Reviews and Problems with Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir
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Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir
2 September 2013
Summary: In theory, the idea behind Spirit Camera is brilliant. Exploiting the 3DS' augmented reality features to turn players into ghost hunters is a marvelous undertaking. I love the thought of scurrying around the house, pretending the 3DS is a magic camera that can see malevolent spirits in the real world. Unfortunately, there's a major setback to the whole thing, and it's apparent the moment you start the game.
Excerpt: Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir is a spin-off game of the popular Fatal Frame series for the Nintendo 3DS. As befitting the series, the game has you equipped with a camera that, by taking pictures of ghosts, can exorcise the vengeful spirits. For this particular game, you yourself are the protagonist who receives a mysterious purple book known as the Diary of Faces.
Augmented reality horror game fascinates but lacks depth.
Common Sense Media
26 July 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir is an augmented reality game targeted at teens and older players. It is filled with scary images and uses the 3DS camera to create the illusion that evil spirits occupy real space in the same room as the player. Players will see some bloody smears, cracked camera lenses, and people with their faces missing (they may appear scratched out in pictures or have their eyes and mouths sewn shut).
Excerpt: Spirit Camera: Cursed Memoirs is a spin-off of the Fatal Frame series. An ‘augmented reality’ horror story, the game immerses the player in a world of ghosts and spirits while at the same time showcasing the technological capabilities of the Nintendo 3DS.
Review: Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir (NIntendo 3DS)
8 June 2012
Summary: Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir is a fun game in spite of its shallow gameplay. Story Mode is about two and a half hours long, but with all the mini games, Extra Mode and the post-game boss battles, hardcore Fatal Frame or survival horror fans can probably wrangle ten hours out of the cart before they’ve done all there possibly is to do with it. It’s not a very scary game, but it is an atmospheric and creepy one that makes use of the 3DS’ AR capabilities and 3D visuals.
Summary: One of the best things about handheld consoles tends to be the fact that developers often take advantage of the lower production costs for portable games in order to try something a little bit different. Tecmo Koei’s Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir is one such title, and it tries its best to breathe some life into an increasingly stale survival horror genre, thankfully without so much as a single zombie featuring throughout.