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  • Summary: Fear Effect 2: Retro Helix is the prequel to the critically acclaimed hit Fear Effect on the PlayStation game console. In this chapter, we delve into the colorful histories of the original cast of three mercenaries as well as the extraordinary circumstances that brought them together.
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    Fear Effect 2: Retro Helix is the prequel to the critically acclaimed hit Fear Effect on the PlayStation game console. In this chapter, we delve into the colorful histories of the original cast of three mercenaries as well as the extraordinary circumstances that brought them together.
    - Hana Tsu-Vachel, our beautiful assassin, trained to deal in love as well as death, desired by many yet belonging to none.
    - Royce Glas, a master operative in the field of counter intelligence whose daily existence is haunted by his dark past.
    - Jakob 'Deke' Decourt, a cold-blooded killer driven by money and murder.
    - Introducing Rain Qin, close companion to Hana with unparalleled beauty wrapped around a dark secret core.

    Their adventure will take us to the chaotic alternate reality of Hong Kong, Hells Kitchen in New York City, the formidable Walled City of Xi'an, the lost tomb of the First Emperor of China and finally into the legendary mountain-island of the immortals; Penglai Shan. As they reach their final destination and come face to face with Rain's evil twin sister Mist, in this faithful moment in time, you will get to decide who is to live and who is to die.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Daily Radar
    100
    Let's start by clearing up the silly notion that Fear Effect 2 is the games equivalent of a skin flick, shall we?... Creative, deep and addicting, Retro Helix is one of the best action adventures we've ever come across.
  2. Spell-binding, addictive, visually delightful.
  3. Tailor-made for an older audience. It has an intriguing plot that consists of a thinking man’s storyline, devious puzzles, and movie-quality voice acting.
  4. A game that successfully blends the action, survival-horror, and role-playing genres into a single outstanding product.
  5. Da Gameboyz
    80
    It's just really creepy. The atmosphere created by the graphics and sound In Retro Helix is incredible.
  6. Although Fear Effect 2: Retro Helix suffers from minor control problems, the amusing and entertaining storyline, as well as the impressive graphics, made me want to come back for more.
  7. Fans of the genre will probably get their rocks off, but casual gamers will find it a big tease.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. DUDEZ.
    Jan 13, 2004
    10
    This game kicks @$$!!!
  2. AntonyK.
    Jan 31, 2006
    9
    The first game was a unique experience,and one of my favourite games of all time,the sequel proved to be a hit with some mind-crushing The first game was a unique experience,and one of my favourite games of all time,the sequel proved to be a hit with some mind-crushing puzzles like the geometric shapes. Expand
  3. Dec 16, 2015
    8
    If you think the first one was difficult,this one is twice as hard and we're not talking about only combat here,the games difficulty has risenIf you think the first one was difficult,this one is twice as hard and we're not talking about only combat here,the games difficulty has risen in all aspects of the game.But i had fun with it and i say this is one of the last great games to be released for psone. btw,did anyone remember the elevator scene? ;) Expand
  4. Jan 20, 2019
    0
    La suite de la daube toujours aussi terrifiante de nullité sous ses jolis habits graphiques (pour l'époque !) et sa quantité impressionnanteLa suite de la daube toujours aussi terrifiante de nullité sous ses jolis habits graphiques (pour l'époque !) et sa quantité impressionnante de cinématiques... même si la VF a été remisée au placard (pour les voix en tout cas). L'interface y est toujours aussi déplorable et la maniabilité inexistante : rien que pour avancer tout droit, c'est la croix et la bannière... alors les combats, n'y pensez même pas...

    Et pourtant, il en faudra des allers et des retours pour récupérer des clés, activer des machins et débloquer des putains de portes. Le système de sauvegarde est toujours aussi débile (un hommage à Deficient Evil sans doute) et le jeu toujours aussi sournois pour balancer à l'improviste comme autant de scripts foireux des ennemis très difficiles à viser et à tuer.

    De toute façon, incapable d'afficher des décors calculés en temps réel, le jeu se repose sur ses plans fixes comme dans un jeu d'aventure moisi : le joueur sans visibilité et avec un personnage absolument pas dirigeable se retrouve à la merci de l'incapacité chronique des développeurs qui ont pondu une suite inutile à une épouvantable grosse merde.
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