What do you think of F.E.A.R.?

By satchmo
Dec 16, 2005
  1. I just got F.E.A.R. from my wife as a Christmas present. I haven't installed it yet. What do you guys think about this game?
  2. Federelli

    Federelli TS Rookie Posts: 361

    It's great as long as you've got a PC powerful enough to play it.

    The storyline is quite nice, it's a mixture of Elfen Lied (Anime), The Ring (Movie) and Doom 3 (Game).
    The effects are amazing, the monster AI is among the best there is, the music is fitting, and the sound is perfect.
    There's a *thing* towards the end of the game, right after you escape *some place*, and it's the best of that *kind of thing* i've ever seen in a game.

    So it's a great buy, congrats :).
  3. flavin

    flavin TS Rookie Posts: 91

    i played the demo and thought it was awesome even though it look like DOG **** on my pc O YEA and it lagged terribly. it was still fun though. i would love to play it on a great pc. i havent really played it but id think ud like it cause i wanted more. FPS FAN?
  4. osram

    osram TS Rookie Posts: 47

    its a really nice game.. but the controls are a bit difficult.. its pretty hard to hit those bloody zombieheads even in aiming mode.. havent played alot though. the atmosphere and graphics are really splendid.
  5. Kev_Boy

    Kev_Boy TS Rookie Posts: 23

    The game looked good to me, but my rig can't handle it.
    So as stated above, if you've got a powerful enough PC, go for it :)

    Whatever happens, you most certainly could've gotten worser gifts!
  6. Strakian

    Strakian TS Rookie Posts: 136

    I was fortunate enough to play through the entire game recently, and it's quite a dousy. I was a huge fan of Doom 3, I like be scared like that. F.E.A.R. is pretty terifying, but on a more psychological level. Effects are amazing, and the storyline is good aswell. They implement fast reflexes similar to Max Payne in a first person setting which yields a lot of exciting battles.

    Overall a greta buy, one of the best FPS available at the moment. which is a bit more than I can say for Quake 4... :cool:
  7. spartanslayer

    spartanslayer TS Rookie Posts: 394

    I have a slow computer, and can't play it, but I can't wait too. It looks awesome!
  8. mastronaut

    mastronaut TS Enthusiast Posts: 168

    F.e.a.r. R.u.l.e.s!

    I'm on my second go-round in single player (harder mode).
    I'm very impressed with the game especially the atmosphere.
    I've jumped out of my seat a few times alone at night.
    The sound is incredible.
    I have also played the multi player and had my *** handed
    to me on a platter, I suck BAD!
    Over all a bit short, but worth the cash.
    I'm running it on maximum settings for the most part.
    It's not as top heavy as I thought it would be.
    A must with surround on stun. Very creepy...
  9. satchmo

    satchmo TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 83

    My machine should be able to handle it, even though I haven't even checked the recommended spec requirement yet (I am at work right now).

    Athlon 3200+ XP Barton
    ATI Radeon 9800 Pro
    1 GB dual-channel
  10. Chamot

    Chamot TS Rookie

    This will be weird after all the positive comments, but I honestly did not like it --don't get me wrong, technically it's a superb game, but the artistic content felt unimaginative to me. Overall, the game felt like the recent successful popular culture franchises cobbled together, like 'Hey guys, let's put The Ring, put in cool Half-Life type soldier enemies, then add bullet-time! (With enough hype we're bound to have a bestselling title!)'. As you might guess, I especially did not like the story, and level design was extremely bland, with continually similar environments until the end, both visually and gameplay-wise. What impressed me were (especially) the AI, and the graphics, even at medium settings.

    Another problem that F.E.A.R displays, apart from the sub-par storywriting in most video games, is the mechanic of quicksaves disturbing fluid gameplay. Since the AI is so good, one expects the possibility of dying in every fight and is somehow driven to quicksaving in-between every gunfight (which are really intense, i should add) --holding back oneself also didn't work as the game was indeed challenging, at least for me. One last thing I should say is that it failed in being scary, creepy or even mildly disturbing for me, which of course depends on one's mood and environment and could be limited to only me as I could play it mostly during daytime.

    All that aside, it's a very-well done game --problem is, for me, it demonstrates exactly what's wrong with PC gaming, and FPS'es currently: close to zero innovation. Of course, it's very likely that it's a personal problem I have with the stagnation of PC gaming (and FPS'es :)) that's talking right now, and it's entirely possible that you'll absolutely love the game, as in the end, it DOES combine some very good franchises (imho blatant rip-offs of them though) and add them on an enjoyable core game.
  11. VcBoy87

    VcBoy87 TS Rookie Posts: 20

    FEAR is a cool game like everyone said so far.

    I know what Federelli is talking about towards the end, O...m...goodness is all I can say when I saw it coming out.

