Generally favorable reviews - based on 48 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 48
  2. Negative: 0 out of 48
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  1. 91
    You'll, fire thousands of rounds in hundreds of white-knuckled shootouts facing everything from soldiers to grotesques to specters, and tromp around in a totally bad-ass mech suit. Most importantly, you'll love every minute of it.
  2. I can't recommend Monolith's sequel highly enough. It might not have the jaw-dropping visuals to rival Killzone 2, but it's a hugely satisfying shooter that'll have you clinging onto that controller or mouse throughout its tension-filled campaign. If you like your combat meaty and with a solid dose of supernatural scares, there's every chance this will rank as one of your favourite games of 2009.
  3. The F.E.A.R. series is top notch when it comes to digital horror. Very good sequel of a horror classic.
  4. There have been very few original first person shooters in the last few years and if you were a fan of the original F.E.A.R., be prepared to fall in love once more. Graphically and audio wise the game impresses on many levels and if it was not for the average (below average) multiplayer experience this would be a perfect all around game for action junkies.
  5. F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin is as disturbing as it is satisfying. No, it's not perfect, but it certainly offers a lot of entertainment.
  6. For action-fans, this game is a must-have. Concerning tenseness you will experience the same feeling as in Half Life. Simply take part in Alma’s return!
  7. Pelit (Finland)
    F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin has similar strenghts and weaknesses as the first game. While the action is great and the horror-elements work well enough, F.E.A.R. 2 suffers from rather un-inspirational enviroments. I love secret underground complexes as much as the next guy, but three of them in one game is a bit too much! [Feb 2009]
  8. 87
    While not exactly original, Project Origin certainly offers FPS fans a vivid entertainment experience. If you’re a fan of the original and you’ve finished Killzone 2 and Resistance 2 then give this a look.
  9. A more than decent FPS/Horror game that will keep you entertained. Does’t provide as many scares as the original but makes up for it in presentation.
  10. 87
    FEAR 2’s core is essentially a heart-stopping first person shooter, filled with memorable scenes and terrifying action. It makes shooting people fun again, unlike a lot of FPS titles where it feels like you’re killing mindless drones over and over. But the game also has mystery, suspense, horror and a brilliant storyline driving the whole experience that takes it to a new level.
  11. 86
    We just wish Monolith had produced a slightly more progressive or challenging backdrop for the horror that is this game's mojo. It's absolutely worth playing, but that's the difference between a game that scores 9+ and a game that scores 8.6.
  12. 85
    There’s certainly no arguing that Project Origin is an excellent, albeit, old-school shooter. It’s 2009 though and, from the game’s well-worn jolts right through to environments consistently drawn from the big book of FPS clichés – hello subway system, hospital, derelict street, science lab and underground bunker – there are simply too few moments that alleviate proceedings to the top tier of genre daddies.
  13. F.E.A.R. 2 is a great game that offers an intense single-player experience and a solid multiplayer experience. While the single-player mode might be somewhat linear and maybe a little too short the overall experience is still top notch.
  14. As you can see, F.E.A.R. 2 is a very competent and enjoyable game. As a shooter, I was very impressed with the title. Unfortunately, I never really felt the fear that gave the game its moniker.
  15. 84
    While it may not hold the same prestige of scaring the pants off of gamers like the original did, it remains a genuine thriller that will keep you immersed from beginning to end.
  16. While the multiplayer is weak and the mood won’t make people forget Dead Space any time soon, the solid action core makes it worth a play.
  17. F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin is a defienate must for all shooter fans.
  18. 81
    It’s a good shooter, bordering on great at times, but it’s not as groundbreaking as its predecessor. Still, it’s definitely faithful to the idea of F.E.A.R., which is mainly trying to get under your skin using a combination of tried-and-true horror elements, not the least of which is a creepy little girl.
  19. GamePro
    Now, the spine tingling sequel, Project Origin is here to continue the story of the psychic and psychotic Alma with damn good results. [Mar 2009, p.78]
  20. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    F.E.A.R. 2 emerges as an effective, entertaining FPS with a chiller story element, rather than a real survival horror shooter...Play with the lights dimmed, and don't be surprised if you end up squealing (on the inside) like a little girl. [Mar 2009, p.67]
  21. The presentation is top-notch, with tight level design and no shortage of jump-out-of-your seat moments. Multiplayer is somewhat empty, with only a few modes that all feel the same. There's no reason you should avoid F.E.A.R. 2.
  22. 80
    FEAR 2: Project Origin leaves us quite an uneven sensation. On one hand it has offered us truly spectacular and full of tension moments, very different from the ones which other games in the genre offer. Moreover, its carefully made atmosphere, fueled by the solid graphics engine developed by Monolith, make the immersion sensation total. The problem is that although FEAR 2 knows what makes itself stand out from the other shooters, it insists on offering quite generic moments during most of the game, and, worse indeed, it's not quite polished.
