F.E.A.R 3 or Fuh-three-ah as we've taken to calling it, just to annoy Jon, might not exactly have been as chock-full of scares and thrills as we'd have liked. In fact, it was a fairly middling shooter, really. But playing as Paxton Fettel is deeply satisfying, given that you can possess enemies and psychically bring them to their knees. In the co-op modes, sat beside a mate, it's still an utter blast.
If you want to watch a franchise go from horror brilliance to shooter excellence to cooperative mess, you can now do so for less than a tenner. This bundle includes the original F.E.A.R. and its two expansion packs, followed by both sequels. It's a shame that F.E.A.R 2's brilliant Reborn expansion isn't included, but you'll get a lot of shooting for your money.
F.E.A.R. 3 isn't quite as good as the previous games that share the F.E.A.R. name, but playing as Paxton Fettel is a lot of fun, giving you the opportunity to possess and psychically brutalise your enemies instead of relying on standard FPS gunplay. GMG have got it for under £3 if you fancy some solid co-op action. Nice spot goonertillidie!
Green Man Gaming bring us a fresh batch of reductions today, almost all of which are top notch. F.E.A.R. 3 drops down to four pounds, saving you a bundle compared to the next best price, while Dawn Of War II: Retribution is down to £15, netting you a saving of a fiver in the process. The offer for Rome: Total War Gold however is a bit of a bust, as you can get it for a fiver over on Steam.
If you bought Hitman and Deus Ex yesterday and fancy some more, their sequels are also on offer today. Hitman 2: Silent Assassin provides a £1.50 saving, whilst Deus Ex: Invisible War only provides a better deal by just over pound. Still, every little and all that.
Meanwhile there are reductions on a large number of games from Paradox Interactive worth checking out, including Magicka for £3.18. The Penumbra Collection is still on offer from yesterday, which makes the highlight for Black Plague a curious one, so if you fancy playing on that I suggest you go for the full set.
We featured this deal a couple of months ago, but since it's still in stock and kicking arse, we're bringing it to your attention once again. Simply Games are charging less than twenty quid for FEAR 3 on the PS3, which will save you a fair bit of small change. Dave's full review should bring you up to speed on this action-oriented shooter (no, it isn't scary, ever), which caters towards fans of persistent levelling and set pieces rather than horror afficionados.
Personally, I reckon that the franchise has gone as far as it can go, but FEAR 3 is still rollickingly good fun with a mate along for the ride.
It has been an interesting month for new games releases - especially when you consider that two third-person action titles from legendary developers (American McGee and the Suda/Mikami tag team extraordinaire) and innovative synesthesia playground Child Of Eden released in recent weeks... but you wouldn't know it by looking at the most recent UK Games charts. Shadows Of The Damned and Alice: Madness Returns have barely scratched the top thirty - and once again, Zumba Fitness is on top thanks to strong multiplatform sales and our dedication to gainful exercise (apparently).
LA Noire is enjoying a well-earned second place after receiving rave critical reviews, and the newly-released F.E.A.R. 3 has spooked the competition enough to romp up to third position. We'll have a review for you shortly. Elsewhere, Ocarina Of Time's 3DS port has secured a place in the top six (we rated that 9/10, by the way) and Duke Nukem Forever is still holding garnering significant interest despite lacklustre reviews. Top Spin 4 has surged forward 28 places thanks to, you know, that Wimbledon thing.
We're also glad to see Brink clinging to a place in the top ten. Though Splash Damage's debut FPS is deeply flawed, it also happens to be deeply fun - and as I said in our recent 7/10 console review, the addition of clan support and new DLC pack is going to completely change the face of the experience.
As always, click through to see the top ten - and the cheapest prices!Click here for this week's UK Software charts!
The latest instalment of the F.E.A.R. series is out today and I've got to say that I really enjoyed the multiplayer when I tried it out at the MCM Expo at the end of last month because it was something a little bit different with a spooky supernatural edge. There are supposed to be more scares crammed into the single player and if you've got a friend round you can chuck them a controller so they can join you for a bit of co-op action. The Game Collection are parting with Xbox 360 and PS3 copies of the game for £27.99, which'll save you over £1.50 on both consoles. Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD.
