F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin

Common Sense Media says

Intense, mature first-person shooter with creepy storyline.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

You play as an elite soldier trying to rid the world of a supernatural threat using all manor of weapons.

Positive role models

While you are working to rid the world of evil, you are also an extremely violent soldier.

Ease of play
Not applicable

Played from an immersive first-person perspective, F.E.A.R. 2 is quite violent as the player must shoot enemies with a myriad of weapons including machine guns, grenade launchers, and other guns). Blood splatters realistically, and players can see body parts on the floor in some cases. Some of the bloodletting is shown in slow motion. One scene shows a beheading.


The spirit of a mysterious young girl can be seen somewhat naked as her long black hair covers most of her breasts. There is also a sexual assault on a person but you hear more than you see (two bodies moving around together).



Gamers will hear words such as "f--k" and "s--t," almost immediately in the story and throughout the adventure.


This is the second release in the F.E.A.R. game series

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that F.E.A.R. 2 is a Mature-rated game and for good reason: it shows a lot of violence and gore -- including human and inhuman enemies that spray blood when attacked and collapse in a heap on the floor -- as well as sexual themes (an act of sex, though not graphic, and a very young girl with hair that barely covers her naked breasts), and foul language. In addition to being a first-person shooter, this game has survival horror elements which makes it particularly scary and full of creepy imagery.

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What's it about?

Combine the thrill of a first-person shooter with the creepy visuals of a horror movie and you'll end up with F.E.A.R. 2: PROJECT ORIGIN, a sequel to the 2005 award-winning paranormal adventure. Now available for the XBox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows PCs, players once again join the F.E.A.R. (First Encounter Assault Recon) elite military squad as Sgt. Michael Becket, tapped to investigate mysterious happenings within a private aerospace company. The story takes place just prior to the ending of the first game, when a nuclear explosion rocks the Auburn industrial district.

If you haven't played the original game, you're likely unaware of Alma, a "spirited" young girl with supernatural powers responsible in part for the fear that has blanketed the city. She's back again in this sequel, of course, and her long black hair and lifeless pale face might remind players of the eerie child from the film, The Ring. Not only will players see Alma appear and disappear in numerous visions during game-play (what's your connection with her?), but many creepy cinematic sequences are also peppered throughout the game to help push the story along (such as a silhouette of Alma on a swing, hung from a tree).

Is it any good?


Yes, it's good -- but for mature players only. Played from a first-person perspective, the single-player campaign has you stealthily navigating through many indoor and outdoor areas to take down enemies -- which is graphicc in nature -- as well as upgrade weaponry, collect clues, and work with teammates on completing missions (which you can replay at any time from the main menu). Much of the game consists of intense close-quartered gunfights against smart A.I.-controlled baddies (including creatures) that use the environment to their advantage. When necessary, you can also bend time by tapping the triangle button to enter a slow motion state for increased accuracy.

The high-definition graphics look fantastic and the spine-chilling music and sound effects complement the atmospheric visuals nicely. Another plus is that the game offers a host of multiplayer modes, too, incluing a number of maps and game types to choose from (Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, and four others). Whether or not you gave the original F.E.A.R. a spin, this paranormal first-person shooter is a frightfully good time.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can discuss whether a first-person shooter and a survival horror game (a la Resident Evil) are a good match? Are these games scarier because they're played from a first-person view, therefore more realistic (and you can't see what's coming behind you) or do players favor the action sequnces than soak up the frightful atmosphere? Also, does this sequel offer more of the same or does it take the series in a new direction? is this a good or bad thing?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Warner Bros. Games
Release date:February 10, 2009
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language (PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 13 years old Written bygrayuzi March 17, 2009

Scary as HECK!

I personally do not get frightened at sacry games or movies, but it was ok for me, and im 13. Don't think your kids should get it, because it is extremely graphic. But, if you think your teen can handle it, go for it. You will love the scary parts, and the action. Adults who like 1st person shooters will like it!
Kid, 8 years old April 1, 2009

Really Good Game

I read about this in the Playstation Magazine. This game rocks.BUY IT!!!
Parent of a 14 and 14 year old Written byChristianDAD883 July 6, 2009

Perfect for 13 teen and 14 girls and guys!!!!!

Fear 2 is soooo kick ass. Dudes let your kid play this amazing game. Its sooo fun. Who cares if its demonic and desturbing? thats all part of the game!


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