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

Retail version, "out of the box".

Application Details:

Version: 1.0
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.5.18

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What works

Rendering + all effects settings,input/keyboard bindings.

What does not

nothing as far as I can tell.


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Additional Comments

Xserver Kernel nVidia 9500 GT 512MB There's a queer problem with the window manager where I have to Alt-Tab out and back in to get the mouse movement detected correctly. Admin note: rating changed to conform to rating definitions.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowLinux Mint 14 "Nadia"Dec 09 20121.5.18Yes Yes NoSilverCarlos Rodriguez 
ShowUbuntu 11.04 "Natty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 06 20111.3.21Yes Yes NoSilverCarlos Rodriguez 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Apr 10 20111.3.17Yes Yes NoGoldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 10.10 "Maverick" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 14 20111.3.13Yes Yes NoGoldAlex 
ShowUbuntu 9.10 "Karmic" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 05 20101.1.39Yes Yes NoGoldblaise 

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No weapon models visibles and spontaneous freezes
by Andrés Schwartz on Sunday November 27th 2011, 0:25
I was playing and first I noted that there are no weapon I just guessed that the game was so. In FEAR 1. But in a few minutes I noticed that there just it lacked something: Of course! The weapons! There are no sense fighting just using imagination of what weapon I have in hand.

Well, that was not a problem for me I am customary to play FPS games so for me that was not so hard.

But now in FEAR2 when I use zoom I get no crosshair at all so I need to make some shoots first to take care to where I'm aiming. So I aim with some guessing.

Well that give me more experience and hability fighting but that is not the point.

Another strange thing is when I see the sky I can advice something like an hexagon. So the sky is conformed by hexagons!! lol. That make my game experience more ridiculous because that loses credibility of the point of view of the simulation. Of course, that hexagon is not very advisable but if you stay a little moment looking to the sky you can note it.

And another thing that just frustrate me is that sometimes the game just get freezed at all. I need to use Ctlr+Alt+Arrow to go to another workspace (in gnome) (the mouse, the keyboard, all appears to be freezed). So that steal me time, near a minute waiting to the unfreeze. Luckily it does not freezes at all and it unfreezes when I change the workspace. And I can return (changing newly to the workspace where my game is running) to the game and everything continues as if nothing had happened.
It is not related about using too much memory because the hard disk ligth stays off (and swap memory usage is low). It may be related with mouse and keyboard events or something about sync with video or sound and mouse or whatever. I don't know really. Maybe too a hardware "feature" configured in the BIOS (like ECC memory check). I need to make tests really to be sure. I don't know if it still happens (I need to play newly because I just changed some BIOS settings right now to test).

So that are the bad news but I have good news too:

The game runs apparently very well (except for above). Not freezed at all in any time. It loads correctly and faster. It runs faster enought. No visual artifacts (except commented above).
All effects works well, all settings can run at max without losing of fps. My videocard is a GT440 with 1024 MB memory. It runs apparently very well (So I don't have anything to envy to a Windows user).

Another good new is that I use full sound acceleration (not emulation like a lot of people said) and I have the Creative Live! soundcard (Maybe the game can use it directly?). It appears to works very well with the game I can listen clearly the sounds and sound effects not strange, weird or weak sounds at all (not noise at all). And I don't know if it is using EAX in hardware but the environment of sound changes (it sounds echoed in some small places, or it sound like underwater when I go underwater, it sound like covered ears when there are some weird situation like seeing Alma, and so, all sound effects related to environment works perfect). The sound is the most perfect thing in my case. Really I guess it is using the EAX hardware directly.

At the beginning I have not sound at all. But later I discovered that somebody recommended 44100 (I had 48000). When I setted it to 44100 the sound worked out of the box.

The rest bads are proper of the game itsef: Some unfinished story (I expected something more clear). I expected best HUD and functions in that (something onboard device used to detect invisible or ghost things or so). Expected a better gameplay like solving puzzles but it is some repetitive seeing weird things and killing people. Not a lot of difference in weapons. Some weapons useless (specially near the end of the game). You work alone the most of the game (I expected to be in team some more time). I expected a moderate difficult in fire combats, but the game just increased that instead of increasing some puzzle related difficult. This game only claim from a player the hability like playing Quake 3 Arena to kill everybody but nothing more. It is some bored and disappointing for me but I like the effects, environment and story of the game that is because I like to play this game.


* No weapons models visible in FEAR 1 and FEAR2 (the same behavior). And in FEAR 1 no girl model visible (when she go with you in elevator).
* Sound works perfect with 44100 and full acceleration.
* Game freezes sometimes and need to change workspace so it unfreezes (need to test more about this).

