F.E.A.R.: Perseus Mandate
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The second expansion pack to F.E.A.R. finds the player leading an alternative F.E.A.R. team tasked with investigating the Perseus project at Armacham facilities. For this mission, the player is partnered with Captain David Raynes and Lt. Steven Chen, who do their best to assist the player throughout the campaign.
The game's action and horror elements are tied to a plot filled with backstabs and double-crosses, as a senator, his lackey and a group of shadowy mercenaries clash in their journey to unlock the mysteries revealed in the previous F.E.A.R. games. In addition to the weapons from the first two F.E.A.R. games, in Perseus Mandate the player has access to a grenade launcher, a lightning gun and an advanced rifle, all of which will be necessary to dispatch a tough new cast of bad guys.
Unlike the previous expansion, this title can be played stand-alone and does not require the original game.
- F.E.A.R.: Проект «Персей» - Russian spelling
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Average score: 62% (based on 23 ratings)
Average score: 3.5 out of 5 (based on 35 ratings with 4 reviews)
Perseus Mandate is the second expansion pack to F.E.A.R. It is different to the first two games. For those people not familiar with the first two games, I'll give you a run-down of them. In the original game, you controlled a silent protagonist simply known as Point Man, and you were assigned to the F.E.A.R. team whose purpose is to investigate paranormal activities and stop a madman named Paxton Fettel who is telepathically controlling the Replica soldiers, the main enemies you have to deal with. You have a few glimpses of Alma, and the cut-scenes in the game tells you her background story. At the end of the game you managed to kill Fettel and thus deactivating the Replica soldiers. You, Holiday, and Kwon escape in a chopper just as the Origin facility blows up, but Alma manages to climb on board and causes the chopper to crash.
In Extraction Point, you reconnect with both Holiday and Kwon and the first part of your mission takes you to the church where you discover that Fettel is back from the dead, causing the Replicas to be reactivated, and this eventually leads to a cat-and-mouse game. You soon learn that both your teammates are murdered by Alma's apparitions, and that there are two forms of Alma - both child and adult - but only child Alma helps you overcome obstacles that get in your way from time to time. As with the first game, you escape by chopper after you deal with unfinished business.
And this brings us to Perseus Mandate. The game is set in an alternate universe where you pay the role of a sergeant and you are introduced to a new F.E.A.R. team consisting of Capt. David Raynes and Lt. Steven Chen as they attempt to recover information regarding the Perseus project at Armacham. While you assist this new team and accomplish each mission given to you, Point Man is still out there completing his own missions from the first F.E.A.R. game.
As usual, you explore each area fully and take out any enemy hostiles that try to stop you from completing their mission. The usual enemies - ATC guards, Replica soldiers, and EVE robots - are still there. The Replicas play a minor role this time, only appearing at the start and end of the game. The Nightcrawlers are introduced and they are the main ones you have to deal with. They have the same abilities as you (including the Slo-Mo function), making them a bit difficult to kill. The Nightcrawlers' purpose in the game is to extract Alma's DNA, and it is part of your mission is to recover the DNA before the Nightcrawlers get their hands on it.
As with any F.E.A.R. game, the main menu contains a series of video clips of what you'll expect as you progress through the game. Although one of these contain Alma walking, she is rarely seen in the game. There are several glimpses of Paxton Fettel, Alma's son and the main antagonist of the game.
The real scary stuff doesn't happen until much later in the game, after the destruction of the Origin facility. In the missions that follow this, not only are there the usual paranormal events. In one scene, you witness one of your partners get violently dragged into the floor by a monster. The same thing will happen to you if you don't act quickly against it.
All the weapons from the first two games are carried over to Perseus Mandate, but there are some new weapons that you will be most helpful to you. To me, the Lightning Gun is the best one. I had a lot of fun killing off the Nightcrawlers by electrocution, and then doing it again to make sure they stay down. Another new one, the grenade launcher, is more effective against those big robots.
I found the three bonus missions an excellent addition to the game, and in all of these missions, you basically have to get as far as you can without losing all your health. What I like about completing these missions are the wide open areas you have to navigate through, and these areas are occupied by Replicas who will stop you from proceeding. Providing that you use stealth or other tricks to sneak up on them, all three missions should take fifteen minutes to complete.
