F.E.A.R. is the equivalent of a bag of potato chips: who stops eating after just one chip? There’s a reason all that goodness came in a big and convenient package! Speaking of package, did I mention that buying F.E.A.R. on Steam and GOG.com will net you two sizable expansion packs along with the main game? Say goodbye to your social life.

By now you should have a good understanding of why I’m singing the praises of F.E.A.R.: it’s brutal, challenging, unpredictable, exciting, engaging, and most importantly, fun. It’s the cream of the FPS crop, and even though it’s an old game by today’s standards, it still has the ability to surprise and entertain the player with its advanced AI, meaty weapons, eye-popping gunplay, and dynamic scenarios.

It’s a shame that we don’t have more games like F.E.A.R.. To me, it felt like a real trendsetter, a game that was far ahead of its time (and still is, in most ways). But if games like Resident Evil 4 and Modern Warfare are any indication, it’s that being too successful can lead to a flurry of me-too, derivative games that offer absolutely nothing new, innovative, or entertaining. So it’s probably for the better.

So what do you think? Is F.E.A.R. still one of the greatest shooters ever made? Let me know in the comments section below!

F.E.A.R. is available on Steam and GOG.com for $9.99.