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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published By: Warner Bros. Interactive
Developed By: Day 1 Studios
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Players: 1-2 (2-16 Online)
Rated: M for Mature (Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Strong Language)
Release Date: June 21, 2011
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Written By: Marcus Prunty

March 5, 2012 - In the U.S., shooters are the dominate genre that drives the video game industry. From the likes of the Call of Duty, to Medal of Honor and Killzone; first-person and third-person shooters have garnered a level of praise and expectations to which some franchises simply canít live up to. One franchise that has remained relevant, despite not getting the attention it deserves and venturing down its own beaten path is the F.E.A.R. franchise. With two titles already released, F.3.A.R. looks to continue to do its own thing while also ramping up the action, horror and suspense that has helped the series find success in a genre flooded with varying options. F.3.A.R. is a horror-based shooter that provides ton of gore and scare s that will keep the gamer on the edge of their seat and their eyes constantly scanning the screen in fear.

The story within F.3.A.R. has Alma; the psychic and psycho marvel from the previous F.E.A.R. games, causing havoc again and ripping the world apart. You play as a genetically enhanced soldier named Point Man who was the main character in the original F.E.A.R. game who; with the ghost of his brother Paxton Fettel who has psychic powers and can jump in and out of bodies, is attempting to stop a pregnant Alma. At the end of F.E.A.R. 2, you see Alma attacking Beckett; another genetically modified super soldier, and you learn that she rapes him, and gets pregnant. I know I just threw many names at you, but the story can be a bit complicated. Alma is already super powerful and everyone is scared that her child will be even more powerful than she will. In addition, along for the ride and attempting to stop Alma is Armacham, the group that helped caused this whole mess in the first place.

The gameplay for this title is very linear, but at the same time diverse. Warner Bros. Interactive and Day 1 Studios gave many options as far as having local and online co-op where you can play with someone in the room or online. One person plays as Point Man and the other plays as Fettel. Alternatively, there is the traditional single player mode where you play through the game as Point Man with a little assistance or annoyance from Fettel advising you and trash talking you as you progress through the eight intervals of the game. Point Man is your typical badass soldier seen in most shooters but he also has a psychic ability, which lets him slow down time and deliver devastating attacks. Fettel; who is a ghost, can jump into the bodies of the enemy soldiers and make them shoot their fellow soldiers and create major chaos everywhere.

The graphics are not on par with the likes of Call of Duty or Killzone; just throwing that out there. However, I will say that F.3.A.R. doesnít need to be. I like the grittier look and feel of the game, which are thanks in part to the filter in place to make this game reminiscent of past horror games. It does not need to be as sharp and high def as other shooters out there. The in-game action keeps you so amped up with fear that, you are too busy looking for soldiers and other enemies and Alma popping up that you do not pay too much attention to the scenery. They also accomplish this intensity and horror with sound effects and music in the game. All of this adds to the scariness of the game through the voice acting, the intense music, and the sound effects from monsters growling soldiers yelling, bullets flying makes for a great game.

I personally played the game the first time through solo because I knew it would be more intense and you enjoy it more knowing that you defeated all the enemies and made it through the game alone. It gets frustrating at times but makes you feel like a badass at the end of the day. However, after that I launched into the online co-op with a friend and enjoyed that as well, it was a different experience and I recommend playing both ways.

If you have never played a game in this franchise, donít worry as you will feel right at home with the controls because they are heavily rooted within the first-person shooter genre. Point Man has access to many different guns including your typical shotguns, machine guns, dual wielding guns sniper rifles and a few grenades to boot. Speaking of grenades; there are cool and all, but man they are a pain in the butt to throw. I never could find any accuracy when trying to hit a target they always tended to fly way over my target or way short of my target. To get by this I would bank grenades off walls or crates or cook the grenade (hold it for few seconds), then toss, and have it explode halfway which is where the target usually was that I was trying to hit. I hope that Warner Bros. and Day 1 can fix this in the next game because grenade throwing is a big deal in FPS games.

However, with all that said we come to the Multiplayer, which is what most fans of FPS are more concerned with than the actual story mode. This is a different multiplayer then other games. F.3.A.R. has four modes - Soul King, Contractions, Fucking Run (I know right?) and Soul Survivor - each having their own specific maps and have different tasks that you have to compete with only four players not, the 8 or 16 as other games. In Soul King, you play as creatures that possess enemies. As these creatures you attack and use the weapons of whomever you possess against the other players. Each enemy; once killed drops souls and collecting these souls is how you win the game. The person that has the most soul as time runs out wins. In Contractions, you defend a location as waves and waves of enemies keep coming at you while you have to make sure you do not run out of ammo or weapons. It is a lot like Zombie Mode in Call of Duty this was one of my favorite modes to play personally. While the previous two modes were single player where you are on your own, the last two are team-based games. In Fucking Run, you and your team have to escape a cloud of smoke that keeps descending on you, as you have to kill and dodge enemies and get through obstacles and not let the smoke cloud catch your team. I will admit this one was intense and I failed many times when I played this. However, found it fun once I got better at it. The last multiplayer mode is Soul Survivor. In this mode one of the four players is turned into a ghost and can possess the other players the goal of this game is to turn all the other three people into ghosts before time runs out.

When it comes to games these days, replayability is a big deal in whether you want to spend 60 dollars on a game or not. In addition, this game has a lot of replayability because of its multiplayer modes and its points system. You gain points for doing specific tasks in the game whether itís killing 10 enemies without being hit, or being in cover for a 100 seconds, or even using slow-mo so many times. Each of these tasks can be easy or hard and they give different totals but as you get more points, you rank/level up. The great thing about that system is it is across all the modes in the game single player, the co-op and the multiplayer every time you are playing the game and doing things you will get points and rank up and make your character stronger.

Every since the end of F.E.A.R. 2 I was waiting for F.3.A.R. cause I was like in love with the 2nd game. However, when this came out with the ability to play as two different characters as well as play with my friends and other people online I was stoked. So when I finally got my hands on this game I was like I know this isnít COD or Killzone but thatís why I love it so much. The multiplayer modes are more intense because of the different modes and small number of players. The game has a lot of replay ability and the point system makes you want to keep playing to see how far you can rank up. If you like, the horror genre and are a fan of FPS games I would definitely try this one.


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