F.E.A.R. 3 Review
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F.E.A.R. 3 is an exciting horror shooter with atmosphere as thick as the blood that splatters the walls of nearly every level. Not the scariest game on the market, but good co-op and multiplayer sets this game apart from its contemporaries.
- The terrific atmosphere
- The enjoyable co-op and multiplayer modes
- The solid core gameplay mechanics
- The lack of any real scares
- The lack of variety in the bosses
- The game is just a bit too short
(continued from previous page) ...other first-person shooters. There is a decent cover system that allows you to lock on to nearly every wall and object, but I was surprised that you don’t really need to use cover. Sure, you will want to duck to avoid headshots, but you can often outsmart your enemies—especially if you are playing with a friend. Point Man can only carry two guns at a time, along with some grenades, and the weapons are quite standard. Actually, they feel realistic for a paranormal-inspired title, so that again helps set that nice atmosphere Day 1 Studios established. Paxton Fettel has the ability to shoot red energy balls at enemies, but he can also take over their bodies and weapons for a limited time.
The progression and scoring system, which also works in multiplayer, gives both characters perks such as additional health. You’ll earn points, becoming the Favorite Son, by performing random activities like staying behind cover for a certain period of time, getting 15 melee kills, and knocking off enemies with certain guns. Perks and new skills are added automatically so your character is more powerful offline and online. Speaking of online, the multiplayer components are quite refreshing. They break the traditional FPS mold by offering unique modes like Fu**ing Run! which sends you and your friends on a frantic escape from the Wall of Death. Your squad must push through forces to out run the deathly cloud, and this is truly a thrilling experience. Soul Survivor is also team-based, but you randomly turn on your friends. The other modes include Soul King, which allows players to possess human enemies, fighting off AI combatants. You must collect the most souls to win. The final mode, Contractions, is like Zombie mode from Call of Duty. Your squad must face waves of Alma’s minions and frantically loot ammo. All of the multiplayer modes can be played with four players and there are plenty of unique maps to keep you busy.
F.E.A.R. 3 gets a lot of things right. It’s a real solid FPS, there is great co-op and re-playability, and the overall aesthetics are top notch. The boss fights are quite repetitive since there are really only two types—outside of the final encounter, that is. I would have liked some more variation, but it is still fun to kill any enemy in F.E.A.R. 3. You won’t soil your pants in a stinky mess playing F.E.A.R. 3, but you will probably have a lot of fun.
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