So, having never played the original F.E.A.R, I really didn't know what to expect when playing the F.E.A.R 2 demo. All I really knew was that it was a first person shooter, apparently scary, and involved a young girl (ghost?) that looks something like Samera off of The Ring. I really don't play a lot of games in the horror genre, because I really have yet to find one in which I find the control's bareable (I'm up for suggestions here), so I really have no expeince with what to expect.
I started the demo, to find myself in a strange dream sequence, in which I was led by the girl to a swingset, as I got to grips with the basic controls. The only thing that this section did for me was confuse me, which would make me assume that knowledge of the first F.E.A.R, is needed to play through F.E.A.R 2, I then woke from the dream, and decided to try to find where I was meant to go. Shortly after exploring to find a hole in the wall I was quite quickly dropped into a gunfight, with some strange people who seemed to be firing at me for no reason. Maybe I was wearing a T-shirt with "Shoot Me, Please" written on it, or maybe I was right about needing to play the original F.E.A.R first. It didn't really matter which of the two it was, the guys really didnt cause a problem.
As I played through the demo, I found that the game was kind of like playing Half Life 2, on very bad acid. Some of the effects used to scare you are amazing. Things like when in a room with flashing lights, every now and then as your walking along, one of the flashes will reveal something, like the strange girl, who will be gone on the next flash of light, which makes you wonder whether it is in your head. The audio is also fantastic, with silence creating eary moments, and the strange cries of a girl/woman who's cry has an amazing resemblance to that of the Witch in Left 4 Dead. As for the actual scare factor, I would say that it does a pretty good job. It gets in your head a lot more than anything, and kind of creeps under your skin, which left me walking through the game at snails pace, as opposed to the in your face "jumpy" moments, frequently used in horror films, though, that isnt to say F.E.A.R 2 didn't have them.. for example there was a particular moment where alma decided to try and hug me from out of nowhere, which made my heart skip a beat. This whole atmosphere was however lost, when the game decided to put me in an armoured suit, that fired missiles and powerfull machine gun rounds, with unlimited ammo, and high health. This seemed very stupid, and totally ruined the atmosphere of the game, because the suit feels like safeground. a sanctum, where that strange girl can't bother you, meaning the game turns mostly into action, and shooting, which isn't the games strong point.
Would I buy the game? Probably, but I think it would be played more when friends where round. Not being a huge horror game fan (as I've previously mentioned), I have quite a fun time watching my friends jump out of their skin.