Video game violence has always been a controversial subject. This topic has attracted so much attention during the recent times and has prompted publishers to release games with toned down blood and gore in some countries. It looks as if the developers of F.E.A.R. 2 : Project Origin too did something similar. Several country specific, localized FEAR 2 versions seem to be void of violent animations and artwork. This post discusses how you can enable blood and gore in these censored versions of FEAR 2.
The workaround described in this article involves replacing a game settings file (LayerA.Arch01) using an unrestricted version of the same file found in FEAR 2 Demo installation (which had full blood/gore effects).
- Download the unrestricted LayerL.Arch01 file from this torrent. (if you have the FEAR 2 Demo installed, simply copy the LayerA.Arch01 file from there).
- Now browse to your FEAR 2 installation directory and replace the current LayerL.Arch01 using the one that you just downloaded.
- Launch the game. You should now have a new option to turn on/off blood and gore from the in game menu.
The method described above works on both legitimately purchased versions of FEAR 2 as well as pirated (cracked) copies of the game. Anyway FEAR without gore is pretty gay. Enable gore using this hack and shoot at the gas tank on one of those flame thrower enemies you meet in Level 2. Shit will hit the fan!
For detailed information on how gore works in FEAR 2, see this IGN article.