Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 48 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 48
  2. Negative: 0 out of 48
  1. Jul 25, 2011
    91
    F.E.A.R. 3 is a fantastic FPS game that blends exciting combat with plenty of scares and non-stop suspense.
  2. Jul 14, 2011
    85
    In the end, F.E.A.R. 3 is a great game.
  3. 85
    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.
  4. Jun 29, 2011
    84
    F.E.A.R. 3 lives up to, if not trumps, the prior experiences in the F.E.A.R. universe.
  5. Jun 25, 2011
    83
    Don't plan on understanding a word of the campaign; just plan on playing and replaying for higher scores, better multiplayer times, and the enjoyment you can only have from pure, hilarious, scared-stiff stupidity.
  6. Jun 22, 2011
    83
    The strides it makes with co-op however -- along with its point accumulation system as well as some very tense and unique multiplayer modes -- makes this a great game to play with a giant bucket of buttered popcorn, a large Coca-cola, and some friends. This is your video game summer blockbuster.
  7. Jun 21, 2011
    83
    The controls are tight and responsive, the story is well-written and intriguing, that continuous fear factor is a huge bonus, and the Challenge system for ranking up forces you to experiment.
  8. Jul 8, 2011
    82
    Series followers know what to expect, and they won't be disappointed. New features like the cover system and the cooperative mode work well, although the game won't make history.
  9. Sep 14, 2011
    81
    It may not be the most epic shooter experience out there, but F.E.A.R. 3 eloquently satisfies its niche by giving us a refreshing alternative to the played out machismo theme in most of the shooters out there.
  10. Jun 27, 2011
    81
    F.E.A.R.3 isn't flawless, nor inventive but in the end, it works and deliver the thrills and excitement fans and non-fans are looking for in a $60 game. Aside from the complex story arc - if past games weren't played - there's enough substance to make it an easy and recommendable purchase.
  11. Jul 24, 2011
    80
    The influence of horror legend John Carpenter has helped create a really spooky and often atmospheric world that may not look great, but it certainly delivers the goods.
  12. 80
    If F.E.A.R. 3 has one major drawback it's the fact that it's not scary at all, but instead is just mildly creepy most of the time.
  13. Jul 10, 2011
    80
    F.E.A.R. 3 is a good shooter but never surpasses the very first F.E.A.R. game. The gameplay is very smooth and you'll be playing this campaign multiple times because of the co-op and the different gameplay elements each brother possesses. F.E.A.R. 3 lacks scary moments and that is a pity, seeing how this used to be a key element in the series.
  14. Jul 8, 2011
    80
    It's more a shooter than a horror game. The story isn't stunning and the missing freedom in the levels is a major disadvantage. The graphics aren't state of the art, while the sound effects are pretty cool. Also the KI is challenging and the slow motion sequences are pretty entertaining. But the core element of the game is the amazing coop-mode, where you are playing with a friend (one Paxton Fettel and one plays Point Man).
  15. Jul 8, 2011
    80
    A lack of scares doesn't mean that this game isn't an incredibly fun and competent video game. It's got some great gun based violence on display, fun cooperative action and two unique characters to round out the mix. Really the only drawback that should stop you from buying this is if you really hate games with gimped split-screen gameplay or are expecting a tense, nail-biting horror video game.
  16. Jul 7, 2011
    80
    Actual fear and horror step aside for an especially serviceable focus on action. This isn't solely the case for the lonely players though. Cooperatively there's more than enough quality to extract from F.E.A.R. 3, which makes this part the real successor to the original. The game stays on its feet, even though the story is poorly told and lacks impact, which is more than mentionable nowadays.
  17. Jul 5, 2011
    80
    Though it may have its faults, the vast majority of the content is a first-person shooter fan's wet dream, even if it doesn't deliver the kind of nightmares you may be hoping for.
  18. Jun 24, 2011
    80
    The excellent shooting mechanics work in F.E.A.R. 3's favour, as they are able to let me forget about the poorly told story. Furthermore there are some truly amazing horror sequences which sent my pulse racing. That was also the case in some instances in which the flawed balancing almost led me to throw my gamepad against the wall in frustration.
