F.E.A.R. - PS3 - Preview

Boo!

Scare ya?

Maybe not. If like most of those who play first-person shooter titles that tread the creepy, you are probably a bit anesthetized to the startle scares.

Well, when talking about that particular genre, certainly the name of F.E.A.R. rears its spine-tingling head. F.E.A.R. stands for First Encounter Assault Recon – a unit that specializes in dealing with the paranormal.

For those that played the game in its 2006 iterations, this is a title that has not changed much in making its way over the PS3 system. This is a game that comes roaring at the player with the intensity of some of the best that FPS genre has to offer.

In a non-descript American town, a psychopath – surrounded by a few clones – is on a killing spree. But that’s not merely the end of it – he is also eating what he kills. But what would a cannibal tale be without the creepy little girl with incredible paranormal powers?

It would appear that most of what F.E.A.R. has to offer was designed to cause chills. The particle effects create the right atmosphere and the AI is smart enough to keep you on your toes – or frustrate you if you are having a particularly ineffective reflexive moment.

Environments are varied, starting in blue-collar areas like a warehouse, and then moving slightly more upscale. There are some interactive qualities to the environments as well. While the single-player game will tease, tantalize and attempt to terrify, the game does not just stop there. Other modes include an instant action setting and eight multiplayer modes.

The control scheme follows much of the standard for the genre and there are four difficulty settings available.

The game looks very good, and the sound is a great adjunct to the visuals. This is a game that will prey upon those silly enough to play it late at night in a dimly lit room.

Slated for a March release, F.E.A.R. on the PS3 is more or less a port of the 360 title (reviewed at http://xbox360.gamezone.com/gzreviews/r24081.htm), which is not a bad thing at all. Chalk up one more good shooter title for Sony’s next-gen platform.

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