Direct2Drive's impressive voucher code may have passed, but you can still get F.E.A.R. 3 for less than Gameplay's cheapest online price if you head over to Green Man Gaming and hammer in the code above. You'll only save half a quid on Gameplay's price, but there's no danger of late deliveries on this one. Jon was pretty impressed the last time he got hands-on with the game, hit the preview link above to see just how impressed.
F.E.A.R. 3 hasn't exactly been subtle about its inspirations. Several of its multiplayer modes have been explicitly named after films from horror legends John Carpenter and Steve Niles, and Warner Brothers has released a new vignette showing the two professionals discuss their impact on F.E.A.R. 3's gameplay. Check it out below, preferably if you're over 18.Click here for the full vignette >>
Here's another decent Direct2Drive deal (a D.D.2.D.D. if you will). The SCORCHIO25 voucher code brings F.E.A.R. 3 down to a seriously impressive £18.71, which is likely to beat practically any launch price. I rather enjoyed my hands-on time with it last year, but hopefully the extra month of delays will help them squeeze as much out of the cooperative horror concept as possible.
There's a lot that can go wrong with this one, but personally, I reckon it's going to be a great co-op shooter with a nifty blend of standard shooting and crazy demonic possession. Let's hope that Warner Bros can also deliver on the horror without too many QTEs.
Warner Bros. Interactive have confirmed that co-op horror shooter F.E.A.R. 3 has been pushed back to 24th June after online retailer Game Gears outed the delay in a recent tweet. Community boss Neil Castle suggests that the extra month is needed so that "more time can be spent on optimisation in order to provide the best experience possible"... though it's possible that F.E.A.R. 3 will miss the original May 27th release date in order to avoid directly competing with L.A. Noire. I couldn't blame them. [OXM]
In the meantime, why not mug up on its unique multiplayer modes based on classic horror movies?
We're looking forward to seeing what Warner Bros have in store for us in F.E.A.R. 3... as well as whether they can pull off the cooperative horror mechanics without losing any of the scares. However, WB have now blown the lid off of the multiplayer modes that will ship with the game, all of which are based on cooperation and classic horror movies. F**king Run, Contradictions, Soul Survivor and Soul King are set to be much more innovative than the usual deathmatch options that tend to ship with FPS titles, and we've got full details after the break.Click here to read more...
To celebrate this year's ghoulish non-holiday, here's a selection of terrifying trailers, fiendish films, morbid movies and... well, alliteration. Loads of alliteration. Naturally there'll also be some punditry along the way.
Short, sweet and scary. Legendary developers Suda 51 and Shinji Mikami (who recently defected to the West) are collaborating on a furious fusion of punk rock and brutal action. The two creatives have been firm friends since Killer7, and this title is set to be nothing short of... insane. Expect a late 2011 release date.
Will true love win out over the forces of hell? Could EA have released a shorter teaser? Either way, it's a revealing glimpse into the artistic direction that two colliding egos are going to create.
Enough of this foolishness. FEAR 3 is shaping up to be a unique and impressive cooperative shooter, and I had an absolute blast with it at Gamescom. Warner Bros rarely miss a trick, so they've deployed a new Halloween trailer to try and convince us that they can give the franchise some much-needed scare factor without Monolith on board.
I'll let you judge whether or not they've succeeded.
Wait... what the hell are you doing, Isaac? Ah. Sorry. Just my dirty mind.
We all love zombies. We all love shooters. And more importantly, we all love upgradeable weapon systems. Dead Nation for PS3 is set to deliver all three along with some slick graphics and accessible gameplay. I hope that it will avoid the myriad grindy problems that its spiritual twinstick predecessor Zombie Apocalypse managed to run into last year.
Wow. I'm not convinced that this upcoming iPhone game actually understands the film at all, but I'm willing to give it half a chance. I personally think that the graphics suit Army of Darkness better, mind.
