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Game Reviews / Fear Effect
Publisher: Kronos / Eidos Interactive
Rated: Mature
Released Year: 1999
Consoles:
- Sony Playstaion 1
Genres:
- Mature Action
Summary:
  • Enter Tsu-Vachel, Glas and DeCourt, three mercenaries with an opportunity to make some serious money doing their own self-styled rescue mission (In other words, kidnap the hostage for their own use and ransom her for a ton of money). However, things go to hell right from the start as members of their team get captured, their ride gets blown up and other worse things. The game itself is quite mature with a mountain of adult themes, language and other fun things you might want to keep the kiddies away from.
 Contributor: Kuro-chan

Overall Rating: 7.05

"I don't think I have had so many game deaths in a 5-minute period as with this game..."

Plot / Concept: 7 / 10   

Enter Tsu-Vachel, Glas and DeCourt, three mercenaries with an opportunity to make some serious money doing their own self-styled rescue mission (In other words, kidnap the hostage for their own use and ransom her for a ton of money). However, things go to hell right from the start as members of their team get captured, their ride gets blown up and other worse things. The game itself is quite mature with a mountain of adult themes, language and other fun things you might want to keep the kiddies away from.
Gameplay: 7 / 10   

Dying... THAT is the theme for this game. Expect it to happen a lot, so you had better be good with saving your game. Fortunately, you get many opportunities to, so you will never have to backtrack too much to get through any one segment of the game.

There is a lot to do in the game besides just shoot things and ask questions after they die. There are puzzles to solve, items to collect and things to think your way through, so it is not simply a mindless "Blow everything up" game.
Controls: 6 / 10   

For those used to navigating based on the screen layout, be surprised. Your character navigation is based on the direction your character is facing instead. For those unfamiliar with the design, this could be a huge learning curve. Also, it is critical to learn how to use the other buttons in the game as well, including the run, crouch and dodging buttons. These will help to reduce your "Death count" in the game.
Music: 5 / 10   

Most of the music in the game is atmosphere and ambience, with some real music in the critical points in the game. While a bit bland in variety, the timing of the music itself is usually good.
Sound Effects: 9 / 10   

The largest thing that came across to me in this was the huge amount of voice acting. Also considering it was a game made in the late 90's (launched in the US market in 2000), it was also surprisingly good. Too often we see PS1 games with flat voices that feel as though they were just put there for the sake of it, rather than making any sort of effort to go with the story. However, it appears as though this game was made for an EU/US market right from the start.
Graphics: 9 / 10   

A big difference in the design of this game is that every game map/layout/background used is an animated movie. Anyone who knows what to look for will notice the (MPG) artifact effect which is normal to compress the image to run in 240p quality.
Replay Value:
Fear Effect offers multiple endings (5 to my knowledge) and the opportunity to reduce your overall time through the game. However, to get to them, you would need to carefully play though the different difficulty levels too.

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