Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly

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Twin sisters Mio and Mayu, while visiting a vacation spot from their childhood, become lost in a dark forest. The path disappears behind them as they enter the Lost Village, a place that vanished from the living world years ago. Ghosts of the townspeople walk the streets and search for the twins, intent on completing a dark ritual long left unfinished. Mayu begins to grow distant from Mio as well, and she begins to speak as if she were another person entirely. By chance Mio finds the Camera Obscura, and with its powers she searches for a way out get her sister and herself out of the village.

Fatal Frame II has mostly the same gameplay as the first game in the series, although with a few tweaks. The camera no longer has to charge up a shot, but different film types now have loading times that can leave leave Mio defenseless if she takes a picture at a bad time. Special abilities for the camera no longer require a disposable item, and are instead charged by taking good shots of attacking ghosts. The stats of the camera and special abilities are still upgraded/unlocked with spirit points, but an item must first be found and spent as well to upgrade each level of a stat.

The Xbox release of Fatal Frame II includes an additional difficulty level, an additional ending, several extra unlockable cosmetic accessories, six additional unlockable pairs of costumes for Mio and Mayu, an unlockable survival mode with an additional ghost type, and an optional first person control/view style.


Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly Xbox Running across the long bridge surrounded by drowned spirits
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly Xbox Mayu doesn't feel so good, which is probably why she constantly begs you never to leave her alone
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly Xbox It appears that the village is not entirely empty afterall
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly Xbox Some of the promotional images and various artwork can be additionally be unlocked

Alternate Titles

  • "零:红蝶" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "零〜紅い蝶〜" -- Japanese PlayStation 2 spelling
  • "Rei: Beni Chou " -- Japanese title
  • "Project Zero II: Crimson Butterfly (Director's Cut)" -- Xbox PAL title
  • "Project Zero II: Crimson Butterfly" -- PS2 PAL title

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User Reviews

Sometimes beautiful, otherwise a meandering mess. Xbox AkibaTechno (228)
Sweet disappointment Xbox MAT (98107)
Not what I expected PlayStation 2 GNJMSTR (148)

Critic Reviews

Just Adventure PlayStation 2 Oct 29, 2004 A+ 100
IC-Games Xbox Jan 15, 2005 90 out of 100 90
GameSpy Xbox Oct 23, 2004 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameZone Xbox Oct 15, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Gamesmania.de PlayStation 2 May 14, 2004 88 out of 100 88
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 Apr 21, 2004 17 out of 20 85
X-Power Xbox Jan 28, 2005 8 out of 10 80
MS Xbox World Xbox Feb 03, 2005 7.5 out of 10 75
PlayDevil Xbox May 30, 2005 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Thunderbolt Games PlayStation 2 Jul 02, 2008 6 out of 10 60


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1001 Video Games

Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


Several hidden ghosts in the games were changed depending on what region the game was released in. In Japan and North America the PS2 version featured ghosts of the creators as well as the editors from gaming magazines from the respective countries. In Europe these ghosts were replaced with contest winners. When the Xbox re-release came out these were replaced with yet another set of ghosts from another contest in Japan, although the European versions remained unchanged.


The idea of a camera absorbing ghosts is based on a superstition that having your picture taken steals your soul and the only way it can be returned is to burn the film. There are followers of religions around today that believe this to be true including places in Mexico. The ghosts you encounter are all lost souls.


The original Japanese title Rei: Beni Chou means "Zero: Crimson Butterfly". The PAL release title is actually closer to the original than the NTSC one.

Unlockable Clothing

In addition to the several sets of swimsuits for Mio and Mayu that were added for the Xbox Director's Cut, Tecmo also added outfits from other Tecmo games. Completing Hard difficulty lets Mio and Mayu dress up like the heroines of Deception II and III, while completing Mission Mode with any score rewards the twins with the costumes of Ayane and Kasumi from the Dead or Alive series.

Information also contributed by festershinetop and Lain Crowley

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