F.E.A.R 3 gets another live-action vid, screens, general apprehension

Please, Warner Interactive, please. I'll do anything. I'll fill my trousers with razor blades and vinegar and I'll walk across hot coals after a shower of petrol and lighter fluid. Just stop making these goddawful F.E.A.R. 3 live-action trailers. They're not cool and they're not scary. They're just Uwe Boll movies with the 88 minutes of awesome hilarity cut out.

Let's just get this one out of the way so you can look at the new screenshots. Brace yourselves, my friends. We'll get through this one together.

Everyone okay? Well, I  know you're not okay. This sort of thing takes a while to get over. There's a healing process to go through. But you'll be fine eventually. One day, all of this will just be like a bad dream, I promise. Here, look at some nice screenshots and take your mind off the bad men and their crappy trailer:  

Above: Jeff hated it when his bra strap blew a fuse mid-battle 

Above: I like to imagine these mechs make comedy boinging noises as they run

Above: Ticket enforcement was getting harsh 

Above: 'You know I'm sure I left the gas o... Oh shit'

Above: When not going 'boing!' mechs like to kill each other. Mechs are weird

Above: The reason ticket enforcement had to get harsh 

Above: Someone's going to get hurled a very long way

Above: This is why you don't call God a wanker during a thunderstorm

Above: Shades of Metro 2033, no? 

But seriously, jibes at cheesy cosplay aside, is anyone else a bit worried about F.E.A.R. 3? I know it's ridiculously early to pan it, especially when most of what we've seen so far has been from live-action mock-ups rather than the game itself, but that latter point is just what worries me. It's June now and this thing is out in Autumn. Why is the marketing still avoiding the use of sustained video footage?

But more of a bother than that, F.E.A.R. 3 isn't being developed by original F.E.A.R. (and Condemned) dev Monolith. Instead, they're handing on the reins to Day 1 Studios and taking on an 'in association with' role. Day 1 have experience with the series, but only insofar as porting the original game to the 360 and PS3. Eyebrows are raised. Mainly mine.

Above: Oh go on, have another one. This time with men and a helicopter

Also, co-op. I've made my feelings on co-op in horror games very clear before, but I'm going to again, because my feelings matter, goddamnit. I'm a human being, you heartless brutes! Co-op in horror games kills atmosphere and murders pacing. The original F.E.A.R. was very clever in respect of those two elements, and also pioneered some scarily believable enemy AI. With a telekinetic co-op partner wading in, I can't help but worry that all of my favourite things about F.E.A.R. are going to be eroded. Especially given that most of the in-game media so far has focused on big monsters and big mechs rather than the ultra-brainy, ultra-dangerous squads o' death I loved throwing down with in the first first game. My beard. It is being stroked ponderously.

But I could be completely wrong. There's a good chance I will be. And I hope I am. But what do you reckon, based on what you've seen so far? Let me know in the comments, or via our none-more-thrilling social portals on Facebook and Twitter.




  • philipshaw - June 2, 2010 12:05 p.m.

    Doesn't look great and the stupid number in the title thing puts me off it
  • dunc12 - June 1, 2010 8:39 p.m.

    The first was excellent, and the second less so, but still quite good. The cheesy live-action might say something about the quality of the 3rd, but I'm hoping I'll be nicely surprised.
  • superrey19 - June 1, 2010 6:21 p.m.

    Idk I'm really losing hope on this series. I played the original FEAR for the first time after FEAR 2 was announced and it was amazing, even by todays standards. It pumped me up for the sequel but it was just average. Now this game is coming out and it barely intrigues me.
  • Imgema - June 1, 2010 4:59 p.m.

    I miss the original FEAR. It had atmosphere and tension.
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  • IsaacFenix - June 1, 2010 12:12 p.m.

    These F.E.A.R. trailers are leaving me twitching on the floor from the sheer absurdity...
  • GR_DavidHoughton - June 1, 2010 12:03 p.m.

    HawtKakez: I'm with you all the way on that one. I'd much prefer a game of 'whatthehellwasthat!?', corner-of-the-eye scares and building atmospheric tension to a boatload of leaping creatures and chainguns. Hopefully F.E.A.R. 3 will have both, but we'll have to wait and see.
  • HawtKakez - June 1, 2010 11:58 a.m.

    At first I was intrigued by the games premise but now looking at these screenshots, I hate to say that I'm losing interest. For some reason, the blood hue sky and the mech suits are a little the top for my tastes. I don't want to sound like a crybaby, but I would like to see Fear 3 go back to the subtler aspects of the original Fear.
  • Lolspamm0r - June 1, 2010 11:58 a.m.

    hopefully the co-op part won't have anything to do with the actual game.
  • bluscorp - June 1, 2010 11:19 a.m.

    Looks sh!t to me if I'm honest. If there not releasing game footage, i doubt they'll release a demo.

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