Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc.’s F.E.A.R. 3 for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3, Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360, and the PC is a sequel that summons sharp shooting, dual-role gameplay, and solid co-op options in supernatural modern combat.
In F.E.A.R. 3, users can control the Point Man or Paxton Fettel, two brothers that are the spawn of the psychically powerful Alma. Point Man, an elite soldier from the First Encounter Assault Recon squad, killed Fettel, but he has return from the dead as a paranormal. Point Man forms an alliance with Fettel in hopes of reaching Alma, who is pregnant with another child.
Point Man yields standard military combat while Paxton Fettel uses physic powers to infiltrate and inhabit bodies. In single-player, the option to use Fettel is unlocked after mission completion with Point Man. In online co-op, the two men work together to complete the mission.
The mix of combat works well, particularly when used together in online co-op. While Point Man holds an assortment of standard shooting weaponry, Fettel can beam right toward an enemy to capture the body or leave it for dead to allow Point Man to nab any left weapons. Also, users can see an outline of the other player through any walls to know exactly where their partner is.
The shooting gameplay is excellent with pitch-perfect aiming and special abilities like a quick slo-mo option from prior titles, in addition to fast and accurate grenade tosses. Users can cover behind any object to peer out or blind fire with ease. The AI is very mobile and smart with constant movement, sharp aim, and cover actions.
Online co-op includes a competitive aspect that allows each player to complete certain challenges under Aggression, Tactics, Aptitude, and Psychic conditions. Post level completion user scores are tallied to receive the title of ‘Favorite Son’.
Multiplayer includes four online-op survival modes for up to four in which users attempt to survive waves of soldiers and paranormal monsters. Modes require team work and strategy, like lifting ammunition boxes back to base between each wave or healing fallen teammates in battle.
The graphics engine is solid at 30 frames-per-second. F.E.A.R. 3 utilizes the Havoc engine for great textures, animations, and lighting. Special effects, including paranormal smoke and soldier death physics, are also well done.
F.E.A.R. 3 is a solid sequel that bleeds new life to the franchise with dual gameplay roles and great co-op options. Alma would be proud.