  23. 80
    In short, if you like FEAR, you will love FEAR 2. It may be too scary for some and the wobble of your character walking might induce a slight bit of motion sickness, but it’s a well constructed horror/action title.
  24. While F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin will definitely appeal to fans of the first installment, newcomers to the franchise will also be pleased with the fast paced and action packed gameplay. Next to that, this game is a lot less scary than it's predecessor, making this a game well suitable for shooter fanatics. On the down low, it's a bit disappointing the multiplayer mode isn't all that.
  25. The main problems are more accurately missed opportunities, and much of the time playing the game will be spent wondering what could have been created if Monolith would have taken more creative risks instead of allowing themselves to craft a game too deeply within their comfort zone.
  26. PSM3 Magazine UK
    More vibrant than the original but still falls short of greatness. [Mar 2009, p.64]
  27. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    The ending is so wrong you'll want to scrub your brain clean. [Mar 2009, p.92]
  28. Project Origin is really like every other first-person shooter out there -- but without multiplayer.
  29. F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin presents no major additions to its predecessor and it’s not ahighlight to the brand. However, it is a great game for FPS fans and particularly for those who loved the first game.
  30. It’s a solid eight hour shooter experience that likely won’t hold your attention for too long after you beat it.
  31. In order to define F.E.A.R. 2 we should use the word solid with all the good and bad things that it entails. On one hand are the obvious virtues that it inherits from the original, but at the same time this game lacks the spark and pace necessary to achieve its level. It does not give the impression that Monolith would have needed more time of development to improve the game but it seems that Project Origin, despite being a very good shooter, needs some extra points of inspiration.
  32. Mixing a strong horror atmosphere and a solid “slo-mo” gameplay, F.E.A.R. 2 Project Origin shines for the extension of the new levels. Its linearity isn’t necessarily a drawback (at least not for “old style” FPS fans), but it could still spoil the fun for next gen gamers, used to much more “open” games. Despite all of this, Monolith’s baby delivers a solid experience, and every FPS fan should at least give it a good try.
  33. FEAR2 makes use of some really good gameplay mechanics, such as very satisfying shooting and terrific A.I. that help make the game fairly enjoyable. On the other hand, the deal breakers could be the excessive headbobbing, the average multiplayer experience, and dull visuals.
  34. F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin dresses itself up like an edgy, scary, sinister horror of epic proportions. But under the surface it's a solid FPS with a good weapon set, clever physics, ample gore and Matrix-style slow-motion.
  35. F.E.A.R. 2 is a somewhat scary blend of action and horror, and although it relies too heavily on old ideas, it still offers an enjoyable experience.
  36. Sure, there’s fun to be had shooting baddies in the face for 10-12 hours over the course of the 14 missions, but sadly F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin isn’t nearly as remarkable as the original.
  37. It’s hard to play through Monolith’s F.E.A.R. 2 and not get a feeling of déjà vu. Between F.E.A.R., Condemned, and their sequels, this is the fourth scary, first person game that they’ve given us in a row, and unfortunately the experiences aren’t getting any fresher.
  38. F.E.A.R 2 is a great game to experience, but repetitive gameplay keeps it from achieving classic status.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 101 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. Mar 28, 2017
    F.E.A.R. 2 takes the good aspects from the first game and develops a deeper version of it in many senses. However, it is not necessarilyF.E.A.R. 2 takes the good aspects from the first game and develops a deeper version of it in many senses. However, it is not necessarily better or worse than the former; it is just different and more developed technically.

    Although it has some intense terror moments, F.E.A.R. 2 is more of an action game with gore and supernatural powers in abundance. Its multiplayer mode also offered many possibilities, but I personally prefer the campaign mode.
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  2. Dec 11, 2015
    A really big fan of this series and this game. The campaign is a blast to play and is nice and lengthy as well. Cool story too and most of theA really big fan of this series and this game. The campaign is a blast to play and is nice and lengthy as well. Cool story too and most of the levels look and feel fabulous. The game isn't as scary as the first one but it's more of just a great FPS experience overall and the slow mo skill really sets this game apart from others in the genre. Great manipulation of envrionments as well (example you can knock almost anything over) and of course the enemy AI is top notch as usual. Definitely a winner. Full Review »
  3. Oct 9, 2014
    Extremely underwhelming. For a horror game it is very rarely scary, instead 90% is crammed with poor shooting against generic enemies. AExtremely underwhelming. For a horror game it is very rarely scary, instead 90% is crammed with poor shooting against generic enemies. A disturbing and unfulfilling finale only accentuates how disappointing this is compared to the first. Full Review »