Reviews by jwh2189

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Still One Of The Best Shooters Out There

jwh2189 | April 13, 2013 | Review of F.E.A.R -

Monolith have proven themselves as masters of atmosphere since the likes of AVP2 and Condemned: Criminal Origins. Now comes 2005's F.E.A.R., an action shooter with horror which doesn't disappoint.

Like I said, it's all about the atmosphere and boy does this game immerse you, you've never felt quite so nervous being crouched in a darkened office complex listening to recorded phone messages or crawling through a vent hoping to God something doesn't jump out at you.

Then of course we have the shooting as this is an FPS, which is also top-notch, even putting some more current generation titles to shame, it really presents a thrilling and cinematic experience through the use of slow-motion, just so you can see the intricacies of a replica soldier being torn to shreds by your devastating shotgun or hearing and seeing the crunches and blood misting from firing automatic weapons into the heads of your foes. Each of the weapons feels different too and offers variety in the combat, you're never going to want to pass-up the penetrator though (firing large metal stakes which can impale your enemies into walls).

You've probably heard about this game's artificial intelligence (AI) and I've still yet to see a shooter which does it better 8 years later. Enemies will constantly try to flank your position, even if it means taking long routes to do so, there's frequent radio chatter from them relevant to what is happening, they'll spot your flashlight, move on formation and pretty much anything else to ruin your day. The only problem is that your slo-mo ability really hinders seeing this AI in action because of the advantage it provides you in combat.

One of the only other flaws in the game is the enemy variety, there's a few humanoid and robotic types along with some supernatural later, but nothing which significantly mixes up the combat.

This is still one of the best first person shooters I've ever played and would recommend it any day of the week, play it at night however for maximum effect.