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Paxton Fettel To Be Playable In FEAR 3's Solo Campaign

Two characters are better than one, even if one of 'em is a ghost.

Until now, it's been unclear if you’d be able to control the more unconventional of the two protagonists in FEAR 3’s solo campaign, a ghost that goes by the name of Paxton Fettel. Unlike Point Man, who is your conventional marine, Fettel doesn’t fight with guns. He fights with psychic powers, able to possess enemy soldiers or send out blasts of immobilizing and destructive energy. But, as it turns out, you’ll be able to run through the campaign as Fettel--provided you’ve beaten the level you want to use him in with Point Man first. 

FEAR 3 has largely been pitched as a co-op-focused joint with playable Fettel as one of the mode’s bonus features. I’d imagine technical and design factors made it tough for Day 1 Studios' to get Fettel playable in solo. He’s definitely an unconventional character whose abilities are pretty limited, if an enemy isn’t around to possess or if Point Man isn't around to shoot at stuff. 
 
That said, looks like Fettel will be able to handle his own just fine now, according to this trailer.
 
  

   
 
FEAR 3 hits stores later this May for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. Who's in?
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Posted by BradNicholson

Until now, it's been unclear if you’d be able to control the more unconventional of the two protagonists in FEAR 3’s solo campaign, a ghost that goes by the name of Paxton Fettel. Unlike Point Man, who is your conventional marine, Fettel doesn’t fight with guns. He fights with psychic powers, able to possess enemy soldiers or send out blasts of immobilizing and destructive energy. But, as it turns out, you’ll be able to run through the campaign as Fettel--provided you’ve beaten the level you want to use him in with Point Man first. 

FEAR 3 has largely been pitched as a co-op-focused joint with playable Fettel as one of the mode’s bonus features. I’d imagine technical and design factors made it tough for Day 1 Studios' to get Fettel playable in solo. He’s definitely an unconventional character whose abilities are pretty limited, if an enemy isn’t around to possess or if Point Man isn't around to shoot at stuff. 
 
That said, looks like Fettel will be able to handle his own just fine now, according to this trailer.
 
  

   
 
FEAR 3 hits stores later this May for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. Who's in?
Edited by JustinSane311

I'm not much of a fear fan but this looks pretty good.

Posted by Winsord

You mean, F.3.A.R? ;)

Posted by Waffles13

This was a story 6 months ago.

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Posted by Theory

Trying to play through F.E.A.R. 1 on pc... still holds up pretty good.

Posted by TheHT
@Waffles13 said:
" This was a story 6 months ago. "
I think that was for coop. This is SP.
Edited by CL60
@Waffles13 said:

" This was a story 6 months ago. "

Considering the trailer that reveals you can play him in singleplayer came out yesterday, I would say no. You guys really gotta stop grasping at straws just so you can bash Brad.
Posted by Rawrnosaurous

They aren't going to scare me Fettel.
 
I ain't scared of no ghosts.

Posted by Darkraven

looks fun

Posted by big_jon

This looks pretty dumb.

Posted by radioactivez0r

I actually saw a FEAR 3 trailer on The Town's DVD last night, and until it showed that it was a game, I thought it was a movie.  Guess I'm out of the loop.

Posted by SaturdayNightSpecials

Ooohkay. I would have thought this was confirmed already. 
 
I'll carry on trying to forget there ever were FEAR sequels, so I can always look back on the first game and say "They should really do a FEAR 2, that game was kickass!"

Posted by dancinginfernal

Awesome. Hopefully I'll enjoy it more than F.E.A.R. 2. 
 
 
@CL60
said:

" @Waffles13 said:

" This was a story 6 months ago. "

Considering the trailer that reveals you can play him in singleplayer came out yesterday, I would say no. You guys really gotta stop grasping at straws just so you can bash Brad. "
QFT.
Posted by Waffles13
@CL60 said:
" @Waffles13 said:

" This was a story 6 months ago. "

Considering the trailer that reveals you can play him in singleplayer came out yesterday, I would say no. You guys really gotta stop grasping at straws just so you can bash Brad. "
It would have been news if they said you CAN'T play as Paxton in SP. It'd be like reporting a story saying "In Dead Space 3 you will unlock new suits for beating the game!"
 
