Excerpt: With names like that working on it, it's tough for a horror film freak not to get excited about this game. But before I hype it up too much there's something you should know. F.E.A.R. 3 is surprisingly void of any real scares. Sure, most of the horror is taken away when you're playing through it with a friend, but even going it alone, like I did my first time through, I still never found myself low on ammo or on the edge of my seat.
Excerpt: As a longtime fan of the F.E.A.R. series, I've been looking forward to the third game for some time now. It looked like more of everything I love about the series - the tight gunplay, creepy locales and equally as creepy atmosphere - but this time it had a few major horror icons behind it as well, namely John Carpenter and Steve Niles.
Excerpt: The needs of the sequel—to go bigger, broader, and louder—are at cross purposes with the needs of atmospheric horror, which benefits from the surgical application of shocks and plenty of suspense-building downtime. With its near-constant din of scripted spookiness, F.E.A.R. 3 is the least frightening entry in the F.E.A.R.
Conclusion: Once you complete FEAR 3 for the first time, there's a good chance you're going to want to return for another playthrough with the character Paxton Fettel. His possession ability offers a new flair to each mission. The biggest complaint we can think of is the game's outdated visuals and its lack of anything that might truly innovate the genre. But as we all know, coming up with a concept that revolutionizes first-person shooters isn't the easiest thing in the world.
Pros: Still scary as a horror game, still fun as a shooter, great atmosphere, accompanied with top sound effects and a chilling soundtrack, co-op is generally a cool addition to the FEAR recipe, solo mode has a dash of replayability to it thanks to the inclusion of a second playable character;
Cons: The technology powering the game is outdated at this point, it has few AI glitches, despite its engaging co-op it brings nothing new to the FPS genre.
Excerpt: Survival horror FPS is one of the only genres left in gaming that isn’t over-saturated. While there are plenty of tactical and arena shooters, horror is a mostly overlooked genre, headlined by very few titles such as the Bioshock and S.T.A.L.K.E.R series. Thankfully, F.3.A.R ., gimmicky title and all, is here to help add to the scarce collection of first person horror.
Excerpt: The F.E.A.R. series holds a special place in my gamer heart, just like Half-Life because it was a first person shooter game that melded with the survival horror genre which in turn created a truly riveting and frightful plus nail biting experience. It's also the only two games that have really made me jump out of my seat as its developers were the masters of implementing some truly scary moments into the game. F.E.A.R.