Platform: Xbox 360, PC, PS3
The original FEAR was the benchmark of PC gaming in its day. The console versions weren't quite as spectacular but the game provided a creepy and visually compelling experience none the less. The less said about the second the better. The third game sees you assumes the role of the Point Man from the original FEAR and curiously you fight alongside one of the franchise's main villains, Paxton Fettel.
FEAR 3's audio is suitably moody, creepy and heart racing at the right moments. The cinematics, which were developed by John Carpenter, and the in-game visuals raise the game beyond a bog standard title. However, the gameplay feels dated. As much fun as it is to blast special force agents in slow-motion or the game's zombies in slow motion it's hardly original today. And when FEAR's creepy little girl Alma doesn't quite send the same chill down the spine as she did originally.
Still the game's worth playing through to experience the moody atmosphere and thankfully the plot is more coherent than the much derided Fear 2. There's also the obligatory multiplayer which includes co-op, deathmatch and survival modes and it's here that players will get the most longevity out of this title.
Buy or Rent: Rent
Replay Value: 3/5
Reviewed By: Bryan Collins