First F.E.A.R. 3 Promo Art Revealed

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First F.E.A.R. 3 Promo Art Revealed

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A Spanish gaming magazine has unearthed what is apparently a first look at F.E.A.R. 3, the rumored third entry in Monolith's creepy horror-FPS franchise.

Information about Monolith's new F.E.A.R. title, which we will once again warn is very spoilerish if accurate, was leaked last month via a casting call for a web-only promo for the game. F.E.A.R. 3, which by all appearances will actually be known as F.3.A.R., will feature the return of the characters who made the first game so great: Alma Wade and her deranged, devoted son Paxton Fettel. Her other son, the hero of the first game who was sadly never given a proper name of his own, will also be involved but this time will apparently join his mom and bro on the side of darkness.

A proper look at the new game will be coming next month, according to an unnamed Spanish gaming magazine dug up by NeoGAF, but in the meantime we can check out the first F.3.A.R. promotional art. The image features an older Alma front and center, naturally, flanked by a dude with a bullet hole in his forehead - presumably Paxton Fettel, although the resemblance stops at the extraneous cranial ventilation - and a guy with a machine gun who looks suspiciously like Ethan Thomas. Beneath them, along the bottom of the frame, a city burns.

It's all rather generic and unexciting save for one thing: What appears to be a well-advanced fetus growing inside Alma (or, perhaps, floating magically above the city.) Gamers who made it to the unspeakably disturbing end of F.E.A.R. 2 will know what that's all about and it could possibly suggest that despite not having been mentioned in the original rumor, Michael Beckett, the protagonist of the second game, will be returning as well.

Thoughts? Are we looking forward to a return to the more horror-oriented gameplay of the first F.E.A.R., or the greater focus on action that Project Origin brought to the party? And what's this business of replacing letters with numbers in the titles of sequels, anyway? "F.3.A.R." just looks silly. Maybe it's just a placeholder? Keep your eyes open in April to find out!

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Hopefully its as scary as the first one. That and hopefully the AI is as good as it was in the first one.

Both of those seemed absent in F.E.A.R. 2

I'm still recovering from the end of the second game. Oddest Boss fight ever... in away I felt like I lost even when I beat the game.

Sad to hear Point Man is going to be evil this time round, I don't know why but he was awesome despite being a faceless/speechless protagonist.

Ahwell have to wait and see what the actual gameplay and such will be like before judgement is passed.

The only thing I think these games need to improve is the transition between horror and action. You just had to look around to see whether you needed to be scared or go in, guns blazing.
But even with that, I had a lot of fun with both of the previous two games, so I'll probably pick up this.

Hopefully it is more like the first. Second was still fun, but not scary (one part in the demo made me jump), and the weapons were lame. Was nice to have a real sniper rifle, but the shotgun was complete shit. F.3.A.R. is also a kinda meh name, but the art looks pretty badass...

i can only hope its as good as the first.. the second was just poor.

Meh. F.E.A.R 2 was shitty. And the title of this one is woeful. The next one will have to be F.E.4.R

When I first read this posts headline I thought: "Dark cover with explosion and a scarry girl that doesn't say anything relevant about the game"

But hey, apparently I'm gifted!

Exterminas:
When I first read this posts headline I thought: "Dark cover with explosion and a scarry girl that doesn't say anything relevant about the game"

Sounds like to me like somebody's learning to harness his untapped psychic ability.

Hopefully this one doesn't have mandatory STEAM tie-in, or some worse form of DRM. STEAM aside, FEAR has been a series of unparalleled awesomeness, and I have loved every minute of it. Even the oft disregarded expansions which most people never bothered to try.

Its not exacrlyt what I thought of it...a little, underwhelming?

Its suffering from the ME2 box art problem of trying to be too generic and not offend anyone...despite the face thats what this series has been made to do...well, scare us to S*** anyway lol

Well, he wasn't entirely faceless, you could see his reflection in water, but he had a balaclava over his head with red tinted googles covering his eyes, which made me wonder why the game didn't have a red filter all the time

The cover artwork is horrible, I mean what the hell? And the title F.3.A.R? Are we using 1337 speak now Monolith?

No but seriously, I loved both games, but F.E.A.R 2 wasn't as scary IMO. Looking forward to this one.

FretfulGnome:
No but seriously, I loved both games, but F.E.A.R 2 wasn't as scary IMO.

It's hard to pull off "scary" when they give you an unstoppable mecha exo-frame with limitless ammo and regenerating shields. Try those same levels, but on foot and with the theme from 28 Days Later playing in the background, and the adrenaline might pump a little harder.

Sweet, I enjoyed the other two so hopefully this one will be as good. And feature an equally disturbing ending as the last one, although I am not sure that's possible.

Ah fuck... I just knew they where gonna exchange the E with a 3, I friggin' knew it... HAH. F.3.A.R... I'll probably get it anyways, it'l be awesome.

my sister will be very pleased when she hears there's a new F.E.A.R. coming out.. she was nutters about the other two..

even I was scared a bit(looking over her shoulder as she was playing the game)

I heard these games were good, are they worth checking out?

Khell_Sennet:

FretfulGnome:
No but seriously, I loved both games, but F.E.A.R 2 wasn't as scary IMO.

It's hard to pull off "scary" when they give you an unstoppable mecha exo-frame with limitless ammo and regenerating shields. Try those same levels, but on foot and with the theme from 28 Days Later playing in the background, and the adrenaline might pump a little harder.

