Firstly, I was a big fan of the original F.E.A.R and the add-ons. It was atmospheric, unpredictable, and had nice active Multiplayer community. The sound and graphics were great and the whole horror-FPS was a great twist on an old format.
A few rather large problems with this game though. The obvious ones are- really very linear levels-to the point of being frustrating. I expect more from a FPS these days after playing things like Fallout 3 and COD4. It's too short. When you spend this much on a game you expect it to keep you entertained for longer than 1 evening. Locked ratio is ridiculous- shouldn't a video game at least fill your screen?- even pacman managed that!
The list could go on, however-The main problem really though is STEAM.
I had the same issues with it back on Half life 2..You need broadband on even just to play it in 1 player! that's outrageous and is what stopped me playing Half-life2. If you don't have 100% reliable brodaband, forget it.
Only 1 installation?!? Come on, thats just ridiculous. I have 2 p.c's in different places and can't install this on both-for £30 odd I expect a little more trust than that from the developers. Not to mention the fact that Steam is fiddly, annoying, highly intrusive and a nightmare to have to go through should, heaven forbid, you have any problems with the game (which it looks like quite a few people are having). I don't copy games, I've bought every one i've ever played because I want it to work and I realise that if I want decent, ground-breaking games, then the people who make them can't work for free, but this level of security in an effort stop piracy is a whole staircase too far.
Needless to say I don't recommend it. Get F.E.A.R 1 (same thing but better) or COD4 (nicer multiplayer, good storyline) or franky, ANYTHING other than this, as until people start boycotting these over-zealous anti piracy measures they will continue to get worse and worse until one day we'll find ourselves having to get a DNA test every time we want to shoot some imaginary aliens for 5 minutes.