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 (252 reviews) - 57% of the 252 user reviews for this game are positive.
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
10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
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.

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Primal Fears is a Helicopter view (Not sure if that's the right name) action shooter. The best way I can describe it is like Alien Swarm, longer, but perhaps more monotonous.

It's kinda like Dead Frontier, if you've played that one, except without it's RPG elements, gear hunting, exploring, tons of different weapons, and all in all, way more linear. It's impossible to get lost while playing this game, because the challenge doesn't come from exploring, it comes from fighting waves of enemies while you try to complete objectives.

Bits and pieces of backstory: Summer has been rather hot this year, and the bug population in the country is growing out of control. Scientists start working on a pesticide, named Phargone, and they release it in urban areas without testing it first. You can imagine what's going to happen next. Mutants......And Mutant bugs.

The music is so so, the graphics are standard for games like this. You can move the camera using the Q and E keys, which is a huge plus. That way, nothing is ever stuck behind a building or some kind of object, and you can keep a clear sight of your enemies.

The weapons are pretty basic, assault rifle, shotgun, RPG, saw blade thrower, nail gun, flamethrower and a chaingun, among a few others. You can buy them using cash that you get from killing enemies or collecting cash bundles on the ground. You can also upgrade them, so they can fire faster, hit harder, or carry more ammo.

This game, even on insane difficulty, wasn't that hard for me. Easy and normal are quite, well....Easy, you can beat them without any kind of problem. I can't really talk about the multiplayer experience, because it seems like nobody else plays this game at the moment. I can't describe if it lags or not. Gonna dissapoint you on that one.

Length? I was able to finish this game in 2 hours and half or so EVEN if I was trying to collect all the newspapers for an achievement. Said newspapers give you a bits and pieces of what's going on here.

This game is rather monotonous, shooting enemies gets kinda old after a while, then again, the game doesn't last long, so it kiiiinda solves that problem? I don't know, depends on what kind of gamer you are. I would recommend this if it's on sale, but it's not worth paying the full price, definitely not.
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66 of 84 people (79%) 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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35 of 38 people (92%) 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)

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.

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