F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate
Second Expansion to the Original F.E.A.R. is Fun
F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate is the 2nd expansion pack by Time Gate Studios and DOES NOT require the original F.E.A.R. to be installed. Perseus Mandate features a story that runs parallel to the original F.E.A.R. and its 1st expansion, Extraction Point. Due to the nasty divorce between Sierra and Monolith, the main story could no longer take place.
As a member of a second First Encounter Assault Recon team sent to tangential mission where the original game took place. With two skilled teammates, you are dropped into Armacham's facility in order to retrieve information on this mysterious Perseus Project. You are thrown into a battle with the replicas. Meanwhile, an American senator has interest in this information as well, and he wants it by any means necessary. This is where F.E.A.R.'s only true weakness is solved. This senator sends in an entire army of mercenaries. Next to these guys, the replicas are infantile, "super soldiers" my butt. F.E.A.R.'s A.I. always made the game a good challenge, but with the addition of these soldiers, I found myself relying heavily upon slow-mo and med kits to survive. Before long, I found myself alone, experiencing supernatural encounters, and loving it.
Game play: the horror sequences are a bit better done and refined from the ones in Extraction Point. Some of them really did send a chill down my spine. F.E.A.R. wouldn't be itself without the patented slow-mo combat I have come to love. It's a powerful move; but not too powerful as in most cases your using it to save your skin. The game is somewhat more difficult then the other installments because it throws a lot of enemies at you. There are a few new enemies such as the Nightcrawlers and some of them have the same slow mo ability as you, presenting a unique challenge. Other enemies include a new phantom that pops out of the ground with a melee attack. There are also 3 new weapons: the Advanced Rifle with infrared scope, the Lightning Arc Gun capable of nailing several enemies at once, and the Grenade Launcher. Each are pretty fun to use and are a welcome addition to the F.E.A.R. arsenal.
Graphics: True it is, that the engine is aged from the original game, but with maximum settings this game looks ever beautiful and eerie. As before, you will never forget a room you have been in because it will be in utter ruin. Your handy flashlight only compensates the darkness of the setting. The offices you fight in will be familiar, but you will also duke it out in the streets, and even in some spooky laboratories.
Sound: is still top notch and the AI is still slick as ever, using cover and trying to flank you whenever possible. Shattering of bullets hitting AI’s to objects like glass never get old.
Overall, from the brilliant A.I. eliminating repetition, to the spooking stalking of the girl Alma, Perseus Mandate is more than a worthy expansion to one of the greatest shooters ever. This expansion does feel a little "unnecessary" and it seems like Time Gate and Vivendi Universal/Sierra Entertainment is just milking the F.E.A.R. name. Still, it’s a fun game to play if you're a big fan of F.E.A.R.
always looking for a new FEAR`
This will breath new life into the multiplayer scene as Perseus Mandate will include exclusive MP maps. The release of Combat brought a lot of people in, but also some issues. The hardcore FEAR fans are going to love this I am sure. Buy it, play it, and hop on a server - that is all I can say!
NOT A GOOD IDEA!!!
I don't know if this is a good idea right when I heard that I was going to be another F.E.A.R. Combat operative from F.E.A.R. team 2 who get well has the same problems as the First F.E.A.R. combat operative or the main character in FEAR game and the first expansion. I really think they should stick with the story and not make up another one like they are doing here. I
iv always been a fan of fear since the first one came out im not going to lie and say this game is awsome nothing has changed just a new story line and new characters i just played the demo and yeah it pulled me in alrite but id still like to see something more then new guns and enimies if ur a fan of fear pick it up ul enjoy it if youv never played it its in the air i personaly am gonna get it
I played the demo. It's pretty much the same game. No engine improvement, at least visually, and it feels like another expansion pack (but its not since you can play it without having installed the original game). The demo doesn’t give you enough to know more about the storyline but will leave you with a taste of its freaky scary cut scenes. If you really liked the F.E.A.R. games then this one might be one to add to your collection for a pretty cheap price.