You're probably right, but I don't think the theme song for 28 days later would do it for me. It makes me feel more depressed and lonely than it does anything else. I can't be that afraid if I'm too depressed to care ;)

xDHxD148L0:
I heard these games were good, are they worth checking out?

Yeah, absolutely. The first game had more of a horror thing going on, which I thought was very effective (although there were those who disagreed) while the second is more of a straightforward shooter. The AI was a little less impressive in the second too, I thought, although that could be a consequence of the level design: The original was almost all indoors, office environments, which took some criticism for being overly repetitive but also maximized the capabilities of the enemy AI and made for some incredibly intense fights. The second one... again, just a bit more average, but still well worth playing.

If you're interested in the story, you really need to play them in order (although you can easily skip the expansions, since they're essentially non-canon at this point; fun enough to play as action games but meaningless to the story). There's a lot going on in the second game that will only really make sense if you have knowledge of the original.

Jaredin:
Its not exacrlyt what I thought of it...a little, underwhelming?

Its suffering from the ME2 box art problem of trying to be too generic and not offend anyone...despite the face thats what this series has been made to do...well, scare us to S*** anyway lol

Or startle us into Cardiac arrest, at least.

Pic looks a bit stupid, but creepy none the less.

I seriously hope the gameplay will return to like it was in the 1st game. FEAR 2 was a disappointment to me.
Also, if you control Beckett instead of the point man I'm gonna be pissed. It's F.E.A.R. not 'Delta Team' and the point man was far more involved in the plot than Beckett was.

Meh, the scariest FEAR was Extraction Point, not the original.
Haven't played 2.

Akalabeth:
Meh, the scariest FEAR was Extraction Point, not the original.
Haven't played 2.

2 wasn't bad, as others have pointed out there was much less horror element, replaced instead with greater scale action scenes. Its great failing in my eyes is that it did ignore Extraction Point, which I thought was a better direction for the plot.

Khell_Sennet:

Akalabeth:
Meh, the scariest FEAR was Extraction Point, not the original.
Haven't played 2.

2 wasn't bad, as others have pointed out there was much less horror element, replaced instead with greater scale action scenes. Its great failing in my eyes is that it did ignore Extraction Point, which I thought was a better direction for the plot.

Wait, FEAR2's protagonist is not the other son? Does Fear2 still have bullet time? And if so how is this explained?? Perseus Mandate was the same crap, some random other guy, not at all connected to the plot has the same super powers? makes no sense.

Andy Chalk:

xDHxD148L0:
I heard these games were good, are they worth checking out?

Yeah, absolutely. The first game had more of a horror thing going on, which I thought was very effective (although there were those who disagreed) while the second is more of a straightforward shooter. The AI was a little less impressive in the second too, I thought, although that could be a consequence of the level design: The original was almost all indoors, office environments, which took some criticism for being overly repetitive but also maximized the capabilities of the enemy AI and made for some incredibly intense fights. The second one... again, just a bit more average, but still well worth playing.

If you're interested in the story, you really need to play them in order (although you can easily skip the expansions, since they're essentially non-canon at this point; fun enough to play as action games but meaningless to the story). There's a lot going on in the second game that will only really make sense if you have knowledge of the original.

Thanks, I'll try and see if I can get any used copies anywhere or see if they're on Steam.

I'm looking forward to it, even though it's unfortunately named "Effthreearr". The first two games were damn good action filled shooters, and I don't expect this one to be different.

I hope they pull out all the stops on this one.
Fear 2 was so much just... "FEAR 1 ... again". The level variety was much welcomed, but they really need to give this series some pizazz. I don't know how, but if it's just the same game AGAIN I really don't think I'll be going for it this time.

Here's an idea: let me use psychic powers that aren't just bullet time!

They have to understand that Alma is growing towards familiarity for us. While I really like her character, you can't keep using the same tricks on us over and over. Mix it up a bit!

DO WANT! NAO!

No really, F.E.A.R. is probably one of my favourite series to date, so I'm really excited for the release of this. Ah, how I do love a proper horror game that is actually scary, we really need more of them this generation.

...are we gonna play the baby???

As much as people seem to give this game crap, I'll say I'm quite excited for this next installment.

Akalabeth:

Khell_Sennet:

Akalabeth:
Meh, the scariest FEAR was Extraction Point, not the original.
Haven't played 2.

2 wasn't bad, as others have pointed out there was much less horror element, replaced instead with greater scale action scenes. Its great failing in my eyes is that it did ignore Extraction Point, which I thought was a better direction for the plot.

Wait, FEAR2's protagonist is not the other son? Does Fear2 still have bullet time? And if so how is this explained?? Perseus Mandate was the same crap, some random other guy, not at all connected to the plot has the same super powers? makes no sense.

Yes he does, can't say why. The story revolves around the Why, and I don't want to ruin it.

Okay, I'm callin' this....

F.3.A.R. will have a silent protagonist with a mysterious past and amazing reflexes who will be called in to fight against hordes of heavily-armed supersoldiers. Along the way he will have hallucinations involving a creepy little girl, and people will be horribly mutilated by an invisible force. Also, there will be a cliffhanger ending.

I know I'm taking a huge risk with such a detailed prediction, but I've got a lot of confidence in this hunch!

So the player character from F.E.A.R. 1 is joining up with Fettel and Alma?

NOICE!!! Just wish you'd have had the option to do that the first time around. Maybe he'll be a playable character?

Damn, I'm actually excited for this!

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