F.3.A.R. screenshot
F.3.A.R. screenshot

Elsewhere there's Contractions, a wave-based survival mode. A round on a map titled Mechanized Invasion, which featured a dilapidated house underneath a bridge rather than the purported steely offensive, started out similar to Call of Duty's Zombies mode, but promptly progressed in its own unique direction with mech suits dropping out of the sky, a wandering Alma who killed players foolish enough to stray too close - think the Witch from Left 4 Dead - and the inclusion of a rising fog (of death, naturally) that periodically forced players to higher and higher ground.

The objective is to fend off twenty waves of assorted nasties, though as you can probably imagine you'll need to have a cast-iron trigger finger, cat-like reflexes, and three other teammates who aren't afraid to communicate with one another. A small team of fellow journalists and me stumbled on the sixth wave, which was particularly devastating to our collective ego.

Long-term survival is helped by picking up the allied P.A. (a massive mechanical beast with chainguns for arms, though I was initially expecting to have my appointment schedule rearranged by a Personal Assistant) which spawns when you hit the third wave. There's not enough mechs for everybody, however, so the rest of the gang will be doing their best to erect barricades and head outside the safety of the central confines to scavenge for randomly generated weapon and ammo crates. Fail to do this and you're unlikely to pack enough punch to take out later waves.

The next mode is Soul King, which will be immediately familiar to fans of Halo: Reach's Headhunter. The four of you are thrust into a free for all scuffle where you collect soul tokens from downed rivals, dropping your own cache on the ground for others to hoover up if (or, in my case, when) you unfortunately bite the dust.

Soul King's twist is that you play as a phantom that can leap into the bodies of the AI enemies roaming the arena. In spiritual form you're lightning fast but flimsy, and despite being able to chuck balls of raw spirit energy you'd be more likely to kill foes by throwing a Kit Kat Chunky at their head. The trick, then, is to jump from body to body and rack up the kills - the game, however, decides to show everybody the location of whoever is in the lead. Which is nice.

F.3.A.R. screenshot

Soul Survivor, the final mode, keeps the wraiths and possession but wraps it around an objective-based setting that's similar to Halo's Infection gametype. One of the quartet is randomly selected to start the game as a wraith, and then must head out to transform the other three into the same. The human trio are left fighting off waves of AI units and the odd possessed character.

The game keeps running until either the timer expires or there's a last man standing, who is then shown a spot on the map where he can escape or, alternatively, just stick to his guns, dig in, and try his luck against three frenzied wraiths and a clock that seems to run to a similar idea of time as watched kettles.

The success of small, intimate games like Left 4 Dead has shown Day 1 Studios it can create a multiplayer component without regurgitating the same old modes that every other game is doing. The influences for many of F.E.A.R. 3's gametypes are plain to see, and whether an overall focus on teamwork will be accepted by a genre that thrives on competition is yet to be seen, but F**cking Run could have just enough originality to carve a space in the market all for itself.

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Wido

Only just got round to reading this...

Finished Fear 1 yesterday on the PC and near the end of Fear 2. I do have Fear 3 on pre-order, as I'm really liking the games. Fear 1 is brilliant and it did make me jump on two occasions, but Fear 2 doesn't have that sparkle like Fear 1. Instantly Bioshock 1 & 2 come into mind that Fear 2 was following the same path. After playing Dead Space 1 & 2 and witnessing the bloody visceral killings. I get the sense that I have now seen it all, but with Fear 3. I think I can suspect that the game will be more brutal (I hope) as I scanned the net for peoples reaction on Fear 2, as the scare meter was non-existent for many gamers.

Like GeNeCyDe1993 said; Fear 2 is a underrated game. I'm nearly at the end and I heard its one hell of a f'd up ending, which will leave you rather concerned.

I'm liking how the multiplayer to this game is more co-op, introducing friend play which I think will create many memorable moments.
Posted 08:15 on 20 June 2011
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Alexbe

F.E.A.R on the PC was so way ahead of it's time & loved playing it.Haven't got the expansion packs or F.E.A.R 2 but been told there even scarier & has more in depth graphics.
Posted 08:05 on 15 April 2011
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chelskiboy247

Ooh, the multiplayer side of things certainly sounds interesting.
Posted 15:46 on 14 April 2011
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GeNeCyDe1993

I loved F.E.A.R. 2, was a seriously underrated game in my opinion. Will be looking closely into this, looks interesting so far.
Posted 15:08 on 14 April 2011

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