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By Jeremy Gieske, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Terrifying and bloody shooter for adults only.

Game Windows 2005
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age 15+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 13+

Great game, for mature audiences.

The game looks pretty good, has great sound effects, good gameplay. In terms of violence it’s pretty gory. Enemies are shot as puffs of blood appear and they can be exploded on occasion. Drugs are used to make your health and reflexes better. The page claims that there is no sexual content, but a ghostly figure that appears naked sometimes (nothing is explicitly shown). Characters will swear every once in a while and use stronger language like fuck and shit. It’s overall a pretty violent game with some swearing, but it’s not anything to traumatize you. The horror is completely different though, and can be unsettling and frightening. It’s a great game and if you find it for a cheap price, check it out. Wouldn’t recommend to anyone below the age of 13 though.
age 16+

scary and filled with gore

(-contains very strong bloody violence and gore disturbing images strong horror and language-)-18-

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (9 ):

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.

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