Alma returns in the third installment to the spooky first person shooter franchise, F.E.A.R.
F.E.A.R. 3 takes place many months after the last game. At the end of the previous game Alma had forced herself upon you and she has now become pregnant. You take the role as Point Man, a Super Soldier who fans of the first game will know. The main story to F.E.A.R 3 is about stopping Alma from giving birth. It's up to Point Man to make sure it doesn't happen and it's not going to be an easy task. If things weren't bad enough your also haunted by your brother "Paxton Fettel" who you killed. He will show up unexpectedly through the game and helps you on your struggle to stopping Alma's birth.
F.E.A.R. 3 is packed with lots of replay value. Once you've completed the game you will unlock Fettel as a playable character, which gives it a different gameplay experience. Fettel is a little different to Point Man when it comes to dealing with enemies. He cannot pick up weapons but he does have great psychic powers. He can blast enemies with immobilizing and destructive energy or posses them and take control of their body. Whilst being able to play the campaign as Fettal is a great feature the games campaign is best experienced cooperatively. It's great fun when a player as Fettal holds an enemy dangling in the air, whilst the other shoots. The game also has a set of challenges that you can complete towards ranking up. These can be earned through single-player and multiplayer. Each challenge varies, it could be from spending so much time in slo-mo or shooting a certain amount of enemies behind cover. You are also awarded a score at the end of each level. It's a nice touch and gives the game a competitive side as well.
F.E.A.R. 3 has had major improvements from it's predecessors. The first is it's cover system. Instead of just crouching behind objects you can now stick behind cover simply with a press of a button. This allows you to peek left and right behind objects or duck over them. The AI has also been tweaked dramatically. Enemies are extremely good at flanking you. They communicate to each other on what their doing to try take you down and it adds a great sense of atmosphere to the fights. It's fast paced action and exhilarating when swapping from cover to cover as it's being destroyed. Slo-mo also makes a return and is just as fun as it's ever been. Whilst it does make things a little to easy at times it does help you when your surrounded by a large amount of enemies. It's also cool to watch as a bullet slowly moves towards an enemies head or seeing them exploding in pieces of blood.
If you expect F.E.A.R. 3 to be big on scares you might be left disappointed. The scares you encounter are little and far between and most of the games time is filled with shooting than wandering around in a dark building. There are however some creepy moments like this and one scare in particular left my hair standing on the back of my neck.. The sound to the game is fantastic and makes most of the moments in F.E.A.R. 3 very intense and creepy.
The game is also packed with multiplayer but it's not the typical deathmatch or capture the flag modes you might be expecting. Day 1 Studios decided to take away these modes and give F.E.A.R 3's multiplayer a unique experience. There's four modes on offer and each are very fun to play. One of my favourite modes is called Fu**ing Run. Here you an three other players must fight waves of enemies as your being chased by black smoke called the Wall of Death. As it moves closer and closer you must push forward and not let anyone get hit by it or it's game over.
F.E.A.R. 3 delivers what it sets out to do. It might be light on scares but the Single-Players great pace and mix between scary and exiting gunfights make the game a delight to play. With two playable characters in singleplayer, CO-op and multiplayer, there's a lot to do in F.E.A.R. 3 and it's sure worth your time.
Review by Gareth Smith