Fatal Frame Games
Fatal Frame, also known as Project Zero in some regions, is a survival horror video game series developed by Koei Tecmo and first released in 2001. The series focuses on ghost hunting and photography, and each game has the player controlling a different protagonist as they explore various haunted locations, battling supernatural entities with a unique camera called the Camera Obscura.
The gameplay in Fatal Frame games revolves around exploring eerie environments and using the Camera Obscura to capture and defeat ghosts. The camera functions as the player’s primary weapon, and using it to take photos of ghosts allows the player to weaken them and deal damage. Different types of ghosts require different strategies to defeat, and the player must also manage their camera’s limited film supply and upgrade it with various enhancements.
The games in the series typically have a heavy emphasis on storytelling and lore, with the player uncovering the tragic histories of the haunted locations they explore and the ghosts they encounter. The series is also known for its intense horror atmosphere and jump scares, as well as its use of sound design to create a sense of dread and unease.
Fatal Frame 1
Fatal Frame, known in Japan as “Zero,” is a survival horror game released in 2001 for the PlayStation 2 console. It follows the story of Miku Hinasaki, a young girl searching for her missing brother Mafuyu, who was last seen investigating a haunted mansion known as the Himuro Mansion. The game features unique gameplay mechanics centered around the use of a Camera Obscura, a special camera that can exorcise spirits and capture their images to solve puzzles and fight off enemies.
The game takes place in a fixed-camera, third-person perspective and focuses on exploration, puzzle-solving, and horror elements. Players must navigate through the dark and eerie Himuro Mansion, uncovering its secrets and encountering hostile ghosts that must be defeated using the Camera Obscura. The game’s emphasis on atmosphere and tension has made it a cult classic in the survival horror genre.
Fatal Frame 2 Crimson Butterfly
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly, also known as Project Zero II: Crimson Butterfly, is a survival horror game developed and published by Tecmo in 2003 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. The game follows twin sisters Mio and Mayu Amakura as they explore a haunted village and uncover its dark past.
Gameplay-wise, the game uses the unique concept of the “Camera Obscura,” a camera that can capture and damage ghosts. The player takes control of one of the sisters and uses the Camera Obscura to fend off the ghosts that haunt the village. The game features a non-linear storyline and multiple endings based on the player’s actions and decisions throughout the game.
The game received critical acclaim for its atmosphere, storytelling, and unique gameplay mechanics. It has since become a cult classic in the survival horror genre and has been re-released on various platforms, including the Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox One.
Fatal Frame 3 The Tormented
Fatal Frame III: The Tormented, also known as Project Zero III: The Tormented, is a survival horror game developed and published by Tecmo for the PlayStation 2.
The game follows the story of Rei Kurosawa, a young freelance photographer who starts having nightmares about a ruined mansion and a mysterious woman in white. As she investigates these dreams, she discovers a connection between them and a ritual that took place in the mansion, where the “Manor of Sleep” was built as a gateway to the spirit world.
The gameplay of Fatal Frame III is similar to its predecessors, with the use of the Camera Obscura as the primary weapon against the game’s ghosts. However, the game introduces some new mechanics, such as the ability to switch between three characters, each with their own unique abilities and play styles. The game also features a “Nightmare” system, where players can choose to enter a more challenging version of the game’s levels to obtain better rewards. Fatal Frame III received positive reviews for its story, atmosphere, and gameplay mechanics.
Fatal Frame 4 Mask of the Lunar Eclipse
Fatal Frame 4: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse is a survival horror game developed by Tecmo and Grasshopper Manufacture. It was released in 2008 for the Nintendo Wii console, and was only officially released in Japan. However, an unofficial English patch was created by fans, allowing non-Japanese speakers to play the game.
In Fatal Frame 4, the player controls a group of girls who are tasked with investigating a haunted island. The game features the classic Fatal Frame gameplay mechanics, which involve using a special camera called the Camera Obscura to capture ghosts and defeat them. The game also introduces new features such as the ability to play as multiple characters and a new upgrade system for the Camera Obscura.
The story of Fatal Frame 4 revolves around a lunar eclipse that occurs once every 10 years, during which the ghosts on the island become more powerful. The game also explores the theme of possession, as some of the characters become possessed by ghosts during the course of the game. Despite being released only in Japan, Fatal Frame 4 received critical acclaim from both Japanese and Western gaming media for its terrifying atmosphere, story, and gameplay.
Fatal Frame 5 Maiden of Black Water
Fatal Frame 5: Maiden of Black Water, also known as Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water in Europe and Japan, is a survival horror game developed by Koei Tecmo for the Wii U console. It was released in 2014 in Japan and 2015 worldwide. The game’s story takes place in the eerie and mysterious Hikami Mountain, where the souls of the deceased are said to be trapped.
The gameplay of Fatal Frame 5 revolves around exploring the mountain and solving puzzles while using the Camera Obscura, a camera that can exorcise ghosts by taking pictures of them. The Camera Obscura has upgrades that can be obtained by using points earned by defeating ghosts. The game features a unique mechanic where the player can use the Wii U GamePad to simulate holding the Camera Obscura, tilting it to change the angle of the shot, and using the touchscreen to focus on the target. The game also has multiple endings that are determined by the choices made during the story. Fatal Frame 5 has received mixed reviews from critics, with praise directed towards its atmosphere, visuals, and sound design, but criticism towards its repetitive gameplay and pacing. Nevertheless, it remains a popular title among fans of the survival horror genre.