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Fear Effect

by Eidos
Platform : PlayStation
6 customer reviews

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  • Innovative Resident Evil style action adventure
  • Play three different mercenary characters
  • Fear meter keeps a track of your character's stress level
  • Massive four disk
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  • Platform:   PlayStation
  • 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: B00004UBMH
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12 x 2.4 cm ; 222 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,352 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

Fear Factor is pure action and adventure within a cinematic and alive world. Take control of three mercenaries as they attempt to find the missing daughter of a very powerful leader of the Hong Kong Triad. With a combination of large shooting sequences, huge crowd scenes, and incredible views, Fear Factor will amaze you while moving at a very fast pace. Take control of your shooters from the streets and roofs of Hong Kong to the depths of Hell. Players make split decisions to stay alive: with the reward being an adrenaline rush to last you till your next encounter. Fear Factor puts the gun in your hands and the ability to live and control your own action movie.

Feel the Fear within features seamless pre-rendered animated backgrounds with animated loops and animated streams creating the most dynamic and alive worlds yet to be seen in a video game. Original animated style character design. Pre-determined camera positions share geometry with real time 3-D models allowing camera movement while player remains in control. Become different characters through logical plot editing allowing you to take on the role of the three main characters which have their anionic style and attitude. Multi-channel character animation allows the player to perform actions such as drawing and firing weapons while walking, running, crouching and sneaking. Also features on-screen inventory for non-interrupted game play, and over 100 environments across eight distinct destinations. Comes in a 4 Disk Pack.

Amazon.co.uk Review

Despite its unforgiving difficulty, Fear Effect is an innovative cinematic adventure that serious gamers won't want to miss. Set in a dark, futuristic world, Fear Effect has players switching back and forth between its three anime-style protagonists. With a story that's filled with plot twists and heaps of what the Entertainment Software Rating Board finds offensive, this is far from kid's fare.

Easily one of the most visually striking titles, Fear Effect shines with Japanese-animation-inspired 3-D character graphics and full-motion-video environments that allow for nearly seamless transitions between story sequences and gameplay. With the exception of restoring saves and changing CDs, there's virtually no game interruption.

Unfortunately, it's very easy to die in Fear Effect, which not only wrecks the game's pacing, but can be really quite maddening. Many portions of the game are more frustrating than challenging, requiring players to die and reload their last saved game over and over until they get things just right.

And while Fear Effect's less-than-perfect controls admittedly do take some getting used to, its real-time inventory system is just plain awkward during combat sequences. It's doubtful that professional mercenaries like the ones you're playing would be fumbling about while changing or reloading weapons in the heat of battle.

Despite its flaws, Fear Effect does manage to keep you hooked, and is one of those games you just have to see through to its end. --Joe Hon, Amazon.com

Pros:

  • Striking cinematic visuals
  • Virtually no game interruptions
  • Intriguing storyline and refreshingly mature content
  • Fear Meter aspect adds new challenge
Cons:
  • Can be more frustrating than challenging at times
  • Awkward real-time inventory system
  • Relatively short game length with little to no replay value
  • May be unsuitable for younger players

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The 90's Guy on 23 Oct. 2010
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Here's a question for all the PSone fans aged 18 to 27: What do you think is the most underrated game ever to appear on the PSone console? If a survey was being done about this today my vote would be on this game, Fear Effect. Published by Eidos, developed by Kronos, and released in January 2000.

Fear Effect takes place in Hong Kong, in a dark and fairly distant future. The game is about three mercenaries who plot to kidnap the daughter of a powerful Triad leader and ransom her off for big money. But not everything with this girl and the world around the mercenaries is as it seems. The trio consists of the beautiful-but-deadly Hana; the no-nonsense, stubble-sporting Glas; and the big man from down under, Deke.

Fear Effect comes on four discs, but a word of warning: This is not a very long game. In fact it's fairly short. It's stretched over four discs due to the realistic pre-rendered effects and the large number of cutscenes in the game. This takes up a lot of data storage space and, as you may or may not know, a CD has limited storage space.

The game style is clearly inspired by the PSone Resident Evils. The characters run around pre-rendered environments, shooting enemies, solving puzzles, and finding items in one place and using them in another. But one feature that makes this game different from many others is the health bar which actually comes in the form of a heart monitor. When your character is relaxed the monitor will be green and beating slowly. But when your character gets into stressful situations, such as enemy fights or running low on ammo, the monitor will beat faster and turn red. When it's beat red the next hit your character takes will result in their death.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By caseywilde@aol.com on 23 Nov. 2000
Cross The Matrix with end of days and you'll get Fear Effect, in my mind one of the greatest games for the playstation to date. Starting out in Futuristic Tokyo you take the roles of Hana, Glas and Deek three money hungry mercenaries on the trial of Wee Ming runaway daughter of Mr Lam, Chinas most powerful Triad Leader. After a life and death infiltration mission inside Mr Lams compound our heroes find themselves on a mission of survival that will take them from here to eternity as the mystery of Mr Lams wealth and Wee Mings hidden powers slowly unravels. Equipped with a huge arsenal of weapons you will have to battle your way through hordes of Triad Goons, Demon Hook Hands, Damned Souls and (my personal favourite) Zombified Whores. Yes Fear Effect people, if you don't have it BUY IT (especially if you are a fan of the adventure game genre); but be wary, as Glas points out "When this kind of money is involved you tend to loose friends pretty quickly".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Aug. 2000
Liked Metal Gear Solid?And Resident Evil?Then here is Fear Effect; a blend of both, now with superior visuals and an astonishingly cinematic plot.When your playing the game the detail of the animation in the backdrops in unbelievable and the gameplay is very addictive.You think to yourself as you play, 'Why hasn't this been made into a film?'.Honestly, it's that good.
So what are the negative points of the game?Well unfortunately, it's the bosses.They are very, and I mean VERY hard and will end up with fist-against-the-wall frustration.The biggest shame is that this wonderful game is all over too soon; it can be finished in less than a week and there's nothing you can go back to that makes it worth playing through again.Still worth buying if you have patience though.
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