Confirms certain things about the story we already thought were true.
Some scary moments.
Graphics are still great, shadows are cool.
Nothing really new.
Some bad voice acting.
Bugs and glitches.
The game is set towards the end of the original game and through Extraction Point. You are a member of the second F.E.A.R team and your deployed to look for more clues about the secret ATC project Perseus. The game soon introduces a new faction and these mercenaries are well equipped.
During the game certain things about the F.E.A.R story get confirmed. I won't but any spoilers in this review but you should be able to guess them anyway.
The game is suitably dark and moody with a lots of paranormal activity and the same creepy atmosphere. There are a few scary moments in F.E.A.R that make your heart skip a beat but there's nowhere near as many as in the original or Extraction point, which I find disappointing.
The graphics are still really good and the shadowing effects are still fantastic. I don't get the some of the reviews on gaming sites saying the engine is dated and looks horrible?!?!? The game engine is still as good as it was.
Unfortunately there's nothing really new in the game. There's a three new weapons, the grenade launcher (really good weapon), the lightning gun (weak) and the advanced rifle used by the mercenaries (very similar to the existing machine gun but has a more accurate sight).
The new faction is slightly different but they act very much like the replica forces anyway. Some of the mercenaries have abilities like you do so that makes them slightly harder to kill but why they have these powers or why you do goes unexplained.
The levels are also rehashes of the levels from the first two games except one level that takes place in a mine.
Here we are again with me complaining about voice acting. The replica forces use the same voices as in the original and they're fine but the mercenaries are awful. There's no feeling there it's just monotone. Your team mates aren't such better although they do get a little better towards the end of the game. Betters in by far the best voice in the whole expansion pack but sadly the actor was very under used.
I've found the stability of the game a little poor, i've had at least three crashes to desktop. The frame rate goes up and down like a yo yo, this very much seems like poor optimisation and rushing the game rather than problems with the engine. I've also seen texture glitches.
Overall this game doesn't add a great deal in terms of content but can be entertaining for a while. If you're a F.E.A.R fan you may want to play this but don't expect it to win any awards or push the story forward.
Review Machine: QX6850 Extreme (3.0GHz Quad Core), 4GB RAM, 768MB Geforce 8800GTX, SB Audigy 2 ZS and Windows XP SP2.