazing. They use cover. They jump over obstacles. They maneuver and flank you. They can see your flash light beam. If you run at them they say things like “He's charging!” I wounded one and watched him limp away, dragging his leg. I saw some leaning around corners to fire at me, and one even crouched behind a desk and reached over the top with his gun to fire.

I also liked how, if you're quiet you can sneak up and get the drop on them, unlike say D3 and Q4 where the enemies pop out of nowhere when you hit a certain spot on the map.

There isn't much variety with the enemies though, and you get bored fighting the basic grunts all the time, excellent though they are.

I just wish it would have run better on my system, and that there was a way to turn off the extremely annoying ambient background music. Other than that, pretty good.

"Seriously Scary"
5 stars"

Excellent. Too short if anything to criticise.

Not quite the same level of physics as HL2 but the horror movie parts make up for it.

Slow-mo mode (like the Matrix) is essential for some of the enemies. Nice selection of weapons from dual pistols to rocket guns and the Laser gun fries the enemy into nice crispy skeletons.

The end level especially should be played late at night with the lights of, guaranteed to require a change of undies.

It does require some fairly recent hardware but runs surprisingly well on older systems. 1Gb ram and nothing less than a Ti4200 though for medium settings. and you will lose some of the textures.

Totally brilliant. Buy it NOW if you haven't already.

Description

F.E.A.R. (First Encounter Assault Recon) is an intense combat experience with rich atmosphere and an engaging story presented entirely in first person. Be the hero in your own blockbuster action movie.

The story begins as an unidentified paramilitary force infiltrates a multi-billion dollar aerospace compound, taking hostages but issuing no demands. The government responds by sending in special forces, but loses contact as an eerie signal interrupts radio communications. When the interference subsides moments later, the team has been obliterated. Live footage of the massacre shows an inexplicable wave of destruction tearing the soldiers apart before they can even react.

As part of a classified strike team created to deal with threats no one else can handle, your mission is simple: Eliminate the intruders at any cost. Determine the origin of the signal. And contain this crisis before it spirals out of control.

Features:

  • Hyper Stylized FPS Action - Experience intense, cinematic combat using a vast array of equipment and abilities
  • Powerful arsenal: Utilize a diverse selection of weaponry, from obliterating enemies with a remote charge to sticking them to a wall with the nail gun.
  • Melee combat: Use your body as a lethal weapon with intense melee attacks, like the powerful roundhouse kick or the devastating slide kick, to eliminate enemies with one swift blow.
  • Slo-mo: Manipulate time and slow down the action around you to gain the upper-hand on the enemy.
  • Supernatural Storyline - Expect the unexpected in an atmosphere of extreme tension and unknown danger
  • Larger-than-life enemies - The enemy A.I. makes you feel like you are battling against live players. Maneuvering like a true squad the AI will flank, seek cover, and use the environment as they respond to your attacks. The enemies also sport state-of-the-art suits with special abilities including invisibility and heavy duty armor that protects against specific attacks, making them a compelling challenge in combat.
  • Advanced Graphics Engine - A graphics engine that has been judged among the very best in the industry.
  • Cinematic Special Effects - Get the feeling of being in your own action movie complete with sparks, smoke, debris from surrounding walls. It is all here when you unleash your arsenal in the world.
  • Advanced Game Technology - A world so convincing that you’ll feel like you are actually in the game and not behind a keyboard.
  • Utilizes the newest rendering technology employing real-time per pixel lighting, shadow volumes, normal mapping, and advanced shaders.
  • Havok Physics 2 system makes unleashing hell on your enemies visceral and satisfying. Bodies will fall, collapse and recoil accurately along with objects reacting to being shot, pushed or blown up as they would in real life.
  • Multi-Player Action - Multiple game play modes for up to 16 players online or over a LAN. All single player capabilities exist in the multiplayer modes including all of the powerful weapons, melee combat maneuvers and the slow-motion capability.
  • System Requirements:

    MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIRED:
    Windows® XP, x64 or 2000 with latest service pack installed; DirectX® 9.0c (August Edition) or higher; Pentium® 4 1.7 GHz or equivalent processor; 512 MB of RAM or more; 64 MB GeForce™ 4 Ti or Radeon® 9000 video card; Monitor that can display in 4:3 aspect ratio; 5.0 GB free Hard Drive Space for installation; Additional hard drive space for a swap file and saved game files; 4x CD-ROM drive; 16-bit DirectX® 9.0 compliant sound card with support for EAX™ 2.0; Broadband or LAN connection for multiplayer games; Mouse; Keyboard

    RECOMMENDED HARDWARE:
    Pentium® 4 3.0 GHz or equivalent processor; 1 GB RAM; A 256 MB Radeon® 9800 Pro or GeForce™ FX 5900 or equivalent supported DirectX® 9 compliant video card with hardware T&L and pixel shader 2.0 support; Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ series sound card

    SUPPORTED CHIPSETS:
    ATI™ Radeon® 9000 Series, Radeon® 9500 Series, Radeon® 9600 Series, Radeon® 9700 Series, Radeon® 9800 Series, Radeon® X600 Series, Radeon® X700 Series, Radeon® X800 Series, Radeon® X850 Series

    NVIDIA® GeForce™ 4 Ti series, GeForce™ FX 5900 series, 6600 series, 6800 series, 7800 series
    Release date NZ
    October 18th, 2005
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    Media Format
    PC DVD-ROM
    Publisher
    UPC
    20626720922
    Product ID
    1471280

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