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
Lithtech Jupiter EX
Release dates
Windows February 10, 2009
Metacritic 79
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


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

Key points

Mouse controls are affected by deadzone and sensitivity problems. Use FEAR 2 Mouse Fix.

General information

Official manual
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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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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Complete Pack also available. The store page is unavailable in Russia, but the game may be received as a gift. Unavailable in Germany (except for demo).


A free demo is available on Steam. It also works for countries where the full release is not available (like Germany).

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Reborn Steam version cannot be activated or purchased in Romania and other regions. However, the GOG.com version is available for everyone.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

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

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

"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
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FSAA. In windowed mode, force AA in the graphics driver.
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)[edit]

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 Notepad.
  3. Add FovY XX on a new line, where XX is the desired vertical FOV.
Use a command line argument[2]

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 Notepad.
  3. Add Windowed 1 on a new line.

Input settings[edit]

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
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Side mouse buttons[edit]

Map mouse buttons to keys[3]
  1. Download XMouseButtonControl.
  2. Assign "Mouse Button 4" and "Mouse Button 5" to keys of your liking.

Audio settings[edit]

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[4] and also can use Windows Sonic for headphones
"Captions" under Options -> Game settings
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
The Reborn DLC is in English, but a fanmade translation is available.
Brazilian Portuguese
A fanmade translation can be downloaded here.
The Reborn DLC is in English on Steam, even though the retail version has it fully localized.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play
GameSpy services have been shut down;[5] see GameSpy for workarounds.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native 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.
Devices Native Notes
3RD Space Gaming Vest
Novint Falcon

Issues fixed[edit]

Slow loading level and aero disabling[edit]

Occurs only on Windows Vista and Windows 7, because of the special graphic stack WDDM.
Fix slow load level and spontaneous shutdown aero interface
  • Install game and addons only on Windows XP, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.[6]


Using Windows 8.1 or 10 significantly reduces the launch time of the level, perhaps this is due to improvements in the WDDM graphics stack.[7]

Mouse deadzone and sensitivity problems[edit]

The game suffers from a deadzone for small mouse movements, as well as an unusually high sensitivity, even on the lowest settings.
Use raw mouse input fix[8]

Use FEAR 2 Mouse Fix for raw mouse input.

Peripheral audio channels cut off[edit]

The game doesn't properly play sounds coming from any direction except front + indirect sounds (player actions, music, interface, reverb). This makes it difficult to use audio cues during gameplay, such as when you're getting shot or hit from behind, resulting in unfair deaths.
Set sound properties to 96000 Hz[9]
  • Configuring speakers to use 96000 Hz seems to fix the issue. Tested on Windows 10, GOG-version of the game.


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

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy GameSpy services have been shut down.

Disable the HUD[edit]

Use mod[10]
  1. Download Fear2noHUD mod.
  2. Copy content to the installation folder.


Removes the crosshair and key bindings can't be seen in the menu.[11]
To create a crosshair use OverlayXhair or similar software.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2, Vista SP1
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon 64 3000+ (3200+ Vista)
Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz (3.2 GHz Vista)
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
1.5 GB (Vista)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 12 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X700
Nvidia GeForce 6800
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 2.0b support
Sound (audio device) DX9.0c compliant


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/16450/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (16450) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.