Alex Hilhorst writes, "The original F.E.A.R., or "First Encounter Assault Recon" as its subtitled, may not have innovated the first-person shooter much, but it brought together aspects of various other games and coalesced them into a uniquely enjoyable experience. Survival horror was once a genre that only inhabited the world of third-person, but thanks to games like F.E.A.R. and Condemned, it has started to experiment with the first-person perspective. In a lot of ways, first-person perspective is a much scarier format; it makes you feel like you're actually in the universe of the game. And the F.E.A.R series has taken advantage of this to great effect."