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Comes just short of perfect
on November 6, 2005
I loved this game, it is easily the best FPS since Half Life 2. Is it better than HL2? No. I don't understand how people can say that it is, seeing as it does have a host of flaws, but it does come closer than any other shooter in recent memory.
Graphics: Terrific IF you have the hardware. While it's true that the maxed out graphics of FEAR are potentially better than HL2, the hardware and processing power required means that only people running twin Geforce7800 in SLI mode will be able to get them. The lighting is gorgeous, and the textures and effects are second to none. I can't fault FEAR for pushing the envelope, but I have to praise Half Life for giving us graphics that are just as good (for the majority of PC owners) with lower hardware requirements, a year earlier. Oddly enough, the facial graphics aren't as good as either Doom 3 or HL2.
Sound: Awesome. The sound is really, really well done and is easily the best I've heard in a while. This game in 5.1 surround will scare you and blow you away!
Gameplay: Terrific, although there are only 3 "real" levels. While there are 11 levels in the game, they all take place in either an abandoned warehouse, an office building, or a secret research lab. That's it. They are really well done, but this is where the game drops the ball- the repetitive nature of the levels and the enemies will turn off some gamers. The "horror" angle of the game is very well implemented, and there are some genuinely freaky moments. If you liked The Ring, you'll like FEAR. Overall, this game takes the best bits of various shooters and combines them: Max Payne's slow-mo bullet time is here, and very well done, as is Half-life 2's "story unfolds as you go" brand of storytelling, which is more effective than the boring exposition that accompanies most games. The controls are intuitive and effective, and the gun battles fun as anything.
Overall: A terrific game, though the repetitive nature of the levels and enemies makes for some disappointment. The ending is also a tad of a letdown, though I didn't mind it. I recommend this game very heartily, it is an instant classic. Does it blow away HL2? No. The story is somewhat formulaic and easily predictable, the levels a bit dry, and the game a bit soul-less when compared to Valve's masterpiece. That said, this is a keeper.