About The Games:
The F.E.A.R franchise has always been & always will be a game about "The Paranormal" expect a lot of Ghosts in each of the games more so in F.E.A.R 1 & 2. That generally has a solid story line and to be expected in a game about the paranormal plenty of gore & jump scares. THESE ARE NOT BAD THINGS!
F.E.A.R had you playing in the shoes of an unknown solider for the "First Encounter Assault Recon Team" or F.E.A.R for short, you went in and you were tasked to capture a test subject who was designed to control these "Super Soldiers" for a war. The project was a success except things went wrong & the leader went nutso & so you're here to clean up the mess.The Review
F.E.A.R 2 has you playing the role of a new solider named "Micheal Becket for the "First Encounter Assault Recon" who is in another squad & is deployed just before Harlan Wade
released Alma in the first game, you were tasked to find & capture a doctor who was working on the test subject & then you are to eliminate the test subject & attempt to shut down project Origin by eliminate the main "Ghost" who was causing all the mayhem around the city, unfortunatly things don't pan out so well & then ♥♥♥♥ hits the fan & of course once more you're trying to battle your way out of the storm.
F.E.A.R 2 starts off right before you're deployed into the field, the first conversation from your squad fills you in on the parts you may have missed or if you didn't play the first installment fills you in on what has been happening for the first team. From here you're given a good understanding of your team & then you're plopped into the game and off to start your adventure.
F.E.A.R 2 focuses on it's story more than F.E.A.R 1 did & it adds even more into it's "creepy atmosphere" by giving you a lot more of the Ghosts you knew and loved in the first game, it also adds more fluent combat in the game by making combat seem more stable and flow well, unlike in F.E.A.R 1 where combat felt kind of chunky.
F.E.A.R 2 also saw a huge improvement in the Graphics department with a better engine, more impressive textures & even better shadows than F.E.A.R 1. (That game had some very impressive Textures & Shadows & even games today (2014) have trouble matching.)
The Gameplay in F.E.A.R 2: Project Origin is based more on exploring & reading the many stewn about conversations & lab notes dotted throughout each map filling you in on the story & what has been happening with the Origin Project with a hint of action and a lot of Ghosts to spice things up from time to time. Expect nothing much different here as there was in F.E.A.R 1 where you were fighting Mercinaries, Super Soldiers & the occasional Mech, except this time you won't always be fighting on your own 2 feet, sometimes you get some help from your own Mechs.The Verdict:
While F.E.A.R 2 is very impressive & most certainly improves on every aspect of the first F.E.A.R it's not what i could call better if anything F.E.A.R 1 & F.E.A.R 2 are very much at the exact same level as each other and it's hard to recommend either of them over the other, you really need to get both of them.
F.E.A.R 2 brings you better graphics, more fluent combat & more creepy ghostly moments than F.E.A.R 1 but it doesn't beat the initial feeling that F.E.A.R 1 brought to the gaming world, where it added the ability to carry a gun during moments of intense action & still managed to make you be ♥♥♥♥ scared of an unknown presence waiting to tear your face off.
F.E.A.R 2 also brought you an expanded version of the first F.E.A.R's story & made it's self well preserved in the sequal.The Rating:
My final rating for F.E.A.R 2: Project Origin is a 7/10
F.E.A.R 2: Project Origin brings you everything i said above, improved graphics, more scares & better gun play but it also feels somewhat lacking of what F.E.A.R 1 brought us. It could just be me feeling nastalgic about F.E.A.R because it was nothing short of another DOOM 3 experience when i was younger.
And now i ask myself the question.Do I Recommend This Game?:
My recommendation is most certainly a YES, this game deserves a playthrough at least once just because it's a good game & it expands on F.E.A.R 1's design flawlessly.
Buy this & F.E.A.R 1 if you're able to and you'll most certainly have an enjoyable experience.Further Reading:
Check out my Review on F.E.A.R 3: http://steamcommunity.com/id/Paddles01/recommended/21100/