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
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin at 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

Key points

GameSpy online server browser has stopped working due to GameSpy services being shut down.
Mouse controls are affected by deadzone and sensitivity problems. Use FEAR 2 Mouse Fix.

General information

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


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Includes F.E.A.R. 2: Reborn
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Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

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>\

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\WBGames\FEAR2\<user-id>\

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 option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
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
120+ FPS

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 Native 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[edit]

Audio Settings
Audio Settings
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX, dialog
Surround sound
Up to 5.1 output[4]
"Captions" under Options -> Game settings
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play
Official servers have been shut down.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Native 3D
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.
Devices Native Notes
3RD Space Gaming Vest

Issues fixed[edit]

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[5]

Use FEAR 2 Mouse Fix for raw mouse input.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy GameSpy services have been shut down.

Disable the HUD[edit]

Use mod[7]
  1. Download Fear2noHUD mod.
  2. Copy content to the installation folder.


Removes the crosshair and key bindings can't be seen in the menu.[6]
To create a crosshair use OverlayXhair or similar software.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2, Vista SP1 XP SP3, Vista SP1
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon 64 3000+ (3200+ Vista)
P4 2.8 GHz (3.2 GHz Vista)
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+
Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (1.5 GB Vista) 1.5 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 12 GB 12 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X700
Nvidia GeForce 6800
256 MB of VRAM
Shader model 2.0b support
ATI Radeon HD 2900
Nvidia GeForce 8600 GTS
512 MB of VRAM
Shader model 3.0 support


  1. Verified by Suicide Machine on August 11, 2016
  2. Verified by User:Mars icecream on 2017-8
    Also affects in-engine cinematics
  3. A Simple Solution to the Mouse Button 4 and 5 Problem. - GameFAQs
  4. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  5. FEAR 2 Mouse Fix | The Meth Lab
  6. Verified by User:Mars icecream on 2017-8
    From the readme.
  7. No HUD mod for F.E.A.R 2 - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)