Completed: F.E.A.R. 2 Project Origin (PS3)
Developer: Monolith Productions
Publisher: WB Games
Release Date: February 10 2009
Genre: FPS, Horror
Monolith released the original F.E.A.R. on PC in 2005 which at the time was praised for it’s smart enemy AI and atmosphere. The console versions of F.E.A.R. were developed by Day 1 Studios who will be doing the third installment in the series. F.E.A.R. 2 was developed by Monolith after they released the Xbox 360 launch title Condemed and Condemed 2. Monolith with these games have set themselves up as developer specialising in survival horror with each game bringing something new or interesting to the genre.
F.E.A.R. 2 is a solid game that is strange in that it feels slightly out of date with the amount of excellent FPS’s that have come out since the original. It relies on its atmosphere to keep you moving and alert but when it comes to the graphics and animation it just doesn’t feel as polished. The game doesn’t really do anything special in the way it tells it’s story but there are plenty of horror psychological effects. The range of effects include the use of static, strange voices, blurring, ghosts, blood effects and mind warps. Of course there are the standard shock effects of creepy enemies or Alma popping up every now and then.
From what I hear F.E.A.R. 2 (having not played the first game) does more or less the same as the original while adding more action and spectacle to vary things up. In particular my favourite parts of the game were the mech sequences which were just pure fun. I like the feel and weight of how the weapons handle which is more slow-paced which allows for more on the fly tactic changes. The AI enemies are still a step up from most FPS’s in that they advance towards you in an intelligent manner and use cover. As a special experimental soldier you have the ability to slow down time which for some reason I didn’t rally use that much. I played on the PS3 which I have to admit doesn’t seem to feel just right for FPS games, the analog stick and triggers of the controller are not the best inputs for FPS games. There is a lack of accuracy when moving around the light analog stick. It would probably be best to play it on the PC.
Again I picked this game up cheap ($20 AUD) as it has been heavily discounted and for that price it is a worthwhile purchase. Even if you hate horror type games just pick it up, the more of these games you play the more you will come to like the genre (at least in my case after playing RE games and Bioshock).