F.E.A.R. 360: Updated Hands-On

We try out one of the new weapons in the 360 version of F.E.A.R., as well as the exclusive instant action mode.

With the huge success of F.E.A.R. on the PC, a next-gen console port was all but assured. Visitors to Vivendi's recent press event, for instance, weren't exactly shocked at the announcement that the game would be ported to the PlayStation 3 by the time of its launch. We weren't able to see that version of the game, but there was plenty of hands-on time available with the upcoming Xbox 360 version of the title.

The new Instant Action mode allows you to jump right into a firefight without having to deal with the game’s cutscenes or horror interludes.

With all of the different gameplay mechanics in the original F.E.A.R., it was somewhat difficult for us to imagine how it would all be mapped to the 360 controller, but for the most part the game's controls have survived intact. Although it takes a bit of getting used to, controlling F.E.A.R. with a console controller can actually make some aspects of the gameplay a bit easier to experience, such as melee attacks. You won't be getting many headshots on distant enemies with the analog controls, but there is a decent amount of aiming assistance built into the game, so you'll be connecting with plenty of your shots. The one aspect of the game that might be a bit difficult to get used to is the leaning, which is mapped to the left and right directions on the directional pad; currently it doesn't actually lean you very far to either direction, making it difficult to use properly.

The single-player aspect of F.E.A.R. appears to be a straight port of the PC version, from what we saw, although some minor details have been changed here and there. Fans of firepower will be pleased to note the addition of a new machine pistol weapon, which can be dual-wielded, like the pistols. They're inaccurate at anything but short ranges and will probably be replaced by beefier weapons as you progress, but still, it's amusing to run around with a pair of laser-sighted, rapid-fire guns at your side. At the very least, they're a good upgrade over the dual-wielded pistols that you pick up even earlier in the game.

Vivendi paid special attention to the instant action mode of the game, a new addition for the 360 version that was unveiled back at E3. The basic gist of the IA mode is that it plops you down in one of the areas from the game, then throws a large number of enemies at you. When you kill all of the enemies in the area, a door will unlock, leading to another area, where more enemies will await you. These games unfold over a period of five to 10 minutes, and if you don't die you'll eventually reach an ending point, where you'll be ranked.

FEAR on the 360 should be a fantastic introduction to the franchise for anyone who didn’t experience it on the PC.

Your ranking in instant action mode depends on such factors as the amount of time remaining on the clock, the number of enemies killed, your accuracy with your weapons, the amount of medikits and armor remaining, and whether you found any secret items during your run-through. To add a bit of a twist, your ranking will automatically be uploaded to Xbox Live, allowing you to see where you stand against other FPS fans. There are four levels of difficulty included in the IA mode as well, offering up what should be a good amount of challenge and replay value.

We're looking forward to seeing more of F.E.A.R. on the Xbox 360 before it launches this fall, so be sure to stay tuned to GameSpot for more coverage on the title in the coming months.

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RandomHeroAct
RandomHeroAct

i just played the demo from XBL marketplace and this game is gonna be awsome. i will buy it the day it comes out, and you should too.

eXo5
eXo5

I've played the demo on my friend's 360 and I think it's wonderful. I would HIGHLY reccommend this game.

Micia87
Micia87

I hope that the aiming assistance may be, optionally, deactivated!

kuwaitspot
kuwaitspot

its a really game .. so cool and i think it has a fantastic story.

wrebel7
wrebel7

I just got the demo in OXBM and all I can say is WOW I can' t wait to buy it.

mehsdomi
mehsdomi

Played the Demo also. It was really good. I like that it didn't lag. PC version though has better graphics and the controls are a little better.

jimi_man
jimi_man

Ive gotta play this game now, i am so hyped for this game!

jrett
jrett

Just played the demo on my 360. This is my first experience with this game and I gotta say that I am very much looking forward to its release.

CH4RL3Z
CH4RL3Z

looks pretty promising although im waiting for gears of war... or halo 3

Lewos1
Lewos1

impressive stuff, hope it lives up to the hype, i never played it on the PC - but was always jealous....

vuvussi
vuvussi

i got it for pc now im going to buy it to 360

Trazac
Trazac

I don't like consoles too much, but I have the game and it's pretty cool, hopfullly it can stay that way

Benny_is_here
Benny_is_here

I'm getting it! Never played it on the PC. Is it just me, or is headshooting with a controller way easier than Matthew Rorie thinks?

LucasAW
LucasAW

as long as it retains its graphics and does'nt have glitchy frame rates, then this'l be one hullova game. At last a REAL good shooter for the 360 (COD2 = good... Perfect Dark: 0 = utter rubbish) so yeh! at last a good fps for the 360!!

AMNLamp
AMNLamp

Played it for Hours on the PC and this version looks awesome, the new weapons sound like garbage but this game is incredible, scary, well told and the multiplayer is addictive.

5telio5
5telio5

Well, it's not re5, but it will surely rock!!!!!!

jimi_man
jimi_man

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jimi_man
jimi_man

Cant wait to play this kick ass game!

Benshki
Benshki

November is looking a sweet month for 360 owners we get F.E.A.R. then we get the supposed Halo Killer Gears of War, Bring on November! ^_^

The_Code
The_Code

wish there was an image of the pistols

chaoscougar1
chaoscougar1

oh i cannot wait for this game, my PC was too awful to deal with its graphics capabilities, but i dont think the 360 will have any problem

TheKretinousQ
TheKretinousQ

Sounds great ive been anticipating for a while, bring on November!

Pablo620
Pablo620

Sweet, leaning will be easily taken care of by tilting the remote when this hits PS3. Im glad i held off the PC version, mine didnt handle it great with top notch graphics

XtremePhsyco
XtremePhsyco

cant wait but why couldnt they have put the lean out and stuff on the shoulder buttons

CHAOSWEAV3R
CHAOSWEAV3R

I don't have a fast enough PC for FEAR, it's a good thing they ported it, I'll be sure to get it.

greenday1093
greenday1093

This game looks pretty sweet but I am not sure I am gonna buy it. If it was a must buy on the PC then maybe I will get it.

Sam_Lowery
Sam_Lowery

I played it on PC, but I didn't even have the settings turned up half way. I'll rent it just to see all the ambient effects and get those sweet, sweet achievement points.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

fear ruled on pc and hopefully will still rock on 360 and ps3

00ooPolarisoo00
00ooPolarisoo00

sweet, i heard the demo from OXM is already out too....cant wait

nimmow
nimmow

Can't wait to get it seeming my PC goes at turtle speeds.

cortdog
cortdog

I would have played it on PC, but I have a MAC, (don't hate) and can't wait.

jfkunrendered
jfkunrendered

Awsome, I cant wait to play it...since my PC isnt capable and all.