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FEAR 2 demo, quick impressions.

January 22, 2009

Here’s a quick summary of my thoughts on the Fear 2 demo…

Because of Halo, every FPS has melee. Because of COD 4, every FPS has a scope/ironsight button...

Because of Halo, every FPS has melee. Because of COD 4, every FPS has a scope/ironsight button...

The Look

– Slick, the creepy red sections have a nice sky effect alongside some serious glowing going on, very strange.

-A few big set pieces give the game a big chunky feeling often missing from most modern FPS games.

-It feels very claustrophobic, areas are littered with obstacles which means you’ll need a lot of spacial awareness, but there’s plenty to duck behind.

The Scares

-More jumpy than a bunny with twice the advised amount of Duracell batteries rammed into its back, who’s also dosed up on caffine.

-School area was ace but could have really gone for the creepy vibe more, it just had guff ghosts drifting menacingly towards you.

-I didn’t mind the jumpy parts that took you to the red locations as they were intriquing to the part of my mind that likes a side dish of plot with its mindless gory shooting.

The Combat

-Slow-mo makes combat very easy, but very satisfying.

-Shotgun to the face = win;

Shotgun to the face = win

As the point I just made says, win.

-The laser ‘sub boss’ was dump, and his laser was annoyingly stuck to my body draining my health, and he refused to leave his little room to chase me. Did I mention the encounter was shit?

-The section in the mech at the end was easy and rather chunky, a fun diversion but really detracts from the horror focus of the game in my opinion.

Overall

-Enjoyable FPS mechanics offset by a bombardment of jump scares, just doesn’t do enough new or feel as clever as I’d like a horror FPS to be. To be honest the game feels like three lesser games that met in a pub one night, (an FPS, a survival horror, and Mech Assault) discussed their problems and decided the best thing for all three of them would be to fuse into one mega ultra game. A good idea until you do the maths on combining horror and mechs…

Bonus points for this immensely scary tiger!

Bonus points for this immensely scary tiger!

Make your mind up yourself by nabbing the demo off Xbox Live, PSN, or PC over here.

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