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Day 1



M (Mature)



November 6, 2007



- Some scary moments

- Fairly long single player

- Intelligent AI

- A lot of content on the disc



- Recycled gameplay

- Dated visuals



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F.E.A.R. Files

Score: 6.5 / 10


The original F.E.A.R. was released for the Xbox 360 last year and was one of the console’s premier first person shooters. The survival horror characteristics and interesting story offered up something not seen in a lot of other shooters.


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F.E.A.R. Files is in no way a sequel to last year’s game. The game features both expansion packs released for the PC titled Extraction Point and Perseus Mandate. Extraction Point picks up from where the original F.E.A.R. left oF.E.A.R. Files. Paxton Fittel who was killed at the end of the first F.E.A.R. is back and so is the paranormal activity you experienced in the first game. Perseus Mandate follows a second F.E.A.R. team sent in to investigate paranormal activity.


F.E.A.R. Files stays pretty true to the original game, featuring large close quarter firefights with bullet time and intelligent enemies that manuever and use available 




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cover. There is some variation in enemies you’ll fight, especially in the Perseus Mandate campaign. A lot of the same problems from the original game do carry over into F.E.A.R. Files as the game suffers from a lack of variety. Most of the levels take place in dark buildings and parking garages.


Many of the scary and spooky scenes from the


original F.E.A.R. are quite prevalent in F.E.A.R. Files. While the game is still able to cause goose bumps, it just doesn’t have the same effect as the first game, since the story seems to be harder to decipher. The excellent bullet time mode once again makes a return and really doesn’t offer any new changes or upgrades, which is not a big deal since the bullet time mode was fine to begin with.


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The Extraction Point campaign takes approximately five hours to beat, while the Perseus mandate campaign appears to be a little bit longer clocking in around six hours. Once you’re finished both campaigns, there is also an Instant Action mode, which is identical to the first F.E.A.R.. The Instant Action mode has a number of maps and your objective is to stay alive for a given period of time and achieve a high score. (There is a good reason to play the instant action mode since a few achievements do rely on completing the Instant Action maps.)


Aside from the offline portion of the game, online play is also available. Unfortunately, finding a game online can be a bit of a problem since most people are pre-occupied with Halo 3, Call of Duty 4 and The Orange Box on Xbox Live.


F.E.A.R. Files plays very similar to the original F.E.A.R. and doesn’t offer much in the way of an upgrade, yet at the same time F.E.A.R. Files does offer quite a bit of content. But in a genre that is crowded with top-notch titles, it doesn’t quite hold up as well.


- Siddharth Masand

(December 27, 2008)


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