Whoa! Shinji Mikami's fledgling Tango Gameworks has been snapped up by none other than Zenimax Media. After leaving Platinum Games (who are currently renegotiating another deal with SEGA after their successful Vanquish partnership) to form Tango, Mikami has opted to throw his lot in with Bethesda in order to benefit from the refreshing new market potential, expertise and possibly even id Tech 5.
It’s refreshing to find a publisher who understands, trusts, and supports the development of blockbuster games and works to make it a collaborative effort. The library of AAA franchise titles ZeniMax owns speaks for itself. We are very excited to be joining ZeniMax and working with a company that is dedicated to creating the best games ever made. - Shinji Mikami
Mikami will retain creative control over the studio whilst developing titles for Bethesda- and we'll be watching this new collaboration like a hawk considering that he's the director behind Resident Evil, Devil May Cry and God Hand. We'll also be keeping an eye on Zenimax- who now preside over a staggeringly impressive stable of established developers. With great power comes great responsibility, Zenimax.
The Universal Monsters brand is responsible for creating the "classic" versions of the Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Phantom of the Opera, Dracula, the Invisible Man, the Mummy and the Creature From the Black Lagoon... and a new partnership with SEE Virtual Worlds will be adapting their little catalogue of horrors into an MMO.
This planned title will cast players as Van Helsing-style monster hunters who are hot on the trail of Universal's stellar monster roster. Details are still thin on the ground, but it's reportedly due late next year. Hopefully it will also contain the thriller zombie from SEE's upcoming Michael Jackson MMO! [Hollywood Reporter]
We're big fans of rewarding loyalty here at Dealspwn, so we're delighted that Sony are rolling out another way for fans to earn some extra benefits. The Playstation Rewards Scheme will be absolutely free to join (contrasting sharply with the Playstation Plus premium service), and has now entered a closed beta that's been offered to certain Plus and Gamer Advisory Panel subscribers.
Here's the deal. Members will be able to accrue points by downloading PSN games, content and films (i.e. just keep doing what you're doing), which will eventually make them legible for entry into the Select, Pro and Legendary 'reward tiers.' Depending on your tier level, you'll then be able to claim rewards such as themes, Playstation Home content and even prize giveaways. Sony will be offering an all-expenses-paid trip to next year's CES as the first major prize experience.
It's a neat idea, and we're looking forward to seeing how it pans out.
UPDATE: This service has only been confirmed for the US so far- so European users will need to watch this space. [Playstation Blog]
Warner Bros. have confirmed that their delayed sequel to Monolith's F.E.A.R. franchise will be hitting US shelves on the 22nd of March 2011- and we assume that it will reach British shores soon afterwards. No explanation has been given for it slipping from the original holiday season release date. [IGN]
Why not whet your appetites with my hands-on preview of Paxton Fettel's psychic domination?
As a Monolith fan, I was genuinely interested to see what Warner Brothers have in store for the F.E.A.R. Franchise. The news that cooperative mechanics would playing a huge part this time around both intruiged and worried me- and luckily, I was granted some hands-on time with the demo and a handy rep to answer a few of my questions.
Let's kick off with the player characters. As you probably know, F.E.A.R. 3 casts you into the role of two psychic clone soldiers, each of whom hate each other but grudgingly need to rely on each other's unique abilities.
The Point Man, as you'd expect, is all about direct combat. He's skilled with firearms and hand to hand combat- and naturally his slow-motion enhanced. This slowed perception also allows his co-op partner to operate in bullet time for the duration of the effect, which provides as well as providing a fair few achievements. He doesn't really offer anything new or exciting, but you can still rely on the Point Man to bring a hail of lead and devastating slide kicks to the party.
Fettel, on the other hand, is a much more interesting combatant. Whilst he can throw weak bolts of psychic energy at his foes, he's extremely vulnerable in open battles and needs to rely on his seriously impressive unique ability. Holding the left trigger while targeting an opponent binds him with a leash of twisted psychic hate... and a single button jab subsequently allows you to leap into your enemy and control them from within. Whilst possessing an enemy Fettel can shoot, equip weapons and take cover just like the Point Man- so considering that he offered the best of both worlds, I took control and started the demo with the WB rep backing me up.