Players beware; you are in for a scare
F.E.A.R 3 continues the horrific tale of Alma, an evil psychic controlled by Armacham. F.E.A.R 2’s ending reveals that Alma bears a child and the main objective of F.E.A.R 3 is to prevent the birth of this child. The game reintroduces old characters, and you play as Point Man, who possesses a few powers of his own. The other character involved heavily in the storyline is Paxton Fettel his brother who has stronger psychic abilities.
The story blends together smoothly but what really catches players’ attention is the story telling technique that makes good use of surprising flashbacks and intriguing cut-scenes.
The gameplay is well organized. It’s divided into eight chapters and each level’s environment is unique. What is most enrapturing about F.E.A.R 3 is that it takes basic elements used in a FPS such as basic shooting and makes them interesting in a range of ways.
The distinction between the gameplay of both playable characters is amazing; Point Man is your basic FPS protagonist with an arsenal of weapons while Fettel (who you can play with once you end the campaign with Point Man) relies more heavily on psychic abilities to lure enemies.
F.E.A.R 3 however, comes with its set of drawbacks. I’ve personally experienced occasional glitches during play-through. For instance, at one point, the enemy keeps attacking you while you can’t see him and there is no way of throwing a grenade at an attacker accurately because there is no aiming system that indicates where the grenade will land.
Graphics is a department where this game seems to have lost its shine. The visuals are slightly dilated and as compared to other upcoming games in and outside the genre, the graphics are relatively poor. The music and environment are however well presented and are in line with the theme of the game.
The main plus-point of this game is that it offers a multiplayer platform and each mode in the platform is distinctively unique. Not giving out spoilers, but my personal favourite is the ‘Soul Survivor’ in which one of the players is chosen at random to be a ghost, who then has to turn the remaining humans into ghosts before time runs out.
Among other modes, the popular ones are ‘Soul King’ in which you have to defeat the supernatural enemies that have the power of possession and ‘Contractions’ in which you are faced with the challenge of defeating a wave of enemies as a team.
The game has a decent amount of campaign time, with plenty of collectibles, an active point system and a great multiplayer. Also, the number of ways in which you can play the campaign repeatedly is remarkable because you can play as two different characters, with unique abilities.
At the end of it all, in entirety it is a good game to play. The story telling and gameplay will keep you intrigued. I’d say it is a game worth your money and time.
The Scorecard (each category out of 10):-
Story: The story is great but the story telling is even more marvellous. 8
Gameplay: This definitely is one of its strong suites. Day1studios have done an amazing job developing the gameplay. 8.5
Graphics: It certainly loses a step here but overall the graphics are acceptable. 6
Presentation: The environment is effectively created with well matched music, sound effects and an interesting start menu. 8.5
Replay value: You’ll surely want to play this even after you’ve completed the campaign once because it has a lot of collectibles and a unique multiplayer platform. 8
Overall: The fans of the series will undoubtedly want to buy this one to add to their collection. For those who aren’t fans, you still might like to give it a try. 8