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F.E.A.R.2: Reborn (DLC)

fear-2-rebornI wanted to get a new FPS so I installed F.E.A.R.2 via Steam and bought F.E.A.R.2: Reborn (DLC) (also via Steam).

So far it’s plain fun mayhem.  This expansion is supposed to be short (plays in less than 2 hours) but maybe I’ll re-play F.E.A.R.2 once I’m done.

New life for old games

Quake Live beta is a nice idea. It’s the old Quake III Arena family of games but via a web browser.  This version rates you and attempts to pair you up with people with similar skill levels.


It’s also popular: wait times to login are around 30 minutes! I like the idea but I re-purchased all my Quake games on Steam a long time ago. And lately I have been playing FEAR 2 so I don’t really want to wait around for the Quake Live to let me on.

Maybe after I’ve completed FEAR 2 I’ll give this some play time.

Don’t walk around in the dark at home


I’m playing more FEAR2. It’s a creepy, but really fun game.  After playing it for a while, walking around the house in the dark is freaking me out.

My character just escaped from the not-hospital and the streets are filled with bad guys and remenants of dead people. It’s a good game but the original had a better horror story feel to it.

Games for Windows?

The moniker “Games for Windows” always makes me laugh.  When I first started playing FPS like Castle Wolfenstien and the original DOOM series it was on a 386SX PC my brother had. Windows was not even on that PC and Windows was just a shell for running DOS apps. Games for Windows? What was that, Solitaire?

The idea of making games for Windows is still funny. Windows is just too unstable to reliably play a hardware intensive application on. Some games run really well; I can play Unreal III and usually not have any problems. Other games such as Far Cry 2 randomly exit back to the desktop anywhere between 5 and 45 minutes of play.  I’ve just gotten used to pressing F5 for quick save and I don’t even think “wow, this sucks” anymore.

I’ve been conditioned by the lousy experience of these newer games. I like Far Cry 2’s game play but seriously don’t buy this game. $50 for this badly written software is not worth it; mine came bundled with my video card.

I’ve been going back and playing Far Cry 2 even though I beat it already.  The second time around, I am trying to max out my buddie missions. That was a bust, when I got to Act 2, all my upgraded safe houses were all reset. Might have had something to do with the fact that all my buddies from Act 1 were no longer around.

Now I’ve just purchased FEAR2: Project Origin.  The original game was spooky as all else. When played late at night and in the dark it was like being in a horror movie. Looking at the original games graphics, I see that visually it was not as good as current games. At the time it looked great but now compared to Unreal III and Far Cry 2, the first FEAR game looks clumsy.

I’ll install it tonight. I’m hoping that the FEAR2 game continues the horror feel but has updated graphics.  Not too updated; I do want this to feel like a continuation of the original game. Also I hope that it does not crash too often.

Monolith purchased the F.E.A.R. name from Activision

Sometimes I don’t get just spam in my e-mail.  Monolith purchased the rights to the F.E.A.R. name from Activision.  Check out the sequel web site.

The first F.E.A.R. was meant to be played late at night and in the dark.  When I played it, it scared the crap out of me.  This real sequel is out in February 2009 and I’ll probably buy it the day it comes out for the PC.

Old ID software games

ID Super Pack

I’m a sucker for the old games.  For me the id super pack was too much to pass.  It comes with virtually every id game up to and including DOOM 3: Resurrection of Evil.

When Steam came out, the idea of downloading games from the Internet was just plain silly.  Now I can get games via Steam and never worry about having the CD in the drive or re-installing and not finding the original disks.  Patching becomes easy too.

Looks like Valve software was ahead of their time. Since I can log in from all my PCs, I can pick which games to install and play them when I want.

Soon I’ll be heading out but when I come back I hope to be playing Commander Keen.