Excerpt: There are many genres of both video games and film that consumers of media can indulge in. One of my favourites, however, are horror. Some wonder why I am so keen on the horror genre – or how anyone in their right mind could actually play/ view something “scary” and enjoy it. Well, my reasoning is simple if somewhat flawed – horror games give us an opportunity to experience an emotion or feeling that we possibly won’t experience anywhere else.
Summary: Is this spirit-snapping story a spooktacular success?
Pros: Enough new content for veterans to play over again, Looks even prettier than ever before, New perspective and item grabbing is much creepier than the original, One of the best ghost story games ever made
Cons: Controls take some patience to master, No Japanese voice option, bland English dub
Summary: UK REVIEW--Project Zero 2 is a remake of the disturbing Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly , and it might be one of the Wii’s finest retreads--it’s certainly one of its scariest. Nintendo isn't averse to a touch of horror, but Project Zero 2 is a far cry from the excesses of Resident Evil, and even the Lovecraftian menace of Eternal Darkness .
Pros: Rich atmosphere that heightens tension, Shocks are timed with Hitchcockian precision, Excellent use of the remote speaker, Defeating tough enemies produces overwhelming relief
Cons: Haunted House mode is tacky, Camera's roving eye adds unneeded ick factor
Excerpt: Tecmo’s revamp of its often-revered 2003 classic, Crimson Butterfly, has come at a peculiar time for Nintendo’s ageing hardware. It’s been a long time since the console’s boom period some years ago and with motion gaming no longer being an exclusive perk, the Wii has struggled to gain purchase on hardcore third party software. Even more peculiar (or alarming) is the emergence of the Wii U, expected to launch later this year.
Pros: Original narrative that keeps the game moving., Plenty of collectibles to be found., New content for returning fans, including Haunted House mode., Great visuals help anchor the setting and characters., A standalone 9-10 hour game.
Cons: Motion controls add very little to the experience., Polish does little to cover up the out-dated design and mechanics., It’s fairly easy to get lost during later chapters.
Excerpt: Project Zero 2: Wii Edition is a remake of Project Zero 2: Crimson Butterfly, first released in 2003 on the PS2 and regarded by some as being one of the scariest video games of all time. It is the second title in the series of games known as “Fatal Frame” in the North America. Why this cult title warrants a re-release as the sun sets on the aged Wii is a question that may never be satisfactorily answered, but in any case it presents an appealing opportunity to dust off...
Conclusion: The Haunted House mode, unique to the Wii release, is a little too transparent and cute to work as a proper horror segment, although it can also be viewed as an interesting reimagining of the Project Zero model as a social experience. Essentially, it gives you a number of on-rails challenges, involving running away from a ghost ripped straight out of The Ring while collecting items, taking specific photographs, and – in the mode’s most inspired diversion – simply walking...
Summary: There aren't many games that have you anxious to slide aside a curtain; Project Zero 2: Wii Edition does. It's a fine example of a survival horror game despite some awkward controls and an over-reliance on cut scenes that occasionally break the moment. Even with these problems the tension remains consistently high thanks to its bleak, intriguing plot, an atmosphere that is second to none and excellent presentation.