A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The plot includes irresponsible decision-making on the part of government officials and their contracted agencies.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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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.
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.
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