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  • Summary: Alma returns in F.E.A.R. 3 but this time her sons Point Man and Paxton Fettel introduce divergent co-op, giving players distinctly different abilities affecting their own play as well as the experience of their co-op partner. Gamers participate in single player or co-op modes as Point Man, a genetically enhanced super soldier originally introduced in F.E.A.R., or they can play cooperatively as his conniving brother Paxton Fettel, whose incredible telekinetic power has given him life beyond the grave. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 71
  2. Negative: 2 out of 71
  1. Jul 1, 2011
    Rather than aping what's popular, it focuses on good gunplay and unique ways to make it interesting: the slow motion, the co-op, the scoring system, two distinct characters to emphasize replayability, and a story that knows its place and its limitations.
  2. Jun 29, 2011
    F.E.A.R. 3 offers some great replay value from not only giving the player an incentive to complete the game a second time around with the enigmatic Paxton Fettel but some very entertaining score based multiplayer fun. It may not be the most graphical game of the year but it does pack a punch where it counts with gameplay.
  3. Jul 19, 2011
    Not enough horror, but the refreshing differentness complemented by the solid gameplay make this a great game.
  4. 78
    It mightn't be the return to F.E.A.R. some fans wished for, but it's a competent and able shooter that doesn't let up.
  5. Jun 29, 2011
    F.E.A.R. 3 is a fun shooter best played with friends, and although the campaign is short and kind of confusing, there's plenty of replayability in the multiplayer to make this a worthy purchase for any fan of the series.
  6. Jul 11, 2011
    So if you are a FPS fan, a F.E.A.R. nut or merely someone who loves their gore, then pick up F.E.A.R. 3 – you'll have a bloody good time.
  7. Jun 26, 2011
    Whether you preferred the original F.E.A.R. or its sequel, F.E.A.R. 3 plays to the strengths of neither, almost feeling like a multiplayer spin-off that was begrudgingly upgraded to full-on sequel. There's a categorical compulsion here to play it safe, a mistake that even F.E.A.R. might not be able to return from.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 39
  2. Negative: 5 out of 39
  1. Jun 21, 2011
    This game is actually a ton of fun... Co-op Campaign, Playing as Fettel is unique and pretty sweet (you can possess enemies!), one of the best FPS cover systems period, extremely cool scoring system, and some really unique & fun Co-op Multiplayer Modes... AND because of the Scoring System and Co-op/Multiplayer the replay-ability of FEAR 3 is through the roof!!!... NOTE: This is NOT Call Of Duty nor is it trying to be COD (which I think is refreshing)... Expand
  2. Feb 10, 2012
    the original f.e.a.r. is one of my all time favorite games so I was really looking forward to this one, first the graphics aren't particularly impressive but they get the job done, the sound is very good with the ambiance really unnerving at times, gameplay wise the game is a blast, you'll really feel the power of your weapons, watching your enemy torn apart in slow motion never gets old, you'll also get a score after each chapter and this adds to the longevity and replay value, another interesting thing is the possibility to play as Fettel in single or co-op, this gives the game a totally different feel and grants a second playthrough, I've played with friends in the campaign and I must tell that I really enjoyed the experience, the fact that the two characters have so different powers and can cooperate in many different ways makes it stand out from the competition. Buy it if you are a f.e.a.r. fan or you're simply in search for a different fps with some original content Expand
  3. Jun 21, 2011
    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 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
  4. Jun 23, 2011
    Unlike the two previous F.E.A.R. titles, the main draw for the third installment is the multiplayer. The single player campaign is pretty boring, even with Paxton Fettel's psychic powers at your side. The scares that drew me into the first game are long gone. The 'scares' are yawn-inducing and only mildly jolting at best. I expected better with names like Carpenter and Niles attached to the project. However, all of the faults and disappointments don't keep F.E.A.R. 3 from being a total blast. Contractions and **** Run are an absolute riot, especially when you have the right team. These are some of the most original and fun multiplayer modes I've seen in any game. They put Call of Duty's zombie mode to shame. All in all, F.E.A.R. 3 is a great multiplayer experience that more than makes up for the drab single player campaign. Expand
  5. Jul 13, 2011
    Three minus points are getting discounting, why? well my big complain in the second was that it focused a little bit more in action and forgot a ( not to much, but still) the fear. This time they went to far, is a big risk forgetting about something so important, doesn't the tittle say Fear? well you may ask if the game really show you that, because it really don't do it too much. Also being said, solid shooter,tho, is very smooth ( and similar by any means compared too, ehh you know what FPS game is) anyway, so by any standard , do not play because of the horror genre , play by the solid mechanics. The online , use filters, so you need to pick already in progress competition , also there's a mode similar to the Zombies from Call of Duty Black Ops, only thing that pissed off me, is that ,it doesn't progress you get stuck in the same place fighting hordes and more hordes of creatures, yeah you don't progress but they do, sending more stronger enemies while you're already in the same place. Maybe Fear made good efforts in feeding the fans, but also left fans wanting more scares rather than running and shooting. Expand
  6. Jul 10, 2011
    I've always liked the FEAR games, they always had a creepy atmospheres, plenty of scares and a decent story for a horror game. FEAR 3 follows kinda after the story of the second but with you returning to the role of "point man", i thought they would have given him a name now, but i guess not. The story is pretty straightforward,kill Alma. Nothing really shocking happens here and that really isn't surprising since this is supposed to be then end of the FEAR trilogy. The game play is standard shooter stuff, pick up a gun, shoot dudes, not really revolutionary there. However the shooting feels really solid and you enemies explode in geysers of blood and dying gurgles which makes for some really satisfying kills.The "unique: thing about fear is that in between combat there are some really tense sections where ghosts and Alma haunt you from where you would least expect it. This broke up the combat nicely and kept it from just being another shooter. I suppose the more unique thing about FEAR 3 is that once you complete a level as Point Man, you can play through it again as Paxton Fettle, who plays vastly different than Point Man and makes for some really cool Single-Player and co-op moments. The multiplayer is solid and provides lots of chills and action in every mode. Thing is though, the multiplayer, while cool, really wont keep you from better multiplayer games such as Halo or Call Of Duty.

    Overall FEAR 3 is good, not really something you will keep around for years though. The story was predictable and the criminal thing is that I saw some plot points that could have been made into really cool twists. The game-play is not really revolutionary or new, and the scoring system just seems out of place in a horror FPS. I believe ditching Point Man or making it an option to play him in place of Fettle would have been unique and different than the standard run and gun FPS. And the Multiplayer is just well, ok, good but not really a reason to ditch the better multi-player games out there. The thing is these additions would have made this a must play, but as the current package, its just an "ok" rental.
  7. Jul 3, 2011
    This is one of the worst first-person-shooter games ever, and I've played them all, since Doom. The graphics is hazy and washed out, the action is more like wave upon wave of spawning zombie-flooding enemies than actual structural gameplay. I loved Fear1, Fear2 was passable, but this is rubbish. Expand

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