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
Monetization DLC
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).

Key points

Mouse controls are affected by deadzone and sensitivity problems. Use F.E.A.R. 2 Mouse Fix.

General information

Official manual
You can use KasKillo's Fear 2 Fixer for custom fov,windowed/fullscreen, disable intros and hud [2]
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. Censored version available in Germany.


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

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 GOG.com version is available internationally.

Essential improvements[edit]


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

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
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)[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.


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

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
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 (Renai.) campaign hasn't been dubbed (tested with GOG)
The Reborn (Phönix) campaign hasn't been dubbed (tested with GOG)
The Reborn DLC is in English, but a fanmade translation is available.
The Reborn (Renito) campaign hasn't been dubbed (tested with GOG)
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.
Some audio not essential to the story hasn't been subbed nor dubbed. Reborn (Renicido) campaign has no dub (tested with GOG).
Is not included with either the Steam or GOG release, so it needs to be modded in. Here's the file: https://www.moddb.com/games/fear-2/downloads/fear-2-jp-localization#downloadsform. Reborn is completely in English, with the only difference made is font.


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 unresolved[edit]

Crash On Startup[edit]

Caused by an incompatibility with the sound drivers, the only solution is to play the game with the launch parameter -safemode which runs the game without sound but is not an adequate solution

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
Physics Havok
Interface Scaleform
Cutscenes Bink Video
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) 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 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.
  2. The GOG version of "F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin + Reborn" takes up 14.7 GB.