F.E.A.R.: First Encounter Assault Recon (2005)

Video Game  -  Action | Horror | Sci-Fi  -  28 February 2006 (USA)
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You play an elite commando for a unique covert operations unit hunting for a mysterious fugitive who commands a clone army while mysterious things occur around you.



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Cast overview:
Norton Mapes / Additional Voices (voice)
Jock Blaney ...
ATC Security (voice)
Susanna Burney ...
Jin Sun-Kwon / Additional Voices (voice)
The Senator / Additional Voices (voice)
Grant Goodeve ...
Harlan Wade / Additional Voices (voice)
Tim Gouran ...
Spen Jankowski / Additional Voices (voice)
Todd Licea ...
Aldus Bishop / Additional Voices (voice)
Mark Lund ...
Soldiers / Additional Voices (voice)
Peter Lurie ...
Paxton Fettel / Additional Voices (voice)
Melissa Roberts ...
Alice Wade / Additional Voices (voice)
Meg Savlov ...
Genevieve Aristide / Additional Voices (voice)
David Scully ...
Douglas Holiday / Additional Voices (voice)
Delta Force / Additional Voices (voice)
Rowdy Betters / Additional Voices (voice)
Nightcrawler / Senator / Police (voice)


You play a new member of the secret First Encounter Assault Recon, a secret commando unit specializing in paranormal threats. For your first mission, you must find the mysterious and murderously insane Paxton Fettel who has escaped from prison and seized control of a prototype army of clones. As you hunt for Fettel, you must battle his clone soldiers who become increasingly advanced and dangerous. If that is not bad enough, you also encounter strange and bizarre sights as you uncover clues suggesting a greater crisis than even Fettel holds. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Be the hero in your own cinematic epic of action, tension and terror.


Action | Horror | Sci-Fi


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F.E.A.R stands for First Encounter Assault and Recon. See more »


While the player's goal is to eliminate Paxton Fettel through the entirety of the game, it is very possible to kill him in the very first level. At one point during the first Interval/Stage, the player can activate Slow Mo and squeeze off several rounds of fire into Paxton before he knocks the Point Man out with a 2X4. However, none of the bullets register and the Point Man is predestined to be knocked out regardless of their actions. See more »


[first lines]
[a telephone conversation]
The Senator: [Tired] Yes?
Genevieve Aristide: Sorry to wake you, Senator. It's about origin.
The Senator: What happened?
Genevieve Aristide: There was an uprising. Fettel has taken command of the prototypes.
The Senator: My God...
Genevieve Aristide: We can still resolve this discreetly, but we have to act fast.
The Senator: All right, all right, let me... make a few calls...
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One of the Best Games I have Ever Played
9 November 2006 | by (Orangeville, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

The first thing I will say is the PC I played this on:

CPU: And Athlon X2 4400+ RAM: 2X 512MB OCZ PC-3200 Graphics Card: 2x BFG 7900GT 256MB Hard Drive: 200GB SATAII Hard Drive Monitor: 20.1" Widescreen Monitor

I run F.E.A.R. with all of the details at maximum, soft shadows on, 4x AA, 16x AF, and at a resolution of 1280*960. I tell you this so you understand my interpretation of the graphics may be different than some.

F.E.A.R. has some of the best graphics I have seen yet. The best part in my opinion being the blood. I take time to look at some poor guy I just massacred on F.E.A.R. because it is that pretty. Also the shadows are very well done to. I like being able to see enemies advancing towards me on walls depending on the circumstances. Another nice touch is when I shoot at a wall pieces come off depending on the gun, and there is dust depending on the surface. One last thing, when you blow enemies up with explosives, you can sever limbs, and the stumps you leave him with trickle out blood, very good touch.

The story to F.E.A.R. is also top notch. It sucked me in and made me want to know more about the main players. I liked how you are given little tidbits of what's going on currently by overhearing radio reports, as well as getting back story by listening to answering machines. I won't spoil the end except to say it was very satisfying.

The game play is net to perfect. The enemy AI is very good. They flank you and work together, retreat if necessary. I would say they are second best to the AI on Far Cry. The slow mo effect worked really well. I was worried going into the game because slow mo effects in first person seemed liked a bad idea, but Monolith pulled it off. In fact it saved my ass countless times. One of my biggest praises of F.E.A.R. is that if you set the difficulty higher the enemies get smarter and better, they didn't simply crank up their health.

F.E.A.R. has a lengthy single player campaign, and multi-player. The single player campaign, on extreme difficulty, took me about 15-20 hours to finish. The multi-player is pretty good as well. I don't play it as often as I thought I would, but it's still decent.

I don't have many gripes with F.E.A.R. but there are some slight things I disliked. For instance you have a flashlight, but it's mounted on your head and only lasts about 1 minute before it has to recharge. I'm sure special forces can come up with a better solution. Secondly the multi-player seems to lack the tactical feel the single player had. It seems like a slightly better version of Counter-Strike.

These things aside, F.E.A.R. rocks. I can't praise it enough. If you have a good enough PC to appreciate the graphics, and you like a game that is fun and also can scare the crap out of you, F.E.A.R. is for you.

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