F.E.A.R. 3

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Digital FoundryF.E.A.R. 3 Xbox 360/PS3 performance analysis

Xbox 360 commands a small consistency advantage.

Digital FoundryF.E.A.R. 3 Consoles vs. PC comparison

A 720p head-to-head between PC, 360 and PS3.

Digital FoundryF.E.A.R. 3 PS3/360 Face-Off Comparison

As per usual, Xbox 360 takes on PlayStation 3.

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F.E.A.R. 3 dev sees massive redundancies

Silent Scope reboot project collapses.

Chicago-based F.E.A.R. 3 developer Day 1 Studios has laid off a huge swathe of staff following the collapse of a publishing deal with Konami, according to a Gamespot report.

EU PlayStation Store update 29th June

EU PlayStation Store update 29th June

Fear 3 online modes now available to all.

Gamers with second-hand copies of the PlayStation 3 version of Fear 3 now have the ability to access all the game's multiplayer modes.

This week's EU PSN Store update adds Fear 3's multiplayer unlock code, priced 3.19.

Fresh versions of the game come with the code included. Those with used copies must pay to play online options 'F**king Run!' and 'Soul Survivor'.

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PS3 Fear 3 Online Pass goes wrong

UPDATE: Multiplayer goes live "from tomorrow".

UPDATE 2: Warner has clarified that two of the game's online modes - Contractions and Soul King - are still available to play online without the pass.

FEAR 3

FEAR 3

Ghost trick.

If F.E.A.R. 3 has one lesson to learn, it's that horror is at its best when we care about the people involved. This is the difference between rooting for Sarah in The Descent versus cheering for Freddy as he slaughters Midwestern teenagers before making a bad pun about it in the later Nightmare on Elm Street sequels.

F.E.A.R. 3's silent protagonist, the unimaginatively named Point Man, is as bland a lead as you can find. After being busted out of prison by the ghost of his homicidal brother, Paxton Fettel (whom he murdered at the conclusion of the first game), they team up to track down their pregnant, psychic, undead mother.

Comic book scribe Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and film director John Carpenter (The Thing, Halloween) have come aboard to spruce up the narrative, though their efforts are in vain. The story of child abuse, lost innocence and macabre family matters could be intriguing, but the game does such a poor job of telling it that it's hard to keep track of why you're doing anything or what exactly is going on.

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Out This Week - 24/06/11

Fear 3! SotD! Street Fighter! Trenched!

Eastern and western horror goes head to head this week, each supported by some big names. In the US corner, Fear 3 (or F.E.A.R. 3, or even worse, F.3.A.R.), supported by Halloween director John Carpenter and comic book writer Steve Niles.

F.E.A.R. 3

Scares of war.

Few things are duller than yet another first-person shooter which expects you to spend the same hard-earned cash to play the same multiplayer modes, with the same weapons, in the same kinds of settings.

F.E.A.R. 3 UK release date confirmed

F.E.A.R. 3 UK release date confirmed

Horror FPS pinned down.

First-person horror shooter F.E.A.R. 3 launches in the UK on Friday 27th May, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced.

The PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game was delayed from a March release to May in January "as we look to deliver the best possible game for our consumers", Warner said at the time.

Day 1 Studios, which took over primary development duties from Monolith, took a fresh approach with F.E.A.R. 3.

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Why F.E.A.R. 3 is nothing to be afraid of

Day 1 speaks out. Plus: exclusive new trailer.

Some fans of F.E.A.R. have a problem with the third instalment in the series. They see original creator Monolith passing the torch to Day 1 Studios and worry. They see gameplay videos packed with mechs and worry some more. Then they hear strange noises about something called divergent co-op and Alma's son's Point Man and Fettel sharing destruction duties and they start worrying all over again.

F.E.A.R. 3 delayed

There May be trouble ahead.

UPDATE: Warner has just provided Eurogamer with the following statement: "The F.E.A.R. 3 launch date will now be in May 2011, as we look to deliver the best possible game for our consumers."

Carpenter: "I don't buy Ebert's argument"

Film director talks videogames on EGTV.

Film director John Carpenter has told Eurogamer TV that he doesn't agree with Roger Ebert that games cannot be art, but also cautioned people not to ask too much of the young medium.

F.E.A.R. 3's Dan Hay

"We've developed something called divergent co-op."

Japanese films have used raven-haired children to scare us senseless for years, but it wasn't until Monolith's F.E.A.R. that a similar approach was used in a first-person shooter. The result was a psychologically creepy game that had a considerable impact. And predictably, that meant sequels.

Warner unveils F.E.A.R. 3

Warner unveils F.E.A.R. 3

Due this autumn on PC, PS3 and 360.

Warner Bros. has unveiled F.E.A.R. 3 for an autumn release on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

It doesn't appear to be called F.3.A.R., as suggested by the Spanish magazine leak last month.

Series creator Monolith Games will only collaborate on this project, with Day 1 Studios doing the bulk of the work.

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