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Terrifying and bloody shooter for adults only.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The plot includes irresponsible decision-making on the part of government officials and their contracted agencies.


Nonstop shooting, punching, exploding etc. Blood is everywhere, and corpses litter the hallways. Humans are disintegrated into skeletal remains. Blood drips from the ceiling.

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Plenty of profanity, from both enemy and friendly characters. Frequent use of "f---.".

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Injections are used to permanently increase health and reflexes.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there are many gruesome images in this game: The opening cut scene shows a man feasting on a dead body, complete with sound effects of flesh being torn, and other clips show people burning to death or undergoing a terrible medical experiment, and some scenes involve a young child. Extreme vulgarity abounds, with enemies screaming "f--k" when hit. This game would undoubtedly cause nightmares for many younger players (and maybe adults). It is for mature players only. Kids can play online against other players, which Common Sense Media does not recommend for anyone under 12.

What's it about?

Players take the role of a newbie F.E.A.R. (First Encounter Assault Recon) grunt, sent in to investigate the mysterious take over of a high-tech aerospace compound. Voicemail messages and wounded personnel left in the facility reveal a government-sponsored military program gone horribly wrong. Cloned soldiers under the control of cannibal Paxton Fettel have locked down the entire plant, killing anyone who enters. Meanwhile, players experience sudden and random visions: horrible medical experiments, tortured and bloodied victims, flooded rooms, fires, and a mysterious little girl in a red dress.

Is it any good?


Borrowing from horror films including The Ring and Hannibal, F.E.A.R. mixes first-person-shooter action with terrifying and disturbing imagery. This game is thoroughly terrifying. It's well done, but it's for mature players only -- it is not for anyone under 17.

The plot isn't anything new, nor are the weapons. Mood is everything -- and as players battle their way through the levels, they can't help but feel unsettled. It's worth noting that the artificial intelligence in this game adds complexity to FPS gaming. Even on easy, players shouldn't expect to rush through the levels, guns blazing, and hope to make it out alive.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the horror genre of films and games. Does a lot of blood and gore make the game/movie scarier or not? Where would you draw the line? Is gameplay more intense because you control part of the action? Are frightening games less appropriate for teens and kids?

Game details

Available online?Available online
Developer:Vivendi Universal Games
Release date:December 20, 2005
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:M

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Adult Written byjag8s April 9, 2008

WOW great game NOT FOR KIDS

I loved this game. It had me jumping out of my seat at times. Sometimes, I was jumping to the escape button so my kids wouldn't walk in on the game. The ending kind of lacked, but I loved the gameplay. This is not a game for kids, I don't care how mature or well-watched the child is, this isn't for them. If they can't go to an R-rated movie on their own, them seek another game.
Teen, 16 years old Written bymissnaughty April 9, 2008
Teen, 15 years old Written byTheCertifiedTruth March 27, 2013

The scariest game ever made

HOLY CRAP THIS GAME SCARED THE CRAP OUT OF ME!!!very violent and could give a child night terrors please don't let a kid who gets scared easily play this it could mess them up pshycologicly
What other families should know
Too much violence