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Any game in which you have a small powder keg of gunfire at your disposal shouldn’t be scary. It certainly shouldn’t be creepy. It shouldn’t have you slowly stalking a dimly lit corridor packing a beefy shotgun in anticipation of the grim, blood-soaked ghoul that’s lurking around the corner.
When you name your game FEAR, it had better be scary. The original FEAR jumped on the J-horror bandwagon and practically copy-pasted the black-haired ghost girl from The Ring, and it worked well the first time around with its “is she there out of the corner of my eye?” antics. The effectiveness of Alma, the FEAR series’ villain, has diminished significantly over time. Part of the problem is that “creepy little girls” aren’t creepy anymore – we’ve been there and done that to death. The other part of the problem is that she’s not even a threat – she just pops up now and then to yell “Boo!” but she is utterly harmless. FEAR 3 confuses atmosphere with terror: atmosphere is only scary if it actually contains tangible threats...
Another game from Popcap for us to play while they’re busy not releasing Peggle on Arcade. Eat small fish, grow bigger, eat bigger fish – it’s essentially a remake of the original with new levels, better graphics, and more fish. If you’ve played Feeding Frenzy, you’ll be okay doing without the sequel. Or even if you haven’t played it.
Fez isn't the game you think it is. It's much, much bigger than that. The silly, adorable, retro platformer shown off in the past is just a small part of an engrossing, confounding experience that's unlike anything we've played before...
Over the last few years FIFA has been a bit like Man United’s tough-tacking, but workman-like, jobber Darren Fletcher. Solid, yet rarely thrilling, it’s been easy to look past EA’s faithful sim in favour of Pro Evolution Soccer’s sexier, arcade-fuelled football. But, just like the uncompromising midfielder, this year’s FIFA has come on leaps and bounds over the last 12 months.Wayne-Wooney?