Happy Halloween! Here’s the first of many post I have planned for today and I thought it would be great to start off with a classic. Here’s my review of the very first F.E.A.R. game!
F.E.A.R is one of those games I can play forever. It blends heavy FPS action with some of the most intense horror moments I’ve ever experienced in any game. When this game first released I was too nervous to find out what the next corridor had waiting for me. If I saw Alma I ran in the opposite direction and cowered in fear as she slowly walked towards me. That little girl was fucking creepy.
Lets get the most obvious thing about this game out-of-the-way. Alma is probably the creepiest thing ever introduced to video games. I think the fact that she was a little girl in the first F.E.A.R. game made her double creepy to me. I was scared of girls with long black hair for quite a while after I played F.E.A.R… who wouldn’t be after being traumatized for hours.
F.E.A.R. isn’t all about the scares or running away from Alma. It has some of the best first person gameplay I’ve ever played. The controls in this game are just about perfect. Nothing ever felt stiff or out-of-place to me and that’s rarer then you might think in today’s FPS games. When you’re not going up against Alma you’re fighting soldiers in some pretty intense gun fights. You have a health bar, I’ve missed having health bars in games, and shield bar that allows you to soak up bullets before you die. F.E.A.R. is a fun game to play and the action blends very well with the horror elements. Some times they mix both of them together perfectly. I’ll go from running from Alma to the next room filled with bad guys for me to shoot.
The story begins with a man named Paxton Fettel taking control of a battalion of telepathy controlled soldiers and killing everyone inside Armacham Technology Corporation. After the cutscene you take control of Point Man and you’re sent, along with the rest of the F.E.A.R. group, to eliminate Fettel and put a stop to his madness. Things don’t go as planned and you end up alone, as usual in these kinds of games, and trying to survive an onslaught from super soldiers, and Alma.
I’ve always loved the story that the F.E.A.R. games told. The creepiness of everything kept me on the edge of my seat wondering when Alma would strike from the shadows. Games rarely do this to me and I love F.E.A.R. for being one of the few that can.
A great soundtrack makes a horror game better in my opinion and while this soundtrack isn’t perfect it’s still pretty damn good. Most of the tracks fit the situation I was in perfectly and that’s harder to do then most people think. The voice acting is pretty poor and is one of the reasons why I bumped this down to the good section of the review. The ambient sounds are so good that I was questioning whether or not I should walk down some corridors. I knew something scary was about to happen when all of the music faded and all I could hear was Alma laughing or something clanging in the background. It’s very subtle. It doesn’t go over the top like most horror games these days do.
F.E.A.R. is great game regardless of how bad the graphics has aged over the years. If I would have written this review ten years ago I would probably have praised how well the game looked, but I didn’t and the graphics look like crap. Some games can stand the test of time and look good no matter how much time has passed since it’s release. F.E.A.R. is not one of them.
This is the first of many reviews and other post that will be releasing today. I’ll appreciate every like, share, and comment and be sure to stay safe tonight and enjoy your Halloween!
F.E.A.R. is one of the best horror games I've ever played. When I'm running from Alma while dodging her psychic attacks it's intense. You literally never know when Alma will show up and that speaks volumes for this game. Even though it looks like crap when compared to other games that came out in the same year I still really loved playing through this game again and I highly recommend it to those of you that's never played the F.E.A.R. series. This is one game that shouldn't be skipped if it's in your backlog.