F.E.A.R 3 is an upcoming horror first-person shooter that will be released across the major platforms this May. The single-player plot focuses on the Point Man and Alma Wade. Alma is now pregnant, and her offspring could cause the destruction of the planet. The franchise's story is complex, and doesn't always add up, but the third installment hopes to make up for it with its continuation of the story. That being said, the game's multiplayer doesn't have a plot. Your objective: run.
The only multiplayer mode I got to check out was appropriately called F**KING RUN! Go ahead, and guess what the objective is. Give up? You run, fast. The mode is for up to four players to play cooperatively as a FEAR squad. Players start out in a room with weapons and a control panel. The control panel opens the door, and once the door is gone, you best start running.
The second you step out of your safe room, enemies begin shooting. At the first check point, baddies are standard, armed only with a machine gun. As you progress through the area, enemies become more aggressive and better armed, eventually with riot gear. You'll quickly learn the enemies in front of you aren't the greatest threat. That title belongs to the wall of death behind you. Did I not mention the wall of death? The moment you set out a tidal wave of smoke and debris reaching to the sky begins crashing towards you; the wave doesn't stop, so keep running.
Your teammates are responsible for mowing down enemies and keeping each other alive. You lose as soon as a member of your team dies. When health runs out, a player will fall to the ground but will still be able to shoot with a handgun. Your teammates will have a limited amount of time to save you while you're down. If they don't reach you in time, game over.
The controls were easy to get the hang of as they follow your standard shooter scheme. Melee is also a handy attack. Just push down on the R3 (the right joystick) and clock someone's face. Since you're on the go the entire map, there isn't much time to duck and aim, so a good punch to the face definitely comes in handy.
F.E.A.R 3 will have several multiplayer modes unique to the game. The developers, Day 1 Studios, wanted to make sure that even in multiplayer, which has no direct relationship to the story, you still felt like you were playing F.E.A.R.
As of now, F**KING RUN is the only mode that's been confirmed for multiplayer, although I was promised that other modes will be announced soon, so expect some competitive as well as co-op multiplayer coop in the finished game.
F.E.A.R. 3 drops this May for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.