Reviewed for: Playstation 3 and Xbox 360
From: Day 1 Studios/WB Games
ESRB Rating: Mature (blood and gore, intense
violence, partial nudity, strong language)
By Billy O'Keefe
Is it possible to be both a mostly excellent game and a big letdown? It sure is, and "F.E.A.R. 3" — the arguably misnamed fruits of a game in development since before "F.E.A.R. 2" released — stands as enjoyable, aggravating proof.
First things first: the story. Because of "F3's" unusual development experience — look it up if you're curious about the reasons and means — it feels more like a continuation of the original "F.E.A.R." than its sequel. The game opens a big window into the tormented origins of the first game's chief protagonist and antagonist, but if you're hoping for a payoff on the second game's cliffhanger, you'll mostly be stifled until the very end.
Far more jarring than any of this, though, are the changes new developer Day 1 Studios has made to the core "F.E.A.R." gameplay, which is known as much for its pristine enemy intelligence and creepy atmosphere as its unique storyline.