F.E.A.R. 3’s Obligatory Halloween Spooks

Hell, if anyone was going to make an effort for Halloween, it should probably be the studio making FEAR 3. The new trailer is suitable something-curdling. Also, the game has been dated for 25th March 2011 in the UK, and the 22nd everywhere else. Boo. And I mean that in a derisory/commiseratory sense, rather than the Halloween sense.


  1. Alex Bakke says:

    Move over, Amnesia!

    • ZIGS says:

      Hahahahaha… no

    • Malagate says:

      Speaking of amnesia (Alex Bakke), there’s a 50% deal for frictional games this weekend that might need a front page promotion ;-)
      Yes, get your $20 indie game for $10 on a spooooky weekend of rain. Beats a trailer in my book.

    • mwoody says:

      It’s $10 at gamersgate but $13 at Steam. Not often you see Steam out-sale’d.

  2. Taverius says:

    I still say they should have called it F.3.A.R.

  3. poop says:





  4. Flaringo says:


  5. sneetch says:

    Don’t feel bad Jim.

    link to fear3.co.uk

    “F.E.A.R. 3 will be available on March 25th in Europe on Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC.”

    • Alex Bakke says:

      “Just kidding, we’re releasing it 3 years later on the PC. Boy, we really had you going for a moment there, didn’t we?”

    • sneetch says:

      Dammit! That bit was supposed to be a surprise!

  6. OldRat says:

    So wait, was the critter actually running away from the camera in the shocker at the end? I think it’s a bit shy.

    • jeremypeel says:

      It looked like a pro-special infected information video.

      “And y’know, witches really are more scared of you than you are of them. Just watch!”

  7. Heliocentric says:

    It takes 3 days to mod all references to all other hot drinks to tea and to change color to colour.

  8. origo says:

    mother’s expecting again… who’s the father this time?

    • Rick says:

      That be Beckett, the poor Delta force sap you play as in FEAR 2.

    • OldRat says:

      Looking at the apparent kids, I might have to go with a Xenomorph. Or possibly a hairless mutant rat.

    • Stense says:

      Benjamin Disraeli.

    • jeremypeel says:

      Jon Irenicus.

      (And they’ve inherited his cutscene lip-syncing ability, though sadly not his voice itself.)

  9. ZIGS says:

    Call me crazy but I think this game is gonna be balls

  10. Fergus says:

    What’s Quentin Tarantino doing in the middle of that video?

  11. Supraliminal says:

    The thing that bothered me in the first one, would probably bother me in this one too.

    It’s hard to be scared when have an assault rifle and bullet time reflexes.

    • pupsikaso says:

      Except that the things that creeped you out in the first one weren’t actually things you could shoot. It was all just Alma fucking with your head.
      Then Fear 2 came along and ruined the first game’s reputation.

  12. coldwave says:


    I hate designers who think it’s cool.

    • Scott says:

      3 fast 3 furious was a pretty good spoof on this. It almost always looks silly.

    • Quasar says:

      You should know that this is hilarious. You are good at funny.

  13. Gap Gen says:

    That “How do you kill… your own blood?” thing is ripe for parody.

    • jeremypeel says:

      Zombie Cow are gonna have to scrap the tagline for their Privates: Red Blood Terrorist Cell expansion.

    • Jake says:

      You may think it’s ripe for parody, but you don’t know the twist is that not only do you have to kill your blood (your brother) you also have to kill your actual blood when it, I don’t know, possesses a rocking horse, or small girl or something. It’s a fucking clever tagline.

    • steggieav says:

      F.3.A.R. doesn’t need parody. It borders on self-parody already.

  14. Vandelay says:

    Ah, you’re all very mean. That trailer wasn’t that bad, particularly when compared to the previous we’ve seen for this game. Sure, it may not be the most imaginative form of horror, but it can still be fun, which the original FEAR managed to pull off quite nicely in a few sections.

