F.E.A.R. First Encounter Assault ReconEdit
The standard issue weapon for Replica soldiers, the G2A2 has a zoom feature and is more accurate than the RPL Submachinegun. It has a decent-sized drum magazine and good stopping power, making it an excellent defensive or offensive weapon. Overall, it is one of the most well rounded weapons of the series.
With the introduction of many new, and much more powerful, weapons and tougher enemies in the expansion packs, F.E.A.R. Extraction Point and F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate, the G2A2 Assault Rifle plays a lesser role, especially in Perseus Mandate, with the introduction of the VES Advanced Rifle.
The G2A2 is arguably the most balanced weapon in terms of damage, range, and accuracy. It is very versatile, and can be used to take on lesser enemies or moderately difficult Replica soldiers. At mid-range, this weapon can be used very effectively, dispatching unarmored enemies in five to six shots. While zoomed in, picking off targets at a distance is more than practical, thanks to the longer barrel making it more suitable at farther distances.
- The aesthetics of the G2A2 are based mainly on the Heckler & Koch SL8, a civilian version of the G36 that is available as a semi-automatic or straight-pull bolt action rifle, though the F.E.A.R. version is a fully automatic assault rifle. The magazine is a smaller version of the 100-round double drum "Beta-C" magazine used by the MG36 (and occasionally used by the M4), the support weapon version of the G36, and the rear sight is an M14-style aperture rather than the flip-up adjustable sight of the real weapon.
- In F.E.A.R. 3, an updated version of the G2A2 designated as the G3A3 Assault Rifle appears. This new version has an EoTech instead of just a simple ironsight that allows the player to snipe the enemy at medium distance, but it is limited to 3-round burst fire mode.
- In F.E.A.R. and the non-canon expansions, if the player presses the reload button to reload the weapon, the weapon goes down, but comes up when the rifle is cocked and ready. This could possibly be because there was no reload animation made for replacing the magazine, as was done with several weapons.