Are you ready for the F.E.A.R.?

Written by Tim Smalley

August 3, 2005 // 12:58 p.m.

Tags: #athlon #fear #geforce #online-activation #pentium #radeon #vivendi-universal-games #vu-games

Companies: #ati #monolith #nvidia #valve

Top games publisher Vivendi Universal Games, has announced that the single player demo for the highly-anticipated PC game known as F.E.A.R. will be released globally this Friday - which they are dubbing as 'F.E.A.R. Friday'.

The game, developed by Monolith, is a horrifying first person shooter with plenty of close-quarters combat, too. It is set in a rich atmosphere using a combination of lighting and sound to deliver a frightening gaming experience.

The single player demo will feature one level that is said to "combine intense and exhilarating action along with pulse-quickening paranormal chills, giving players a true taste of what F.E.A.R. holds in store for them this fall."

VU Games have also announced the final system requirements for the game and it looks to be quite a cruncher. The minimum system requirements state that you will need a Pentium 4 1.7GHz or equivalent processor, 512MB of memory, a 64MB GeForce 4 Ti or ATI Radeon 9600 video card with hardware T&L and pixel shader support along with a mighty 5GB of free hard drive space.

The minimum specs also state that an internet connection will be required. Could it be that VU Games and Monolith are following Valve's route with an online activation scheme? It certainly looks that way...

The recommended hardware is a little more taxing. Monolith state that a Pentium 4 3.0GHz (or equivalent), 1GB of memory, and a 256MB Radeon 9800 Pro or equivalent DirectX 9.0 compliant video card with hardware Transform & Lighting and Pixel Shader 2.0 support in order to experience the game in all of its glory.

The following video cards will be supported:
  • ATI Radeon 9600 and higher, 9500/9700-series, 9800-series, x700-series, x800-series, x850-series;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 4 Ti, GeForce FX-series, GeForce 6-series and GeForce 7-series.
F.E.A.R. single player demo will be available from 10:00am PDT/6:00pm GMT this Friday and you will be able to grab it from the F.E.A.R. home page.

Personally, I can't wait for the game, it appears to be a hell of a lot better than Doom 3 was - what do you guys think? Let us know.
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