Wine 1.3.33
Linux 2.6.39
AMD Phenom(tm) 9850 Quad-Core Processor 2.5 GHz
GeForce GT 440 PCI-E 16x 1024 MB 128-bit
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live!

Will be nice if someone correct the problem of the invisible models. That is what I need to enjoy better this game.

by Marcus Widegren on Sunday June 26th 2011, 12:14
I had a lot of trouble getting the sound working. It works for me with:

Sound driver: ALSA
Sampling rate: 44100khz
Acceleration: Emulation (rough translation, you know what I mean ;))

Everything else works great OOTB for me, great game as well!
Translucent Weapons\Arms
by smoke.tetsu on Thursday May 12th 2011, 12:06
I've noticed in this game after upgrading it to 1.3.19 the weapons\arms are now translucent like they are made of glass. Same thing happens in the original FEAR... the mouse support especially there is now better but again, translucent weapons.
RE: Translucent Weapons\Arms
by smoke.tetsu on Saturday May 14th 2011, 4:11
Still translucent in 1.3.20 but the mouse has gotten too sensitive.... looking up or down even just a little makes you stay stuck looking at the ceiling or floor.
Runs perfectly
by Alex on Monday February 14th 2011, 7:39
I've managed to get F.E.A.R. 2 running perfectly.
Copied contents of all discs to single folder on desktop, installed from there.

Used winetricks to install:
d3dx9, d3dx9_28, d3dx9_36, d3dx10, d3dx0f
dotnet20 and dotnet30

Zero problems so far, max settings in game.
RE: Runs perfectly
by Alex on Monday February 14th 2011, 7:43
Should probably mention I'm on Ubuntu 10.10 and using Wine 1.3.13
Gameplay Video
by Jake ward on Thursday December 16th 2010, 15:35

Shows that the game works great in 1.3.8
Black screen
by yozg on Sunday November 7th 2010, 3:01
I've tryed to run game, but all time it is the same black screen and nothing more. I've tryed to run multiplayer and different result: HUD was displayed, map and waypoints, but all around was black. Is there anyone who knows, what to do?

P.S. Sorry for my english, it's not my native language.

2.6.34-gentoo-r6 x86_64
AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4800+
NVIDIA x460 768Mb
wine-1.2 (multilib, 32-bit)
RE: Black screen
by yozg on Sunday November 7th 2010, 8:37
Problem fixed - I've disabled multisampling. Thank you.
FEAR 2 Runs perfecty, but it doesn't load the 'Top' Level
by NĂ­cholas on Thursday August 5th 2010, 15:23
FEAR 2 Runs perfecty, but it doesn't loads the 'Top' Level, the progressing bar stop on 68% percent.. I wait for 4 hours and it still on 68%..

I try to remove a program that translate the game to portuguese, but it keep on the same way.
I also try to run in safe mode, but it didn't work!

Anyone here, are expecting the same problem?
FEAR 2 Installed But wont run on wine
by rob on Tuesday April 13th 2010, 15:08
Am i just running the wrong version or what? I have wine 1.01. and installed Fear 2. I go to the wine program to load the game, and nothing happens. nothing opens or anything. What am i doing wrong?
Works on ATI
by Carlos Rodriguez on Wednesday November 18th 2009, 13:18
Works on Ubuntu 9.10 64bit AMD Athlon X2 3600+ 1.9Ghz - ATI HD 4350 512MB - 2GB 800 Ram - Wine 1.1.33 with minor audio glitches
Steam and DirectX installation
by Jazz on Wednesday September 30th 2009, 7:43

Once again I've tried to install the game but encountered the same problem - Steam won't launch the game, just failing to install DirectX and then closing the "Preparing to launch..." window.

Any hints?
Fixed the sound
by Daniel on Thursday August 13th 2009, 1:01
I ran into the same problem with no sound other than at the opening screens. Not sure if it will help anyone else. The audio only seems to play if the DirectSound Hardware Acceleration is set to 'Emulation'.

1) Go into winecfg
2) Click on the Audio tab
3) Change "Hardware Acceleration" to 'Emulation'

