Finally I should give a mention to the Xbox 360 version of F.E.A.R. There's no denying that F.E.A.R. was largely regarded as one of the best first person shooter games to appear on the PC last year, and much of that admiration came courtesy of the new 3D engine that it employed. F.E.A.R. looked really good and all that eye candy put a hell of a load on your hardware, meaning that this was a game that prompted mass upgrades around the world.
Considering how hardcore the 3D engine behind the PC version of F.E.A.R. was, I wasn’t expecting the Xbox 360 version to look quite as good, but I was very wrong. Quite simply, F.E.A.R. on the X360 looks every bit as amazing as the PC version initially looks. I say initially, because as atmospheric as the environments in F.E.A.R. first appear, I soon got bored of wandering around warehouses and office complexes. That said, the chance to have that tense and often scary experience on a large, high definition TV with the lights off is something that I’m looking forward to.
I have to say that from what I saw, Day 1 Studios has done an amazing job transferring F.E.A.R. to the X360. What’s most impressive though is that now F.E.A.R. is accessible by a multitude of gamers that would otherwise never have got to play it – let’s face it, you can buy an X360 and F.E.A.R. for less than a high end PC graphics card would cost you. With next gen hardware like the X360 proving that console games can look just as good as PC titles, PC developers are going to have to work even harder to stay ahead.
As well as the standard story mode, Day 1 Studios has added an Instant Action mode. This throws the player into the battle and gauges how quickly and accurately you can take out a horde of enemies. Your score can then be uploaded to Xbox Live for other players to either laugh at or admire. I did ask whether there would be a cooperative story mode, and was told that it was a “possibility”.
If you wanted to play F.E.A.R. last year but just didn’t have a PC that was up to the task, just hang on a few more months and you’ll be able to enjoy that scary atmosphere and superb enemy AI on the Xbox 360 instead.