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

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F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin cover
Monolith Productions
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Russia Noviy Disk[1]
Lithtech Jupiter EX
Release dates
Windows February 10, 2009
Metacritic 79
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres FPS
Themes Horror, Contemporary
Series F.E.A.R.
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin on HowLongToBeat
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin on IGDB
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin on MobyGames
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin on Wikipedia
F.E.A.R. 2005
F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate 2007
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin 2009
F.E.A.R. 3 2011
F.E.A.R. Online 2014


GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin is a singleplayer and multiplayer first-person FPS game in the F.E.A.R. series.

General information

Official manual Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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2 DVDs
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
StarForce 5 DRM.
Rare and only released in Russia.
Known as the Extended Edition.
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Includes F.E.A.R. 2: Reborn. Unavailable in Germany.
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Complete Pack also available. The store page is unavailable in Russia, but the game may be received as a gift. Censored version available in Germany.
Games for Windows Marketplace (unavailable)
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A free demo is available on Steam. It also works for countries where the full release is not available. A non-Steam version is available from ModDB.


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Reborn Steam version cannot be activated or purchased in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. However, the version is available internationally.

Essential improvements


The latest official patch for the base game is v1.05.

Unofficial patches

KasKillo's FEAR 2 Fixer enables custom FOV, a windowed/fullscreen mode switch, disabling intros and HUD.

Mouse deadzone and sensitivity problems

The game suffers from a deadzone for small mouse movements and an unusually high sensitivity, even on the lowest settings.
Use FEAR 2 Mouse Fix for raw mouse input[3]

Skip intro videos

Skip intro videos[4]
  1. Download this file.
  2. Go to <path-to-game>\Game\interface\videos.
  3. Replace the video files with the files in the archive.

Mouse movement innacurate

Limit framerate to 60[5]

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\WBGames\FEAR2\<user-id>\
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/16450/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\WBGames\FEAR2\<user-id>\
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/16450/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud


"Performance" Settings
"Performance" Settings
"Performance" Advanced Settings
"Performance" Advanced Settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
"Widescreen" option must be turned off in advanced performance settings or image will be stretched 16:9. HUD is limited to the 16:9 screen area.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FSAA. In windowed mode, force AA in the graphics driver. Users with an Nvidia graphics card can force high quality SGSSAA with the 0x004010C1 AA flag in the Nvidia Profile Inspector.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Adds noticeable mouse input lag.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Rendered image uses SDR color space. In-game HDR option refers only to HDR Rendering.

Field of view (FOV)

This game uses vertical FOV. See FOV Calculator for help.
Edit configuration files[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit autoexec.cfg with a text editor.
  3. Add FovY XX in a new line, where XX is the desired vertical FOV.
Use a command line argument[6]

Use +fovy # command line argument to set the vertical FOV (e.g. +fovy 80).


Set windowed mode[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit autoexec.cfg with a text editor.
  3. Add Windowed 1 in a new line.


Keyboard Settings
Keyboard Settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Primary and alternate mappings available. After the latest patch, Delete cannot be bound due to being used to delete key bindings.
Mouse acceleration
Use FEAR 2 Mouse Fix for raw mouse input.
Mouse sensitivity
Use FEAR 2 Mouse Fix to address high sensitivity problems.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Controller types

Side mouse buttons

Map mouse buttons to keys[7]
  1. Download XMouseButtonControl.
  2. Assign "Mouse Button 4" and "Mouse Button 5" to the desired keys.


Audio Settings
Audio Settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX, dialog *Lowering too much can cause problems, using volume mixer to adjust key volume is advised
Surround sound
Up to 5.1 output[8] and also can use Windows Sonic for headphones
"Captions" under Options → Game settings
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
GOG+STEAM ⠀ Fan - Reborn
The Reborn (Renai.) campaign was not dubbed.
The Reborn (Phönix) campaign was not dubbed.
The Reborn DLC is in English, but a fan-made translation is available.[citation needed]
The Reborn (Rinato) campaign was not dubbed.
Retail only; download for digital versions. Reborn is completely in English, with the only difference made being the font.
The Reborn DLC is in English. Fan translation for the DLC.
Brazilian Portuguese
A fan-made translation can be downloaded here.
The Reborn DLC is in English on Steam, even though the retail version has it fully localized.
Some audio not essential to the story was not subbed nor dubbed. Reborn (Renicido) campaign has no dub (tested with GOG and Steam).


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play
See this Steam glide to restore the online Multiplayer:

Connection types

VR support

3D modes State GG3D Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
Use Helix Mod: FEAR 2 - Project Origin for better support.
TriDef 3D
Works well with no 2D artifacts. Crosshair can be disabled by mod.
G3D, DirectVR
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.
3RD Space Gaming Vest
Novint Falcon

Issues unresolved

Crash on startup

Caused by an incompatibility with the sound drivers or audio codecs. The only solution is to play the game with the -safemode command line argument, which runs the game without sound.

Issues fixed

Slow level loading

Occurs only on Windows Vista and 7, because of the special graphic stack WDDM.[9]
Disable Windows Aero[10]

Peripheral audio channels cut off

The game does not properly play sounds coming from any direction except front and indirect sounds (player actions, music, interface, reverb). This makes it difficult to use audio cues during gameplay, such as when getting shot or hit from behind, resulting in unfair deaths.
Set sound properties to 96000 Hz[11]


This will also fix the "sound acceleration error" on Windows 8.1

Low Audio and Missing Sounds

The game uses forced 5.1 Surround sound, regardless of Windows settings. If set to Stereo in Windows audio settings, sounds will be missing and audio will be extremely low.
Set Windows audio channels to 5.1[12]


Headpones or 5.1 Surround Speakers recommended

Keegan mission bug

Keegan doesn't move and cannot get through the broken gate.

Restart mission[13]


Quick fix is just to restart the mission entirely- not by checkpoint, the whole mission by going so 'start' in the main menu, then 'mission select.'

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Shader Model support 2.0b
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Interface Scaleform
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy GameSpy services have been shut down.

Disable the HUD

Use mod[14]
  1. Download Fear2noHUD mod.
  2. Copy content to the installation folder.


Removes the crosshair and key bindings can not be seen in the menu.[15]
To create a crosshair use OverlayXhair or similar software.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2, Vista SP1
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz
Intel Pentium 4 3.2 GHz (Vista)
AMD Athlon 64 3000+
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ (Vista)
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
1.5 GB (Vista)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 12 GB[Note 2]
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6800
ATI Radeon X700
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 2.0b support
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0c compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:
  2. The GOG version of "F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin + Reborn" takes up 14.7 GB.


  1. Official page (Russian) - last accessed on 2023-07-27
  2. F.E.A.R. 2 - Games For Windows - last accessed on 2024-04-06
  3. FEAR 2 Mouse Fix | The Meth Lab
  4. Verified by User:Suicide machine on August 11, 2016
  5. Steam ForumVerified by User:Catero on April 21, 2023
  6. Verified by User:Mars icecream on 2017-8
    Also affects in-engine cinematics
  7. A Simple Solution to the Mouse Button 4 and 5 Problem. - GameFAQs - last accessed on May 2023
  8. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up - last accessed on May 2023
  9. DirectX 12 & WDDM 2.0: Reworking the Windows Graphics Stack - last accessed on
  10. [1] - last accessed on
  11. Sound Acceleration error - last accessed on May 2023
  12. Sound issues - last accessed on July 2024
  13. Keegan Bug - last accessed on May 2023
  14. No HUD mod for F.E.A.R 2 - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  15. Verified by User:Mars icecream on 2017-8
    From the readme.