GAME like their little exclusives, it's just a shame that half the time they're absolute rubbish, including a frankly useless figurine or minuscule art book or other piece of hastily assembled tat. Not so with this one, though, as for F.E.A.R. 2 they've gone and done something very simple indeed: they've included the first game too so you get double the horror and double the moody FPS fun.
They've gone and priced this at just under a tenner, which seems perfectly reasonable to us considering that the standalone sequel will set you back around £8 these days (HMV), and you'll have to hunt around a bit for the first game, but I'm pretty sure that you won't find it for under £2 unless it's being sold second hand to you by a hobo who's been using it as an armpit scratcher.
There can be no doubt that games like these are best played at 3am in the dead of night with the lights off on a big TV with a menacingly intimidating sound system, but even on lesser rigs, the F.E.A.R. series still has the ability to make you jump every so often, pulling you further into its winding tale of paranormal activity that centres around psychotic psychic Alma Wade and her quest for revenge after essentially being treated as a mini-psychic incubator.
Sounds messed up? You ain't seen nothing yet. The F.E.A.R. series takes a whole host of themes ad motifs from Japanese horror, crafting two incredibly engrossing FPS experiences that are both thrilling and highly creepy at the same time. The first game is actually arguably the better of the two, but don't be fooled by the internet's general sense of apathy towards the sequel - F.E.A.R. 2 is a vastly underrated game, with some frankly excellent bullet-flying action.
Monolith suggested that their primary goal was "to make combat as intense as the tea house shootout at the beginning of John Woo's action epic Hard Boiled" and they sort of succeeded. But this is a lot like Hideo Nakata's western remake of his sequel to Ringu: a decidedly Western game, but with some tantalising Eastern influences, although these games are much better than Nakata's remake. The Ring 2 sucked big-time.
Thanks to quazilogic at HUKD