Reviews and Problems with Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly
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11 July 2005
Excerpt: Tecmo immediately sets the stage for this eerie adventure, both aurally and visually. Returning from the first game are the deteriorated black and white film sequences. This classic feel, along with the overall dark and brooding nature of the levels, drapes the game in shadow and makes the simple light sources, for simple candles to the solitary beam of a flashlight, all the more powerful.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Project Zero 2: Crimson Butterfly is definitely worth a look if you're in the mood to get freaked out. It comes highly recommended to fans of survival horror games, the chilling storyline and the creepy scenes should ruin your sleep for a while and those of you with twin siblings may never look at them the same way again...
Excerpt: When it was released, Fatal Frame wasn't able to garner as much attention as those other two 500 pound purple gorillas in the survival horror genre, Resident Evil and Slient Hill . As it usually goes in these situations, this is a shame, since it is arguably the scariest game of the three.
Excerpt: Fatal Frame , despite a wacky premise--young Japanese girl ghosthunting with an ancient camera--came out of nowhere, and turned out to be one of the single best horror games of all time. It was a survival horror game, both like and unlike any other, which took place through the viewfinder of a camera.
Excerpt: Set in a different time period as the original game , Fatal Frame 2 starts as twin sisters Mio and Mayu Amakure wander into the haunted village, All God's Village. Because Mayu is sensitive to the paranormal, she runs off, leaving Mio to search for her amidst the mystery and restless spirits. Lucikly, she's located the Camera Obscura, a supernaturally powered camera that can be used to take photographic clues and even damage hostile spirits.
Pros: Awesomely detailed gameworld, Exceptionally creepy audio, Excellent story
Cons: Running animation too slow, Ghost theme may not work for everyone, May need to invest in adult diapers
Excerpt: As someone who's spent the majority of his life as a fan and student of horror cinema, I like to think I have a pretty good idea of not only what's scary (at least as much as one can have an idea on this—fear is still subjective after all) but also what makes scary films (and books, and games) work. What might be the most criminally under-appreciated element of the horror experience is the use of sound.
Excerpt: The survival/horror genre is one that is dominated by Resident Evils and Silent Hills , but among these great games, there are a few unique gems that, while often overlooked, are just as suspenseful and fun to play. One such game was Tecmo's original Fatal Frame . Fatal Frame put a twist on the genre by arming the player with only a soul-sucking camera to combat evil spirits rather than throwing the player a shotgun and sending out hordes of reanimated corpses to die yet...
Excerpt: The first Fatal Frame proved to be a truly unsettling game. Combining some of the occult aspects of the Silent Hill games with a more refined approach to just plain scaring the crap out of you and in the process became arguably the most frightening game ever made. It's probably not all that frightening, then, to learn that the sequel (which, as it turns out, is actually a prequel) is every bit as adept at loosening bowels and bladders as the first game, and actually...
Excerpt: As the game starts you are one of twin sisters, Mio. You and your sister, Mayu, are running willy nilly through the dark woods and end up at the outskirts of a dead lost village in Japan named All God’s Town. By the way, as you might have guessed, Boy’s Town this is not. The village seems to exist down the dark hellish rabbit hole of a rift between the human world and the darkness of the abyss, and it’s present “status” seems to be tied to a “hellhole” the village...