While completing each mission given to you, there is that background music that sounds pleasant while you are exploring the area, but the music changes to a more intense one as you get involved in a gunfight, and more disturbing as you walk into an area where a brutal murder just took place. The same soundtrack from Extraction Point is present here, but there are some new pieces as well.
You even have the opportunity to revisit the same locations in the first two games, and the most memorable one is the Armacham facility. If you forget that chopper ride to Armacham in the first game, the game reminds you of it now. Even though this chopper-ride scene is non-interactive, you get to move the mouse around and admire the spectacular view of the city. I loved exploring every bit of Armacham once again, seeing what power-ups and weapons I can get.
The highlight of the game for me was exploring this condemned building and listening to the creepy soundtrack, all the while knowing that something bad is going to happen.
Well, I think that replayability is an issue here. Would I play Perseus Mandate again? Probably not. You just made friends with your first F.E.A.R. teammates and you enjoy helping them investigate paranormal events and tracking down Fettel. But here, you are introduced to strangers who don't care what happens to each other. Also, discovering information about the Perseus project isn't as interesting as what you did before.
In the first two games, you had Alma and Paxton Fettel causing havoc wherever they go, plus you had a few paranormal events here and there. ButPerseus Mandate just isn't scary enough. Both Alma and Fettel are rarely seen, and you don't witness any paranormal events until after the explosion of the Origin facility, as mentioned before.
You equipped Slo-Mo feature is useless against certain types of Nightcrawlers you meet much later in the game. since they have an unfair advantage to the player. There are umpteenth times where, using Slo-Mo, I aimed and fired at one of them only to miss because they are able to zig-zag around the room quickly. I actually ran to another place to where I needed to go and they didn't attempt to follow me there.
The Bottom Line
Perseus Mandate is a stand-alone expansion pack, meaning that you don't need to own F.E.A.R to play it. Other than the paranormal events that take place in the game, it is in no way connected to the first two games, so you can choose not to play it.
The game introduces new weapons such as the Grenade Launcher and the Lightning Gun and an additional enemy, the Nightcrawlers. Other than that, the gameplay is the same.
This is the last expansion pack to the original F.E.A.R. series. The next major game is Project Origin, which involves Alma wreaking havoc once again.
Windows · by Katakis | カタキス (43051) · 2011
I don't understand why every reviewer bashes a late (and probably second) expansion pack to a critically acclaimed game. Sure, it may not bring major improvements to the table but when the original is already polished to perfection, why should the developers mess with the successful formula instead of providing more fun revolving around the initial premise laid down before them?
Timegate's (now non-canon) second effort do not strive for treading new ground and even more than the first pack, focuses on small-scale, visceral infantry combat. Seriously, F.E.A.R's replica troops are among the best (if not 'the best') AI soldiers I've encountered in a shooter - and I know I longed for more when I came to the premature end of the original story arc. They're nearly alive as far as AI opponents go: all the cold-blooded talk and clever maneuvers make them more to be feared than the so-called 'scary moments', at least for me.
That doesn't mean I don't like those defining moments either, they were surely original and initially nerve-wracking. However, TimeGate's copying of the same ideas to their first expansion pack took away much from the effect. I'm happy to state that Perseus Mandate does not offer more than a handful of such scenes (or they would surely be annoying this time). Since you don't play as the 'Point Man' anymore, the idea makes sense too. Why would Alma show herself to a mere sergeant, who is not of her blood?
To be exact, I didn't like what was 'thrown' at me as story in Extraction Point. Simply put, it was a lazy excuse - five minutes into the game and I discover that Fettel's still alive commanding his troops. Sorry but what happened to that dramatic scene where I, as the 'Point Man', put a bullet through his forehead? Then in the midst of the relatively short campaign, my only contacts, Holiday and Jin were also taken away from me one after the other. The expansion than turned into a slog to the said Extraction Point after throwing false premises at me. What remained then was the core combat which suffered much owing to the poorly-constructed and overly dark maps. The new weapons were fun, but the overall experience was not.
