> F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin Review
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin Review
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin by Monolith Productions is the sequel to F.E.A.R. and, true to the original, is totally creepy. F.E.A.R. 2 is a first person shooter in which players fight through a city full of enemies to investigate and deal with some strange occurrences. I don’t want to give too much away, since the storyline and mystery are some of the best of the game’s strengths. Also like the original, the action sequences still give that sense of intense action sprinkled with suspense.
Everything about the game experience, including the level design, scripted events and artistic style, is wonderfully atmospheric. The graphics are excellent, adding that much more to the creepiness and action elements. Even after taking a break and coming back after a while, it wouldn’t be long before I got sucked back in. I personally didn’t enjoy the plot of this game quite as much as that of the original F.E.A.R., but it was still plenty good, and better than the plots of many games out there. I found the plot and mystery behind the unnamed “Point Man” of the original more engaging than the events surrounding the player, Michael Becket, in the sequel, though the execution of the new story somehow improved somewhat on the original’s. The language, violence and gore easily justify the ESRB Mature rating. The multiplayer is fairly typical, and plays very much like that of the original. One new feature is the ability for players to customize their loadouts by spending a limited number of points on armor, health packs, weapons and explosives.
There are really no outstanding shortcomings to point out in this game. Sure, there were a few things that they could have done better, but they’re not things that detract heavily from the game experience. For example, after playing through a chunk of the game, the combat gets a little on the repetitive side, since there are only four or five types of enemies. It helps that at one point, you get to drive what is basically a walking tank, and fight other ones, but that accounts for very little game time. Still, the enemies you do fight are smart, and there are plenty of fun weapons to destroy them with. Overall, the game is a solid continuation of the F.E.A.R. game series, but doesn’t bring a whole lot of new material to the FPS genre.