F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate

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F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate
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TimeGate Studios
Sierra Entertainment
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Lithtech Jupiter EX
Release dates
Windows November 6, 2007
Metacritic 61
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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

Features an in-game benchmarking system.
Potential performance issues, use the DirectInput FPS Fix.

General information

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


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
Includes F.E.A.R. and F.E.A.R. Extraction Point.
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Complete Pack also available.

Game data[edit]

Game options
Game options

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %PUBLIC%\Documents\TimeGate Studios\FEARXP2\settings.cfg
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/21120/pfx/[Note 1]
Key bindings are saved in %PUBLIC%\Documents\TimeGate Studios\FEARXP2\Profiles\Profile000.gdb

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %PUBLIC%\Documents\TimeGate Studios\FEARXP2\Save\Profile000\SinglePlayer
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/21120/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings
Video settings
Advanced computer options
Advanced computer options
Advanced video card options
Advanced video card options

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
In-game hud elements become very small.
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FSAA up to 4x. Soft shadows don't work properly when this is turned on. Can be forced higher from graphics card control panel.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Set custom resolution[citation needed]
  1. Go to %PUBLIC%\Documents\TimeGate Studios\FEARXP2
  2. Open settings.cfg with a text editor.
  3. Change the "ScreenWidth" "640" and "ScreenHeight" "480" lines to the desired resolution.
  4. Save the changes made and set the file to read-only.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

This game uses vertical FOV. See FOV Calculator for help.
Set custom FOV[1]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Create a file named autoexec.cfg with a text editor.
  3. If using a widescreen resolution add this line: "FovYWidescreen" "XX.00" where XX is the vertical FOV value. If using a non-widescreen resolution use "FovY" "XX.00"


Set windowed mode[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Create a file named autoexec.cfg with a text editor.
  3. Add "Windowed" "1" on a new line.

Input settings[edit]

Mouse options
Mouse options

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Under Gameplay settings.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 2, EAX 4.0.[2] EAX sound examples with HRTF mod and ALchemy.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Italian language is only available in the retail version. See here for the Steam version translation.
Retail only. The language files available.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
16 Versus
Online play
16 Versus
GameSpy services have been shut down;[3] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 27888
UDP 27888
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.
These are the default ports used. They can be changed in-game during server setup

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.[4]
  • Also you can use 4gb_patch for only Extraction Point and Perseus Mandate.[5]


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.[6]
Despite the fact that this patch increases the limit of used memory from 2GB to 4GB, the game doesn’t need this much, but it does noticeably increase the launch speed of the level.
This patch is not compatible with the original game and F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin.

Control key settings are not assigned[edit]

Keyboard settings reset to unassigned when you restart the game
Control key settings are not assigned fix
  • Need run game as Administrator

Small subtitles[edit]

Turning on large subtitles for non-4:3 resolutions has no effect.
Fix small subtitles[7]
  1. Download this patch.
  2. Extract FEARL_XP2_1920.Arch00 into the <path to FEAR Perseus Mandate> folder.
  3. Open Default.archcfg in Notepad and add FEARL_XP2_1920.Arch00 at the end of the file as a new line.

Low frame rate[edit]

Frame rate may drop to around 20-30 FPS after a few minutes of play. This is especially common with people using Logitech devices.
Use low frame rate fix[citation needed]

Use the DirectInput FPS Fix.

If you don't own a Logitech, are still having frame rate issues and don't want to use any extra files.

Borderless fullscreen mode[citation needed]
  1. Make game into windowed mode. See Windowed.
  2. Use Borderless fullscreen mode.

Soft Shadows not working[edit]

Soft Shadows not working but setting enabled
Soft Shadows fix
  • Need disable anti-aliasing in game options
This is due to the features of the engine and the artificial limitation of the simultaneous use of anti-aliasing with soft shadows, since they can cause graphic artifacts on the shadows.

Default gamma level too high[edit]

Perseus Mandate’s video settings menu defaults to a much higher gamma level than F.E.A.R. and Extraction Point. This washes out the lighting making every map too bright.
To restore to the original F.E.A.R.’s gamma level
  1. Go to %PUBLIC%\Documents\TimeGate Studios\FEARXP2
  2. Open settings.cfg with a text editor.
  3. Change the lines "GammaB" "1.300000", "GammaG" "1.300000" and "GammaR" "1.300000" to all use the value "1.000000"
  4. Save the file

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8, 9
Shader Model support 1.1, 2
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy
Anti-cheat PunkBuster

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000, XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 1.7 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 4
ATI Radeon 9000
64 MB of VRAM
Shader model 1.1 support


  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>/21120/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (21120) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.