Also, I have every right as a paying customer to bitch about something I don't like. As far as I'm concerned, GB's text stories are practically worthless at this point due to the rampant abundance of rumors and insignificant details. Just because you don't like seeing someone get called out doesn't mean those of us who complain about Brad bringing Kotaku-level news onto our site are wrong.
 
Hey, by the way, that rumored new Halo game is going to have co-op. SHOCKING.
Hey, check it out, a Battlefield 3 screenshot. Oh wait, no it's not. But how crazy would that have been if it WAS a new screenshot?! 
Guys! That new Bethesda RPG is going to have mod support! Sure, their last 3 games did too, but still!
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Edited by JEC03

This series needs to die already this game looks worst then the second game and the second game sucked and was dumbed down the first game was the best.Once WB became there publisher it lost what was cool about it.

Edited by CL60
@Waffles13 said:

" @CL60 said:

" @Waffles13 said:

" This was a story 6 months ago. "

Considering the trailer that reveals you can play him in singleplayer came out yesterday, I would say no. You guys really gotta stop grasping at straws just so you can bash Brad. "
It would have been news if they said you CAN'T play as Paxton in SP. It'd be like reporting a story saying "In Dead Space 3 you will unlock new suits for beating the game!"
 
Also, I have every right as a paying customer to bitch about something I don't like. As far as I'm concerned, GB's text stories are practically worthless at this point due to the rampant abundance of rumors and insignificant details. Just because you don't like seeing someone get called out doesn't mean those of us who complain about Brad bringing Kotaku-level news onto our site are wrong.
 
Hey, by the way, that rumored new Halo game is going to have co-op. SHOCKING.
Hey, check it out, a Battlefield 3 screenshot. Oh wait, no it's not. But how crazy would that have been if it WAS a new screenshot?! 
Guys! That new Bethesda RPG is going to have mod support! Sure, their last 3 games did too, but still! "
Once again, news being posted on GiantBomb is a good thing. Stop being such a whiner over nothing. Especially when you're wrong. It doesn't fucking matter what the news is, it's still news. You all need to shut the hell up with your stupid Brad bashing on every single one of his news stories.
 
"Derp derp, this video with news in it that was just posted yesterday is 6 month old news!"
Posted by Waffles13

Firstly, I'm saying this isn't even remotely worthy of being posted as a story. Post the trailer and call it a day.
Second, this is my opinion. You have no right to tell me it's "wrong".
Third, I am a paying customer. Whether anyone listens to me is their prerogative, but if I'm not 100% satisfied with the service that I pay for, then I can bitch all I want and feel damn justified in that fact.

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Posted by CactusWolf
@Waffles13 said:
" Firstly, I'm saying this isn't even remotely worthy of being posted as a story. Post the trailer and call it a day.
Second, this is my opinion. You have no right to tell me it's "wrong".
Third, I am a paying customer. Whether anyone listens to me is their prerogative, but if I'm not 100% satisfied with the service that I pay for, then I can bitch all I want and feel damn justified in that fact. "
You're not paying for text content.
Posted by Waffles13

I'm paying for Whiskey Media to keep doing what they're doing. Just because I'm getting HD video and the Happy Hour doesn't mean that's all that I'm paying for.

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Posted by Belonpopo

Once again, loved Fear 2

Posted by Tupacalypse
@CL60: amen ppl need to stop whining about stupid shit. also brad rocks, fuck the haters haha
Posted by tourgen

oh god 10 secs of gameplay footage and I'm already  bored with this game.

Posted by Skald
@Waffles13 said:
" @CL60 said:
" @Waffles13 said:

" This was a story 6 months ago. "

Considering the trailer that reveals you can play him in singleplayer came out yesterday, I would say no. You guys really gotta stop grasping at straws just so you can bash Brad. "
It would have been news if they said you CAN'T play as Paxton in SP. It'd be like reporting a story saying "In Dead Space 3 you will unlock new suits for beating the game!" "
That's not at all the same. 
 
