F.E.A.R.

Overview

I am always surprised when I see games that has been considered somewhat dated on the PC gaming scene being released for the consoles. Well in the case of today’s game, we have seen this psychological thriller before, the game is F.E.A.R. and it was originally released on the PC a few years ago with great success. Then we saw F.E.A.R. on the Xbox 360 and it managed to enjoy just about the same degree of success, but once again it just didn’t seem to have the same effect as the PC. So now it’s time to check out F.E.A.R. for the Playstation 3, which hopes to continue to ride this successful path on Sony’s new console. How does this port turn out? Read our full review to find out!

Gameplay

For those who haven’t played a F.E.A.R. title in the past, whether on the Xbox 360 or the PC, then my first question is where have you been? The title is known as one of the best psychological thrillers ever to hit the gaming industry. The big question is that can F.E.A.R. a game that was originally released in 2005 for the PC still pack the same punch here in the middle of 2007?

One thing that is still intact is the storyline, which is probably one of the biggest draws to the original title. The game itself is just brilliant in the way it portrays this story, which at times reminds you of some good thriller movies. The game takes you on this journey of the F.E.A.R. unit, which stands for First Encounter Assault Recon. Basically unlike other agencies they are going after the bad guys that people can’t explain, and on your first day you are thrown into some crazy action. The game continues the same story we have played in the past and manages to do it with a lot of success.

So the story of F.E.A.R. is still completely intact, but it’s a shame the rest of the game wasn’t ported over to the Playstation 3 all that well. First off, you have to remember that this game was first released in 2005 and at that time this game was very much ahead of its time, but in today’s standards on the Playstation 3 it doesn’t carry the same punch. What doesn’t help the game’s cause is the fact that F.E.A.R. manages to have a lot of problems with the frame rate and controls that look to really make this port a lot less entertaining than other versions have managed to do. It’s one thing to have a game that was made for older technology, but to have the game now come with some added problems doesn’t make life much easier for this game.

Some of bigger problems the PS3 version of F.E.A.R. has are with the controls, which feel clumsy and often times awkward. You also have some weird camera defects that have a lot to do with the poor controls that were given to this PS3 version of the game. This makes the overall experience of the single player a lot less enjoyable, because you’re battling more the elements of the game rather then the game itself, which was the original appeal to begin with. You can get past some of these shortcomings but still the overall appeal of the single player is still not all that high.

Then comes the multiplayer, which I remember being nothing special back on the PC version and continues that same feel on the PS3. I am sorry to say this, but F.E.A.R. was just not made to be a multiplayer game. The psychological aspect is completely washed away on the multiplayer side of things and it becomes just another bland FPS online. The game does hold up well online, but my biggest problem was finding a good amount of games to get into as the online area seemed rather scarce.

Overall it’s a shame that what once was really the cream of the crop in terms of suspenseful first person shooters is plagued by such problems on this PS3 port. The game just doesn’t pack the same sort of punch that the original game did. The gameplay is also filled with way too many issues that puts F.E.A.R. on the PS3 as a game that you really have to struggle through to enjoy.

Graphics

Sad to say that what was once a powerhouse on the PC, F.E.A.R. for the Playstation 3 just doesn’t seem like it had that great of a chance on the PS3. With the gameplay issues comes some weird graphical issues like frame rate problems that didn’t help the game’s chances on the PS3. The game still has some nice visual effects that help set the theme, but the overall feel of F.E.A.R. just isn’t as impressive as many of the new PS3 titles we have been seeing recently.

Fun Factor

When I first got my hands on F.E.A.R. a few years back, I was extremely impressed and was really engaged in the game’s single player campaign. I am one that really doesn’t mind going back through games and on the PS3 it just didn’t feel overly accessible like the PC version. The PS3 version has far too many issues to be able to really get into it like the game is intended. Whether you’re talking about the frame rate, the controls or even the visuals, F.E.A.R. just doesn’t hold up as well on the PS3.

Overall

It really is a shame to see this once powerhouse FPS struggle the way it does on the PS3. I am not sure what the actual problem was during development, but it seems as though this port just didn’t fair all that well along the journey. For fans of the original game who are wanting some more F.E.A.R. action on the PS3 I would actually have to recommend against it, the game has a few too many problems to make it worth a second run through.

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