Category: Tutorials

“I will rip the heart out of my enemy and leave it bleeding on the ground because he cannot stop me.” S.O.G.

FEAR has taken a competitive twist ever since Phreeze and friends brought us SEC2 and the new CD-Keys. Now with a player base as old and as skilled as most players are this really creates a skill gap between the new and old players.

Newbie’s Don’t get frustrated!

But how do you get as good as a pro player? In the FEAR community, there’s always people playing, people who may or may not be better than you. Where do you fit in, and how do you get higher up on your ladder to gaming greatness?

One can never learn enough and is constantly learning, same applies to the FEAR community. These simple tactics that are formulated through reading, learning the hard way through constant experience, or just instinct will help you step it up in the game. Fast paced, twitch reaction, and no hesitation will help you prevail. Here’s a few pointers that you might benefit from.

  1. Know your weapon. Take a look at the current map. Size, how many players, what type of map it is ( be it urban, open scape, closed hallways indoors), and your play style all must come into play with this.
  • VK-12 Shotgun is a great weapon, but only under a select few circumstances. Same goes for the RPL. Consider if you’re in a tight quarters map. Shotguns are too slow when trying to get more shots off, However shotguns give you the ability to rake down hallways with lead, leaving whatever poor soul is stuck in front of you to be mowed down.


  • RPL Sub-machine guns are great since in the FEAR world, their accuracy at full automatic is relatively the same when you run just as if you are standing still, giving you the advantage of strafing, jumping, ducking, without the loss of accuracy with an assault rifle. However the RPL sub machinegun lacks the knock down power needed in most fire fights.


  • 10mm HV Penetrator The accuracy and range of the 10mm HV Penetrator is perfect for blasting people at 60 yards with 3 or 4 shots to the body. The 10mm HV Penetrator is a great and powerful weapon for the mid-large maps. It has all most no recoil or bullet spread while standing still. However it fires slow and reloads even slower. The best thing about this weapon is its awesome knock down power. There is a reason some call it the nail gun. It will literally will nail your opponent to the wall..


  • G2A2 Assault Rifle By far the most popular weapon for all FEAR pro players. It is very balanced and reloads relatively quickly. The G2A2 is very accurate while zoomed in however take note that when you move your accuracy goes down the drain, especially when jumping, you can almost always destroy an opponent by standing still or crouching and not moving. With an enemy jumping all over the place you may get hit 1 or 2 times, but with you planted your firing rate and accuracy will be on top of them, pounding them with rounds before they even hit the ground. Moral of the story: plant yourself and let loose that itchy trigger finger on people who want to jump and jive.


  • ASP sniper rifle is self explanatory. Just make sure you have a nice vantage point, preferably slightly above your enemy. If using the ASP sniper rifle you will reign if you find a nice corner and sit down with a hard hitting, fast firing, 3 round burst sniper rifle, pounding countless rounds into people spawning and running around corners.


  • Dual AT-14 pistols are a great choice when playing close combat maps and the 36 rounds before reloading last longer than any one fire fight. The AT-14 rounds hit hard and fast and are the favorite for players that love to rush the enemy.


    2. Understand the Game.

  • It sounds like a textbook concept, but if you don’t know how something works in any given situation, you aren’t going to train at your full potential.
  • Learn everything about the maps you play on, such as important item areas, vantage points, secret (or just less visible) locations, and “sucker zones” (areas where players are the most vulnerable).
  • Learn the weapons or units and how to use them in more than one situation effectively.
  • Learn about strategies, tactics, and game breaking moments that other players speak about on FB or the community web site, and use this to your advantage

    3. Practice, practice, practice!

  • Join an empty server by yourself. Play around with the game, and get a feel for the timing, speed, and caution you need.
  • Practice grenade throws and the speed and distance you can accurately throw one.
  • Practice reloading as this is arguably the most venerable time during a fire fight.
  • practice your ability to use sounds to your advantage.
  • Practice Unarmed attacks as these are very important and very hard to defend against.

Read the FAQ section for more information on how to set the game options for better performance. Also read the forum as there is a wealth of information in there as well.

enjoy the game 🙂 its all about having fun with friends!

Windows Dedicated Server Logging

Okay, this is a feature that some of you server admins have been asking about for quite awhile.  I did some digging and it turns out that the FEAR Windows Dedicated Server does support logging to a text file by just adding a few additional command line parameters.

Here is how it works:

FEARServer.exe +errorlog 1 +alwaysflushlog 1 +errorlogfile fearserver.log

The log file will be saved into the same directory as FEARServer.exe (i.e. your install directory).

Please note that the log file will be overwritten if you restart the server and use the same log file name, so I recommend including a timestamp in the filename.




set LOGF=%DATE:/=%.%TIME::=%
set LOGF=fearserver.%LOGF%.log
start fearserver.exe +errorlog 1 +alwaysflushlog 1 +errorlogfile “%LOGF%”

For some extra features check the help secion:

Host a Server / Advanced Server Options


FEAR Community Groups

Did you know that you can create an manage your own clan group here on

Within your group you can post status updates, custom content, and more.

You can also join existing public groups or request membership to private groups.

Create or join a group today and make new connections within the FEAR community!

Learn from the most well-known FEAR player, HappyStick

People that have been around for a long time know FEAR is an extremely complex game with many different aspects and levels to master. HappyStick, a FEAR veteran that has been around for many years has written a very detailed article about its’ framework and all the things you need to take your game to the next level, whatever your level may be. This article consists of very basic things up to very advanced concepts. Its’ goal is to help you look at FEAR from a new perspective, and give an explanation of all the things that make this game so unique and complex on so many levels. In the future he’ll be doing more articles on this blog as well, talking about more specific topics.

It’s a long read, but take your time, as it’s definitely worth it!