“ Genre: Action / Publisher: Origin / Platform(s): Windows / Mac / ESRB Rating: M - (Mature) / Media: CD-ROM „
One of my mates recommended this game. I'm very fussy when it comes to games, mainly because my laptop fails to run them smoothly enough. I normally play Counter Strike or FIFA, which ever versions I have.
FEAR gave me a new fright, something that doesn't happen often, if I may say, and it was terrifyingly enjoyable! The fact that they combined first person shooting with the supernatural powers, was astonishing. Some parts did scare me, I'm afraid to say.
The best way, is to play it with very good speakers, and in the total darkness, but the screen. I used to play this with a mate, taking in turns, after midnight, often stretching to early mornings, and it is best then. The total silence but the game music will entrap you along with the fear of seeing that girl walking past in the distance, oh so quietly, yet dangerously, the music is quality too, very suspenseful and well arranged. Absolutely loved this game to bits.
Having enjoyed F.E.A.R. I was looking forward to the new missions in this expansion pack and they didn't disappoint.
The mission themselves are very much in the style of those in F.E.A.R. with less reptition when it comes to the buildings. Unfortunately perhaps the reason for this lack of repetition is the fact that the expansion pack is very short, much shorter than I was expecting especially consider the price it was sold at. Luckily for me this expansion pack was borrowed from a friend so I wasn't too disappointed.
There are both new enemies and new weapons i.e. minigun, laser gun etc. The new enemies however don't require you to use the new weapons, there's really nothing about them that pushes you in any way which is different to F.E.A.R. The graphics are good but I've heard they're not as good on the 360, whether this is due to bad porting I don't know. The expansion pack is much less scary than the original but that's largely because having played the original you've seen it all before.
Overall it's a decent expansion pack. The gameplay, graphics and sound are all very good but there's very little replay value. It's also not as good as the original due to the fact that the scare element is virtually non-existant having seen similar things in the original. I certainly wouldn't pay more than £5 for this game due to it's length. It's just far too short to warrant a price tag of anything more than that.
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