FEAR

First-person horror shooter pits the player against a rogue military force

7.4

104 Votes

  • Category Various Utilities
  • License Free
  • Version Patch 1.01
  • Size 22.51 MB
  • Works under Windows XP / Windows 2000 / Windows ME / Windows 98 SE / Windows 98
  • Language English
  • Program by Vugames

FEAR is a survival horror shooter game for Windows PC developed by Vugames.

FEAR stands for First Encounter Assault Recon and is in the genre of horror/survival shooter game. Monolith Productions company designed FEAR, which was published by Vivendi in October of 2005. Since then two expansion packs have been produced by Timegate Studios - FEAR Perseus Mandate and FEAR Extraction point. After five successful years of sales, two sequels for FEAR came on the games market in February 2009 and June 2011. The sequels were products of Day 1 Studios rather than Monolith Productions.

Monolith Productions had success with their game engine LithTech, a graphical interface used for most of the games they have created. Around the same time period, Monolith also designed The Matrix Online, Condemned: Criminal Origins, Condemned 2: Bloodshot, and FEAR 2: Project Origin, a second title though not a sequel, in the FEAR series.

FEAR is a make-believe special forces team which handles supernatural type attacks and events. In the first game, players are the team leader chasing after an evil little girl. Real-world weapons are used including assault rifles, pistols and machine guns. Fewer realistic weapons include particle beam weapons. There is some detail paid to how each weapon works - accuracy, ammunition type, range, damage, and of course weight. The bigger the weapon, the slower the player's moves are. Any of the weapons will kill with the same effectiveness at a short range.

Players can use melee for instant-kill of enemies, and weapons can be used in close combat. Additionally, the weapons possess cross hair-screens with information about distances and target range. For hand to hand combat choices include kicks, punches, and slides. The computer's AI characters are high action and fully move around in the virtual world. Multiplayer and team play options are available to help defeat the bad guys.

Most of the game is in darker spaces as per the horror genre. A comic science fiction series was created shortly after FEAR's release called PANICS which stands for People Acting Normal In Crazy-Ass Situations. It was made by request from Monolith Productions as a tie-in to go along with the Director's Edition of FEAR.

Game players' PC requirements include Windows XP/2000 with DirectX 9.0c, A Pentium 4 1.7 GHz or better, 512 MB RAM, GeForece 64MB 4 Ti or Radeon 9000, 5GB hard disc space available.

Pros

  • Great graphics
  • Compelling storyline
  • Wide range of weapons and scenarios

Cons

  • May be a little depressing if played too long
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