If this gem of a title happens to be running like a bit of a dog on your machine, then check out Persian's latest guide over at TweakGuides which insights you on how to make things a lot smoother and more enjoyable without compromising too much in the eye-candy dept.
Also covering the other end of the scale, for people with so much power in their box that they wish there be even more settings to push their system harder, Persian also covers a few hidden extra-detail tweaks as well. All in all, another unsurprisingly brilliant tweak guide from the #1 source in the biz.
Just like Far Cry, FEAR is one of those games that's taken everyone by surprise. When the FEAR Demo came out a few months back, I didn't even think about downloading it. It looked like another generic FPS-on-rails which would quickly slot in somewhere between Soldier of Fortune 2 and Doom 3 on the originality meter. But after a few email requests from readers I decided to download the game and give it a try - and boy, I'm glad I did!
Just like Far Cry, there are two things which make FEAR stand out from the crowd - a gimmicky but genuinely fun twist, and amazing graphics. In Far Cry, the gimmick was the tropical location, something which hadn't been used in any major FPS I'd seen up to that point. In FEAR, the gimmick is SlowMo mode - hardly new (bullet time in Max Payne comes to mind), but it is well executed.
Also delivered to my inbox just a short while ago, Bit-Tech have published a review of the game and in addition to their discussions on gameplay etc. they also get into some benchmarking with various cards and suggest optimal settings to be used in conjunction with each.
2005 has provided slim pickings for the First-Person Shooter fan. Duke Nukem: Forever slipped another year, as has S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Indeed, think back to the last good FPS game you played and you might be surprised as to what it was, and when. Half-Life 2? A year old next month. Battlefield 2? That was June. The only other big release this year was Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, and that was six months ago.
With Christmas approaching, decent FPS games are like buses: nothing for ages, then several come along at once. This year, that is quite literally true, with both Quake 4 and F.E.A.R. hitting stores on Tuesday of last week. The week before was Serious Sam 2, while the much anticipated Call of Duty 2 is out tomorrow in the US - UK readers are forced to wait until Friday 4th November.