Summary: FEAR is a good, not great, game. It suffers from a kind of triage - it seems that the developers did not have the resources to make every aspect of the game great, so rather than making everything just ok, they decided to allocate all of their resources to certain parts of the game. That manifests itself in a few ways, but the basic breakdown is this: the AI and gameplay are excellent, but they are also repetitive, and the game actually gets easier as it goes on.
Summary: I am a FPS player almost exclusively and I have been since Doom and Duke Nukum. The game itself definitely kept me wanting to play and kept my interest but some of the breakaway and flashbacks left me with a "could you hurry up" mentality. The game doesn't do a good job of explaining anything to you as the player and when I reached the end I was thinking "what just happened? Is this it" I had to check out the internet for a explanation of the back story.
Summary: I've heard tons of ranting and raving about this game, and tried to read some spoiler-free reviews on here to give me the scoop about this game. Based on that I opted to go to Wallyworld last night and plunk down my hard-earned $30 to see what all the hooplah is about. I just finished the game and I'm far from disappointed! FEAR starts with an unusual premise.
Summary: Graphics + Sports some top-of-the-line graphics. The models are incredible at the highest of settings. The explosions are intense and visceral, destroying everything around them (including turning enemies into mulch). Lots of detail laid about giving you a real feeling of being inside a corporate office high-rise. - Repetitive environments.
Summary: The Good: Graphics, sound effects... all well done. The story is good. Great, even, if not compared to HL2. The array of weaponry and the slow-motion fighting - that you control - makes the game very cool. Certainly, one of the best FPS to come out in some time. The AI is fantastic. They hide, they retreat and regroup. They distract you with cover fire while their buddy reloads. And they will try to flank you and get behind you. Amazing.
Summary: Wow! I just finished this game a few minutes ago and my body STILL feels a bit chilled! I have to say that I was really impressed with this game, especially the ending. As for everything else, I'll break those down below: GRAPHICS: 4/5 STARS. I don't value graphics all *that* highly, but the lighting effects (and others), were absolutely wonderful. And I'm not even playing on a fancy computer (it's just a Dell Latitude D620, by no means a gaming machine).
Summary: This game overall is an excellent action/shooter. I truly enjoyed the plot and gameplay of it. The controls are very customizable and easy to use. Though the plot is somewhat confusing, I think it has a great originality to it. The graphics are excellent as are the game physics and AI. There are a few problems in the game in my opinion. The first is the environments. Though the graphics are excellent, there seems to be a lack of different environments you play in.
Summary: The good: A.I: Even though somewhat scripted, is the best seen in FPSs. Enemies can react in realtime to your movements, and your shots/flashlight. Enemies will also use the environment: knocking over tables or jumping through windows for cover. FX: Bullet hits, sparks off of metal are capable even in medium-power computers. The bad: There's nothing original here.
Summary: Installation was time consuming but went smoothly on a Dell Inspiron 9300 with Win Media Center Edition, but the game pauses slightly, periodically making me wait briefly for the game to catch up. The theme and game play are reminiscent of Half-Life. Except for the occasional choice of which area to explore first, which usually makes little difference in the end result, the game play seems linear.
Summary: Graphics: Astounding. Although, honostly, I'm not sure how many people will get to run it full-throttle. I have a brand new Alienware, top of the line, dual video cards (PCI-Express / SLI), etc, and there were still a couple places in the game where it was choppy. Might just be a bug or two in the engine somewhere that needs to be fixed, but still, if I can't run it full blast with this machine, what will the average user with a 2-year old computer be forced to run it...