F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
|a game by||Monolith Productions, Inc.|
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I Didn't Play Fear 2 on its release due to widespread complaints of severe console compromises. But after a couple of friends convinced me it really wasn't that bad I decided to give it a chance, and discovered a perfectly worthy sequel to Monolith's classic shooter. In many ways it's a better game, with vastly better graphics, more interesting characters and, unlike the original, it was a little bit frightening.
However, my experience of the game was almost ruined by one thing -the shotguns. FEAR's shotgun is one of my favourite FPS weapons. It had a deeply satisfying firing sound and, combined with the game's excellent physics and collision detection, had a definite punch. All Monolith had to do was place that firearm in FEAR 2 and I'd have been happy as an England fan complaining about Rooney. Instead they created two new shotguns - one pump-action, one automatic, both dreadful - which made noises like a rabbit's fart, and a less powerful kick than that same long-eared rodent.
Whoever decided to change FEAR's shotgun was an fool and deserves to be locked in a ball-shaped chamber with a horny undead ultra-powerful psychic teenage girl.
The rubbish new shotguns were indicative of a general loss of identity in FEAR 2. It's a great game but, to delve briefly into the realm of cliche, it lacked that special something that made the original so superb.
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- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
The Bigger Picture
Monolith are ramping up the feeling of bodily awareness far more than with the simplistic punchy-kick business of F.E.A.R., and going mano-a-mano with Abominations is a product of that. When they get close, they gouge.
- Elementary, Dear Alma
This level takes place at the Wade Elementary school, a place of learning funded by Alma's evil scientist family - and presumably the place she was taken away from before being incarcerated in a metal underground dungeon.
The city-wide nuke has this plane fall out of the sky, and later you'll battle along its downed wreck - dashing over its wings, and taking cover behind lumps of fuselage. The days of grey corridors could be over.
- Npc Red Shirts
Adding more personality to your squad is another prime intention for the 'lith chaps with PO, but it won't stop them sucking allies into vortexes and making their heads explode apropos of nothing should the game require it
- Mech It So?
We'll be the first to admit that we're not crazy about the prospect of Mech combat in Project Origin, but if anyone's allowed to have a crack at it it's the creators of Shogo: Mobile Armor Division. Jury remains out, however.
- Angry Businessman
The Remnant essentially an ArchVile with a briefcase, will wreak psychically controlled mayhem - raising the dead and filling them with an urge to forage for weapons and fill you with holes.
- Animal Testing
If this isn't science breaking the boundaries intended by God himself then we don't know what is. Note the Hulk-style ripped trousers by the way, he'd probably look even more disturbing with withered genitalia hanging out