Ask anyone what they are afraid and some will tell you this answer: creepy children. Kids have a natural way of terrifying people when they are seen in the horror genre, not only on film but through video games as well. In the ‘F.E.A.R’ series, there is one such a child…and her name is Alma.
In this first-person shooter physiological horror game, players take control of a F.E.A.R operative later revealed to be called Pointman. His team’s objective is to go in and contain a destructive supernatural phenomena happening inside the Armachan Building. One man inside by the name of Fettel has broken out and is rampaging through the facility to find and bond with someone he calls ‘mother.’ As Pointman gets closer to the building’s heart, he begins to learn that things are not as they seem, and the little menacing spirit following him around and pulling Fettel’s strings is no mere child. She is, in fact, one of the strongest and most dangerous psychics ever born and for reasons all her own, wants the two men who are pursuing her.
Pointman must gun down enemies that bar his path through use of his own uncanny sense, being able to slow time enough to react and take out an entire group of soldiers who are there to defend whatever the Armachan company was hiding. The guns vary in caliber and potency some can be cycled through easily to get the job done. However, this job is not as simple as find the objective and take it out. Oh no…
The Armachan Facility is mostly dark, letting the player know that something terrible has already happened here. There are bodies in the corners both bloodied and half eaten and voice recorders that detail what went down before the F.E.A.R team was called in. Alma Wade has reached out to Fettel, one of her manufactured offspring, and wants him to come set her free. But Fettel is not the only one getting visits. Alma pops in and out when she pleases, allowing for some great jump-scares. One moment she is there, the next just ash falling to the floor. Sometimes she will appear as a little girl in a red dress with the ability to rip a man’s skin clean off with her mind. She will leave footprints for you to follow and will sometimes laugh as she stands right behind Pointman to comment at his progress. What’s all the more frightening is when she comes in a form of an young woman, naked and crying out to lead Pointman further into the nightmare of her own mind’s making.
Will Pointman be able to stop the psychic child and survive Fettel? Give it a shot, the truth is all the more scary.