Perseus Mandate gets rid of 'Point Man' and gives you the role of a sergeant in the secondary F.E.A.R. team that goes in when things go awry. Thus the pack takes the 'Blue Shift' route where at times you experience the same events through a different perspective. Having clearly defined objectives and a team of two (usually) with you helps much with the sense of accomplishment as well as the immersion.
Since TimeGate's mappers are obviously not as experienced as Monolith's, their chances rely on design choices - and this time, it works. Even though Monolith neglected these two packs, TimeGate's story here expands the universe with newer characters and of course, more evil schemes behind the initial experiment than you've thought.
Although technically inferior to the standards set by Monolith, the maps on offer are highly varied and sees the player fighting outdoors as much as indoors. To tell the truth, they're more practical than aesthetically appealing. However, the set pieces on offer are well thought-out and I guess that's what matters most in a game that relies on tactical firefights - so no worries here. On a positive note, this straight-forward, less-detailed style of mapping helps the game run more smoothly, especially compared to the prior pack where it was clear that the authors craved for highly-detailed, brush-based design which was obviously way beyond their technical expertise.
Just like the first pack, TimeGate throws in three more weapons to an already sufficient inventory. Apart from an advanced assault rifle which helps in darker environments, the other two remain mostly as one-shot affairs (again, just like the prior three) since they're all heavy stuff and you won't find much ammo lying around.
What makes the combat fresh is not the weapons but the addition of a new mercenary group coming in with intentions of their own, namely Nightcrawlers. Their AI may not be much different from the now standard replicas, however their speech patterns and weapon selection makes them special enough - and beware of the Elite among them! With inhuman reflexes, even one of these guys will give you a hard time.
Composed of seven intervals, the campaign takes longer to complete than Extraction Point's. The intensity gets higher along the way and the last few levels turn out to be an all-out war. That's not a bad thing in case of F.E.A.R. I say. Moreover, you unlock three bonus maps (each one clocking around ten minutes) upon completion which will make sure that you remember the original F.E.A.R trilogy as an adrenaline-pumping shooter. That is, if the campaign on offer here hasn't already formed such an idea in your mind.
Even though I mentioned above that the campaign here is more about combat and taking the player through different environments (still within the given context), I must also admit that even looking at it from this perspective, some maps come out unacceptably bland in the end - and that's not a comparison between this and the earlier products within the series. The quality highly differs in the product itself: the first half looks neglected compared to the second. It must be a case of different authors.
Sadly, both TimeGate's packs lack Monolith's polish. I believe that the levels here would benefit much from a re-lighting process. Apart from a few later pieces, Monolith's high-contrast, dramatic lighting is nowhere to be seen - thus the character shadows are also mostly missing. Worse are the levels which are dimly lighted all throughout even though there are no apparent light sources in vicinity. Details like these reminds me of poor users maps for older shooters out there - amateur designers may get away without polish, but a professional studio can't.
I didn't get how the sergeant I played as is capable of slowing down time. Apparently, he is no 'Point Man' and has no psychic connection to Alma either. He is your ordinary grunt, nothing more. Still, I didn't wonder much about it once the action fully kicked in. Simply explanation: SloMo is a gameplay gimmick that couldn't be removed, or the pack wouldn't be a F.E.A.R. extension anymore. Even a boss battle is acceptable, as herein done, but SloMo is destined to stay no matter what.
Another little detail that irritated me came out later in the game where the control was taken from me to show what happens right before my eyes in a cutscene. What is the point of that? I don't remember a single instance where it happened so in the original game after I took control of things in the very beginning. It is against the style. Here, have a little cutscene in the midst of Half-Life: would it be acceptable?
The Bottom Line
Perseus Mandate is unambitious, it does not offer anything vastly new, it lacks the overall polish of the base game - but who is to know what it sets out to do? Here are the most enjoyable firefights of the original trilogy. It clearly surpasses the previous pack and stands at the top with the original pack in this respect - at some high points, it even bests the original game's set pieces owing to the sheer scale of the things.
I strongly believe that if the gameplay remains enjoyable, dedicated players will always see behind the technical shortcomings and get the enjoyment out of the product. I don't think the designers set out for more than an extended brutal battle. Thankfully, they accomplished it. I wouldn't recommend the first pack with ease but get this one if you enjoyed F.E.A.R. (even slightly) on its combat basis.
