Primal Fears is a top down shooter that has you fighting mutants of various types and sizes. Your travels will take you through 7 different levels and can be played on 4 different difficulties. It can also be played with up to 4 friends which makes it even better. After you go through the campaign mode you can't keep racking up your score by playing the arena matches they have.
Now I know this game got horrible reviews and the metacritic rating sits at 39 but you know after playing it for a good 10hrs, I've come to believe the critics don't know crap. Yes the game has some flaws but I didn't find anything that made this game unplayable. It's action packed, has many weapons to buy and upgrade, 4 levels of difficulty, and is just fun as hell to play with friends.
There are about 9 different enemies types in the game. They range between regular enemies, mini bosses, and big bosses. Further in the game you will get a mixture of them all at any time. Design and graphics are subpar and don't really seemed polished but this doesn't break you away from the gameplay. I used a controller playing it as it was a little easier for me but you can use mouse and keyboard. Every once and a while when I hit reload it would make the sound but wouldn't actually do it. This really didn't bother me to much when playing.
There isn't a story to follow so if that's what you're looking for you won't find it here. It has a few glitches I've seen like characters weapons floating behind or next to them, It froze up on me once and I had to restart my PC because it wouldn't close. It also dropped to like 1 fps on me at the end of one level which I just restarted at the checkpoint and it never did it again. These minor issues never made me want to stop playing and never ruined the fun for me.
If you own this game or have been thinking about getting it don't believe the metacritic avg. score and play it. It has it's flaws but overall a great game for you and some friends to burn some time on.
Time Bought: Can not recall Money Spent: Bought it in a 'bundle' Worth The Price?: YES, and then some Position In Game At Time Of Review: Finished story on Normal, doing hardest difficulty now, retrieved all weapon power ups and almost all achievments
I was quite surprised at how much fun I had playing this game!!! It kind of reminds me of Killing Floor a little but with a different gaming style. It didn't take to long for me to be obsessed with finishing the story mode and maxing out all my weps. Don't believe most of these 'below 1 hr playing' reviews that clearly are written by mo rons who didn't even give the game a chance. Like most games, you have to get used to the mechanics of the game to fully enjoy it, but that doesn't take too long. There are NOT that many glitches, and the few that I came across were more fun than disruptive. Playing co op was fun as well, but a voice chat and experience would definitely come in handy. Most of these reviews forgot to mention that there is a Survival Mode where you fend off waves until a certain time runs out for cash rewards to be used at the weapons store :) I'm going to move on to another game in my inventory, but if anyone wants/needs a co op partner then I'll be more than happy to join you!!!
It’s nearly the same like the game „Dead Horde“. So everyone who loved the Game Dead Horde should buy Primal Fears too. You have other maps but the weapons and upgrates are the same.
For all those who don’t know „Dead Horde“ or „Primal Fears“:
Both games are Horror-Action-Shootergames. The view is third person like but with a little bit practise also first person shooter players will love it. You can play those games alone or with a coop-mate. If you have the possibility to use teamspeak, skype or steam-voicechat together it’s really fun (yeah sadly there is no voice communication in the game).
You can choose your weapon and with making money (from killing monsters or collecting) you can buy new weapons or you upgrate the once you have.
The enemies have different healthpoints and make different demage. You also never know how many enemies will spawn in the next moment. So you better take care of your own health and of course if you play coop also of your teammate!
55 of 81 people (68%) found this review helpful 1 person found this review funny
43.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 21, 2014
Another sadly overlooked action game by eternal underdog DnS. Much like other top-downs, the average knuckle-dragging ape will spend roughly five minutes playing this title before ragequitting. (The genre is not known to have a gentle learning curve and requires considerable patience)
Primal Fears can be especially frustrating to new-comers as it utilises a weapon upgrade system that does not initially seem intuituive. Your weapons also begin the game stupidly underpowered. (Think Killing Floor)
However, as one progresses through the difficulties, the weapons DO get better. It is at this time one can then observe the real game; and it is pretty sick.
At it's best, primal Fears recalls classic custom Alien Swarm campaigns such as Tears for Tarnor, The Beginning, and Paranoia. Never did I feel the game suffered from locked door syndrome nor did the objectives ever feel forced, pointless, or otherwise stupid.
...and the misunderstood manual camera rotation allows the player to faithfully recreate the experience of asw_elevator on any level, which is of course a great thing.
30 of 42 people (71%) found this review helpful 1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2013
Dead Horde is without a doubt one of the most appalling games I have ever played. Primal Fears is apparently from the same people, but lo and behold, this one is actually playable!
I'm not yet sure just how much LONG-TERM playability it's going to have for me - I suspect it'll get repetitious in no time - but thus far it's simple, dumb fun, and even a teeny tiny bit atmospheric to boot. Far from the best game I've ever played, but far from the worst.
Heck, so far I'm enjoying it way more than Killing Floor, which is just mindless shooting followed by mindless purchasing followed by more mindless shooting. Sure this one is much the same deal, but at least it has enough pretence to attempt the semblance of a plot, however slight it may be. And that's all I ask for in a game: the slightest semblance of a plot. And a bucket-load or two of hefty violence never hurts, either.
1.4 hours up on the clock already, I reckon I'll manage at least 5 or 10 before this game runs its course for me. Definitely worth the $2.49, though they're surely taking the♥♥♥♥♥♥with the normal price tag of $9.99. Get it on sale! Kill giant insectoid things rather than the usual boring zombies!! Keep your expectations low, and you may actually have a passably good time!!!
