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To make a long story short, there is a killer disease lurking around threatening mankind with extinction. Of course this wicked disease called EINDS has no cure and no one seems to know how it is contacted, let alone stopping it. Without getting too technical, this disease preys on human\'s DNA cells and does some cruel things to the bodies well being.
It is up to two gals and two guys to save the world from termination. Hana, Rain, Glas, and Deke were hired to complete certain missions and acquire items of unknown purposes. As the story unfolds, these heroes will eventually figure out they are not alone and really part of a team that possess the power to save the world. Rain has the brains and Hana has the brawn as well as an over-sexed attitude. Hana and Rain work together but Hana does most of the work and is probably considered the star of the show. Glas and Deke are lean mean killing machines and handle most of the action stuff as you get heavier into gameplay. You will play as each of the characters beginning with Hana and Rain.
Gameplay has quite a bit of depth. As you go thru the levels you will visit secretive buildings, city streets, and may even find a secret tomb along the way. The game is made up of some brain teasing puzzles, tons of enemies lurking around the corners, and lots of cinematic clips. Many hints are also thrown your way to assist you in figuring out what needs to be accomplished to complete the levels. There is an interesting twist to this game and something to keep in mind, choices made playing as Hana can affect what happens to Deke and Glas and visa versa.
The weapons are plentiful and somewhat unique, like brass knuckles, boot blades and sub-machine pistols. There are also some pretty cool gadgets to play with. Weapons are fun and important in gameplay but learning when to crouch and sneak around are also useful tools in winning.
The most disappointing feature of this game was the controls. I found the controls to be awkward and frustrating at times. There are options to change from classic to 3D control. Classic control sucked in my opinion, the characters maneuver like damn robots. I preferred the 3D control. The controls in this mode moves the character based on the screen verses the classic control when all movements are based on whatever way the character is facing and remains consistent regardless of the camera angle. I guess it is a matter of taste.
I have to say; the graphics look pretty damn good! The characters are handsomely animated with smooth textures and highlights and come across in a very Anime distinct style. The Scenes varied from dark and dreary to bright and colorful backgrounds. As I mentioned earlier there are plenty of cinematic clips, which makes this nightmare more realistic than ever. Yes, I said nightmare. This is gory. I was holding off on this issue but now is the perfect time to discuss the bloody contents. FE2 contains some pretty nasty scenes, even downright hard to stomach at times. Imagine witnessing draining blood from dead people, big-ass needles stuck in places you never dreamed of, and getting eaten alive by rats, yuck!!
The sound of FE2 is a definite plus. The background music is mysterious, suspenseful and eerie. When things start to heat up and danger is near, the fear meter appears and the music gets very dramatic. The character voices match up beautifully to their appearance. The acting is not bad either. I was also pleasantly surprised with the sound effects they were truly realistic. To name a few; water running, bullets unloading and ricocheting, doors unlatching and slamming behind you, screeching rats. Crank up your surround, it rocks.
· New Motion FX 3D Technology allows for most breathtaking anime ever on a gaming console
· Unparalleled interactions with 8 new environments for mind bending puzzles and intense action
· Enemies react with cunning AI as you try to obliterate them with an expanded arsenal of weaponry such as tasers and flame throwers
· Gameplay and cinematics stream seamlessly eliminating load times even after death sequences.
1 Block required on Memory card per save (min)
Up to 1 Players (without Multi-tap)
Uses Dual Shock Pad Buttons
Uses Dual Shock Pad Analog Sticks
Uses Dual Shock Pad Vibration facility
REVIEW SCORE GUIDE:
We promise that we have fully played 'Fear Effect 2' before writing this review. The scores given above are our honest opinion and were not influenced in any way by the manufacturer or distributor of the game.
SUMMARY OF FINAL RATING (%)
00 - 59 This makes your console seem like an older machine. It utilises little or none of the PSone power.
60 - 69 This game is little more than average and we advise renting or play-testing before considering a purchase.
70 - 79 This is a good solid title that should still appeal to those who like this type of game.
80 - 89 This is a fantastic game that we think you will enjoy playing for quite some time.
90 - 100 This game either pushes the boundaries of it's genre further than ever before on this system, or creates a completely new gaming experience. Either way, it should not be missed and is an essential purchase in our opinion.
IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ:
It is very important that you are aware that the criteria we use to obtain review scores on the PS2 is very different to that used for games on the original Playstation (PSone). The Processing and Graphical power of the two consoles are vastly different and as our reviews are graded against what we estimate is the achievable potential of each system, it does not mean in any way that a game scoring 80 percent on PS2 is worse than a Playstation (PSone) equivalent which scores 95.
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