Windows · by erc (434) · 2010
Well, I remember saying that I wanted to review MoH Pacific Assault but you may know by now that I need the envy to do it and I'm lacking of it for now. Without warning, I felt suddenly inspiration for FEAR Perseus Mandate. I'm still wondering if it's the upcoming FEAR 2: Project Origin or if it's because of the concept art contributed for another website that triggered my desire to review Perseus Mandate.
Yes, I finally played it. When I reviewed FEAR, the original game, and its first add-on, FEAR: Extraction Point, I told you that I haven't played Perseus Mandate but that I was thinking it was perhaps a mistake to ignore both add-ons for the upcoming sequel FEAR 2: Project Origin.
I'm correcting it now: I'm still disappointed to the fact that EP will be ignored but Monolith is right to do it with Perseus Mandate. Perseus Mandate shares some common points with Half-Life Blue Shift: both are the second add-on to the original game, both aren't bringing novelty, both are stand-alone games and both are somewhere to forget.
I'll explain it.
FEAR stands for First Encounter Assault Recon, a special unit, mostly used when paranormal is manifesting. In the original game, you were the Pointman, a new member of the agency, and you were sent to capture Paxton Fettel, a man with psychic abilities, property of Armacham Technologies. Fettel took the army he was destined to command if the project wasn't abandoned and just invaded the Armacham facility site. Oh and he's eating people also. Just for getting information from them. He's searching particularly for Harlan Wade, the scientist behind his conception. That's where Alma enters. Alma is a paranormal phenomenon. Or if you prefer, Alma is a spirit that never dies. She hates the people. She suffered enough to appear in a older creepy form than the somewhat innocent look when she is a young girl in a red robe.
In the end, you discovered that Alma was used to produce two prototypes (Paxton being the younger), that she was the lead scientist's daughter, the famous Harlan Wade, and that she was seeking revenge for what they've done to her (as she woke up during the first childbirth). But the most important is that you were the first prototype, the baby she wanted back, the one who initiated her hate towards humanity.
Oh, great. You were there for stopping Paxton Fettel and saving Harlan Wade and now, you have a psycho little brother, a vengeful mother, a grandfather who used his own daughter for the experiment and an aunt who is more preoccupied by her father's safety than her own. What a cute family!
Monolith then began working on FEAR 2. I don't know the why or the how, but the editor had the license on the name and gives another studio the development of an add-on. It was good for Monolith but it wasn't what they wanted as "sequel".
Indeed, FEAR Extraction Point take places directly after FEAR, like FEAR 2. No need to wait for a few years after like in Half-Life. In this add-on, you were still the Pointman, still with your psychic abilities (resumed as time slowing) and you survived the crash of your helicopter, along with Jun, your female coworker, and Billy, your Delta buddy. Paxton Fettel gets resurrected by Old Alma (the hating form from her death) and wakes up the Replicas Army, the same one he was leading in FEAR. Well, you have just to reach the Extraction Point on the roof of the Auburn Hospital. But try to reach it by feet. Between hangars, subway, church and even the hospital self, you will have to do some... stuff. Like saving Jun for example. Or trying to save her. It's more appropriate.
In the end, you manage to council the two aspects of Alma (the younger, who was protecting you, and the older, who was trying to kill you) and to clean the disturbance, at the cost of your friends though. Old Mom didn't have a pity for Billy and Jun. Where Paxton promised that he will touch your female coworker, he said that he wasn't sure about your mom. If Young Mom was helping you, OId Mom didn't want you alive. But when it was time to get out of this, unfortunately for you, your little brother, Paxton, crashed your rescue helicopter. You're left on a roof, watching the city burn.
What a very loving family, indeed.
And then, as FEAR was having success, came Perseus Mandate, Mission Perseus for the Germans. Exit the Pointman, you're now a member of FEAR but in another team. Along with your captain and your lieutenant, you're sent during the middle of the original storyline to retrieve information about Armacham. What happens? Well, you're visiting Armacham facilities, you're having visions thanks to Alma and most important, you're stuck in the city because of the explosion of Origin facility. Not only the result is dramatic because now, you're in the disturbance and the enemies going with it but you have to confront a new enemy, the Nightcrawlers, interested in Fettel and Alma's DNA's.
