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F.E.A.R. 3 devs talk about co-op in this new behind-the-scenes video (no pregnant chicks included)

Most games this generation have done the good thing of including co-op in some variety.  There have been a few games that have forced their co-op modes upon gamers, but when included in an fps game it’s all good.  Personally, I find it hard to replicate the experience of playing a game with a buddy and absolutely tearing things up in co-op = pure mayhem and fun.

So with my love of fps co-op action being said, I was interested to see what the folks at Day 1 Studios were doing with F.E.A.R. 3 aka F.3.A.R., as they boasted of a divergent co-op mode. To be honest I really didn’t think the mode would be all that special as there’s not much one can do aside from “dude 1 can shoot, dude 2 can shoot. Dudes combined have fun” from a gameplay perspective.  But thanks to the supernatural aspect of the F.E.A.R franchise along with some nice creative thinking, the co-op of F.3.A.R does look rather unique.

The jest with the divergent co-op mode in F.3.A.R. is that one player assumes the role of Point Man aka the dude with the awesome beard and hair.  The 2nd player in co-op assumes the role of Paxton Fettel, who is still dead as one would be after being shot in the head. But now living on as a ghost Paxton can still create do his special juju and kill lots and lots of people when required.

Having two radically different characters obviously means the game will be different when playing co-op as the game doesn’t offer two clones characters that have the same weapons and skillsets available to them. It’s also interesting to hear how Day 1 Studios designed the co-op as both players will be playing against one another when it comes to the scoring since both players will be using the pluses and minuses of their abilities to get the best score possible.

F.3.A.R. is looking good so far but I’m still a bit wary of the game, if only because F.E.A.R. 2 was kind of meh.  Even in the hands of a different developer, I just wonder if F.3.A.R. will be more of the same with just a few new additions thrown in for the sake of things.