Metascore
61

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. Perseus Mandate offers undeniable value for money. If you love first person shooters, you should really check it out.
  2. Perseus Mandate needs to be the last installment in this tired franchise because the thrill is gone.
  3. A container full of bloody FEAR jam. [Christmas 2007, p.92]
  4. Even the positive multiplayer aspect can’t be recommended because it is just nothing new. At around six hours to play through, and with only a moderately intriguing storyline to follow, this is about as thin as F.E.A.R.’s welcome will wear without breaking.
  5. Perseus Mandate will probably feel pretty familiar to anyone that has played previous iterations in the series, but is a worthy title for someone new to the scene.
  6. The game is enjoyable and has some great stand-out moments, but it’s very much a case of the more of the same here.
  7. Despite the lackluster narrative and dated graphics, Perseus Mandate still delivers a lot of the fun of the previous games. It isn’t perfect, but it still manages to be a worthy addition to the F.E.A.R. franchise despite the story.
  8. Unfortunately, the new enemies aren't that much different from the original ones, and the additional weapons don't add much to the game. Veteran players will have a persistent "been there, done that" feeling throughout the adventure, while newcomers may feel a little lost, since Perseus Mandate makes so many direct references to the previous games.
  9. This standalone expansion to the respected fps released two years ago has all the telltale signs of a quick cash grab, and the time has left its marks on the engine. But turning the environment into swiss cheese among the sparks of ricochets hasn’t lost its appeal, and there is some new stuff to frighten the player and then his enemies with. [Dec 2007]
  10. The main problem of Perseus Mandate is that follows the same pattern set by the previous two titles a bit too closely.
  11. Perseus Mandate is best played by the most hardcore of F.E.A.R. fans.
  12. Overall this standalone is there to draw new blood to the gaming series, it's a shame that new blood wasn't considered for the actual game itself, the storyline seems incomplete and the graphics below par for this genre.
  13. 65
    A solid, competent rehash of aging material that has moments of excitement scattered sparsely through an otherwise middling experience.
  14. It brings nothing new and seems like an after thought to cash in on the F.E.A.R. name before Project Origin.
  15. F.E.A.R. doesn't deliver this time around, the looks are fading and the sounds aren't at all new and fresh.
  16. It's not a bad expansion because although it does little new, it's decently sized and repeats a lot of what made the original game such a hit two years ago, but a lack of any kind of polish to the old ideas of the series, let along bringing forth brand new ones, really does lessen the appeal that this expansion has - and I loved F.E.A.R.
  17. The final part of the game, which I won’t give away here, should have been FULL of terrifying stuff hitting fans of every size and speed imaginable, and yet… nothing. More non-paranormal enemies. It is, quite simply, the most colossal anti-climax since Halo 2.
  18. 59
    We’ll make this easy. If you’re a fan of F.E.A.R. and have just been looking for more of the same firefights with a couple of new weapons and enemies, then you’re probably going to find Perseus Mandate fun. If you’re looking for something new or compelling and some flahy sound or visuals, don’t bother.
  19. This lack of innovation is disheartening. [Feb 2008, p.72]
  20. If you dig the F.E.A.R. universe and haven't quite gotten your fill of its particular style of clone-killing, office-trashing gameplay, then by all means, give it a go, just bear in mind that you're not likely to enjoy it as much as the original. But if you didn't particularly enjoy F.E.A.R., or are just looking for the best shooter out there, you're better of skipping it.
  21. This stand-alone F.E.A.R. expansion feels completely dated and unnecessary.
  22. 55
    It all feels a bit like the fun has been sucked out of this, and a paint-by-numbers rendition of a F.E.A.R game has been put in its place.
  23. F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate is a half-assed second sequel that fails to live up to the original's good name. It doesn't try to introduce anything new to the plot or design of the game, and contents itself to copying the classic in an uninspired manner.
  24. Perseus Mandate trumpets a bunch of “new, new, new!” with its parallel story and extra characters, yet it’s quite happy to sit back and rely on its textbook knowledge of how to scrape by on the bare minimum. [Jan 2008, p.56]
  25. F.E.A.R.: Perseus Mandate is going to have a hard time competing with the new generation of graphics engines out there.
  26. This game is badly made and overwhelmingly bleak, and while the original F.E.A.R. still exists, there's absolutely no way I could ever recommend anybody buy this, even if you're on fire and this game is a bucket of water. [Jan 2008, p.80]
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 69 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. Feb 25, 2013
    9
    DO NOT let the metacritic score steer you away from this game. I loved the original F.E.A.R. and beat if a few years back. based upon the metacritic review I was never going to try this or th other expansion pack as my backlog is already huge and I don't have time for "bad" games.

    I recently wanted to play F.E.A.R. again but didn't want to go through the same story over. When I read the plot of this expansion, and how it took place during the events of the original I figured I would give it a go. I fell in love with this just as I did the original F.E.A.R. It is a great fun shooter that I would look forward to playing each day when I got home. Now that I have beaten it I still want more, time to try Extraction Point I guess.

    The bad reviews mostly talk about how it is too similar and used a dated engine with old graphics. In 2013 I am not playing F.E.A.R. for its HD visuals (though it doesn't look bad in 1920x1080), and more of the same is exactly what I wanted. I could see back in 07 when this expansion was full price why some may be turned off, but for those looking to re-live the joy of the original F.E.A.R. but wanting a new story getting this on a steam sale for pennies is swell worth the and time.
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  2. Jun 22, 2011
    9
    F.E.A.R Perseus Mandate was so scary, which is the best aspect of this game and I love it so much. FEAR game was create so scary because of the quiet environment, and this is what really shock you because you were so unexpected and suddenly monster came to your back and kill you. It is a bit worst compare to the original game, however I never expect a DLC would have done this much better. It worth a 9, a ten will need to show improvements however I have found nothing. Overall I love it, it was amazing. Full Review »
  3. Mar 19, 2014
    4
    "Been there, done that" is what I was constantly thinking to myself as I played through this expansion. Released 2 years after the original FEAR, Perseus Mandate shows now effort to introduce anything new to the series. You get 3 or 4 new weapons and a couple new enemy types but everything else is the same. The levels are repetitive and there is still grey everywhere. The story still makes no sense and, just like it was in Extraction Point, is considered to not be canon by the franchise. It's not scary, not interesting, and not fun. Only those who still desire more of the original game should try this disappointing expansion. Full Review »