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F.E.A.R 3 – new screenshots and a co-op trailer (say what?!)

Submitted by on Saturday, 5 February 20112 Comments

If scaring yourself witless in a third person game like Dead Space 2 isn’t exactly your thing then maybe you will find the first-person scares of F.E.A.R. 3 more suitable.

Developer Day 1 Studios plans to give you (and a friend) reason to be afraid this May. Until then have a glance at the slew of newly released screenshots and see if there’s anything there that will get you muttering incoherently to yourself.

In F.E.A.R. 3 players will have the ability to experience the uneasiness of environments like a warehouse bulk purchase store (think Costco) with a friend. This is a new addition to the franchise and one that is very ambitious if not ultimately inappropriate.

There’s nothing wrong with good co-op gameplay. In fact we’ve seen traditionally solo games like Uncharted 2¬†successfully¬†integrate co-op without sacrificing any of the story mode.

However the issue with F.E.A.R. 3’s co-op is inherent in the game’s goal to immerse and scare. Maintaining the game’s scare integrity if you will is something that will be difficult to say the least with another player constantly in your ear. That is not to say that it is impossible to accomplish and it will be truly great if the game delivers in this aspect.

Aside from the introduction of co-op (remember this is optional) the screenshots themselves are very impressive. What stands out most is the great amount of detail exemplified in the warehouse as well as the eerie realism of the meat locker.

While we have to wait until May to see how that game turns out that doesn’t prohibit us from having a good old fashioned debate.

Let us know what you think of the screenshots and where you stand on the implementation of co-op in F.E.A.R. 3. Is it possible to maintain the scares that have made the previous games so prominent? Is this even important?

Looking for more info? You’re in luck, check out our previous coverage.