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Fahrenheit (PC DVD)

by Namco Bandai
Windows XP
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Paranormal thriller with an absorbing storyline
  • Tense and chilling atmosphere in a Hitcockian style
  • Multi view split screen to allow the player to view different areas and activities in the game
  • Choose to play and switch between 4 of the key character during the game
  • Mental health system to keep your character strong and focused.
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 15 years and over Suitable for 15 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 15. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 15 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B0009WXQHS
  • Release Date: 16 Sep 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,412 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

In a nutshell:
The term "interactive movie" is justly associated with misguided attempts at combining games and film. Fahrenheit’s cinematic leanings, however, incorporate the elements that make movies different (characters, tension and plot) with well thought-out game mechanics, and the result is uniquely thrilling.

The lowdown:
Making decisions against a rapidly dwindling timer, your character wakes up having just committed a bizarre ritual murder of which he has no memory. You must switch between playing the fugitive and the cops on his trail, your conflicting jobs are to help the anti-hero escape and conversely to help put him behind bars. But what mysterious force drove him to kill in the first place?

Most exciting moment:
Frequent interludes of rapid button pressing simulate physical exertion as your character escapes a looming threat you can see catching up with you. Your heart will be palpitating. Your nerves will be frayed.

Since you ask:
The introduction and brief tutorial from the game’s "writer/director" David Cage, is actually the head of the title’s French development team, Quantic Dream, animated as a videogame character.

The bottom line:
Utterly superb movie-style thriller with genuine frights and a superbly tense climax.
Nick Gillett


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than so many, but far from perfect 24 Sep 2005
This game starts off brilliantly - I mean, *brilliantly*. You have committed a murder and you have to decide what to do; what would you do? What mistakes would you make?
Sadly, you soon begin to lose this sense of control over the story. The game starts to over-rely on the two minigames it employs; button-hammering for "effort" activities and Dance mat style precision for "skill" activities. Fail in those games, and you have to try again; succeed, and all you really get is an extended cutscene.
This game starts out as an exciting new experience, and ends up as an enjoyable movie. My disappointment was such that I am tempted to rate it lower, but in truth it doesn't deserve that.
The real breath of fresh air in this game is that it doesn't give you time to explore all opportunities: it is an adventure game with a sense of pace, where you never feel you have tried everything because there are questions you could have asked but didn't.
An entertaining story, with good characters, this game is just slightly more cerebral than your average FPS, but after the first few scenes it doesn't really tax the grey matter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic game 21 Mar 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
From start to finish I loved this *game* I have to agree with previous people who say it might be a little hard using the keyboard, i did find it difficult at first but you soon get use to it, it was also annoying at times to miss the videos because you have to keep a close eye on the instructions instead. Also the ending was over quick, a lot quicker than some of the other fight scenes in the game but the overall game makes up for it. A very involved game with good story line and game play, having the multiple characters keeps you in the loop all the way which is a great new feel on things.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I think I can honestly say Fahrenheit has easily taken the award for most disappointing U-turn out of every computer game I've played (and I've played alot of games). I bought Fahrenheit not too long ago, I had heard of it before and thought nothing more, it's only when a friend of mine highly recommended it to me, and since I trust the opinions of my friend and bought myself a copy. I had heard that people have been having problems with playing Fahrenheit on anything but XP, which is funny because it rans on my Desktop without any problems (I'm running 7 for those interested).

The story starts with Lucas Kane, who after waking from a trance in a Dinner Toilet realises that he's murdered someone, fleeing the scene scared and frightened. Next up we have Carla Valenti and Tyler Miles two detectives on the trail of Lucas. An interesting feature of the game is that the game is played from the perspective of all 3 characters, constantly switching between Lucas "pants-wetter" Kane, and our detective duo which in doing so gives the player a well rounded look at the development of both the story and the characters.

I was about half an hour in game and I could see what my friend saw in it. The story was compelling, the atmosphere crotch gripping and the characters were well defined. The use of quick-time events within the game (as much as I'm going to hate myself for saying this) were well done, although there were many of them they were usually short and didn't consist of more than 6 or 7 button sequences. The interactive story was also something very intriguing. It actually felt like even the smallest thing I did effected the game (whether it did or not it doesn't matter).

It was only when I got about half-way through the game an odd thing happened.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 9 Sep 2006
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is a Fantastic game one of the most Revolutionary in years with a gripping storyline and fantastic graphics it is though quite short (I completed it in 3 days) but nevertheless an extraordinary game which is a near work of art...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Technical issue.. 7 Mar 2010
By M.O.R.
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I'd played this on the PS2 and thought it would be perfect for my laptop. Unfortunately, it uses Starforce Copy Protection, which is fatally incompatible with Vista and Win7 (the game simply won't run). There are several games, from around 2005, which also have this issue. There are no patches to make these games run on Vista or Win7, so the only thing you can do is return them (or change your operating system).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Less a game & more an interactive film 1 July 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
A murder was committed and you play both the murderer trying to get away and figure out why it happened, as well as the detectives trying to catch the murderer and bring him to justice... the game is well written and the characters well fleshed out, and I found myself striving to do the best I could with both sets of characters - get away with no evidence as the murderer, while trying to find everything as the detectives.

In addition to the "core" storyline, there are a few side paths that further flesh out the characters, making you really care for them, as well as a providing some light comic relief and fun - a basketball game, kickboxing match & sitting and jamming with yourself are a few such moments. There are also a couple of homages to other films (Silence of the Lambs being the most blatant set-piece). The game also ALWAYS make sure you have enough information & plot details present to progress, though it's handled in a deceptively smooth way.

The soundtrack also deserves a mention - Theory Of A Deadman are notable (whose CD "Gasoline" I bought on the strength of the 4 tracks in this, particularly "Santa Monica") and are joined by a number of classic motown tunes.

Overall, its a gripping, clever game that'll make you think - though it has limited replay value due to the somewhat linear progression of the game.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Just wont work on latest window
Well thats a bit disapointing. Does not work.

After every install attemp the same error occurs and rolls back the install, apparently this is because of the program... Read more
Published on 25 May 2012 by Mr. Ronald G. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars An attempt to be different
The opening scenes and premise are immediately engaging. Controlling different characters is well done, and no-one is short-changed on the chaotic tale which follows. Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2011 by Karl Drinkwater
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but..badly focussed!
Fahrenheit is a game that starts off strongly and slowly weakens. The core story-telling mechanic is amazing and quickly immerses the player in an intriguing and genuinely exciting... Read more
Published on 6 April 2010 by Mike Simmonds
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
Does not work on anything other than win xp.
This is not mentioned anywhere and is a pretty crucial fact considering that xp is being phased out.
Published on 5 July 2009 by Michael Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good atmosphere but...
This game really shines in terms of its atmosphere and also to a slightly lesser degree, its storyline. Read more
Published on 10 Oct 2007 by lalala24
5.0 out of 5 stars Short but Sweet
It looks like most of the reviews here already covered all the good points of this game, but I just thought I'd add my thoughts. Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2007 by Carl Markwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and gripping
If you're looking for suspense, a good challenge and a game which you can play again without it coming to the same outcome, look no further. Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2007 by Lucy
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but flawed
First of all for the guy who said its impossible to play on PC...well it aint. Its easy. In fact I completed the whole game without dying once. Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2007 by Will
5.0 out of 5 stars Edge of your seat stuff...
Fahrenheit (aka Indigo Prophecy) is an amazing 'experience' rather than a game. As a 'movie', it beats most of the recent Hollywood releases of the same genre. Read more
Published on 9 Dec 2006 by brian_badger
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