    But in response to Chamot, yeah after what you said, I could kind of see all three elements of hl2, bullet time, and the ring. But I thought the storyline was pretty good compared to most games. There are so many movies and so many storylines today, both from novels, games etc. I'm sure there's bound to be some overlapping ideas and themes in any story these days. And I totally agree on the quicksave thingy too it does ruin the atmosphere if your using it so much, but its also good to have it, when your fighting frustratng situations and you just want to past them already and carry on...stupid big soldiers with them big guns, I hate em.
  12. satchmo

    satchmo TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 83

    I wish there is a game that manages to combine the AI of FEAR and the level design of Half-Life 2. I loved HL2, but the AI is very weak compared to almost any other FPS game.
  13. osram

    osram TS Rookie Posts: 47

    ehm why would you consider FEAR as a FPS?

    i mean the aiming is really hard and you are actually not always looking from the FPS view.. i cant compare it exactly to other FPS games.. as i said, the aiming is pretty indirect.
  14. mastronaut

    mastronaut TS Enthusiast Posts: 168

    I've been listening to the AI jabber after I pick one of em off, It's hilarious!
    I really like the expletives they shout at each other, "Check in!" (reply) "Shut your f**king mouth!" Very funny stuff. I also like running up to one and blasting em with the shotgun point blank, the graphics are so realistic like Soldier of Fortune on steroids! I hope this one makes it on your list of 'must haves' Merry Christmas!!! BOOM! hahahah..........
  15. Candyman

    Candyman TS Rookie

    I thought FEAR was very good, a definate must have for shooter fans. It has the best engine out right now, better than Source or Doom3. The particle effects and volumetric lighting is top notch if your PC can handle it. You can tell Monolith spent alot of time on the details. The story was creepy and kept me playing until the end.

    The only downsde for me were the endless hallways and the time between firefights. I'm looking forward to FEAR-2.
  16. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Fantastic. IMO, its the best game Monolith has released after NOLF 2. Those particle effects can bring the most powerful of computers to their knees. Fantastic, Hollywood-style firefights. U know, debris flying, grenade blasts warping time and space, gory gibs and other awesome effects. It can scare the **** out of u if ur playing it at night.
  17. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    I think No One Lives Forever 2 is overall better than F.E.A.R.

    Let me just repeat what I said earlier:

    F.E.A.R., which I've been playing for a couple of days, is a good example of a bad game when it comes to freedom. Objects don't break when shot, not even a notebook on a table can be moved, and you can go only one way. A guy with weapons, grenades and inhuman powers can be stopped by a box on the other side of a closed door? It's also very repetitive, in my opinion.

    It's also completely GPU-dependent, which is why I have to play at 800x600 minimal settings with my Athlon 64 2.4 GHz + Radeon 9550.

    Nothing more than an average shooter filled with as much graphics effects as possible.
  18. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Ur true in saying that the physics system in F.E.A.R. still leaves a lot to be desired. And NOLF 2 was some serious fun!(compared to F.E.A.R. that is) but the firefights in F.E.A.R. are much more action-packed. However, the particle effects unfortunately, do strain even mid-range GPUs. But the story is really good, which makes up for its flaws IMO.
  19. geforcemaniac

    geforcemaniac TS Rookie

    FEAR is one hec of a game!

    it is a really intensive game too. I can hardly run it at and i have a veray decent rig!
  20. flavin

    flavin TS Rookie Posts: 91

    well over the weekend my dad got a new mobo and processor. im still stuck with a fx 5700 but now my mobo is 8x and i got a 2800+. so i tried the FEAR demo again. and i loved it even more. i dropped all the graphics down to low or off except the CPU based things and the res to the lowest. even thought the graphics were really bad it was great. there was no lag i really loved it. and i did have some particle effects on

    ps. he also upgraded to 1gb ram
  21. RoadKiller

    RoadKiller TS Rookie Posts: 22

    It's a very very cool game is 1 of the best game i've ever played.
  22. MonkeyMan

    MonkeyMan TS Rookie Posts: 45

    The graphics are truly breathtaking, and it would be a shame for you not to own a copy of this revolutionary game. This game combines horror, action, and video play like no other. It is second to none.
  23. Eleventeen

    Eleventeen TS Rookie Posts: 55

    FEAR is a great game, scares the crap out of me. That girl keeps walking around in the dark and then you hear that screeching sound. The graphics are really good too. Id recommend it to everyone basically.
  24. mastronaut

    mastronaut TS Enthusiast Posts: 168

    The rats are totally realistic, I used to have pet rats so I can tell you that the behavior portrayed in the game is right on. I had that part running when my wife walked in, she freaked! I had a good laugh.....
  25. ozbokkie

    ozbokkie TS Rookie

    Installing FEAR

    FEAR is awsome but for some reson the following message appears which prvents me from installing the game "not a win32 application".

    Does this have anything to do with the graphics card which is a 9550.
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