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Resident evil, Dead Space, Silent hill- These titles define horror. Resistance, halo, half life- These define action packed fps. What Fear 2 manages to pull off is the best of both worlds. Delivering a game that is so over the top scary, you will scream out loud. Fear 2 returns to the great gameplay of the first, with a strategic enemy that will flip tables over for makeshift cover, slow-motion abilities to pump the enemy full of lead before they get the first shot off, and the random mid-game hallucinations of alma that will make you jump right out of your skin. The story picks up 30 minutes before the first game ended and a giant explosion rocks the city to its very core. I really enjoyed this game, however, the fact that all of the scares will be so memorable takes away from the replayability. Make no mistake, Fear2 is an action packed horror rollercoaster of a game, that have you clawing at the trigger...
Graphics: 5 - Somewhat dated, wooden NPC expressions, environments interesting but not mind blowing
Gameplay: 7 - Nothing new, but fun nonetheless. Very easy, only die unless you do something stupid. Enjoyable to play still if you like FPS.
Scare Factor: 8 - When they do try to scare you, its done well. There are certainly some good goosebump moments, chills down the spine. Interspersed enough in story to not become dull. Scared me more than Dead Space and Bioshock did, but a different kind of scare.
Its a fun game worth renting a few days to get through it. Never played first one, but easy enough to pick up story.
If you played the first F.E.A.R. you know what to expect, and you'll get more of the same here. Fantastic graphics, pretty good AI, cool weapons, and some challenging battles mixed with a generally creepy vibe and lots of gore.
My beefs with this sequel are: (1) there were too many long maze-like stretches with no action; (2) there were not enough battles; (3) the game ended just when I was getting into it.
But I loved it. Finished it in just a few days of intense gaming. And it plays smoothly, looks fantastic, and has some genuinely creepy moments. Some of the bigger battles were truly challenging. Looking forward to the next installment for sure.