I have to say that we are actually lucky, as the summer of 2011 is surprisingly rich in all sorts of great games. So even in rainy summer weather you still will be able to enjoy your time off. But is F.E.A.R. 3 game worth it? Let’s draw some conclusions.
The graphics component in F.E.A.R. 3 turned out more than demanding when it comes to graphics accelerators. So, if you do not own an expensive graphics card from the upper price segment, then you will have to sacrifice some of the settings. Dual-chip flagship solutions, namely AMD Radeon HD 6990 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 performed very well and demonstrated surprisingly similar results. It is also going to be difficult to choose between Radeon HD 6970 and GeForce GTX 580. AMD product is a little faster in both cases, but this advantage is too minor to indicate an indisputable victory.
In the more affordable segment AMD products are on top. And if you are not shooting for the ultimate high-end, then Radeon HD 6950 or Radeon HD 6870 look very appealing. The alternative products “designed by Nvidia” are half a step behind, and in our opinion, GeForce GTX 560 Ti may be worth considering due to its lower price and only slightly lower performance than that of GTX 570.
Radeon HD 5770 has been a sales hit for a while now. And even though this graphics card can’t cope with the maximum graphics quality settings in F.E.A.R. 3, it has the best chance of making you happy if you decide to go with a little less aggressive settings. But if you have a Radeon HD 5750 or a GeForce GTX 550 Ti, then we really can’t say which feeling will be dominating: the fear from the scary game, or the irritation caused by its awful performance.
CPUs have less and less influence over the performance in contemporary games and our today’ tests in F.E.A.R. 3 have one more time confirmed the tendency we saw in Crysis 2 and Duke Nukem Forever. Faster CPU doesn’t boost the gaming performance, so it obviously makes no sense to invest additional funds into minimal performance improvement.
I wonder why all summer nights are either very short or very light? I just feel like closing the blinds or shades and spending at least another hour with Alma and her offsprings. The game developers and story-writers managed to recreate the remarkable atmosphere from the first part of the game and make the journey into the horror-world even better. The fans of the sequel as well as the newcomers will definitely find something interesting in this strange world of the vindictive Onryō spirit.