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PC, XBox 360, Playstation 3

Reviewed on: PC
Day 1 Studios
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Rated: "M" for Mature

CHEATfactor Game Review
by Joe Sinicki

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User Rating:        6
Presentation: 6

Rife with the creepy crawlies and sudden scares that the series is known for, F.E.A.R. 3 delivers pretty much what you'd expect. Save for a few lagging moments, F.E.A.R. 3 is good enough to keep up with most modern shooters.

Gameplay: 5

F.E.A.R. 3 gets the basics shooter genre mechanics right, and while they're not really anything special, it's the series trademark supernatural additions to those core mechanics that makes F.E.A.R. 3 such a fun experience.

Lasting Appeal:

The game's main campaign can be beaten in around 8 hours, but it can be done so with two characters and the game also features co-op and a multiplayer suite. Suffice to say, you won't be running out of things to do soon in F.E.A.R. 3.

Overall: 6
F.E.A.R. 3 is your basic shooter with a spooky layer of supernatural fun layered on top. It does the basics well, and the series trademark scares mostly all work well and the story feels like the natural progression of what came before.
CHEATfactor: 6

It takes a lot to stick out in the crowded shooter genre these days. In the case of F.E.A.R. 3 (note, I refuse to call it F.3.A.R as the game's logo suggests I do), the latest in the long running supernatural shooter series from Warner Bros; it's not the mechanics, those are about as standard as they come. It's not the cool supernatural spookiness, we've seen those in the first go-round. No, F.E.A.R. 3's biggest draw is the way that all of these factors blend together to create a truly memorable experience.  F.E.A.R. 3 may not be the most ambitious shooter on the market, but it's still a blast to play through.

You are the Point Man, the protagonist from the original F.E.A.R. game. You're sent in to find the mysterious Alma (the weird little demon girl), who forced herself on Becket, the main character from the second F.E.A.R. game and has become pregnant with his child. Your main objective is to stop Alma from having this baby by any means necessary. When you really stop to think about it, it's here that F.E.A.R. 3 really begins to take on its adult tone; you're not trying to stop some corporation from taking over the world, or stop a terrorist attack, you're trying to stop a baby from being born; an evil genetically enhanced, telepathic baby. It's a daring move, even if the story doesn't flesh out as well as it could.

"...abandons all trace of story in favor of scares and thrill moments."


You see, somewhere down the line, F.E.A.R. 3 abandons all trace of story in favor of scares and thrill moments. There's nothing wrong with that really, as F.E.A.R. knows its bread and butter, and it pulls it off well -- F.E.A.R. 3 is one of those games that's made to play with the lights off and the sound turned way up - I was just expecting more. It's the classic battle of nature VS nurture.  Can the child be saved or is it destined to be the most powerful evil entity in the world? The game steps lightly on these themes, but never fully tackles them.

On the gameplay side, F.E.A.R. 3 is your standard modern first person shooter, with a few key differences. The key difference? F.E.A.R. 3's main campaign can be played two very distinctive ways with two very distinctive characters. You could go in as the Point Man, guns blazing just like any other FPS, or you could play as the apparition of series regular Paxton Fettel, whose abilities are far more interesting. Playing as Paxton, you'll have the ability to possess enemy soldiers, hack equipment and, well basically cause complete and utter chaos. Both Point Man and Fettel are playable throughout the game's eight missions separately or via co-op, but F.E.A.R. 3 is really a game that is meant to be played by yourself. Sure, playing with a friend will help you get through the game faster, but it also takes away from some of the game's big scares.

"The game's most creative aspect by far though is the multiplayer suite."


The game's most creative aspect by far though is the multiplayer suite. The team at Day 1 Studios has done a great job in not just limiting the game to the standard team death match and capture the flag modes. The F---‘n Run Mode” for instance (yes, that's its real name) finds players fighting enemies as they're running from a constantly growing cloud of toxic smoke. It's hectic and fun pretty much all the time, even if it is a bit frustrating. Soul King is also interesting as it pits creatures and zombies against soldiers in a cool supernatural battle.

F.E.A.R. 3 isn't the most ambitious shooter. It does pretty much everything the countless other first person shooters on today's market can do --- just with the typical F.E.A.R. spin. What it lacks in innovation, it more than makes up for in the cool and unique multiplayer features. Fans of the first two F.E.A.R. games are sure to find more of the action they love here in the third chapter. 



CHEATS USED: Super Health, Super Accuracy

There's a lot of cool features in the trainer for F.E.A.R. 3 from One of my favorites is the simple Super Health cheat, as there were a ton of times I found myself taking on too much damage from a huge amount of enemies. This cheat made these sections a bit easier. I was also a fan of the super accuracy for grenades cheat, as you'll notice very early on in F.E.A.R. 3 that some weapons can be very frustrating as shots they never seem to go just where you want them to.

The trainer from Cheat Happens works because it takes all of the basic functions that make a FPS great and allows you to tweak them to your liking, making F.E.A.R. 3 a much more versatile game.



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User # 819834
posted: 7/7/2011 4:25:16 PM -  Report Post              I rate this game   edit post

good game play nice co op fun to play the brother, but less than 5hrs to complete just takes the ****, waste of money.

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User # 538690
posted: 7/7/2011 1:47:11 PM -  Report Post              I rate this game   edit post

This game stinks worse than a pile of my dogs crap and, I just mowed the lawn in 98 degree heat while this downloaded. So I have a clear sense of smelling fresh crap.

This game does not have multi monitor support. WHY?! Fear 1&2 had multi monitor support out of the box.
*There is a hex edit for this game but it sucks because it doesn't change the POV
This doesn't even have sli support. WHY?! I hear my self asking.
4x AA, really are we in 1998 or 2011?
No high resolution textures. WHY?! AGAIN!
No Direct X 11. WHY?! AGAIN!

This game is so bad. I can not say it enough.

If you want this game wait until next year when its 90% off to buy it and, when they have implemented the improvements for PC that should have been with it in the first place.


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User # 366064
posted: 7/4/2011 2:39:13 AM -  Report Post                edit post

:-) ,, It,s So Great Game

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