Besides, unless we're replacing the news with some decently long editorial content, I'd hate to the news disappear, and for no good reason. 
 
@Waffles13 said:
" I am a paying customer. "
If it's that much of a problem for you, cancel your subscription.
Posted by Jambones

Hmm. I would hardly call him limited. By the looks of it he's quite handy at crushing dudes' heads with his mind, etc.. But he certainly does look like an interesting hombre to inhabit. 
 
Off to consult the wiki as to why he and Point Man are working together for Fthree'r.

Posted by dillinger
@Waffles13 said:
" I'm paying for Whiskey Media to keep doing what they're doing. Just because I'm getting HD video and the Happy Hour doesn't mean that's all that I'm paying for. "
ahh come on give it up.  if you don't like what your money is being used to do then stop paying it, nobody has a gun to your head.  lots of people rely solely on giant bomb for news updates and information, and thusly anything brad or anyone else posts is going to be news to them.  Nobody cares if you've got nothing better to do than scour a ton of websites all day.
Posted by JeanLuc

I'm in. 
Looks like some good fun action. Thats all the F.E.A.R. games have been, and thats all I want.

Posted by Landon
@Waffles13 said:
" @CL60 said:
" @Waffles13 said:

" This was a story 6 months ago. "

Considering the trailer that reveals you can play him in singleplayer came out yesterday, I would say no. You guys really gotta stop grasping at straws just so you can bash Brad. "
It would have been news if they said you CAN'T play as Paxton in SP. It'd be like reporting a story saying "In Dead Space 3 you will unlock new suits for beating the game!"
That doesn't make sense at all. Other games have you playing as different characters in co-op that you can't play as in single player. You can play as two robots in Portal 2's co-op, do you also assume you can play as them in single player?
Posted by Landon
@wasteguru said:
" I'm in. Looks like some good fun action. Thats all the F.E.A.R. games have been, and thats all I want. "
First FEAR was about horror. And it did a good job. Second fear was more about shootin' dudes.
Posted by Waffles13
@dillinger said:
" @Waffles13 said:
" I'm paying for Whiskey Media to keep doing what they're doing. Just because I'm getting HD video and the Happy Hour doesn't mean that's all that I'm paying for. "
ahh come on give it up.  if you don't like what your money is being used to do then stop paying it, nobody has a gun to your head.  lots of people rely solely on giant bomb for news updates and information, and thusly anything brad or anyone else posts is going to be news to them.  Nobody cares if you've got nothing better to do than scour a ton of websites all day. "
Christ. I'm not bashing Brad or anyone who likes his coverage. I'm simply saying that I'm not a fan of the type of news that has been put up, and it turns out that Brad posts the vast majority of it. The only reason I'm bringing up the money thing is to prevent the whole "it's the internet, your opinion doesn't matter" argument.
@Landon said:
That doesn't make sense at all. Other games have you playing as different characters in co-op that you can't play as in single player. You can play as two robots in Portal 2's co-op, do you also assume you can play as them in single player? "
They had already announced that even in single player it's both Point Man and Paxton fighting together. That and the fact that the two play differently makes it seem fairly obvious (to me at least) that both would be playable. In Gears or Portal where the characters have identical abilities, it'd be stupid to let you play as one or the other. That said, I'll concede that this is fairly significant news/confirmation for those of us who still actually like FEAR. My bitching about the news is more of me being annoyed at the trend of more and more rumor/extremely minor news being posted here.
 
Again, I'm not trying to start fights or hate on Brad2 or anything. I'm just airing my opinion on the state of news at my favorite site, nothing more.
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Posted by EchoEcho
@Landon said:

" @wasteguru said:

" I'm in. Looks like some good fun action. Thats all the F.E.A.R. games have been, and thats all I want. "
First FEAR was about horror. And it did a good job. Second fear was more about shootin' dudes. "
The horror in FEAR 2 wasn't as effective as in the first, but the atmosphere was still great. I liked both games for what they were; I'm not one of the fans who think FEAR 2 was a travesty. I'm concerned about FEAR 3 mostly because it isn't being developed by Monolith; I'm just not sure Day 1 Studios can nail the atmosphere that makes a FEAR game what it is, be it focused more on horror or shootin' dudes. Also not sure how the story might have been effected by the change of hands between developers. I'm definitely going to take a "wait and see" approach with it.
Posted by Solh0und

 I still haven't finished F.E.A.R 1 or 2 on the 360....