No more family stories now. Oh, well, we'll do it without all the emotion implied into the storyline of FEAR and EP.
As you can see, if the storyline involved the Pointman, it would have been interesting. But it's not possible, as the original hero is unfortunately taken elsewhere...
FEAR Perseus Mandate is the stand-alone add-on for FEAR, the last one before the arrival of FEAR 2 Project Origin, with more Alma... and again a new hero. Perhaps that if he's possessing the time slowing feature, it will be explained. Because for our sergeant of PM, it's not.
Yes, our new hero is a sergeant in a three-man team with a captain and a lieutenant. And I don't think he got a name.
Well, I didn't like the storyline. That's why you'll find a passage about it later.
The gameplay is similar to the previous game: it's a FPS. Load, lock and shoot. Even if sometimes, you'll have to duck or to run away. For killing enemies, you'll have all the weapons from FEAR and EP. So, basically, you'll find rocket launchers, heavy minigun, the laser-7 useful for sniping, the basic sniper rifle, the grenades, the landmines, the laser gun, etc..
But PM is a FEAR game. That means that you can't carry more than three weapons with you unless you're cheating. And that was already something I dislike. If you want to use another weapon than your three currently in your inventory, you'll have to drop one of them for taking the new one. So, you have to make some choices and you never know if it's right or not. It adds to the realistic part of the game but someone like me who is used to have all the weapons will be disoriented. Indeed, when you love more than three weapons, it's always painful to say goodbye to your favorites. You find the weapons on your enemies, so, it's not a problem for finding them.
As I've said, our new hero possess the same abilities as our Pointman: the time slowing. Use it for slowing your enemies while you're still at the same speed. It's very useful when you're fighting against the EVE robots or a bunch of soldiers.
Speaking of the enemies, I've already spoken about the newest addition but well, you need to know also that they're very hard to beat, very fast and use different things like grenades for beating you. With that, I can speak about the AI.
It hasn't changed: enemy AI is very good. They can duck, take cover or try to ambush you in order to kill you. Yes, everyone know that at the end, you'll be victorious (I hope) but having played games where the enemies do not see you even when you're in their eyesight or enemies running at you, making their death an easier task, I can assure you that FEAR can give some hard work to the hero.
As for the friendly AI... Well, they're doing also their best by taking cover... but it's scripted. I always saw my coworkers in the same place. So, no real friendly AI, here.
Graphics are also very good. It's still the same engine, so, I don't have to complain about it: the lights and shadow effects were efficient to scare me in the mine, the weapons are still well-modelised (but you'll tell me that it was only a reuse of things already developed) and the characters were different enough to make a difference between the basic enemies and the key characters. My only regret is that color dominating the mine (orange/red/brown) and the strange red colour in the first level of the last facility. It was enough for me to wish to have never entered these levels. So, as you can see, the ambiance that they wanted to develop is really at the rendez-vous. I have also an earlier complaint about Alma's creepy body when she's appearing like a young woman. I hate it. But after all, that's the Alma who died alone in her jail...
As for the soundtrack, well, as it's still from FEAR and FEAR EP, well, it's like for HL BlueShift, it's sufficient for keeping you in the ambiance but not enough for a new release. I mean, including some new tracks is a plus for the game, see HL Opposing Force and its military track (justified by the fact that you were playing a Marine in the game).
If there is any replayability, it's for getting all the extra boosts for HP and the time slowing. Because for the story, it's not worth it. Also, as the last levels seemed long, it's not really a good choice to play it again. Or be like me and replay it long after, perhaps you'll find something you've never see before... For the lifetime, it can take hours to complete it if you're not cheating. If you're cheating, it will still take hours but with all the weapons and being in GOD mode, well, it will be more easier to fight Replicas, ATC guards, Nightcrawlers, Nightmares, etc..
Well, it's rare for me to say: plot sucks. For once, I'll say it. Why?
You already know that I missed the Pointman and his shadows. Don't forget that he's the eldest of Alma's sons, that his grandfather was the responsible for the situation and that his aunt (apparently of the same age as him) was killed by lil'bro Paxton.
