Project Origin

One of the best shooters of recent years (FEAR) is clawing its way back into the limelight

Dec 3, 2007

Why is it that child stars always suffer? It’s the Macaulay Culkin effect: subject to an increasingly mediocre by-the-numbers career while bickering parents divorce and squabble over the cash flow. Spare a thought then for Alma Wade, preteen star of developer Monolith’s money-spinner FEAR: a victim of a tug of love between her creators and her publishers Vivendi - but also paraded through an array of ill-fitting console treatments and absurdly bland expansions. So why are we championing her return? For one thing, the Monolith brand of FEAR’s close-quarter gritty combat and AI has never really been bettered. For another thing, Monolith (who hasn’t been a part of the FEAR franchise since the first entry) is remarkably candid about the original game’s failings.