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4.0 out of 5 stars
Fear 2, 14 July 2009
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars
When I bought this game, I immediately inputted the CD key onto Steam - in order to bypass any existing DRM problems. (Steam is a wonderful service that allows you to download and install games to an account - which can be accessed from any computer. The best part is that I don't think you even need to be running online for it to work)
Then again, after reading some other reviews - I think you need to get it running on Steam anyway, much to their dismay at not being able to re-sell.
This game is a psycological horror and will make you jump many times, however the problem is that many of the "scares" (USUALLY you can tell when they are as the HUD will buzz and the flashlight will flicker) are in directions where you aren't looking. Although there's nothing quite more shocking than randomly looking behind you and seeing the creepy figure of Alma right there.
This game probably won't scare some players - but it's one of those games where you'll have to get immersed and let it. Playing in the dark (whilst alone, of course) will make it much scarier.
Anyway, here are the pros and cons:
- Builds a creepy atmosphere
- Brilliant(!) level design
- Has some good scares (especially the School)
- Some weapons feel satisfying (You'll like the sniper rifle), although that's purely personal opinion
- Graphics style is nice and from what I can tell, doesn't require too much power
- The slowdown power still makes you feel awesome
- Interesting (although confusing - especially if you don't pick up all of the intel items) story
- Satisfying melee attacks (yes, there are 4 different melee attacks)
- AI is fairly smart (they will use the new feature to flip tables/whatever for cover - and they will try to flank you)
- VERY gory, probably a neutral point
- You have to be looking the right way for many scares.
- Some weapons feel unsatisfying (SMG for example), although that's purely personal opinion
- I don't believe the AI is as smart (or amusing to listen to) as the first game
- Fairly short
- From what I hear, the multiplayer isn't in good shape (I HAVE NOT tried it myself)
- The combat parts are COMPLETELY separate from the horror parts, so when you see some enemy soldiers you can rest in the knowledge that the game won't try to scare you for a little while.
In conclustion I think the game does what it sets out to do and is definitely worth a try - although it could be scarier/creepier. There is a demo out (that doesn't spoil anything due to the way this particular company makes their demos) so I'd definitely try that out before buying it. I personally think it's worth it at the cheap price that is currently listed, but that's obviously my opinion.
P.S.The whole generic argument (has been used in previous reviews for this game) fails to me as most ideas for FPS have already been done before.