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F.E.A.R. 3

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F.E.A.R. 3
F.E.A.R. 3 cover
Day 1 Studios
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Russia Noviy Disk[1]
Despair Engine
Release dates
Windows June 21, 2011
Metacritic 74
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres FPS
Themes Horror, Contemporary
Series F.E.A.R.
F.E.A.R. 3 on HowLongToBeat
F.E.A.R. 3 on IGDB
F.E.A.R. 3 on MobyGames
F.E.A.R. 3 on Wikipedia
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

F.E.A.R. 3 is a singleplayer and multiplayer first-person FPS game in the F.E.A.R. series.

General information

Also known as F.3.A.R. Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Singleplayer only.
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Complete Pack also available.
GamersGate (unavailable)
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Origin (unavailable)
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Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

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

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\options.cfg[Note 1]
%APPDATA%\Day 1 Studios\FEAR3\SharedData.settings
Steam Play (Linux) <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

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

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Approx. 100 MB available.
No campaign saves, only multiplayer.


Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
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).
Resolution can't be set, it seems to scale with the window dimensions.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
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
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Field of view (FOV)

Edit options.cfg[2]
  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[3]
  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[4]
  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.
Input settings.


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Environmental, music, narrative, sound, and voice.
Surround sound
Up to 7.1 output.[6]
Located under Game Settings. Disabled by default.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio
The exception is the track "Mother" by Danzig.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Brazilian Portuguese
Mistakenly labeled on Steam as Portuguese.
Fan full sound and cinematics translation available here.
Fan translation, download.
Some cutscenes are not dubbed, but it dubbed in-game.
Some cutscenes are not dubbed, but it dubbed in-game.


Available only in the Steam version.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Use Nucleus Co-op.
LAN play
Online play

Connection types

VR support

3D modes State Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: F.E.A.R. 3 (DX9).
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.
3RD Space Gaming Vest

Issues fixed

Crashes after splash screen

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.


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

Possible solutions[3]
  • Switch to Direct3D 9 mode with the -d3d9 parameter.
  • Update graphics/sound drivers to their latest versions.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c, 11 Force D3D 9 instead of D3D 11 with the -d3d9 parameter.
Shader Model support 3, 5
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


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

System requirements

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


  1. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (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.


  1. Official page (Russian) - last accessed on 2023-07-27
  2. Verified by User:Antrad on April 10, 2018
  3. 3.0 3.1 Verified by User:Suicide machine on August 11, 2016
  4. F.E.A.R. 3 (F.3.A.R.) | WSGF
  5. Verified by User:Suicide machine on August 13, 2016
    Results in video
  6. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up - last accessed on May 2023