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Have You Played... F.E.A.R.?

Is this your first encounter?

F.E.A.R. is a scary first-person shooter, in which you're part of a tactical unit dispatched to deal with paranormal activity. In this case, it is a ghostly girl called Alma who has a habit of suddenly appearing in dimly lit corridors.

But to uncover the truth behind this spooky kid, you have to contend with a large number of cloned supersoldiers. Luckily enough, you happen to a particularly athletic supersoldier yourself. One that's capable of moving so blisteringly fast, it's as if time slows around you.

And F.E.A.R.'s slow-mo effect is ridiculously fun to use. Pair it with the nailgun and you've got yourself a devilish combination. It's sort of sickeningly delightful, the way you can observe a soldier tumbling in the air with a nail through his skull, before they're pinned to the wall with a snap.

I like F.E.A.R.'s clean aesthetic too. Reminds me a bit of Half Life, with its industrial grey environments and straight lines.

Writing all this just makes me want to play it again, to be honest.

About the Author

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Ed Thorn

Senior Staff Writer

When Ed's not cracking thugs with bicycles in Yakuza, he's likely swinging a badminton racket in real life. Any genre goes, but he's very into shooters and likes a weighty gun, particularly if they have a chainsaw attached to them. Adores orange and mango squash, unsure about olives.

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