In PM storyline, however, if trying to extract Fettel and Alma's DNA's is a fact that could happen in FEAR universe, the rest isn't. Yes, being caught in the disturbance of Extraction Point, is normal. But no, it's not normal that the hero has the same abilities as the Pointman without explanation as the time slowing feature was coming from his psychic abilities and the fact that he was Alma's son. Here, our sergeant is just a normal guy but manages to act like the newest recruit (and well, don't forget that the FEAR leader was impressed by it). It's a plothole. And it's not really something I want to see in a complex universe like FEAR.
Also take the Nightcrawlers. They're here for a reason: the DNA. Why? Perhaps for making an army. For who? It's not determined. And well, what will become of Alma's DNA, as you finally recuperate it at the end? We'll never know it as this alternate storyline, as described by Monolith, will never have sequels.
If the developers wanted to do something like Half-Life and co., a game bringing answers but also new mysteries, here, well, it failed. It's not bringing answers and it's not bringing serious questions about Alma or the Pointman or Paxton or anything else having a tie with the original game. It's just a side story, a sort of secondary quest.
You already know that I hated the three-weapons carrying. And you guessed right: I cheated during the game. I've too many favorite weapons for making a choice. Strangly enough, it's not bothering me for Call of Duty or a Medal of Honor Pacific Assault. Perhaps because you don't have to really choose between a shotgun, a sniper rifle, a minigun or a special laser gun. The weapons seemed all the same and so, you can switch easily between them. Here, well, it's frustrating.
Your path is very linear but in the end, you forget about it. Well, not really. Because the trip in the last Armacham facility as well the run in the mines is awful. It seems long for me. Mostly because I was beginning to wish to exit these locations for two reasons: I didn't want to have anymore strange things and I was really looking to see the end. Impatience yes but getting in the same environment, as it was the case for the passage in Armacham offices in FEAR, is also annoying.
For once, I didn't feel that characters who were present were essential to the FEAR universe. They're transparent: no Jankosky for guiding you, no Jun as familiar face, no Paxton for giving clues. Only Alma is present but not in the same amount as in the other games. After all, our sergeant isn't her son, so, why care?
If I was asked to choose a word for describing PM, it would "lacking". It lacks of novelties. No new weapons, no new tracks, no improvement for the graphics, no depths in the storyline, well, it's FEAR without having the FEAR essence: Alma. Alma isn't having her usual aura in this stand-alone. If Alma wasn't so present, developers could have compensated it by trying to extend her touch in a more depth plot for example.
The Bottom Line
Plain and simple: play it only if you're curious to see what Monolith is ignoring for FEAR 2. If I'm not glad that they're also ignoring Extraction Point, with my favorite psychology storyline, I'm happy to see that Perseus Mandate will not be taken in count. Lousy storyline and not real novelty except for one enemy is killing this stand-alone, despite graphics, soundtrack and a very good AI.
I wanted my Pointman, my Alma and their complicated ties, I was expecting a plot twist like the new hero being a clone or something like that. Nope. Only the new chief of Nightcrawler bringing Fettel's DNA to a unknown man in suit. Bang. End of the game. End of the FEAR alternate universe.
And final words: if you're looking for a good FEAR sequel, play Extraction Point till FEAR 2 is coming.
Windows · by vicrabb (7272) · 2009
|A little mistake.||Optimus Prime||Apr 24th, 2015|
Various blood and gore effects were removed in the German version.
In one of the levels, The Sergeant goes through a subway to reach the surface, where he appears at an airplane crash site. This is the same spot that appeared in the first expansion, Extraction Point, when The Pointman (protagonist of the first game and the first expansion) was entering the subway. It should also be noted that The Sergeant was there before The Pointman, as the Replicas are still deactivated. In the same level, while The Sergeant is still in the subway/tunnels, the crash can be heard, and a subsequent quake noticed. This is the only place that is visited multiple times throughout the series.
Although players aren't supposed to see the face of the protagonist, the Sergeant actually has a fully made face model. It can be viewed when accessing the game files.
VES Advanced Rifle
The VES Advanced Rifle (a new weapon found in F.E.A.R.: Perseus Mandate) is a fictional gun, but is based on the XM8.
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