FEAR 3 Review

30 June 2011
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FEAR 3 is here and set to scare the creepers out of anyone brave enough to wander into this psycho shooter, but is this just another cheap horror or is it going to take us to hell and back?

Developers: Day 1 Studios, Monolith Productions
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive
Platforms: Microsoft Windows PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release dates: NA June 21, 2011, EU June 24, 2011, AUS June 29, 2011
Genres: First-person shooter, Horror
Modes: Single-player, Multiplayer
Ratings: ESRB: M, PEGI: 18
System requirements: Intel Core 2 Core E7500 2.93 GHz Video/Graphic Card Geforce 200 series, sound card Direct x9.0c or Direct x10. or higher.

F.E.A.R. 3 AKA F.3.A.R is a first-person shooter developed by Day 1 Studios for Microsoft Windows PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and the OnLive cloud gaming service. It’s the sequel to the game F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin and the third installment in the F.E.A.R. series.

Alma returns in F.E.A.R. 3, but this time her sons Point Man and Paxton Fettel introduce divergent co-op, giving players distinctly different abilities affecting their own play as well as the experience of their co-op partner. Gamers participate in single player or co-op modes as Point Man, a genetically enhanced super soldier originally introduced in F.E.A.R., or they can play cooperatively as his conniving brother Paxton Fettel, whose incredible telekinetic power has given him life beyond the grave.

Lets jump into the video review shall we?

Games Key Features:

  • Blood Runs Deep, F.E.A.R. Runs Deeper: F.E.A.R. 3 delivers all the hallmarks that define the F.E.A.R. brand: terrifying paranormal experience, frenetic combat and a dramatic storyline.
  • Never Face Fear Alone: F.E.A.R. 3 evolves the brand, introducing Divergent Co-op: deep, social gameplay that gives players distinctly different abilities that affect their own play as well as the experience of gamers they are playing with… or against.
  • Frenetic Combat: Active 360 degree cover, evolutionary slow-mo modes, scoring systems and best in class mech- combat aid players in facing an army of soldiers and paranormal enemies.
  • Experience the Almaverse: The game world is tainted by the Almaverse, the alternate dimension where Alma’s psychic essence subsists. New sinister and fantastical enemy creatures birthed in Alma’s warped mind spill into reality and intensify the panic.
  • Generative System: Proprietary technology creates random events to increase the feeling of isolation and unpredictability when playing alone or with a friend, and offers new experiences each time gamers play through.
  • Masters of Horror: Legendary film director John Carpenter and writer Steve Niles provide their expertise and guidance to take F.E.A.R. 3’s intensity to the next level. Niles co-wrote the twisted storyline that reveals the motivations and family dynamics of the main characters, and Carpenter helped craft the cinematics for maximum storytelling and fright factor.
  • Let’s score the game:

    Graphics: 7

    By today’s standards FEAR 3 comes across as the average looking shooter, that’s not to say that is a bad thing as today’s games have a set a standard of looking amazing anyway. But this won’t be blowing up your CPU like Crysis 2 perhaps, the look in general is pretty dark and moody and suits the game well. All the cutscenes are well acted and do a good job of keeping with the look of the game and building that scary atmosphere.

    Gameplay: 8

    Well here’s where I get excited because a recent onslaught of bad shooters has left me some what underwhelmed lately and FEAR 3 does well to buck that trend and deliver smooth solid gameplay, without annoying glitches or cheap gimmicks. The special powers allow you to feel like you have the ability to dominate the battle field and at the same time you know to stay frosty or you’ll end lunch for the unholy hordes and soldiers coming in your direction.

    Sound: 7

    The sound does an amazing job of keeping you in the mood, be that a very scary one. Rifle shots ring out loud and clear and the voices of the troops on the ground constantly relaying information keeps the intensity of the battles going.


    So a big 8 for FEAR 3 an all-round brilliant break from the dull and lifeless shooters being thrown around lately. It’s another fine addition to the series. Scary movies and tons of ammo combine for an all round fright fest of epic proportion.


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