F.E.A.R. is once again upon us. But just how powerful a system will you need to extract the most scares from F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin?

Many gamers will remember F.E.A.R., the horror-themed first-person shooter from 2005 by American developer Monolith. After a long legal tussle between original publishers Vivendi and the new owners of Monolith, Warner Brothers, over the rights to the franchise, a sequel has finally emerged – F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin.

Long story short, the creepy psychic girl whom the whole plot revolves around, Alma, survived the massive blast at the end of the original F.E.A.R. that was aimed at destroying her. She’s angry, she’s now a grownup woman, and this time, she’s after you, Sergeant Becket. Though not necessarily in the way that you’d expect, and that’s just the beginning of your troubles. The corporation that started this whole mess, Armacham, is looking to cover up its tracks, and you’re in their way.

We’re quite sure you want to dive right in and start experiencing some Alma-induced hallucinations or spraying a hail of bullets into Replicant baddies, but the best horror experience requires total immersion. That in turn calls for top-notch graphics, which common sense will tell you only a powerful system can provide.

But if you don’t have the latest and greatest rig, nor the money for one – what then should you expect? We answer these questions in our F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin performance review.

Test Setup

ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E8400 (3.00Ghz, 1333Mhz FSB, 6MB L2)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 (2.33Ghz, 1333Mhz FSB, 4MB L2)
Intel Pentium Dual Core E4300 (1.80Ghz, 800Mhz FSB, 2MB L2)
Intel Pentium Dual Core E2160 (1.80Ghz, 800Mhz FSB, 1MB L2)
MotherboardAsus P5Q Deluxe
Memory2x2GB OCZ Flex II DDR2-800 (5-5-5-15)
GraphicsATI Radeon HD4870 1GB
ATI Radeon HD4850 512MB
ATI Radeon HD4650 512MB
ATI Radeon HD3650 256MB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 280 1GB
Nvidia GeForce 9600GT 512MB
Nvidia GeForce 8800GTS 320MB
Nvidia GeForce 8600GTS 256MB
Hard DriveWestern Digital WD3200AAKS 320GB SATA
Power SupplySilverstone Olympus OP1000 1000W
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows Vista SP1 64-bit
DriversATI Catalyst 9.2
Nvidia ForceWare 182.06

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