Due to a chemical known as pharGONe, the world has been turned upside down. Battle your way through multiple levels, earning upgrades, competing against your friends and more, and find the truth about what has happened to the world. Use a variety of weapons to stop the mutated population, and save yourself from being another victim.
User reviews: Mixed (230 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 8, 2013
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"It is the kind of horror that is supposed to make you nervous for what is around the corner..."

8.5/10 - http://www.examiner.com/review/primal-fears-review
"Primal Fears does a great job with an atmosphere of apocalypse"

8/10 - http://leviathyn.com/games/news/2013/01/20/primal-fears/

About This Game

Due to a chemical known as pharGONe, the world has been turned upside down. Battle your way through multiple levels, earning upgrades, competing against your friends and more, and find the truth about what has happened to the world.

Use a variety of weapons to stop the mutated population, and save yourself from being another victim.

Not sure exactly what you are facing, Primal Fears harkens to the depths of the human psyche as you fight monstrous foes alone or with friends. Nothing is more scary than the unknown and it is your goal to reveal the truth...

Key Features:

  • Co-op game play with you and your friends up to four players.
  • A plethora of weapons including primary, secondary and other items of use like RC-cars, turrets, drones...
  • Buy and upgrade over 15 weapons to make each play through of a level unique.
  • Play the story missions or arenas that are both re-playable to challenge your skill.
  • A variety of enemy types, ranging from small to hulking.
  • Steam leaderboards, achievements, and cloud saving enabled.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP Sp3, Windows Vista Sp2, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 duo 2.4Ghz or higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader 3.0 or better, NVIDIA 9800 GT 512MB RAM or better, ATI 4850HD 512MB RAM or better
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB Space Free
    • Sound: 100% DirectX 9 Compatible
    • Other Requirements: Broadband Internet Connection
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
This game is typical Alien shooter game.
For 1,79 euros in sale great game. Fun in CooP with friend/s (2-4 players Coop).
Four difficulties: Easy, normal, hard, Insane ( really hard).
You can buy new weapons and upgrade them (Ammo, Clip, Damage)
To unlock next missions you need score(To Unlock second mission you need 100 000 points/score, so yep That is interesting and good thing.

So..Yes this game is not bad as i thought from reviews.
7/10, Thumb uP!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
♥♥♥♥ it was 99cents!!!
Just from trading cards i got my money back :) Game was okay but if you are interested in a top down shooter i would say get shadowground or zombie shooter. The gameplay is literally reptitve and the monster never change. Guns are so weak against the monsters even when their upgraded all the way
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9 of 16 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person 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.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Pick it up on a sale.Theres a few hours of fun to be had here!
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
Played it once with a friend, we both deleted it. You can only travel so far away from your ally until the screen stays in place. The guns are slow, underpowered, and underwhelming. Might've been a decent console game back before 2010 but now it's just a terrible memory.
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61 of 79 people (77%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2013
Primal Fears

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.

Bear rating 7.5/10
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34 of 36 people (94%) found this review helpful
25.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2014
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!!!

Rating: 7/10
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52 of 74 people (70%) found this review helpful
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)

Howevers, 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 f::uck::ing sick.

At it's best, primal Fears recalls classic 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.

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45 of 70 people (64%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
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.

Presentation: 20%
Gameplay: 30%
Visuals: 60%
Sound: 10%
Total: 30%
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22 of 32 people (69%) found this review helpful
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 pretense to attempt the semblance of a plot, however slight it may be. And that's all I ask in a game: The slightest semblance of a plot. And a bucket-load or two of hefty violence.

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!!!

Verdict: 6/10.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
I love this style of game. Excellent coop. I wish there were more like this. It's a little short, but it's cheap. Cool lighting effects and tons of blood.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2014
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.
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15 of 23 people (65%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 2, 2014
I dont no why is every one hating this game,To me it is good and it is not boring att all .You can just always chance the difficulty if the game is boring ,and the game is hard.Nice atmosphere and ambience.For me 8.5/10
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15 of 25 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2013
This game is not bad, it really is not so great by yourself, the real fun is in the coop. Unfortantly not many people play the game so it might be better for LAN parties or actually just making a friend buy the game and play with you. The combat can get intense and the atmosphere is pretty cool but this is yet another game not for everyone. 2D FPS with horrific creatures is great and all but there defiantly needs to be a lot more weapons put into the game I think.
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17 of 29 people (59%) found this review helpful
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 4, 2014
What can be said about primal fears? well it is an updated version of dead hoard, there just isn't really much change with this game there are only one or two variations of specimens that have a different size and skin texture but are still the same well let's go through the list.


