F.E.A.R 2 Demo Released

The sequel to 2005's popular horror FPS, F.E.A.R 2, will be arriving this February, already available for pre-order on numerous websites. However, for those who want a glimpse of it before then, a demo was released on Thursday that gave a taste of what gamers have to look forward to.

The demo starts with a short introduction, showing the mushroom cloud that resulted from the giant explosion in the centre of the city, and a little reminder of Alma (the little, red-dressed girl, who is arguably the most scary character in the series yet). The game starts from where the original left off – outside of a destroyed helicopter. The interface is different from F.E.A.R – the HUD is organised like its being viewed from within a helmet, so the details are curved slightly. However, controls are pretty much exactly the same as the original, which, in the full game, will be a relief to those who played F.E.A.R.

The graphics are substantially better than the originals, with improved lighting and some improved textures. Blood has also been improved, although it does appear a little too 3D at times. The main and most relevant change though has been the physics. Only minutes into the demo was there a scene where the player walks through a primary school corridor, and suddenly buckets, brooms, boxes and numerous other seemingly harmless objects are flying around the room, as well as every single locker door flapping around.

This brings us on to the next section – the horror. There was some debate as to whether F.E.A.R 2 would really be as scary as they made it out to be, however, despite the footage of the Mech (a machine gun wielding, rocket launching robot that you can use in certain levels) which is completely anti-horror, the demo has proved that it certainly will be scary. Repeatedly. On several occasions I jumped back into my seat as I discovered a shadowy figure of Alma behind me or as random objects would make a clattering noise, right at an unexpected moment.

Even the 'game over' screen has had a make-over, with a cracked visor replacing the old one.

Overall the demo was very positive, increasing the expectations for the final release. While some stuttering and freezing issues brought up some doubts, it is only a demo, and one would hope that they will be fixed by the time the full product is out on the shelves.

Download: F.E.A.R 2 Demo (1.8GB)

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I'm suprised nobody made note of the forced letterboxing. That has GOT to go! It's a total deal-breaker for me. If they don't provide standard fullscreen support, then they lost a customer.

I did notice it but to be honest I didn't think much of it. I just assumed the game only supports 16:9 and since most monitors are 16:10 it letter boxes it on you to preserve the aspect ratio. Would of been nice to stretch it full screen but you get used to it.

Runs quite well on my laptop (Core 2 Duo T9500, 3Gb RAM, 9500M GS 512Mb) and overall was quite impressed with it (graphics are very nice). However, still on the fence if I wanna get it though. I know it will run well (if my laptop can run it close to maxed out, my desktop should handle maxed out no worries at all) but not sure if I'm interested enough to go buy it yet.

Wasn't all that pleased with it. Granted I didn't play the original for any great length of time, but as with most horror games, the scary bits come in when the gunfire stops so you're expecting it.

The game over screen is pretty l33t though.

Disclaimer: I don't actually care :)

1.8GB for a demo? Puh leese.. I remember when UT demo came out, it was well.. under 100 megs. Yeah, there was a time

kept pausing for me like it was trying to load ..... really annoying

anyway, looks even better than the first one! can't wait to get scared

I got those occasional hitches, despite performance being otherwise incredibly good - I figured it was just a driver issue. Hopefully the Catalyst 9.1s will be out soon.

Pros: Plays well, performs well, combat is quite fun, good atmosphere, the mech is wicked.
Cons: Not at all scary, predictable event moments, incredibly easy even on hard, very linear.

Overall it's better than I was expecting, though not by much.

Yeah I thought it might not be scary from the videos I've seen. It looks like they wanted to try out new things with this one.

Well after FEAR1 I think all the scary moments can be expected :D

Overall excellent teaser demo for what seems a very promising game, violent, hardcore action, excellent graphics and atmosphere.