Excerpt: Supposedly based on a true story, Fatal Frame is the story of Miku, a young girl in search for her brother who has turned up missing during a visit to the haunted Himura Mansion. Once in the mansion, she finds the place infested with disturbed spirits and hints at a deeper, more troubling history.
Pros: Excellent graphics, Lighting and effects are well done, Sound effects and music add to the ambiance
Cons: Collision detection, Limited camera angles, Large save file
Excerpt: In this sense, Fatal Frame tried to differentiate. Most of the conventions were still there, but it did aim to change one aspect of the genre - combat. By pressing a button, you could look through the viewfinder of your ocular weapon, the Camera Obscura, and zap ghosts as they attacked you from...
Excerpt: In March of 2002, the team responsible for the Deception games at Tecmo quietly released their entry into the survival horror sub-genre. In a genre dominated by Capcom’s pioneer action based survival horrors and Konami’s series that relied on a barrage of atrocity and ambient noise to send us into...
Excerpt: For me, it all started with 7th Guest for the PC, I was indescribably intrigued by this game at the time. The ability to journey through a beautifully rendered, haunted mansion (albeit prerendered, hey it was 1993 what do you expect?
Excerpt: The entire atmosphere is what really makes Fatal Frame crawl into your skin. It has premier aural affects. Stairs creak, doors close behind you with a resounding slam, and ghosts chatter from just around the next corner. My favorite use of audio is the tape recordings found throughout the mansion.
Excerpt: Fatal Frame is a scary and original horror experience. While not a great game, it does deliver on its promise to explore the survival-horror genre from a fresh perspective. Tecmo, famous for their eccentric and macabre Deception series on the Playstation, has again combined unorthodox gameplay...
Excerpt: Alfred Hitchcock once said, “There is no terror in a bang, only in the anticipation of it.” Nowhere is this proven true more than in Fatal Frame III: The Tormented , Tecmo’s latest entry into its camera-based survival horror series.
Excerpt: A long time ago Steven King produced a movie based on one of his short stories called Maximum Overdrive. Having read the story, I was pretty excited when the movie came out. But what really got me going was that King himself did television commercials to support the project.