-More Weapons!
-Hub World(Camp)
-An Arena
-Moveable Props

-Moveable Props...(they can get in your way)
-Not enough enemy variation
-Enemies absorb way to many shots.
-Limited sprint 3 seconds(can't roll)useless since most enemies can catch up to you anyway.
-Always night.
-Cannot shop in peace(shop menu doesn't pause the game also cannot buy medkits)
-Re-used enemy jumper(which was in dead horde)
-Level design is dull and cliche'd.
-One level can take from 15 to 30 minutes to finish depending on difficulty.
-Melee weapon is useless in any situation and serves as a joke when you could be spriting away for 3 seconds.

Overall i would say this is an avarage shooter, no real innovating ideas or any new concepts, just reused boring ideas, if you are interested in shooters and just want some mind numbing fun, buy it, if you are looking for something new and interesting, don't buy it.

if you want something similer try nation red or zombie shooter which will prove more fun.
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17 of 29 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
Let me give you some excellent advice:

If you want to play this game, go buy:
Shadowgrounds http://store.steampowered.com/app/2500/
Shadowgrounds: Survivor http://store.steampowered.com/app/11200/
Alien Shooter 2: Reloaded http://store.steampowered.com/app/33120/

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.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 14, 2014
OK, so first off, who doesn't like to shoot mutant-bugs in a Duke Nukem-esque way? This game absolutely satisfies my cravings to gut some mutant-zombie-bugs...? (I don't know what they're called!)

So you start off in the first level, after you have gone to the shop, and chosen your difficulty and you're dropped into nowhere! Not knowing what to do, but the thing about this game is that you go where you think is right, so if you think it's right to go through that door, or activate that button, chances are, it's the right descision to make.

The game throws you at various types of mutant bugs, shall we say? Of different difficulty to kill, there are some small minor mutants which take a couple of shots to kill, then there are the ones which take an entire clip to kill, and of course there are the bosses.

Now the bosses are hard(ish) to kill because of the fact that you have all the harder mutants to kill along-side the boss, which means that you have to think carefully about how you place yourself on the battle stage with the boss and the other mutants.

There are some moments of the game where the atmosphere of the game is generally decrepit, derelyct, and desolate. But just as soon as you are about to give up... BOOM! Out comes a massive horde of mutants for you to deal with.

Overall this game is really fun, for what it is, and having cleared the first area out in single player, I have no reason to believe it would be worse with your friends. This game is definitely worth checking out.

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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 1, 2014
Primal Fears is mostly an improvement over Dead Horde, at least in single-player mode. The mood and ambiance was slightly better done in the otherwise extremely flawed Dead Horde, but it's still good for the genre. The game play is standard fare for this type of isometric shooter, but it's smooth and intuitive. A lot of the negative reviews come from people who are fed up with the zombie genre or with top-down shooters in general, but that's not a fair way to judge a game. It's not a groundbreaking game, by any standard, but it does what it does well, at least on decent, modern systems. I can't comment on its performance on older or more lightweight computers.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 8, 2014
An amazing game I bought the 4-pack for 3 others and myself The graphics are as good as a game like this can get and the weapon uprgrades and choices are phenominal! The money ingame you get while playing is a little too small until I realized you keep the weapons and upgrades forever as long as you complete the mission you're in when you buy them you are able to keep them forever! I think this game would be a 9.3/10 because 10/10 for graphics 9/10 for gameplay 9/10 for mutiplayer play because it's only co-op!
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9 of 17 people (53%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 19, 2013
It's not that bad, but it's not that great. A top down arcade style gameplay with minor upgrades to weapons and only a few types of enemies.

The good -the areas look nice, shadows are cool, and its coop. The bad - AI dumb, guns feel weak, and enemies spawn every time you grab anything, go through door, and walk 30 feet. The worst of all is the hit detection and the few enemies in the game are not all the same... basically two fat guys (one is super fast, one is slow) for no real reason.

Anyways - I did about half the missions in 2 hours, so I assume 4-5 hours of content. Not bad since I got it with a $5 bundle, but I couldn't say I'd recommend buying it unless you love this kinda gameplay.
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