Product Type: Tecmo Xbox games
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Member Name: DarkAmok
Fatal Frame 2 / Project Zero 2 - Crimson Butterfly (Xbox)
Advantages: great atmosphere, graphics and music
I have started my adventure with horror games long time ago where Resident Evil and its scanned eye of a true dead body made a real impact on that particular type of games. In all those years I have been positively shocked couple of times with Silent Hill games, RE series and of course Fatal Frame.
I didnt know that game. I didnt play the first part, but started from the second. And got stunned.
You start as Miko one of two twin sisters lost in a forest in Japan. Last time you've seen your sister heading to the forsaken village. During a strange ritual whole village's population just vanished. As you arrive there you find a strange looking all camera and see your sister coming inside a small hut.
I dont want to spoil you the pleasure of finding out what's happening with the village but I have to tell you one thing. Ghosts! There are many ghosts of dead villagers - mob of dead people which hunts you with rakes and torches, drowned woman in the lake, small children sacrificed in ritual, woman who keeps falling down from the floor and crawling with her neck broken just to get you. Each of the ghost has a different story, whispers, cries - its amazing. Some of them want to kill you, some are more helpful with showing you the way out or some item that you need.
Fighting - basically the only item is the camera - no weapons. Our heroin cant fight, she's small, scared teenager. Fortunately so called Camera Obscura lets you take a photos of attacking ghosts which actually cause them damage. The closer the ghost when doing the picture, the more damage you will do. The title Fatal Frame is the most powerful shot when a ghost face is just exactly in the lens circle just in front of you.
The graphics is amazing. Everything looks so real, background of the village, inside the houses, lightwork from lantern is astonishing. Music is also very atmospherical-slow with occasional stops when something weird happens.
The atmosphere is great. You feel like a small girl in a camera in your hand alone in a forsaken village. Ghosts can be everywhere as they appear out of nowhere, through the walls, inside the boxes, wardrobes, outside of the windows, inside the doors, wells everywhere.
Occassionally you can find some puzzles to solve and as you getting more involved you can find scraps of newspapers, books, folklorist's notes which will tell you more about the village and its dark history and build more tension.
This is one of the best horror games I've ever played. Worth every money, long enough to chain you to the chair for long hours. If you have enough of killing monstrous creatures with an axe and shotgun but still missing fear and tension Fatal Frame is definetely a good choice.
Summary: Different angle of horror games