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Front Mission Evolved

Front Mission Evolved

This is the first game I've played from Double Helix Games, and it's not a good start. Evolved feels like it was made by a developer that just isn't good enough to be making video games. If I had to pick some positives, the mechs do look cool, and the plot had promise (if it was told in someone elses hands). But otherwise not recommended.

F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin DLC: Reborn

F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin DLC: Reborn

Overall this DLC is definitely worth the $10 extra. It's a shame it's not part of the full game, but with it featuring a completely different story as you play the role of the bad guys, it would make no sense being anything but a DLC.

F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin

F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin

So overall I found FEAR2 a much better game, surprisingly. I'd certainly replay this again in future, much more likely than the original. Fun gameplay, better visuals although still not the upper tier of 2009, and a better attempt at story telling.

Fallout 3 (GOTY Edition)

Fallout 3 (GOTY Edition)

As a reviewer, I can probably be quite harsh on some games. Not so much the budget, less-heard of games, but the popular titles that everyone loves and rave about. I find much of time they're not as great as the industry makes out.

For the whole of 2007 and 2006 I only rated five games above an 8/10. Admittedly, I missed some of the RPG's like Oblivion. But Fallout 3 is not over-rated at all, it deserves all the praise it gets and I'd say it's certainly in the top 10 games I've ever played.

Far Cry 2

Far Cry 2

Overall, according to the in-game statistics I played Far Cry 2 for 14 hours. Which seems quite short, I guess that doesn't take into account all the reloads (and there were a lot!), so I'd say more like 20 hours at least. Even then, at most games I'm bored and just waiting for it to finish by the ten hour mark, but with Far Cry 2 I still wasn't bored by the end. I could easily play some custom missions now. So that's something. But it's also telling that the best part of the game (for me) was the last few missions where you're on foot, there's no damn vehicles around and it's gone linear.

Frontlines: Fuel Of War

Frontlines: Fuel Of War

Frontlines is one of only two games by Kaos Studios (the other Homefront in 2011) before being shut down. However they were previously known as Trauma Studios and collaborated on Battlefield 2. So it's no surprise that Frontlines is a bit of a Battlefield clone, only not so good.

F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate

F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate

The game is still fun all the way through, but that's because Monolith already built a great set of enemies and gameplay structure. TimeGate haven't done much but fill their bland levels with this fun gameplay. Not really worth it unless you don't care what games look like, and sadly looking at the top review sites that make no mention of how bad these levels look, that's probably a large percentage of players.

F.E.A.R.

F.E.A.R.

Monolith has been responsible for some good underrated games. NOLF and its sequel are two of the most underrated first-person shooters in my opinion. I skipped their previous shooter, Contact J.A.C.K. due to below average reviews, but F.E.A.R. is another great release from the Washington based studio.

Far Cry

Far Cry

So for 2004, Far Cry is one of the best games alongside HalfLife 2 and Doom 3. It renders non-linear (but not totally sandbox) outdoor areas like no other game before it. It's worth playing just for this. In all other aspects (gameplay, indoor levels, story), it's just another shooter.