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5.0 out of 5 stars

on 17 May 2015
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on 1 October 2001
The original fear effect was a game that when i bought it i was not too happy with. The game itself was pretty good but there were some major problems like the bosses being absurdly difficult, and the punishments for death being an exasperating loading time. I was wary with the sequel but on hearing news of it's improvement i bought myself a copy. It is not a purchase i regret. The game is absolutely fantastic. the controls are perfect, allowing you to really get to grips with your character. The game packs excitement, perfectly balanced with puzzle solving in an enthralling adventure. The plot is superb, following three parties as they come together mid way through and then get lost in a web of deceit, with deadly viruses, evil-spirits, gun toting monsters, back-stabbing, and explosive action. The plot keeps you hooked from start to end. The only real problem is the audience. This game is for mature audiences only with sexual refernces and some pretty extreme violence in places. It is also clearly aimed at this age group with some of the puzzles being quite taxing and leaving you to the age old, try every item in every spot trick until you crack it, but if you have a fully functioning brain then this game should prove adequate exercise. Go buy it and enjoy one of the most beautiful (cinematic visuals which are seemlessly interspersed with CGI cut-scenes), original, exciting, and enjoyable games of recent years.
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on 27 March 2001
It would have been really hard to have come up with a sequel which would have been as good as the first Fear Effect. But not only have they improved the perfect puzzles and shooting they have got rid of all the rubbish stuff from the first game. The bosses were so hard. Not only becuase they neaded a fair bit of punnishment to but becuase each boss was a puzzle in itself as you had to figure out how to kill them. You still have to figure out how to kill them but it is easier to do so this time. Also the huge loading times which you used to get after dying are totally gone. The only loading times you'll encounter are between disk changes. This game has quite a mature content. The opening cutscene is really disturbing. But still it is a great game
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on 28 March 2001
Well, where to start... In all honesty, the first Fear Effect was a bit of a hit and miss affair, with more style than substance and a monstrous difficulty level.
Kronos have obviously read the reviews and undertaken the task of correcting all of the above faults for the sequel, as it is quite simply superb.
The main selling point of the original was the use of Motion FX technology to render the backgrounds. But the problem was, due to the heavy compression fuzz and limited hardware power from the Playstation, it was often hard to locate important details and navigate the screen. Thankfully, the technology has been improved and now you are able to effortlessly navigate beautifully animated backgrounds, of Resident Evil quality. The gameplay retains its style, being a kind of Resident Evil/ Syphon Filter hybrid, with equal emphasis on action and puzzles.
The game does get very hard in places, with action set pieces sometimes taking several attempts before they are successfully completed: but this adds to the overall satisfaction of achieving them afterwards. Similarly, some of the puzzles are initially baffling, with no apparent semblance of logic to them, but through careful thought, each one can be cracked, both serving to prolong the gameplay and give a you a large feeling of satisfaction.
The story is too complex to explain, but it does revolve around the way in which the characters in the first game met up and is highly enjoyable. The script and voice acting is also fairly good (at least in comparison to Resident Evil's 1 & 2) and the choreography and direction are first rate, adding a true Hollywood action film feel to the whole proceedings.
However, the game is certainly not to everyone's tastes. I am slightly unsure as to why it has only been given an ELSPA 15+ rating, as in my oppinion it should have been given a BBFC 15 or even 18 certificate. The reason for this is that Fear Effect 2 is a VERY violent game, with scenes of such extreme violence and gore that could turn the stomach of even the most hardened horror fan. There also remains the somewhat 'more than just good friends' relationship between the leading ladies Hana and Rain...
However, if you are after a supreme action title that requires brains as well as a quick trigger finger, then look no further. Pure class.
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on 1 May 2015
awesome love it
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