Edited by WorldDude

I'd like to say I'm excited about this game, but with it being developed by Day 1 (aka the guys behind Fracture) I'm not getting my hopes up.
 
Also, to the guy complaining about this being a news story, shut up. This is a free news story for everyone. Just because you're paying for extra Whiskey Media content does not give you the right to complain about free content that everyone can see. If you don't like it, ignore it. It's not interfering with anything else on the site. It's here for people of the Giant Bomb community to read and comment on. I don't come to the site for news, but it is nice to see what people in this community have to say about certain stories, whether or not you personally consider them news. Whining isn't going to change a thing.

Posted by fox01313

Enjoyed the first two in the FEAR franchise but not all that much, had some fun moments in the games but just still not quite hooked into the franchise enough to really be sold with this addition to the gameplay. Will have to wait & see when it shows up through gamefly.

Posted by Johnny5

Until now, it's been unclear if you’d be able to control the more unconventional of the two protagonists inFEAR 3’s solo campaign, a ghost that goes by the name of Paxton Fettel.     

I thought the dev discussion video they released ages ago already talked about this? Like how each player controls, and they contrasted the uses of each character. Even if it wasnt clearly said. Its a co-op game with 2 characters. I thought it was assumed? 
 
P.s no hate on brad, the lettuce man.
Posted by Cold_Wolven

It looks alright, offers something slightly different than the generic shooter it could have been if it just stuck players with Point Man. In all honesty F.E.A.R. was never about scaring people, it was about John Woo Hollywood action, blood with the occasional dark corridor and moving inanimate objects. All I need F.3.A.R. to be is a fun shooter that can expand the story and keep me going till the end.

Posted by Tru3_Blu3

FEAR1 was amazing, and its sequel was consolized shit. FEAR3, according to the plastic looking guns and cartoony looking blood, will be no different.

Posted by SeriouslyNow
@Waffles13 said:
" I'm paying for Whiskey Media to keep doing what they're doing. Just because I'm getting HD video and the Happy Hour doesn't mean that's all that I'm paying for. "
You've a monthly subscription and probably it's just your first month too so stop acting like you own the place and yes HD video and access to the Happy Hour 3 weeks out of 4 is all you're paying for .  
 
News is news and while you may not find it particularly informative it has a valid place here and it does benefit others.  News =/ Investigative Journalism, you're confusing their functions. 
 
Do you also yell at the TV when the Newsreaders tell you stuff you already knew too?
 
Probably.
Edited by NTM

Being Paxton Fettel is a really stupid idea. He's a bad guy, and that's that. I don't like the idea of point man and Paxton teaming up (or so from what I've been seeing). I'm so over the original F.E.A.R. by now they should just progress through with what they had going on in F.E.A.R. 2 with Becket. When the second F.E.A.R. came out I thought they made a bad decision changing the main protagonist, and it doesn't seem great this time around either. I mean, I like F.E.A.R. 2 a lot now, but I can't take all this back n' forth between characters in F.E.A.R. Plus, point man looks stupid with his long hair and grungy face. Should have just stuck with the mysterious balaclava figure.

Posted by MonstroUK

Keep that feedback coming guys. It's very interesting to hear what you guys have to say.

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Posted by xxizzypop
@Waffles13: Perhaps the way you were airing your grievances was just a bit on the inflammatory side. I do agree with you about most news coming from Nicholson to be fluff pieces, but, it's news that I wouldn't get otherwise as I tend to not frequent other sites. 
 
That said, while it was pretty easy to make the assumption, they also never really announced that you would be able to use him as a single player character. I'm curious how this one will play, as my only experience with the series is with the second one.