The original F.E.A.R.
first person shooter on the PC and XBox 360 was not just a good first person shooter,
in actual fact it
was a damn good first person shooter that mixed elements of the
supernatural, science fiction and good old fashioned shooter fun with a touch of survival horror. This latest compilation
brings together two awesome mission packs in one entertaining title that
contains the original Extraction Point game and a brand new scenario entitled
the Perseus Mandate campaign.
So what exactly is the
F.E.A.R. Files? The title itself is your traditional first person
shooter set in a world gone mad with technological and supernatural
themes as gamers are transformed into an elite soldier whose life is soon
about to be turned upside down. You begin the campaign in "Extraction
Point" where the gamer awakes after a helicopter crash which coincides
with the original F.E.A.R. storyline to a point.
New comers will be
strangely confused by the tale but for fans of the original series, they
will right at home as they fight their way through the gaming
environment. Even though you may feel like you are repeating parts of
the original game, there are enough twists and turns to create something
unique and there are even a few new weapons thrown into the mix.
The other installment to
the compilation is the Perseus Mandate campaign where the gamer works as
a special operative and features a more engaging tale than the first
Add in a variety of new weapons and enemies with improved A.I.
and the Perseus Mandate almost feels like a totally different game, yet
still staged in the famous F.E.A.R. universe.
With both campaigns, there
are a variety of scares and strange scenes that will creep out even the
most coolest of gamers and once again that famous F.E.A.R. bullet time
returns which makes for some really intensive gameplay.
Graphically, The F.E.A.R.
Files is a little dated on the XBox 360 and considering it's been a year
since the original title was released on the 360, the console has made
quite a few leaps and bounds since then. The graphics may not be
BioShock or Call of Duty Modern Warfare but they still hold their own
with detailed characters, realistic textures and a plethora of special
effects that go hand-in-hand with the gameplay, soundtrack and sound
Once you have completed
the title, gamers can then wander onto XBox Live and challenge F.E.A.R.
gamers (up to 16) from across the world.
In conclusion, even
though I played the PC version and simply adored the 360 version, this
current incarnation is definitely a must have title for lovers of the
original title. Halo may have the graphics and to some extent, the gameplay but when it comes to
excitement, F.E.A.R. delivers on all levels. Definitely worth a look for
fans of the original game.