The best part about getting something free, is when the free thing is actually pretty good. Case in point - Sierra has announced F.E.A.R Combat which is the multiplayer end of F.E.A.R. that will be free to everyone come Thursday, August 17th. While not amazing and, in my opinion, not the main attraction in the F.E.A.R. package - being free often forgives many sins. I loved F.E.A.R. and the idea that more people will be online to play is pretty exciting. The game is pretty beefy though so you do need a kick ass system to play it. However, I will say that it kinda makes it hard for me to recommend anyone go out and search for F.E.A.R. in the bargain bin considering you'll be able to get the multiplayer for free soon. Make no mistake that F.E.A.R.'s single player is definitely worth the trip if your PC can handle it and if you can find it for under $20 - epically with the expansion on the horizon.
Makes me wonder if the expansion might work with F.E.A.R. combat or if the expansion will be standalone so that they don't need to rely on the penetration of the original game...
Either way, its definitely good news if you need to get your multiplayer FPS fix.