F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin

F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin Review for PC

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F.E.A.R. sequel from Monolith Productions.

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9Out of 10
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F.E.A.R. 2 delivers the goods and then some
F.E.A.R. 2 delivers the goods and then some

F.E.A.R. 2 delivers the goods and then some

Don't fancy reading the review? Would you prefer to sit back in your chair and watch some glorious 720p HD footage of the game in action while listening to us tell you about F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin? If so head over to our video review for a condensed review of Monolith's first-person shooter.

If I ever meet the person who first realised that slow-motion made things more fun, I'll give them a big pat on the back. While its use in F.E.A.R. 2 isn't revolutionary in any way, it is superbly executed and manages to make Monolith's FPS stand out from the majority of other shooters on the market. In a month, perhaps even a year, dominated by one gorgeous looking FPS, it's quite telling that it's F.E.A.R. 2 which provided me with more entertainment.

F.E.A.R. 2's had a somewhat interesting development cycle. Monolith, developer of the original F.E.A.R. (not the two expansions), was acquired by Warner towards the end of development of the original game, so dropped publisher Vivendi to become part of Warner's growing stable of studios. Monolith retained rights to the series' characters, but Vivendi owned the name, so work began on Project Origin, a sequel to F.E.A.R. in all but name. Some time later Vivendi merged with Activision and this allowed Warner to pick up the rights to the F.E.A.R. name, giving us the sequel everyone wanted.

F.E.A.R. 2 picks up 30 minutes before the end of the original game (which ended with a rather large explosion), and doesn't acknowledge expansions Extraction Point and Perseus Mandate. You play as Michael Becket, a member of Delta Force - an elite unit sent to arrest Genevieve Aristide, president of Armacham, whom Point Man found incriminating evidence against during the first game. Things obviously don't go quite to plan, and you're once again thrown into a supernatural horror first-person shooter.

Enemies like this will freak you out

Enemies like this will freak you out

Key to it all is spooky apparition, sometimes girl, sometimes freakish woman, Alma, who is back causing chaos and lots of bloodshed. The story focuses on her incarceration in the Vault, a structure built deep inside the top secret Origin Facility. We won't spoil what is an entertaining and twisting storyline, but it should come as no surprise that Becket suffers from the same visions as Point Man, so expect, well, just about anything really.

Played entirely from a first-person perspective, even during cutscenes, and with just the right amount of head bob and movement, you feel incredibly grounded and in the shoes of Becket. A few people will likely find the bob slightly hard to take (motion sickness sufferers are probably out of luck), but it's brilliantly immersive and one of the reasons why the game's scares work so well.

FEAR 2 is more unnerving and unsettling than it is scary, but don't take that as a negative. You're not going to think Alma is hiding under your bed or in your closet, and you won't need someone to do a clean sweep of the house before entering at night, but while you're playing your heart rate will rise and you'll more than likely need to take regular breaks. Chances are your hands will have turned into claws that need prying away from the controller, having been holding on for dear life.

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YodoMaster

A finely tuned game indeed. Nevertheless just another FPS clone. come on, is this world running out of creativity? but sadly this market is driven by consumers who don't seem to be a very creative bunch indeed (and increasingly so).
Posted 04:01 on 01 March 2009
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xboxlive

il gett thinking of get this game afther i finish the frist one.
Posted 16:19 on 15 February 2009
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Ballaballala

I loved the first FEAR, had mixed feelings about the demo and i LOVE the retail version. Why? Here it is: The demo level doesn't exist in the full game. It's just pieced together from the full game and cramped with shock moments, which is why i didn't like it that much. The full game is much more like the first game, which is GOOD. It isn't quite as moody, but comes close, and the upgraded visuals, effects foremost, are brilliant. Yeah, it low poly, but screen effects are just top notch. The combat as rightfully described here is still unparalleled. Bloody, fast, cynical, tactical, for me it still just has the best feel of any combat in any game, especially in the later part of the game.

For me it's everything i expected from the sequel, and yes, in terms of FEAR im conservative. I actually LIKE that they didn't change that much. Oh and yes - it has virtually no bugs, runs supersmooth even on older PC's and this doesn't mean it looks bad. Not really an industry standard nowadays.

However, if your not a FEAR fan, you will probably like it, but not love it, admittetly. Maybe 40$ is too much for this game if you just look for another shooter.
Posted 15:47 on 13 February 2009
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Yeah Eurogamer gave it 5 out of 10 didn't read whole review but I have read Tomo's and like him I loved the 1st one. Not sure why theres a such a huge difference in score and I wonder if the platform used for review makes a difference?

There's an interesting comment on the Eurogamer review (comment 153) about videogamer.com giving everything a 9. Other than that the reviewer does point out that if you've never played an FPS before then this one is the bee's knees or words to that effect, and as I don't play many FPSes and VG's video review hit all the right buttons, I'm sold.
Posted 11:00 on 10 February 2009
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dudester

Yeah Eurogamer gave it 5 out of 10 didn't read whole review but I have read Tomo's and like him I loved the 1st one. Not sure why theres a such a huge difference in score and I wonder if the platform used for review makes a difference?
Posted 10:49 on 10 February 2009
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Kiroquai

Not convinced about this; a few sites have scored it around the 50% mark and mentioned a few things that tallied with my impressions of the demo...
Posted 10:34 on 10 February 2009
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thpcplayer

yeah great fear 1 was brilliant and this one looks even better. Can't wait!
Posted 09:37 on 10 February 2009
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FantasyMeister

Glad to see they're releasing the PS3/360 and PC versions all on the same day, Feb 13th in Europe. Only ~£27.99 too for the console versions from most retailers, wonder if the supermarkets like ASDA/Tesco will dare take it any lower?
Posted 09:14 on 10 February 2009
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dstowe

Yea, pre-ordered for PC. Can't wait!
Posted 04:18 on 10 February 2009
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Buddington Mil

I played with meat before. Rotten meat. Think about your dad!
Posted 02:48 on 10 February 2009
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awesome. will be picking this up on PC
Posted 01:23 on 10 February 2009

Game Stats

F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
9
Out of 10
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
  • Superb gun play
  • Slow motion is brilliant
  • Incredibly tense
  • Multiplayer doesn't quite work
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Release Date: 13/02/2009
Platforms: PC , Xbox 360 , PS3
Developer: Monolith Productions
Publisher: Warner Bros.
Genre: First Person Shooter
No. Players: 1-16
Rating: BBFC 18
Site Rank: 613
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