F.3.A.R is a sequel to F.E.A.R 2: Project Origin which continues the game 4 months after the ending in F.E.A.R 2: Project Origin. You once again control the character of Point Man, the protagonist from the first game, as you make your way back to Fairport with your ethereal brother Paxton Fettel in order to end what your mother had started.
GAMEPLAY: F.3.A.R is a first person shooter, but a good first person shooter. The AI, while is not great, is acceptable. They will hunt you down and use grenade to flush you out of your cover, which means you can’t simply sit behind a wall and shoot until they’re all dead. While using a tactic is recommended, you don’t really need to use one unless you’re fighting one of the mechanical big daddies, called Power Armors in the game. Other than that, it’s a fairly standard first person shooter game.
GRAPHIC: F.3.A.R lacks in the graphic department. Don’t get me wrong, it is beautiful, but as beautiful as it is, it felt like I’m looking at last year’s technology. The rendering for the surrounding area lacks depth and details. I mean, if an underachiever like Crysis 2 can pump out stunning graphics without killing your graphics card, why can’t F.3.A.R? It a bit of a disappointment for me to be honest.
STORY: I love the story in the F.E.A.R trilogy. It’s great. It’s not Crysis 2. It moves forward and finish something with each release of the game. Which is great and something every developer should strive for rather than turning it into one huge side mission (*cough*DragonAge2*cough*) that has nothing to do with the main story. It’s great to see Day 1 Studio back in the saddle by taking over the reigns from Monolith. The story is gripping and keeps you wanting to see more. The only downside to the story? You have to play the first game in order to understand they story in F.3.A.R.
OVERALL: Overall, F.3.A.R is a good game. With tons of FPSs in the market, it really is hard to please anyone with the genre anymore. Would I recommend it to everyone? Yes, but please play the first 2 games first. That way you can understand the story much better.