Hope this helps
RE: Fixed the sound
by Jack Diaz on Saturday August 15th 2009, 21:43
I've tried that option but did not work for me, anyone here having an issue getting the game to run 27? it crashes on startup.
RE: Fixed the sound
by Jazz on Sunday August 16th 2009, 8:33
Don't forget to turn off in-game Steam OSD
Sound Acceleration Error.
by Jack Diaz on Tuesday August 4th 2009, 15:03
Has anyone got this game running with sound? I get this Sound Acceleration error saying I need to check the "Readme.txt" file. I've looked every where and nothing, I've checked dxdiagn when I click on DirectSound I get "Your sound card does not support hardware buffering. Sounds will only play back from software buffers". Like always any advice or where to look for the problem would be awesome.
RE: Sound Acceleration Error.
by NSLW on Friday August 7th 2009, 13:38
I got it running properly with sound.
RE: Sound Acceleration Error.
by Jack Diaz on Friday August 7th 2009, 21:25
But how? lol
RE: Sound Acceleration Error.
by NSLW on Saturday August 8th 2009, 11:36
I wrote installation script for PlayOnLinux and then installed game using PlayOnLinux, lol
RE: Sound Acceleration Error.
by blaise on Friday March 5th 2010, 0:29
Install the WMFADist.exe and set the registry key /HKCurrentUser/Alsa Driver/
string UseDirectHW=y.
by NSLW on Tuesday July 7th 2009, 12:23
Hello everyone,
I would like to know how many installation DVDs has this game and what are their exact labels?

I'm writing installation script for this game for PlayOnLinux which can be viewed at

Thanks in advance for helping me out :)
RE: PlayOnLinux
by Jazz on Tuesday July 7th 2009, 12:39
2 DVDs, but what kind labels do you mean?
RE: PlayOnLinux
by NSLW on Wednesday July 8th 2009, 2:40
"2 DVDs"
Thanks, that was what I thought of.

"what kind labels do you mean"

When you insert DVD then it's mounted e.g. in "FEAR2_DVD1" directory. I would like to know exact name of that directory.
RE: PlayOnLinux
by Jack Diaz on Sunday August 2nd 2009, 19:09
Hey by any chance did you run in to sound acceleration I'm having issue making F.E.A.R. 2 run with sound. Anything will be good the game runs smoothly just no sound. :/
Black Screen
by Daniel on Wednesday March 11th 2009, 4:16
It installs ok but when trying to run after adding the audio dll file I only see a black screen.

i have latest Nvidia driver installed. Any idea?
RE: Black Screen
by Thulle on Saturday March 21st 2009, 16:37
Same issue here, using fglrx though.

Tried the solutions for problem #3 here;

Solution A: dxsetup isn't applicable in wine? ran vcredist, no change

Solution B: no change

Solution C: Not applicable

Solution D: Not applicable
RE: Black Screen
by Jarrard on Thursday April 9th 2009, 21:53
Did you get any luck solving this. I have the same issue. Appears to run but is just a black screen, no errors.
RE: Black Screen
by Jarrard on Thursday April 9th 2009, 22:00
ok fixed it sort of, run in -safemode and you will notice it works. Now to sort it from there.
RE: Black Screen
by Jarrard on Thursday April 9th 2009, 22:14
solution is run the dxsetup and vcrun distro thing in the fear2 support folder. Solved. Also got WMADist.exe installed.
by blaise on Monday February 16th 2009, 13:34
"Does not run, gives an error: "Your video card is not supported"
My card is an nVidia 8400M GS 256MB." -

What does your Direct3D registry setttings look like? Might want to switch the 'OffscreenRenderingMode'->'fbo',GLSL->'enabled'. See if that works. Mine ran/rendered fine but the controller issues killed it for me.
RE: ...
by Mike on Tuesday February 17th 2009, 9:50
I saw the same thing with UseGLSL=disabled. This definitely shouldn't be rated garbage, I've been playing it for the last few days and it's been running quite well. I can't seem to get my volume sorted though, voices are hard to hear over other sounds and music..
RE: ...
by Mike on Sunday February 22nd 2009, 11:50
I just completed the game and it ran perfectly, not one crash from start to finish (although it always crashed after exiting). It looked good and ran great with medium visuals on a E8400 w/4GB ram and a GTX260, a bit chunky when I'd first turn on the flash light.

Having not played on Windows, it's hard to say if there were any a/v issues. As mentioned in my previous post, the voices seemed to be drowned out at times by other sounds. There may have been some visual oddities with the weird semi-invisible guys that fight hand to hand (usually toward the middle and end of the game), a kindof strange rainbow effect as they moved that made them more visible than they possibly should have been. I also noticed something strange at the very start of the game.. The very first building you enter, a diner or something, has a wall on the right (by the door) that had long squiggly lines that seemed to move. That, coupled with the grainy video, had me changing video settings, but nothing changed either. The grainy video is supposed to be there according to reviews/comments on the game. It was a unique effect that never bothered me and I barely noticed it after a while.

Based on my experience, this should be rated Gold.
RE: ...
by Mike on Sunday February 22nd 2009, 11:54
Oh yeah,and I had to install WMFADist.exe or the voices were gibberish.
RE: ...
by blaise on Sunday February 22nd 2009, 12:40
You CAN add your test data, ya know. :) There's a ClarityMod out for FEAR2 btw. Yeah I had that too where FEAR2.exe would bomb out gracefully than exit cleanly. You'd have to go in and kill the Zombie