If this game doesn’t make your skin crawl then it’s on too tight. Monolith’s latest installment takes the fear factor to a whole different level, creating an oppressive atmosphere backed up by a consistent storyline and rock-solid gameplay. Newcomers and hardcore fans alike will have a reason to rejoice after immersing in the dark, fascinating universe of FEAR 3.

You will play as Point Man, the star of [easyazon-link asin=”B003GSZ9ZE”]F.E.A.R. 3[/easyazon-link], who took a break for the sequel and allowed Becket to have some fun trying to ruin Alma’s plans. Since his attempt was not particularly successful, you need to clean up the mess and prevent Alma from giving birth to a child that will most likely inherit her powers and malevolence. While the plot is not sufficiently explained in the opening part, and the newcomers might encounter some problems while immersing in this grim universe, there are plenty of logs scattered all over the area for you to collect.

Picking up the pieces

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They contain a lot of information and I found plenty of new facts that were useful in filling up the spaces and further explain some elements encountered in the previous installments. Firefights are equally exciting in the office corridors, deserted facilities or in murky sewers with enemies quickly adapting to the environment and trying to make the most of it. The AI is quite impressive, with enemy soldiers constantly on the move, taking cover at all times and trying to flank you, but the most dangerous foes remain the specimens and the spectrals whose speed and elusiveness are difficult to counter.

No matter how clever, fast, or difficult to spot your enemies might be, you’ll always have the upper hand as long as you can rely on the super-reflexes that allow you to enter the slow motion mode. It’s the trademark of the FEAR franchise and the most important element regarding combat in both the original and the sequel. Thanks to the quick recharging time, this super ability can be used in almost every firefight, making your mission much easier and rendering the need for cover virtually useless.

This is no hack and slash

Depending on your option of using the slow motion a lot or just in critical moments, the entire gameplay can shift between a fast paced shooter and one with a rather more tactical approach. While this is essentially a FPS so you can blast your way to victory, I strongly recommend you to take a different approach and try to get immersed into the atmosphere. Imagine that you are really there, with no checkpoints and no option to load a previous save and try to advance as you would in real life, instead of acting like in a videogame.

It requires a bit of imagination and willpower, but some quality headphones, a high difficulty level and a dark setting in your room will help you get there. When played like this, [easyazon-link asin=”B003GSZ9ZE”]F.E.A.R. 3[/easyazon-link] is truly a terrifying game and despite having just eight intervals, you will spend a lot of time savoring it. Add to this the fact that you can play all these levels with both Point Man and his evil twin Paxton Fettel and you’ll understand why FEAR 3 is worth purchasing even for its single player campaign.

This is what awaits for you in [easyazon-link asin=”B003GSZ9ZE”]F.E.A.R. 3[/easyazon-link]:

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Florin

Florin

I am an avid gamer and a passionate reviewer, with three years of experience in this line of work. I've worked for Games32 and during those three years, I've written hundreds of previews and reviews for both PC and console games. The website was unfortunately revamped and now offers casual games, but some of my articles still exist on the developers' websites. Before working as a game reviewer, I’ve played competitive Starcraft. I won the Romanian Championship 4 times in 8 editions and I won the Balkanic Cup with the national team. I know what gaming is and I can relate to both rookies and pros.