F.3.A.R. Review
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F.3.A.R. Box Art
System: PS3, PC, Xbox 360
Dev: Day 1 Studios
Pub: Warner Bros. Interactive
Release: June 21, 2011
Players: 1-4
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Strong Language

If you stick with solo play, you'll start off as Point Man, but completing a mission will unlock Fettel as a playable character for that mission. Each character has his own ending. However, if you play co-op, your scores will be tallied at the end of the game to determine which ending you'll see.

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There are some multiplayer modes as well. Personally, the mode I enjoyed the most was Soul King. You play as extremely ugly ghosts who must try to kill as many NPC enemies as possible and devour their souls, which basically look like floating skulls. You can also possess these enemies and pilot their bodies around. If you kill another player, however, that player will lose half the souls they've collected. It's a quick way to score larger amounts at once, but comes with the risk that the other player might kill you first and cause you to lose half your hard-earned souls. At the end of each round, the player with the most souls wins.

The other multiplayer modes include Contractions, basically F.E.A.R. 3's version of Gears of War's Horde Mode, and Soul Survivor, in which one player is a ghost that can possess A.I. characters in order to spread the corruption to other players. F***ing Run is by far the most intense, forcing players to blast their way through enemies while a giant wall of Alma-induced fog chases them. Get caught in the fog and it's game over.

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F.E.A.R. 3 is a welcome treat, if only for its nerve-grinding atmosphere. The campaign is far too short—with Fettel, you could probably whiz through it in three or four hours—but the multiplayer modes are a lot of fun. The few other flaws the game has are largely forgivable, especially if you thirst for a great horror first-person shooter that you can play with a friend.

By Josh Wirtanen
CCC Editor/Contributing Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.2
Graphics
Backgrounds are very detailed and disturbing. While environments don't always feel completely original, they're almost always creepy.
4.0
Control
The controls feel smooth, and there are a couple different options depending on your play style.
3.8
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The voice acting is better than in F.E.A.R. 2, but still feel awkward and over-the-top in places. The sound effects, however, are very well done.
3.7
Play Value
The campaign is disappointingly short, but the option to play as two different characters makes going back a second time worthwhile. The multiplayer modes are a lot of fun, and will definitely lengthen the playable lifespan of the game.
3.9
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • F.E.A.R 3 delivers all the hallmarks that define the F.E.A.R. brand: terrifying paranormal horror, frenetic combat, and a dramatic storyline.
  • Experience the evolution of the franchise with all-new Divergent Co-op: deep, social gameplay that gives players distinctly different abilities, affecting their own play as well as the experience of gamers they are playing with…or against.
  • Witness the new Generative Scare System. This proprietary technology creates random scare events to increase the feeling of isolation and unpredictability when playing alone or with a friend, and offers new experiences at every turn.

  • Videos / Game Trailers
    F.3.A.R. Blood Ties Trailer
    Blood Ties Trailer
    F.3.A.R. Enhanced Power Suit Trailer
    Enhanced Power Suit Trailer
    F.3.A.R. The Almaverse Trailer
    The Almaverse Trailer
    F.3.A.R. GC 2010: Village Demo Gameplay
    GC 2010: Village Demo Gameplay
    F.3.A.R. GC 2010: Cinematic Trailer
    GC 10: Cinematic Trailer

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