I was quite excited about this expansion and after waiting a week after the "supposed" release date I finally got it. Let me tell you, IGN and GameSpot were a little harsh about this game. Overall, the game length depends on skill but it is estimated its going to take me 8 to 10 hours to complete since I like to digest everything about this game. The story picks up one day after the events of the original F.E.A.R. The entire city has been devastated due to the explosion of the Origin Facility. However, Alma is still out there and Paxton Fettel? Oh yea, he's back, along with his pack of Replicas ready to shoot you into a bloody mess. Your goal is to survive and make it to the Extraction Point, hence the title. The story is not as well-written as the original but it does a competent job of keeping you in the loop since it plays out as one big escape sequence. Graphics are great, despite being a year old, and the sound is used to better effect here, especially the music. The AI is quite challenging, and the new toys (the Mini-Gun, the Laser Carbine, and the Deployable Gun Turret) and enemies are a nice addition. One of the new enemies is a near invisible figure with glowing red eyes. They're pretty weak but due to their speed, you MUST use your slow-mo ability to take them down and they present a worthy challenge. The new environments such as the church, the warehouse, the subway, the parking lot and adjacent office building, and hospital are all nice but sometimes, it reminds me of the original F.E.A.R. due to the reuse of large amount of textures from the original game. This game is also more scary then the original (especially the hospital levels) so better bring an extra pair of pants. While not as good as the original, this is still a worthy and challenging expansion that all F.E.A.R. fans should love.
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