F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
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A routine assignment to locate the president of Armacham Technology Corporation in connection with an unfolding hostage crisis turns into a desperate battle for survival after an explosion decimates the city and unleashes Alma Wade, the terrifying supernatural menace at the center of Armacham’s highly classified Project Origin. As Alma’s power swells out of control, special forces Sgt. Michael Becket and his squad must battle through an apocalyptic landscape of shattered buildings and buckled streets in search of clues for how to destroy her. The more Becket learns about Armacham’s secret experiments and reckless agenda, the more he begins to suspect that he’s somehow linked to the crisis and may be the only one capable of averting total disaster.
Deployed just minutes before the blast triggered by the original F.E.A.R. team, assume the role of Special Forces Sgt. Michael Becket as your routine mission quickly turns into a fight for survival against the wrath of Alma Wade. As Alma’s terrifying power surges out of control, your squad is forced to battle through an apocalyptic landscape in search of clues for how to destroy her!
Strategic environmental combat opportunities available to both you and your enemies
Slow time using your character’s enhanced reflexes
In your face close-quarter action in a variety of indoor and outdoor environments
Battle all-new enemies that employ advanced combat tactics
Test your nerves and face your FEARS as you battle new characters and unravel a terrifying mystery
Utilize the world interaction enhancements to create instant cover or remove obstacles
Play with and against friends in multiplayer competition
Enhanced graphics engine takes action horror to new heights through enhanced visuals and effects
Enemies behave realistically and use the environment against you through vastly enhanced enemy Artificial Intelligence
Maintains the authenticity of the Alma storyline and players will know this is the only place to continue the saga
Too much action?DragosLoL | July 16, 2014 | See all DragosLoL's reviews »
F.E.A.R. 2 doesn't balance out its action and horror aspects as its predecessor but doesn't do a horrible job of it either. The game is still really fun but it's more shooting than looking at images that will give you chills down your spine. Plus, the game is a bit too short and kind of feels like you just went window shopping through a arsenal of weapons. But above all, F.E.A.R. 2 does make up for a good FPS. Give it a try.
Mucho MachismoAkiMatti | May 15, 2014 | See all AkiMatti's reviews »
Even though the FEAR series is a horror shooter at heart, it is quite a different breed to for example the Dead Space series. The scares are different in kind and being an FPS game your control is more nuanced and sharp.
It is also put to the test since there are definitely levels and stages which will get you killed and try and try again. The challenge certainly exists.
FEAR 2 has the problem of any sequel where the setting is already familiar to the player from the initial game so not everything is new and unknown anymore. This takes away some emphasis from the game but not all.
Judged separately, FEAR 2 is a decent shooter for FPS fans, but not to everyones liking. I suggest trying the game as a rental or with a demo if you can find one. Or trying it at a friends house. Some let's play videos will give you a good impression, too. Then you can decide whether this is for you or not.
A good effort, anyhow.
Not as good as the originalGmen | May 7, 2014 | See all Gmen's reviews »
The thing about the first F.E.A.R. was the pacing, the suspense, and the fact that it left so many unanswered questions at the end that the player really had to try and piece together for themselves – this all contributed to making it the hit it was.
The sequel just doesn’t have the same appeal. It doesn’t continue the story of Point Man, who was the main character in F.E.A.R. and its first expansion, Extraction Point, instead opting for a different character, who amazingly has the exact same abilities as Point Man. The plot just feels a bit ridiculous, predictable, and not particularly well thought out. This game is mainly all action with not much of the creep out factor the original game provided and right at the end, without spoiling anything for those who haven't played it, the plot in its entirety is revealed to you just in case you weren’t paying attention throughout most of the game.
There are some new additions like being able to pilot a mech, and there are new enemies and redesigned weapons to dispatch them with, and there are still parts of the game that manage to creep me out, like the school level, which was obviously inspired by the same sort of location in Condemned: Criminal Origins.
The engine was already starting to show its age in this game. In 2005 it was mind-blowing how good F.E.A.R. looked. In 2009, not so much. This was after Crysis had wowed people with its beauty, and became the measuring stick for graphical standards in games for years to come. F.E.A.R. 2 doesn't come close to that. Having said that, it doesn't look terrible at all, and is very scalable so it'll run on just about anything.
This game fails on some levels because it just doesn’t improve that much upon the prequel, and in some cases is actually just not as good, frankly because it messes with the formula too much and changes too many things, even if they are small and subtle.
In the end it comes off as just good – not great, like F.E.A.R. It’s a more than decent shooter, but don’t expect anything spectacular out of it.
very shortdamienjameswebb | Feb. 7, 2014 | See all damienjameswebb's reviews »
this could have easily been an extension of the first game... it was pretty much the same with a few graphical enhancements. the story however was interesting and very scary at times. the add-ons however make this game and allow you to really get into the lore and extend the game quite a lot.
it feels like a very standard fps with military style gameplay. that being said the engine runs very smooth and it is very immersive at times (a little too much at some scary points) the controller support is iffy and is best played with a mouse and keyboard. i would also suggest to play on the hardest difficulty if you can because it makes the gameplay more constant. otherwise you tend to have to wait a while between enemies. other than that, tons of fun and would play it over and over again if i could :D
A good sequelSganotak | Jan. 24, 2014 | See all Sganotak's reviews »
As the name implies, FEAR 2 is an origin story which provides the explanation for the events that took place in the first game. Despite being a continuation of the first game's FEAR 2 offers an entirely different point of view, as you control Michael Beckett, a member of a tactical force that after being assigned with a simple task is starting to encounter mysterious foes and witness paranormal events. The story may feel shallow and boring at first but it gets a lot better as the game progresses.
Gameplay-wise FEAR 2 fixes some rough edges that the first game had and also adds some new features, like a dynamic cover system, which can be used by you or your foes and drivable mechs. It is also a much easier game since you will come across medkits,armor and ammo a lot more often. Use of the slow-mo system is still the most fun way to play the game, and the damage feedback of the various weapons of your arsenal is great. There are also a lot of different foes with various abilities that add a spice of variety to the game
Unfortunately the game's atmosphere isn't that dark and gritty like the first game, but more sci fi. There are still some creepy levels but don't reach the quality of those found in the first FEAR.
The game's also pretty short and it will take you around 6 hours for a run on normal. There's also multiplayer, but I doubt that the community is still active
FEAR 2 is a solid follow-up to FEAR. While it may not be as groundbreaking as it's predecessor, it's still a great and atmospheric horror shooter