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F3AR and other games which swap letters for numbers

So, F.E.A.R.3 has been announced - or should we call it F.3.A.R as the logo would have it? Yes, it's another one of those, number replaces a letter jobs, which is actually more common than you think in the world of game logos.



Check out some past examples where using the actual letter simply isn't clever enough and collectively sigh, shake your head and roll your eyes along with us.


Silent Hill: 0rigins



This sort of makes sense, but only when you really think about it. 0rigins explores the back story of the town of Silent Hill, which makes it a prequel. And how do you go make something younger than 1? Make it zero. Genius.

Still doesn't explain why Konami had to put it in the word 'origins'. Could have been called Silent Hill 0.


Street Sk8er


Of course. The old replacing 'ate' with 8. A favourite of the skateboard design oeuvre.


Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa



There's a few more of these, where a ‘2’ is use to replace 'to'. But here - in the logo at least - the 2 is used TWICE, to denote a sequel and needlessly abbreviate 'to'. But trying to type it *exactly* like the logo (ie. using just ONE '2') is a pursuit that is both fruitless and confusing.


Hei$t



Here a ‘dollar sign’ is used to indicate the money, that is stolen in the heist. Good job this was cancelled because last time we tried to make the word Hei$t part of a GamesRadar URL, it caused the website to break.


Tony Hawk's Americ*n Wasteland



This is clearly an afterthought (and not a number again) as it isn't referenced anywhere except the box art logo, leading us to believe it was conceived by a rogue designer. So. Spell American. A.m.e.r.i.c.a.n. Easy. Then why is the second 'a' a star? Why? WHY? It adds nothing.

More misuse of numbers over the page... 

24 comments

  • QWERTYCommander - June 14, 2010 10:12 p.m.

    The Tony Hawk's Americ*n Wasteland box was pretty quarter-assed (nope, not even half-assed), about as quarter-assed as the game.
  • TDUBBS - April 14, 2010 12:17 a.m.

    I remember my friend and I thinking Driver 3 was pronounced "Driv-3-er". We were dumb.
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - April 13, 2010 6:37 p.m.

    The worst example I recall is from the movie Thir13en Ghosts. What.
  • Mexiflan - April 13, 2010 5:57 p.m.

    G3ars of War? anyone?
  • philipshaw - April 13, 2010 12:24 p.m.

    Cool article and Driv3r sucked
  • Cyberninja - April 13, 2010 12:02 a.m.

    why would they name it with numbers anyway just put a number behind the orignal title or change the title its just that easy
  • Vitoruss1 - April 12, 2010 10:42 p.m.

    Does anyone remember that old movie "That Thing You Do" where the band named themselves the Oneders (as in 'Wonders') and everyone pronounced it "own-eeders"? Good flick.
  • IChooseUAntistaMON - April 12, 2010 10:37 p.m.

    @Thantos410 that would be funny but unlikely lol
  • Thantos410 - April 12, 2010 10:21 p.m.

    Watch H4lo happen.
  • MrDuracraft - April 12, 2010 7:44 p.m.

    @Jimmer DON'T GIVE THEM ANY IDEAS!
  • DustyRooster - April 12, 2010 6:25 p.m.

    @ninjadevbear: I have to defend.(the first) Shadow Man. That game had great sound design for the time. Very creepy background sound, especially the prison level. My memories wouldn't lie! Mmmmmm...
  • Jimmer - April 12, 2010 4:53 p.m.

    heres hoping we never have Assassin's Cre3d
  • FriendlyFire - April 12, 2010 4:53 p.m.

    "deliberately forgotten?" For some reason, I think this is directed at Left 4 Dead because you didn't want to bash on Valve :P
  • Tommykrem - April 12, 2010 3:56 p.m.

    The moment someone uses a number instead of a letter, I can't take the game seriously, and the quality assurance drops. I mean, what crazy fish sat down and thought out Left 4 Dead 2. Is he a fan of Hitchiker's Guide to the galaxy, or was he obsessed with ruining great games!?
  • The_Author - April 12, 2010 3:44 p.m.

    What about the newest Metal Gear... All the Ls and even the 4 is an upside down 7!
  • OnyxOblivion - April 12, 2010 2:48 p.m.

    I'm gonna get F.E.A.R. 3 launch day. I loved all of them. Even the much hated 2.
  • TriggerHappyMongoose - April 12, 2010 2:29 p.m.

    Engage facepalm. I'm still excited for F.3.A.R. though. Hopefully they change the title before release. A facepalm worthy name isn't enough from keeping me from playing it if it's good.
  • Bloodstorm - April 12, 2010 1:58 p.m.

    I rolled my eyes when I saw F.3.A.R. This isn't the 90's anymore. Numbers replacing letters isn't cool, in fact, I believe it means you are the complete opposite of cool.
  • omnilion - April 12, 2010 1:30 p.m.

    I can't wait for F.E.4.R.... Or now that Thief 4 has done it, should it be F.4.A.R?
  • Jacob816 - April 12, 2010 1:18 p.m.

    Here are some other ones: 2 Hot 2 Handle 2 Extreme Ready 2 Rumble, Ready 2 Rumble: Round 2, and Ready 2 Rumble Revolution 3 Extreme Earthworm Jim: Menace 2 the Galaxy Tony Hawk's American Sk8land OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast 2 Spicy Th3 Plan Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 EZ Muze: Hamst3r Edition I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MBIES!!!1

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