Primal Fears is a top down survival shooter you can either play alone or in co-op.
Storywise it's like your everyday zombie shooter except this time with insects. The story is told by nothing but reading newspapers you can find and isn't deep at all. When you start the game you are thrown into your base camp and the tutorial consists of "Go to a red circle and press F."
The graphics are pretty nice on max settings, unfortunately I had a lot of stutters even though my computer was running at not more than 50% workload.
The sound could be good if it was implemented properly. The sound effects are okay and the music creates suspension but most of the time you will be playing without any music at all. It will only start when a larger group of enemies is about to appear and might stop while you are still in fight or continue long after the last enemy is dead.
The core of every game is it's gameplay and Primal Fears offers several neat features which could set it apart. When running backwards to evade enemies you are slower which strongly shapes your combat. You have a collection of several weapons, some as unique as the disk saw thrower, and every weapon has multiple options to upgrade it. Another feature is a physics system which lets you kick around parts of the environment. All this is outnumbered by the downsides. There are just a few different enemies and bosses appear just as unspectacular as common creeps. Your biggest enemy is getting stuck, either in a crowd of creeps or in the previously mentioned kickable stuff. Maybe even at the edge of a sidewalk. There are many more flaws like enemies running through walls, not being able to turn your flashlight back on or being attacked while reading a newspaper (because the game does not stop meanwhile) but the list would just be too long.
All in all this game wastes a lot potencial and isn't worth buying unless you love the genre and get the game for a buck or less.
22 of 31 people (71%) found this review helpful 2 people found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Primal Fears looks like an alright game in the screenshots but when playing it you realise you made a terrible mistake in buying this. Especially if you brought a 4 pack and gave the 3 copies to friends who were in game with you to witness the horrors.
The game itself is a great idea but the execution of its creation went horribly wrong. You start out with an assault rifle with loads of ammo! (20/700) then as you encounter the weakest enemies in the game you realise it takes 1-2 magazines to kill them and that is with others shooting it. You also get a shotgun! which I found out later in the game because it is automaticly set the key to change weapon as T and even then the shotgun is stupidly weak like the assault rifle.
The chat in game is easy to find and use but the colour the text is displayed is horrible for this game, if 99% of the game was bright yellow it would fit in but when it's all dark and you have light grey text you can barely read it. Also the amount of time the text stays on the screen is horrible, you send a message to your friends and it is gone in 1.5-2 seconds (Literally!)
The game has no real story or a plot line to lose yourself in. The closest thing you get to a story is by finding paper on the floor to read and when you read it you don't feel like you're having fun learning the story you feel depressed (Out of the 3 of us I was the most depressed since I brought the 4 pack and asked my friends to play, If my friends are reading this, guys/gals i'm sorry I asked you to join me in playing this game)
The game has no minimap or little arrow at the top of your screen pointing to the place you need to be (Like other games like this do) making it really easy to get lost and walk around in circles allowing more of the mutant things to spawn which take ages to be killed.
When joining a friends game when they start the game you are stuck in a little area with red circles and only one of them let everyone use it and that was the shop, the rest of the red circles did nothing (Even for the host) it took us 5 minutes to start the first mission and when we started it none of us knew how any of us did it.
I recommend not getting this game since the development of it was horrible. Add me if you have anymore questions about the game itself or anything else.
I thought this game was well worth the money. Id say 4 dollars, Max if your a solo player. I could see a bit more if you buy it with friends.
Very good game with a odd story, its similar to How to Survive with a bit of dead space? For 4 bucks I would totally say get this game, although I am unsure just how much replayability there is, if any.
The story is hectic and would make no sense, its good writing but what government lets a third party spray "Gas" all over the city, without testing it on humans? Not the worst thing in the world but deffinately not something to scoff at either, do your writing better!
I really like the controls and was surprised at how fluid they were, and how you had to be facing a direction to move faster, otherwise you walk. Makes for nice "Back up to wall and shoot everything epicly" scenes. Using the E and Q buttons you can change the direction of the camera, and while the camera is very high up and sometimes very restricting, it was well done and made me feel like any time I tapped E or Q by accident that it was a whole new experience, which it wasent but feels that way.
The monsters got annoying a big part of the issue for the game for me. Half the guns are useless, as the only ones I used were the M4 and the Launcher, an entire clip kills two basic guys... normal difficulty. It was crazy because if 6 guys came up to you, then you spent 5 minutes trying to run back and shoot then run and shoot. Not much strategy.
Also you knew every trap, almost every secret is hidden by a onslaught of enemies waiting for you to pass the invisible line. It was annoying because it was expected everytime.
Id say 7/10 for the type of game its meant to be, and the price of 4 dollars. Any cheaper and id rate it .5 higher for every buck less.
Kind of repeatitive, Game is challenging, even on easy lol. But it's a fun game to play with a friend. The controls are very easy to get used to but I do wish the camera movement was mouse based instead of keyboard. Lighting is very dark but that adds to the ambiance of the game. Graphics are so-so and the music isn't that bad. There are a few problems that I have encountered like: Forklifts getting stuck in the ground and your character getting stuck in random weird places, you have to die to free yourself.
Those three are all similar to Primal Fears, but far superior in pretty much every way. Just buy one, two or all three of the above mentioned games. Leave Primal Fears alone, it's not worth your money.