|System: PC||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Timegate||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Sierra||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov. 6, 2007||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-16 (online)||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Mature||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Shooting is what FEAR does best, and Perseus Mandate doesn't stray far from the original formula. There are three new weapons introduced: A machine gun with an incredibly sensitive scope, a grenade launcher, and a chain lightning gun. All of these weapons are little more than a novelty, being used a few times as dictated by the gameplay. The chain lightning gun is the most versatile, but good luck finding ammo for it. All of the original weapons are back and work just as good as we remember them. The controls are very responsive, and accuracy is seldom a problem. This game is all about shooting, and I can't fault that aspect of it.
Open environments such as warehouses and courtyards are perfect for small- scale wars. These shootouts are often intense, and will require the use of bullet-time, a slo-mo effect to use when you find yourself outgunned. Often these arenas will provide you with plenty of cover including different platform levels and obstacles to take cover behind. You can always count on the enemy A.I. to put up a good fight. They respond well to situations, as they don't just stand around waiting to be hit or rush you in some kind of suicide, kamikaze mission. The FEAR team, as it's explained in the story, responds to your mental commands, so they require no commands. They do a good job of staying out of your way, and will help you mow down a considerable swath of enemy.
F.E.A.R.: Perseus Mandate is going to have a hard time competing with the new generation of graphics engines out there. This game uses an engine which is already a couple of years old. It's one of the reasons you'll think you're still playing the original since it uses the same engines. Character models look similar, and many of the special effects we've seen before. Load times can be pretty long, and the results don't appear to be worth the wait. Aside from some scary sound effects, the game is too quiet. It's not an unnerving quiet; it's a boring quiet.
With a free download you can take part in an online shootout with up to 15 other players. This game does facilitate shooting, and does so very well. But there are better online Deathmatches to take part in.
CCC Senior Writer