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Genre Catagory: First-Person Shooter
Date of Release: August 17, 2006
ESRB Rating: M
Published by: Sierra
Developed by: Monolith Productions
Windows XP/2000 (Win 64 supported)
DirectX 9.0c (on disk)
P4 1.7GHz or equivalent
64MB GeForce 4 Ti or Radeon 9000
5GB hard drive space
P4 3.0GHz or equivalent
256MB Radeon 9800 Pro or GeForce 6600
Pixel Shader 2.0 support
Download available at: www.joinfear.com
By Justin wu
On August 17th, the doors have been set open to the online gaming world for the highly acclaimed shooter, F.E.A.R. made by Monolith. Gamers around the globe who do not own the game are aroused with the released news of free download and game play for the F.E.A.R multiplayer client under the name of â€˜F.E.A.R. Combatâ€™. Essentially putting the award-winning gameâ€™s multiplayer into the top charts of free-to-play first person shooters on the net. This package includes all multiplayer parts from the original retail F.E.A.R. game, and allows you to play freely with retail-version F.E.A.R. owners.
Being spawned directly from the retail version, you can only expect the same quality to be on F.E.A.R. Combat. F.E.A.R. combat is the exactly the same as the original in all aspects. The only difference is the lack of single player goodness which makes up the whole end of the F.E.A.R. game. The multiplayer package includes all 19 official maps to satisfy your viewing pleasure, ten game modes to keep you interested, and 12 weapons to harness in your weapons arsenal to add variety on your way of killing. Like other shooters who have multiplayer compatibility, F.E.A.R. Combat supports user-created maps and mods. Not to also mention the anti-cheat system, Punkbuster, to provide enjoyable legit game play to all.
The sound in F.E.A.R. Combat is excellent, if not scary. As players enter rooms it will triggers specific noises to make any playerâ€™s gut churn and feel unsafe. From eerie noises to little giggles of a girlâ€™s laughter, one can only feel the uneasiness of being stalked upon or not being alone. The 19 multiplayer maps are designed to handle large or small game capacity. The level textures, environment is designed nicely with numerous props such as soda cans or hanging artwork that can be interacted with. Chunks on the walls will fly off as bullet meets its, tables will receive bullet holes, glass can be shattered creating the ultimate mayhem for any gamer looking for an eye candy experience. Players can be nailed to walls, splattered by missiles, vaporized to the bone by the particle gun or simply be gunned to death by standard bullets. Blood effects is excellent, in fact it is too excellent. F.E.A.R. delivers a lot of blood with goriness and aw. Grenades which are detonated will have wave-like ripple effects from view showing the intensity of the explosion. Each weapon has its own feel, spray, pros and cons. F.E.A.R. lets player become the artist. The choice of oneâ€™s death lies in your hands. Maybe you ran out of bullets, or maybe simply you just do not want a gun. Thats fine. Unarmed melee combat is fully supports in this game. Put the gun aside and bust out combo punches or you can even send flying kicks into somebodies face resulting in an 'unarmed headshot' kill.
It can be argued that gameplay may seem fairly easy as deaths can occur easily and kills too. Some argue that the game actually takes no skill, but thats untrue. The health and spread out health packs/ armor is sufficient enough for player to reheal and allow room for more skill and accuracy of each shot. Overall the gameplay is still challenging and fun.
F.E.A.R. Combat can be downloaded at various site sources, and free cd-keys are handed out. All you need is a valid e-mail address and sign up at www.joinfear.com, a whole list of client downloads is available. Having the game size being around 1.6 gigabytes, it is highly recommended for dial-up players to stay away, even cable or DSL users will find some major slowdowns on downloads. Let alone the above standard system requirements mean that non-updated computers will have trouble even running the game. Therefore it is highly recommended that if anyone takes interest of downloading this game, that they come prepared.
Though it lacks the original single-player game play which makes F.E.A.R. award winning, it is a great appetizer for those who live for the frags and what not. For those individuals who have always sat afar and never purchased the F.E.A.R. title, or for the casual gamer who plays free-to-play games, F.E.A.R. Combat is a highly recommended download. Being Free-to-play and free downloads, I would give this game a:
9.5 out of 10