Fear Effect 2 is the prequel to the critically acclaimed game Fear Effect. The game is set in the year 2048 and mankind is slowly being wiped out by a genetic virus. It is your job to find and retrieve pieces of DNA which can be used to cure this virus and prevent mankind from being wiped out.
The game is a 4 cd affair which is a third person perspective action/puzzle game, in which you play four characters, each of which have their own history and involvement in the game. Not only do you have to play as these characters individually but you also have to combine and use their skills as a team to solve certain puzzles and progress through the game. You travel through different locations and countries ranging from a military base in Afghanistan to Hells Kitchen in New York City, to the lost Tomb of the First Emperor of China.
Graphics for the game are delightful with the characters looking good and excellent detail going into the backdrops, which are made from full motion video. The cut scenes are incredible and very similar to the Japanese manga cartoons.
Music for the game is perfect as it is not too obvious but you know it is there, it adds a lot to the atmosphere making the game more intense and enjoyable. The sound effects are very good too, not only are they clear and crisp, but also of a very high quality. The whole atmosphere of the game feels very involving, and you soon become emerged by the context sensitive music which creeps into the story at just the right moments.
Puzzles are a bit annoying, but at the same time they add a fun aspect to the game, and are generally good. These puzzles do seem a bit endless though, and there are a lot of them, and this may be seen as a bit tiresome by many players who don't want to solve complex puzzles, and would prefer to be battling enemies.
One downpoint which I found with the game is that changing weapons or selecting items from the inventory simply isn't as easy at it should be - you have to scroll through your items, whilst you are being shot at.. maybe this is a way to get you to plan what weapons you want to use, but it does hinder gameplay somewhat.
Other than that annoyance, the gameplay is good, and with 4cds to explore, there's hours of gaming action for keep action adventure fans going for some time.
Overall the game is a fun and enjoyable although it lacks a bit of originality it more then makes it up for it in other areas. Fear Effect 2: Retro Helix really is one of those games that you'll either love to pieces, or completely hate it - if you liked Fear Effect, or Resident Evil, then this is a must by title for PSone owners.Overall score: 8 out of 10
Publisher: Eidos Interactive
Recommended Price: £29.99
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