  19. Jun 20, 2011
    80
    While F.3.A.R may not be the most competitive FPS on the market, it offers a ton of unique mechanics you really can't find anywhere else.
  20. Jun 20, 2011
    80
    F.E.A.R. 3 has its flaws, and some of its scares come off more as loud and obnoxious than genuinely frightening. Overall, though, the game is a fantastic blend of horror and action that's armed to the teeth with extras.
  21. Jun 20, 2011
    80
    From the single-player campaign that can be played through twice with two different characters to the co-op campaign that you can play through with a friend locally or online to an incredibly thoughtful multiplayer offering, F.E.A.R. 3 has a lot going for it.
  22. Jul 25, 2011
    78
    Few scares, little innovation - but a fun play through regardless. Great multiplayer, too. [Sept 2011, p.81]
  23. Jul 5, 2011
    78
    This new F.E.A.R. game is supposed to be scary, but it actually isn't. But the new features you can find are great. This time you can also play with Paxton Fettel, there is a nice to play multiplayer and the co-op works great. The story on the other side disappoints and that also counts for the graphics.
  24. Jun 21, 2011
    78
    F.E.A.R. 3 features many of the integral pieces necessary to deliver frights – haunting sound effects, an arresting atmosphere, and foreboding environments – yet too often the game recycles old techniques that proved scary in 2005 but do little to raise my blood pressure now.
  25. Jun 20, 2011
    78
    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.
  26. Jun 29, 2011
    77
    F.E.A.R. 3 has some unique features and is motivated by ingenious and atypical gameplay mechanics, but it is also wasteful of unique opportunities and a new disappointment for this series.
  27. Dec 12, 2011
    75
    Nice multimedia as expected, but the AI has taken a dip. Fortunately, the multiplayer elements and Challenges keep things fresh.
  28. Jun 25, 2011
    75
    Fear seems to have forgotten what its name means. It's become an average linear and scripted shooter, and gone are the cinematographic sequences as well. On the other hand, there's some goodness in the 2 players coop and in multiplayer. Consider it only if what you seek is light FPS entertainment, better if played with a friend.
  29. Jun 22, 2011
    75
    It's short on scares, but satisfying shooting and exciting cooperative play make F.E.A.R. 3 a thoroughly enjoyable shooter.
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 99 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 41
  2. Negative: 4 out of 41
  1. Jun 21, 2011
    10
    This is so much fun. Play with your buddies in multiplayer, it's a blast! The single player campaign is great, only to be made even moreThis is so much fun. Play with your buddies in multiplayer, it's a blast! The single player campaign is great, only to be made even more enjoyable by having a friend join you in a unique divergent co-op experience! Full Review »
  2. Jun 21, 2011
    10
    Great games which manges to deliver a original and genuine scary single player experience, best played alone and with the curtains closed. TheGreat games which manges to deliver a original and genuine scary single player experience, best played alone and with the curtains closed. The co-op extremely fun due to the two completely different styles of play. The atmosphere is great and this is mostly thanks to the great soundtrack and well designed levels. The gameplay itself is also good, weapons feel genuine and enemies (with great A.I) go down with allot of gore. The multiplayer manages to be original as well as extremely addictive. A refreshing game in a landscape dominated by "been there done that" shooters! Full Review »
  3. Jun 21, 2011
    10
    This game is a blast. This a very co op oriented game. I'll start off with the online aspects. The online multiplayer does not have theThis game is a blast. This a very co op oriented game. I'll start off with the online aspects. The online multiplayer does not have the typical competitive gametypes like deathmatch and team deathmatch. All the online multi is co op. This is one of those games where you and a few buddies can get online, and itll have you screaming, laughing, and having an overall exciting time. The campaign brings the stories of pointman, fettel, and alma full circle. While the gameplay remains much the same, the scare factor and atmosphere has changed from action- horror, to action- somewhat horror. It is a horror story with no scares. Being able to go through the campaign by yourself twice, with a freind in coop as each character, the addicting leveling system, and the stellar online multiplayer, this game should should have itself locked in your disc drive for quite some time. Way better game than the flop most were expecting Full Review »