F.E.A.R. Series, Thoughts.

I played, and beat the entire F.E.A.R. series. I played all games, all expansions, all spin offs, and all DLC throughout all of the games. I played them thoroughly, and got perfect games in each.  I have a lot of mixed emotions about the series as a whole, but was thoroughly disappointed when they released the final one. Below are a few of my key thoughts:SPOILERS Warning: If you have not played the F.E.A.R. games, and you intend to, then do not read this. It contains some very heavy spoilers.  Continue reading at your own risk.Below are some of my initial thoughts:

  • This is one of my favorite series (overall).
  • Alma is my favorite character in virtually any video game that I have played, just about.
  • I am extremely disappointed with the ending to F.E.A.R. 3.  They screwed up everything good about the series, at least to me, because of how much I liked that character.

F.E.A.R. 1 and it’s expansions.

Fear 1 was the first game in the series.   It was the introduction to Alma Wade, and the entire story surrounding her.  The series basically introduces a new character called “Point Man”.  You play as him throughout the story.  He has a special ability to heighten his reflexes and make himself go very fast (and making it feel as if time has slowed down around him).  At the beginning you are part of a team called F.E.A.R.  This stands for First Encounter Assault Recon.  As you play through the game you continuously see an 8 year old girl.  She appears in various places throughout the game.  But she always vanishes when you get close to her.  She is around 8 years old and wears a red dress. She also sometimes talks to you about various things as you play the game.

Also throughout the game you see a strange looking man named “Paxxon Fettel”.  He is the man protagonist of this first game.  Throughout the entire game the main goal of you and your team is to capture or kill him.  As you play through the game you eventually find out that you are the son of Alma…the 8 year old.  Then you find out she’s not really 8.  She is much older than that.  Over time you also realize that Fettel is your brother.  At the end of the game Alma’s Father releases her from the vault..I will explain all of this in another section pertaining to her.

Now for the expansions.  They were both created by a different company from the original game.  Neither one of the expansions were that good.  They were not horrible, but unless you are a die hard F.E.A.R. fan, then they can be avoided by the average gamer. There is nothing especially interesting in them.  Also, the world is set in a different realm…so basically those stories did not happen. The original makers ended up making those
story-lines obsolete and set them into a fantasy world.  So these are events that never really took place, but for me, they were fun to watch regardless.  They were released later as a set, and called “F.E.A.R. Files” if you
find that, then you effectively have both expansions for the first game…although the first one of the expansions is better out of the two.  Although, as I said, make sure you realize they are not considered part of the main F.E.A.R. storyline.

F.E.A.R. 2 and it’s expansions.

F.E.A.R. 2 was put back in the hands of the rightful owner.  I do not know what to say about this game.  I was stunned, amazed, engrossed and had one of the best gaming experiences in my life.  I was convinced at this point that the second one blew the living crap out of the first one. It was awesome in every way, and featured my favorite character (Alma) a great deal.  This was one of the best storylines, and best gaming experiences in the entire series.  The expansion was called Project Origin.  I had no complaints about this game either. It was shorter, sweet and to the point. In the expansion you take the role of a solider that was originally a member of the project origin..a race of soldiers that are collective controlled by one psychic commander.  At that time Paxton Fettel was in prison..he ended up taking control of one of the origin soldiers.  The soldier fights his way through all of his brothers, finally getting to the prison cell, and having his body taken as a host to be Paxton Fettel.

Overall the second one in the series was by far the best.  The main thing I liked, was it’s heavy focus on Alma and here entire story. The main character of the second one encounters her countless times, and even has a major scene with her at the end of the game, that changes the course of the storyline forever.

F.E.A.R. 3

In totally honesty, I thought this series was nowhere near as good as F.E.A.R. 2…and did not like a lot of things about the story line of this game.  Don’t get me wrong on some points…the gameplay is awesome. The way they did the shooting mechanics, cover mechanics, and the overall combat is great.  At it’s core the combat is a much better improvement over the previous F.E.A.R. games…what disappointed me was the story.  The presence of Alma in this game was very limited, next to none..at least until the end. I was not happy with the ending either.  Them taking out one of my favorite characters in the series was just disappointing.

When I first played it, I was angry and went browsing around online. One person’s theory online stood out to me..and perhaps this is true. The F.E.A.R. series at it’s core is about a group called “First Encounter Assault Recon”.  It has nothing (at it’s very nature) to do with Alma, or her entire storyline. Someone said online that if they decide to release future F.E.A.R. games..it would probably be different stories and things that F.E.A.R. has dealt with as a team, and may have different stories than Alma.  He did not think they originally intended for her to be the only storyline. They intended to have different games come out with them dealing with different circumstances…this may or may not be true, but it’s definitely something to think about.

Overall I enjoyed the game, but the ending left me much to be desired.

Teaser Trailer

When F.E.A.R. one was over, and that other company temporarily took over…they created the two sub series that were considered not part of Canon (the main storyline)…they also ended up releasing a teaser video, and a very good one.  When I first saw the video I was under the impression they were creating a movie. I spent hours looking online for details about the movie..and I could not find anything. I finally discovered how the video was created, and that it was just marketing material.  I loved the video nonetheless, and really let’s you see how some of her core powers work.

The video can be viewed above, or visited directly on Youtube.

I highly recommend watching the video, especially if you like the F.E.A.R. series.


Version History

9/7/2014:

– Fixed the formatting of some
– Rewrote some of it, to fall more in line with my overall thought processes now a days. I have changed a lot since I originally wrote this.
– Fixed video embed, and added link. It had broken some time in the past.

Release Date:

– Initial Version

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