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Day 1: FEAR 3 Scariest Game Of All Time

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 52 comments

Time to soil your pants.

If the claims from Day 1's Parker Hamilton are correct, then it sounds like PC gamers will need to stock up on adult diapers. Why? Because F.E.A.R. 3 (or F.3.A.R., take your pick) will be the scariest game to ever be released onto the market. Sure, we've heard these kinds of promises before, however with John Carpenter and Steve Niles involved, the claims may have some merit.

But seriously, will F.E.A.R. 3 be scarier than Silent Hill or Dead Space? "Yes," he confirmed in a recent interview. "We indeed do believe F.E.A.R. 3 will continue carrying on the franchise's tradition of scaring the pants off players in unsettling atmospheres and through unpredictable events. In fact, we have developed a generative system that allows players to experience the scares of F.E.A.R. 3 in a fresh and dynamic way each time they play. Whether playing co-operatively with a friend or alone in the dark by themselves, the generative system will keep the players on the edge of their seats."

He also admitted that working with horror writer/director/producer John Carpenter was a great experience, adding that his knowledge of cinematic composition and horror timing was both invaluable and inspirational. "I think that as the video game industry continues to grow, more and more familiar faces from other mediums will continue to be attracted to working with video game developers to bring their visions and areas of expertise to new audiences," he said.

But even if F.E.A.R. 3 is the scariest game on the market, will it be able to stand out in an over-crowded genre? "The FPS genre certainly is a competitive market but we are quite confident that F.E.A.R. 3's unique take on co-op will enhance the F.E.A.R. games' hallmark features of paranormal horror, intense close quarters combat, and immersive story-telling to make it stand out from the crowd," he said.

F.E.A.R. 3 is slated to hit the market in Q3 2010... probably a predictable October 31 date since gamers are already spooked up on Halloween.

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    shin0bi272 , June 8, 2010 1:22 AM
    It looks like a nice story but these early screenshots look like poo
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    shin0bi272 , June 8, 2010 1:22 AM
    It looks like a nice story but these early screenshots look like poo
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    HansVonOhain , June 8, 2010 2:05 AM
    I played Fear 2. It was scary for me. I cannot imagine what the developers are up to. Those people behind the screens making the game must be nuts!
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    liquidsnake718 , June 8, 2010 2:26 AM
    sounds good, havent played any of them but I might try
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    Anonymous , June 8, 2010 2:36 AM
    tomb raider used to scare me...
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    eklipz330 , June 8, 2010 2:51 AM
    i'd be surprised if it was scarier than the penumbra series... god damn..

    but then again, i have a strong hunch that this is just hype.. it have a feeling it's gonna fall flat on it's face
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    dEAne , June 8, 2010 3:14 AM
    Don't play it when your alone.
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    Parsian , June 8, 2010 3:26 AM
    lol for a sec, i thought im reading an Onion News article...
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    The_OGS , June 8, 2010 4:07 AM
    No - it's a pretty good game.
    I've just picked up the original F.E.A.R. (3-pack) on Steam, for $9.99 it's a steal.
    The game is excellent and yes, quite unsettling... not for the faint of heart!
    I probably will pickup F.E.A.R. 2 next.
    Coming off something massive like Far Cry 2, I'm enjoying being 'led' through the disquieting story and not having to think too much.
    But it's definitely nasty and scary,
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    rage machine , June 8, 2010 4:20 AM
    I don't understand how people can be afraid when playing games that have you looking down the barrel of a gun. Fear, The Suffering, System Shock and others don't even make me jump the slightest. I don't understand why developers think that adding more blood and disturbing looking monsters contributes to actual "fear" in the game.

    Through my entire gaming life only two games have made me actually look twice before entering the hallway: Fatal Frame 2 & Penumbra Overture.
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    phasmantis , June 8, 2010 4:31 AM
    I liked the first FEAR a lot. Closely tied to DOOM in a scare market, DOOM got too predictable. FEAR quickly became scarier, and even the rarely predictable moments would make you hesitant to play. I remember saying, "Please tell me I don't have to walk down this hallway, oh god." Hopefully the game's engine got a relook from the previous titles though. It's hard to tell judging by the screenshots.
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    The_Prophecy , June 8, 2010 5:35 AM
    I'm not scared by video games very easily, but the first FEAR plus expansions scared the crap out of me (sometime literally). The second one, not so much, but I really hope the third one gets back to what the original was capable of...
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    HSuke , June 8, 2010 5:37 AM
    rage machineFear, The Suffering, System Shock and others don't even make me jump the slightest. ... Through my entire gaming life only two games have made me actually look twice before entering the hallway: Fatal Frame 2 & Penumbra Overture.

    I completely agree. The FF series and Silent Hill easily overtake FEAR, System Shock 2, The Suffering, Doom 3, etc.. The scary moments are too predictably mixed in with the action. And I have yet to see any game top "The Cradle" level in Thief 3.
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    HSuke , June 8, 2010 5:38 AM
    FEAR3 to be the scariest game? This article is a joke unless FEAR3 somehow leapfrogs over its predecessors.
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    athreex , June 8, 2010 6:13 AM
    Cryostasis is quite scary in several parts of the game.
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    Tamz_msc , June 8, 2010 6:25 AM
    FEAR is a game which would scare you depending on the way you play it.If you are playing it hesitantly, peeking around every corner every now and then, switching on the flashlight in every room you enter and think that something's going to happen the moment you do anything then it gets quite scary.On the other hand if you just ignore the darkness and paly it like an old school run n' gun game you'll not find the slightest hint of scare in it.
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    sil3nt1 , June 8, 2010 6:26 AM
    Fear 2 didn't scare me one bit.

    Doom 3 was pretty scary, with the "jump" scares, and sounds of machinery that sounded like alien hisses. Claustrophobic environments really intensify the rush.

    Dead Space was probably the best scare game i have played, ever, at least in the earlier levels. The zero gravity and places where you had limited oxygen really contributed to the adrenaline rush. The first time you get grabbed by that worm monster in the wall and sucked in was really memorable. It gave a feeling of helplessness.

    Another thing, the aiming gave me a sense of being really human, it was very complex to aim, and nontraditional compared to a normal fps (note i played the pc version) whether because the aiming wasn't well designed, or made like that on purpose. The delayed reaction times and recoils as well as the slow moving speeds of the character added to the intensity and rush when you were surrounded by all the different types of aliens.

    Add all the ways you can kill an alien then add a fairly original story. I cannot wait till deadspace 2. I did try deadspace extraction for the wii but the graphics, and the rails game play really stole the realness out of the first game.
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    haplo602 , June 8, 2010 6:31 AM
    hmm ... let's wait and see ... Fear 1 was quite a nice game, I finished it 2 or 3 times. However it was too predictable in the shooting department (ambushes and traps). The best part was first meeting Fetel, when he smacked the player with a board :-)
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