There is always one thing lacking in the video gaming industry; “F.3.A.R”. When I say that, I really mean that the industry is lacking on games that make you actually terrified. There are only 2 games (AAA titles) that really have made you grab your chair in fear of going on. The more popular titles is of course the F.E.A.R series. Why do I say this? Well for starters it came out first and it captivated and made people do things in their pants they want to forget. It is easy to say and understand that F.E.A.R is the epitome of the horror gaming genre.
With F.3.A.R though, they really stepped up the bar when it comes to those shock and awe moments. I don’t want to mislead you as it does not step up above the 2nd installment, but it is right on par with it.
However, I am going to start this review off with the mode I enjoyed more: multiplayer. Now, this is not your “normal” multiplayer you are used to playing, this is a co-op adventure. By adventure, I mean an insane amount of fun, and terror rolled into one little perfect package. The greatest thing is that there are 4 different modes to choose from:
“Fucking Run” is a variation of a horde-type mode, but there is a catch. You need to be on your toes the ENTIRE time as you have to travel from safe-house to safe-house all the while Alma is trying to get you. If you have not played F.3.A.R yet, then you should know Alma is an insta-killer. To really add insult to injury, if a player is killed it is game over for you!
“Soul Survivor” is a really unique game mode in which 1 player poses as the “Spectre” and attempts to posses the other players before the time runs out.
“Soul King” is actually one of my least favorite game modes. It is exactly like Soul Survivor, with the exception that EVERY player is the Spectre and has to possess the enemies.
“Contractions” is actually a pretty solid and fun game mode with its “horde” type gameplay. You and 3 other players have to survive 20 rounds worth of enemies, with each round getting harder and harder. Now do understand that it is not the enemies that are getting harder, it is the visibility. As you progress each wave, this dense fog grows closer and closer to the point where it is almost impossible to see. Extremely fun mode!
Now, the Single Player campaign is pretty top notch too; with the out of the box scare tactics and unbelievable control scheme you have one hell of a ride ahead of you.
The story in F.3.A.R is lacking AT TIMES, but it more than makes up for it with the consistent combat, which really defines the game. Combat is one of the best things about this game, as it is really fluid and controlled. The AI is actually pretty impressive too, specifically when they take cover. You will often times find yourself behind cover only to have the AI enemy blind fire at you, which sometimes is effective. Other times however, it is pretty funny to watch them blind fire in the opposite direction and if you listen carefully, they do communicate with you often times insinuating that they have hit you. I personally laugh every time at this, only to be killed by a flanking shotgunner.
Keep your eyes peeled though, because there are times when the scariest SOB in the gaming industry does appear. That scariest SOB is of course Alma, the one that started this all. This is usually when I scream like a little girl; she does have a tendency to catch you off-guard.
Alma has not only made her mark on individual players though, she has forever made her mark on the gaming industry with her scare tactics. If you want a game that will scare the shit out of you, then by all means pick F.3.A.R up if you have the courage (and plenty of underwear).