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: While the idea of shunting a decade-old PS2 horror game onto Nintendo’s soon-to-be-usurped family console may sound like a recipe for disaster, playing Project Zero 2 feels better than ever using the Wii motion controls. A survival horror game that failed to capture gamers’ imagination as successfully as Resident Evil or Silent Hill – but can still hold its own when it comes to creating a foreboding atmosphere and delivering knee-jerk shocks – Project Zero 2 follows a...
Excerpt: With the Wii nearing the end of its life cycle, it’s easy to understand why publishers aren’t in a hurry to throw a bunch of money at new IPs for the console. What doesn’t quite make sense though is that, despite the Wii having been declared dead for the last 12 months, it has possibly been the best 12 months of the Wii’s cycle and Project Zero 2 (PZ2) serves to prove that point.
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...