    I’ve not played the sequel as of yet, but I see it is only £2.something on Games for Windows – Live, so I probably get hold of it in the next couple of days.

  15. SquareWheel says:

    Every time I play FEAR, I keep wondering if I’m supposed to shoot at the ghosties. I mean, your reticule turns red, but they don’t seem to hurt you.

    Either way, Alma’s hot.

  16. Tyraa Rane says:

    Apparently I’m the only person here looking forward to the game. The FEAR series is no Grim Fandango-esque masterpiece, and yeah, it’s hard to be scared sometimes when you’ve got bullet-time and enough ammo to equip a regiment.* But I can’t help but love the games anyway; they’re like popcorn to me. They’re decent shooters and they’re fun. What’s so wrong with that?

    Plus, you’ve got to love how every line of Paxton Fettel’s just screams “we wrote this for the trailer.” He’s walking ghostly trailer fodder!

    * I foiled two out of the three Remnant boss fights in the second game by whipping out the rocket launcher and taking care of them in 2 – 3 hits. Somewhere I suspect a designer at Monolith was stamping his foot in frustration at me, but honestly, if they didn’t want me to use it, they shouldn’t have given me the option in the first place. So there.

    • Jason Moyer says:

      I’m looking forward to it too. I enjoyed the first 2 Monolith-developed ones and the Rebirth DLC was a good time. My only worry is how a different studio is going to do, since the non-canon expansions to the first one were pretty shit.

    • Gatsby says:

      Not to mention being able to conquer childhood fears of ‘The Ring’ by flying-****ing-kicking a 9 year old ghost girl in her hell-hole of a face.

      God damn that was a satisfying day.

  17. gulag says:

    I’m starting to get the same vibe from FEAR I got from SAW once it became apparent we were in for more of them. There is a faint whiff of the ridiculous from it.

  18. Bhazor says:

    Well at least it isn’t Monolith working on it. Hopefully it is because they’re busy working on NOLF 3 (NOL3) but it’s probably because they’re working on an expansion pack for F.E.A.R 2.

    One thing that always bugged me with F.E.A.R and Bioshock. Who the hell has enough blood to write all those messages and still remain coherent? I mean especially here where it looks like they used a Spirograph.

    • Tyraa Rane says:


      Can’t speak for Bioshock, since I’m in the middle of playing it right now, but in FEAR 2 the Abomination’s Spirograph art was done with their victims’ blood, not their own. Or so it seems from the bodies you usually find scattered around their artwork.

  19. Darth Dialup says:

    This is certainly a step up from those horrible live-action trailers, but nothing too noteworthy either. FEAR 2 was completely forgettable and not nearly as good as the original – not that FEAR was a mind-blowing game or anything. I’m cautiously optimistic.

  20. Zogtee says:

    They seem to have all the bits and pieces for a really ace horror FPS (except art direction, which appears to be all over the place). I just hope they know what to do with them.

  21. Shadrach says:

    Who’s this Peggy18 and why isn’t she in the video :(

  22. eclipse mattaru says:

    I f’ing hate this series and the fact it keeps going on and on while Condemned 2 didn’t even make it to the PC >=(

  23. Shadowcat says:

    > The new trailer is suitable something-curdling


  24. Jacka says:

    I tire of your confusing horror stories, Monolith. You know what I want. Another No one Lives Forever. And if you feel like it, a modern take on Shogo:MAD wouldn’t go astray either.

  25. soylentrobot says:

    Sorry, but “How do you kill your own blood” is the lamest phrase I have ever heard.

    Also Im getting sick of the bits at the end of trailers where it shows the logo, goes quiet, and then has a sudden monster thing do something accompanied by garbled screaming. its just stupid now

  26. Kronyx says:

    Closet jumping monsters and shadows aren’t scary anymore. Screw that, they never were scary.

    The only way to redeem the game is to allow us to flying kick Alma in the face when she tries to “scare” us.