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Could've been much better.
on 17 November 2010
I am reviewing the single player game only here.
Initially this game promised a lot, especially in the way of scares, but ultimately became just a rather generic shooter. Graphically it is pin-sharp and brilliant, and the dream sequences were superb, so no criticism there (though the later levels were pretty ordinary). In terms of gameplay, I preferred the underrated `Timeshift' for sheer thrills.
There was one extremely scary moment towards the beginning of FEAR 2 where you turn around to find the ghost girl standing right next to you, which had us jumping out of our skins, but nothing after that compared. There were no other real 'shivers-down-your-spine' moments, just loud and obvious starts. And how do you fend off physical attacks by the demonic, atomic, hordes of the underworld? Well, you jab the B button about 13 times until they stop. Terrifying eh?
The problem with this game is it doesn't know what it wants to be - Scary, psychological terror or brainless shooter. And it just seems to switch between the two in a pretty linear fashion. The shooting element certainly is brainless; by use of the slow-mo feature, some cover and a sniper rifle, you can very easily defeat all bad guys at any point. I played on hard and never felt particularly challenged. The only challenge came towards the end when you are given a very lazy and unimaginative shoot-out using a turret gun, which just reminded me of a fairground shooting gallery!
A good game for sure, but certainly not a great game. Shame.