Whoo hoo, it's officially available in the US! Well, I can't comment on the full game yet, but I hope it's better than the demo was. For one thing, the demo didn't showcase some of the gameplay features you mentioned, like the use of fire and electricity.
I'm also not inclined to think the graphics are all that great, esp the drastic changes in lighting. Before the light and shadow effects were very moody, now everything looks a bit washed out and plain.
I noticed you didn't mention mp play at all in your review. From what Gamespot says, it's not so good. I played FEAR mp minimally, but it was fairly intense. Worldwide the review sites listed on GameRankings.com are averaging 77%, largely due to GameSpot giving it only 70%.
None the less I will reserve final judgment when I get the chance to play the full game. I used to trust GameSpot's reviews a lot, but lately I've had my disagreements with them. Usually it's in cases where I feel they rave too much though, and that is obviously not the case here. However if mp play is their primary reason for such a low rating, which it appears to be, it won't bother me much, because I really don't play mp anymore.
Glad you're enjoying the game, because to tell you the truth, I have been a bit skeptical about all the rants thus far, many citing only minor things. You do tend to only write reviews of games you really like though. It's largely a personal preference thing, but it starts to sound biased when there is very little in them you dislike.
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19th September 2006
I would buy it, but my DVD drive decided to go out on me.. My only form of currency at the moment is a Best buy gift Card ($100) and A gamestop giftcard($75).
Looking online, DVD Drives with a decent speed (20x) are about $80.. Wish I could order from Newegg and save $60, but whatever.... Will probably pick up both pretty soon. I loved the demo, despite how short it is, and the weird "jumpiness" as if it's loading..
>Omen<;4803405 None the less I will reserve final judgment when I get the chance to play the full game. I used to trust GameSpot's reviews a lot, but lately I've had my disagreements with them. Usually it's in cases where I feel they rave too much though, and that is obviously not the case here. However if mp play is their primary reason for such a low rating, which it appears to be, it won't bother me much, because I really don't play mp anymore. Glad you're enjoying the game, because to tell you the truth, I have been a bit skeptical about all the rants thus far, many citing only minor things. You do tend to only write reviews of games you really like though. It's largely a personal preference thing, but it starts to sound biased when there is very little in them you dislike.
I didn't include MP because i couldn't find any servers :P And yes, true, i do only review games that i "like" but that tends to be all i pick out, and that it's left a good taste in my mouth and i have fully finished the game. If it was bad, i would've said it was bad, but it's clearly far from bad, any nitpicks reviewers are having are largely just their own distaste for something in peculiar. Honestly though, the only thing i could complain about if i tried would have to be the graphical glitches which need to be worked out, but since glitches aren't part of the game, i typicaly don't factor them in. I also noticed i forgot largely about how the AI fights and how intelligent they. I mean, i've played alot of shooters last year, but none of them really stretched what you can do and haven't really expressed themselve freely enough with all that an FPS can do, but FEAR 2, it just seems to be on top of the ball with things, kind of revolutionizing the FPS a little bit, theirs also some quicktime events scattered throughout, which was rather refreshing to see for an FPS again.
Well, like I said, mp doesn't matter that much to me. I was just curious if that was GS's primary reason for such a low score. They also mentioned they thought the story offers little mystery or suspense and the random scares and level designs are cliched.
Since I thought the scares even in the demo are now much more effective, I take the latter with a grain of salt. Nor was I ever all that engaged by the story in FEAR anyway, or maybe just the way it was told via random phone messages. I also didn't think the level design in the demo was any worse than previous FEARs.
I'm keeping in mind that if you toss out the high (90%) and low (70%) scores at GameRankings, which I feel is good to do just like they do now in the Olympics, you end up with 81%, much closer to that of your rating.
I don't feel it's wrong to include graphics glitches in a review as part of the rating. After all, it can adversely affect your enjoyment, esp if you have pretty good spec you've spent a lot on.
For instance in GTA IV the texture detail can severely fade in and out. Stairs can go back and forth between looking like stairs and ramps right in front of your eyes. Roads can look like rivers of blurry, gray clouds you are knee deep in.
I'm not saying the glitches in FEAR 2 are that bad, but even though not an intended part of the game, they are part of the end product at release and should be considered as part of the critique. It's is esp important to note them if nothing else in case they are never fixed.
I'm glad to hear there are many new weapons and the campaign is long though, that was unexpected. I'll probably have the game by tomorrow. I sincerely hope I like it as much as you.
Confusingkid;4803414Looking online, DVD Drives with a decent speed (20x) are about $80..
Ummm, what? I haven't seen one over $30 on Newegg.
Sounds pretty good, i'll probably pick it up this weekend if they have it in town. I absolutely loved FEAR and its expansions, so this should be great.
I don't know if i'll start it right away though, Dead Space is taking up most of my gaming time right now.
pretty good review. i really want the game since i really liked the first 2. PM was pretty good but i didnt like it as much as the first one. extraction point was the best imo. but i plan on getting it, but its 2 of my fanboyism fighting each other. my love for dawn of war, and my love for FEAR. DOWII is coming out in another week and where am i suppose to get 50 dollars if i buy fear 2? oh well. lets just wait and see.
Its a pretty decent game, i rented it tonight, i think i'm halfway through in about 4 hours? So that isn't too bad considering how short some games are now... The shooting doesn't seem to be as repetitive this time, although i don't know why (Its basically the same), but the levels are a bit more varied. From what i've played so far, its a pretty decent game.
halfway through it, 4 hours, that sounds about right, i spent a total of 8 hours on it and now im going through it again to try and collect all the intel in it.