F.E.A.R. 3 (short for First Encounter Assault Recon) takes place after the events of the first two games, and if you haven’t played those, you won’t have a clue what’s going on here. The game tries to fill in players on all the events of the days gone by, but you’ll still be left scratching your head wondering how deep the rabbit hole was.
For your first playthrough, you’ll step into the genetically-modified boots of Point Man, whose heightened sense of reflexes allow him to slow down time. Gameplay is standard shooter fare where you move from one level to another, slowing time down, shooting enemies in the face. The reason we sound less than excited about the game’s single player campaign is because it lacks everything that made the first game a blast. For one, destruction is nearly negligible. Grenades when thrown don’t feel powerful or capable of decimating everything in sight. Once you take out the whole chaotic action from the equation, F.E.A.R. 3 becomes nothing more than a generic modern-day shooter with a few scares thrown in.
As opposed to the first game that made many seasoned gamers pee in their pants, this one only features a few creepy naked girls and some visual effects that distort vision. The game does pick up a bit towards the end but just as you’re getting into it, it gets over. Exploit psychic powers In co-operative play, the host plays as Point Man while the other will be Paxton Fettel, his undead brother with all the cool psychic abilities. As Point Man, the gameplay remains the same as the single player, but it’s only when you play as Fettel does the fun begin.
For starters, you can possess any enemy in sight and then proceed to gun his comrades down with reckless abandon. This is obviously the safest route since Fettel cannot wield any weapons. The other way of going about doing things is working in tandem with your partner where you levitate your opponent using your Telekinetic abilities while your partner finishes him off. The game packs in a ton of multiplayer game types but at the time of this review, multiplayer on PC was bug-ridden. Visually, F.E.A.R. 3 is a blurry mess of things with washed out environments and drab character models.