This week’s excursion into the world of horror games takes us to another franchise, Fatal Frame, also known as Project Zero. The basic gameplay remains the same throughout the entire series. The protagonist, usually a young girl, finds herself in a haunted location. Her only defense against the apparitions surrounding her is the Camera Obscura, an antique camera that can dispel spirits. The game was described to me by the Gamestop employee as Silent Hill meets Pokemon Snap. The fifth game is scheduled to release for the Wii U early next year.
game #5 – Fatal Frame II: the Crimson Butterfly
Fatal Frame II takes place mostly in Minakami Village, a remote location where villagers performed the Crimson Sacrifice Ritual. Twin shrine maidens must perform the ritual with the elder strangling the younger twin so that the Hellish Abyss remains closed. When the ritual was not completed, the village vanished, along with all the inhabitants. The game puts players in control of Mio as she searches the lost village with (and oftentimes, for), her twin sister Mayu.
Combat takes place via the Camera, where the player snaps pictures of the ghosts to repel them. There are also encounters with non-aggressive spirits that allows players to gain points outside of combat. The Crimson Butterfly also includes some of the most haunting ghosts in the series that will stick with you long after you put the controller down.
The story really is something a player needs to experience for themselves, and I strongly recommend avoiding spoilers when possible. The Fatal Frame series is a unique, must-have gaming experience for all fans of horror games.