F.E.A.R. 3

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F.E.A.R. 3
F.E.A.R. 3 cover
Developers
Day 1 Studios
Publishers
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Engines
Despair Engine
Release dates
Windows June 21, 2011
F.E.A.R. 3 on Wikipedia
F.E.A.R.
F.E.A.R. 2005
F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate 2007
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin 2009
F.E.A.R. 3 2011
F.E.A.R. Online 2014

General information

Unofficial Wiki for game series
Official Community Site
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Windows
Amazon.com
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Windows
GamersGate
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Windows
Gamesplanet
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Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Origin
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Windows
Steam
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Complete Pack also available.
Windows
All versions require Steam DRM.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename LogoTrain.bik[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\resources\Streamed
  2. Delete or rename LogoTrain.bik

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\options.cfg[Note 1]
%APPDATA%\Day 1 Studios\FEAR3\SharedData.settings
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/21100/pfx/[Note 2]
options.cfg contains various settings (like FOV and motion blur) which are not available in-game.
SharedData.settings is a binary file which stores the configuration of in-game settings.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\21100\local\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/21100/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Change resolution on the main menu for proper Hor+ scaling. Changing resolution in-game may result in Vert- scaling.
4K Ultra HD
Grenade warning seems to be small.
Field of view (FOV)
Default is 85. See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
Resolution can't be set, it seems to scale with the window dimensions.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Labeled as Texture Quality, goes up to 8x. 16x can be forced.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA and up to 4x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
If 4x MSAA is enabled, switch to windowed mode to go above 60 FPS.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Edit options.cfg[1]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\options.cfg with a text editor.
  2. Remove the # sign before -fov and change its value (105 is maximum).
  3. Save the changes.
Set FOV with launch parameter[2]
  1. Right-click the game in the Steam client and choose Properties.
  2. Click Set Launch Options and add -fov:X, where X represents the FOV value (up to 105).
Set FOV with Cheat Engine[3]
  1. Install Cheat Engine.
  2. Download F.E.A.R. 3 Cheat Table (see attachments).
  3. Run the game, and switch back to Windows.
  4. Double-click on the Cheat Table to open it in Cheat Engine.
  5. Click on File → Open Process, and open F.E.A.R. 3.exe.
  6. In the Value column, double-click on 85 and set any value.
  7. Go back to the game and zoom your weapon to apply it.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Environmental, music, narrative, sound, and voice.
Surround sound
Up to 7.1 output.[5]
Subtitles
Located under Game Settings. Disabled by default.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Korean
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Mistakenly labeled on Steam as portuguese.
Russian
Fan full sound and cinematics translation available here.
Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
Console versions only.
LAN play
Online play

Connection types

Connection types

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: F.E.A.R. 3 (DX9).
vorpX
G3D
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues fixed[edit]

Crashes after splash screen[edit]

Edit options.cfg[citation needed]
If using a GTX 570 graphics card, you may have to lower your clock speed to 720-760 MHz.[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>
  2. Edit options.cfg.
  3. Remove the # character preceding the following lines.
#-motionblurscale:0.0
#-d3d9
#-noptt

Notes

This turns off motion blur, uses DirectX 9, and turns off push-to-talk. The most likely culprit is the motion blur, so you might only have to change that.

Other crashes/instability[edit]

Possible solutions[2]
  • Switch to Direct3D 9 mode with the -d3d9 parameter.
  • Update graphics/sound drivers to their latest versions.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 11 Force D3D 9 instead of D3D 11 with the -d3d9 parameter.
Shader Model support 3, 5
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio FMOD
Interface Scaleform
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Steamworks

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
AMD Athlon X2 4800+
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4.4 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
ATI Radeon HD 3850
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible

Notes

  1. When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/21100/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (21100) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. Verified by User:Antrad on April 10, 2018
  2. 2.0 2.1 Verified by User:Suicide machine on August 11, 2016
  3. F.E.A.R. 3 (F.3.A.R.) | WSGF
  4. Verified by User:Suicide machine on August 13, 2016
    Results in video
  5. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up