Are you one of those who enjoy a good thrilling, heart pumping horror game, which by the way is overloaded with creepy ghosts and haunting atmospheres. Well heres Project Zero 2 - Crimson Butterfly.
Prepared to be scared.
My mum was given this game by my sister. After experiencing Project zero one, my mum never bothered playing number one, so the storyline was never that entirely sure with me. But number two, I did watch my mum play this game, as she loves to play these horrifying games. Unlike me and my sisters we would just jump and get all scared at the fact that the music makes you want to run away. If you are familiar with number one, then number two will sure set your heart for a race.
Crimson Butterfly has an amazing storyline which introduced two main characters, Mio and Mayu Amakura. The story begins with the twin sisters stumbling into a deserted village after following a crimson butterfly and must try to escape. They are also there to try and unfold the secrets of the ritual and battling the spirits of the undead. (the creepy scary ghosts.)
The story is told by Mio's perspective where she tries to discover whats going on, by the numerous clues and cut scenes which do occur throughout the gaming experience.
Its viewed in a third person narative with Mayu (Mio's sister) also appearing on screen, you don't actually take control of this character, except at times of cut scenes, you do one or two times control her for about 2-3 minutes. Then you are relived back to Mio. You will feel much better controlling Mio, because Mayu is very useless in the game, she is defencless and cries whenever their is a ghost attacking. Making this game harder, Mio not only has to protect herself and use the camera to snapshot, but you have to protect Mayu, because at times, ghosts can attack her as well.
One of the annoying pointers, is that Mayu continuously stalks Mio, which makes it very difficult to move around while controlling Mio. She can be stuck in tight corners where Mayu is blocking and can become very frustrating. But she can be pushed out the way, but sometimes she can block and you will have to reload the game.
The game also only introduced one weapon, your camera, which snaps photos of ghosts to make them disappear. This camera was made famous as the Camera Abscura in the number one hit game.
The game consists of different difficulty ghosts, which include some harmless ghosts where Mio has to act fast to capture the ghosts, even though they are harmless, they can build up points for you to upgrade your camera, with stun or new lenses which help defeat stronger enemies.
One of the good effects of this game are that when a ghost appears, your PS2 control will shake and a heartbeating sound will occur on screen, making you feel very disturbed and eager to run away screaming! ha ha!
The graphics are also fantastic, the fact that they textured everything to make it very daunting and dull. They created the characters very realisitic, but the lack of movement which makes it harder for gameplay, as Mio can only do a slow walk or a jog.
This game is full on tension building, and with its numerous japanese music, it really sets the mood for a dark depressing game, so you should turn up the volume which can create more fear.
This is a very good game, but it can take a very long time to complete, which may be a bonus to skilled players.
Project zero II has a great story to go along with all the creepiness, and one that is very well told.
The game is set in a hidden village call All God's Village, you play twin sisters Mio and Mayu Amakura as they become embroiled in a mystery involving spooks galore. This game features a chilling storyline filled with mysteries and horrifying revelations.
Visually, Project Zero II is a very beautiful game. The character models look really smooth with generous amounts of solid textures painting the characters and environments of the game.
The sound in Project Zero II is wonderfully orchestrated and extremely ambient, from the frightened voices to the spooky musical score and various other sound effects it's beautifully woven together in a tapestry of fear.
All of the elements in Project Zero 2 combine to create a game full of high tension, allowing the player to feel an almost claustrophobic fear.