-Warning: This Editorial may contain Spoilers, read at your own risk. –
Welcome to the fourth blog in my first October editorial series, Frightful Gaming 2010. It's time to continue the list of the scariest games of this generation. Hope this list is helping you get into the Halloween spirit! There is no greater genre of horror than psychological horror, and this next game on our list is a master at it. This is the kind of game that tricks you into feeling safe only to make your heart skip a beat moments later.
F.E.A.R. was one of the first horror games of this generation, and it's still one of the scariest. F.E.A.R. is a game that messes with your head like few games ever could. This game does give you breaks from the horror with some really fun fire fights, but that only makes the horror itself even more terrifying. F.E.A.R. captures the feeling of being haunted; instead of most horror games make you fight monsters that scare you instead.
But that feeling of being haunted is absolutely terrifying. While there are a variety of things that try and scare you in F.E.A.R. you'll mainly be haunted by the psycho murderer Paxton Fettel, and the creepy girl ghost child, Alma. During the opening scene you Alma freeing Paxton from a prison, a moments later you see Paxton eating another human, while being guarded by a clone army he just freed.
When you're not fighting Paxton's clone army, there is an eerie feeling that surrounds almost everything that happens. It's extremely hard to predict when something creepy will happen to you in F.E.A.R. The moments of terror come out of almost nowhere. For example, one moment you're fighting for your life against Paxton's army, the next your in a hallway the has a river of blood floating on the ceiling. You walk towards a door that appears to have fire behind it, for in only to immediately disappear. You turn around to only see a ghost right in your face.
F.E.A.R. gets increasingly unsettling as you get further into the game. The further you get the more deadly looking images you'll see. You'll turn a corner to see a bloody face appear and immediately disappear. Things like this make it hard to relax while playing F.E.A.R. It's easy to waste ammo in panic of something you saw, hope you don't have an itchy trigger finger while playing this game.
The sound in F.E.A.R. goes a long way in adding to the atmosphere. Things get incredibly quiet. So you're able to hear every footstep, and voice that's nearby. You'll get the feeling that you're always being watched. Hearing footsteps creeping up behind you never feels good. Nether does hearing "There's something in the water" while walking through a sewer like area. You'll be able to hear everything that moves and speaks around you in F.E.A.R., which is a lot more unsettling than you probably think.
I think she wins...
More than almost any other game, F.E.A.R. is great at putting the creepiest things just barely in the sight of view. This will cause you to continue looking behind your back, rarely ever there being a serious threat behind you. But that doesn't mean there never is. So you'll constantly have to be weary of your surroundings. F.E.A.R. will throw things at you when you're least prepared for it.
F.E.A.R. is a hard game to explain why it's scary, it's more of a thing you have to experience. I'll put up some videos as usual, but F.E.A.R. is way scarier when you're the one playing it. If you have even the slightest interest in horror and haven't played this game, you should jump on it as soon as possible. As usual I'll put some videos up for this game, there's some I would love to show but I'm not going too, give away to many of this games best moments would be a crime. If you're jumping into F.E.A.R. for the first time, make sure to stay with it. It truly is a game that gets scarier the longer you stay with it. F.E.A.R. is one of the scariest games of this generation.
I'll be back again next week with the final game on our list. Any idea what it is yet? The last game on our list is truly a gem of horror games. It's not only the scariest game of this generation, it's one of the scariest games ever made, period. Look forward to it.