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PlayStation 2Game industry News (GiN)
Fatal Frame earns a full 5 GiN Gem rating. Play it and have fun, but you better be prepared to sleep with the lights on.
PlayStation 2Just Adventure
So I have claimed that Fatal Frame is without peer on the console, but even it still suffers from the dreaded consolitis. As is usual for this type of game, saves can only be made in certain areas, though to be fair the designated save areas are not spread far enough apart to be frustrating. The real problem though rears its ugly head during the last third of the game as the dreaded "more-is-better" console mentality strikes. While the game had maintained suspense by the masterful maneuvering of spirits and shadows, the developers seem to have decided that if facing one ghost was a challenge, then facing three or four at once would be even more suspenseful. Not. If anything it degrades what had been a tense and jarring experience into a photo-snapping action fest.
PlayStation 2Eurogamer.net (UK)
Compelling and utterly addictive, this is a game which drags you into its web and won't let you go until you've finished it. It's intelligent, scary and unsettling, providing a fresh and unexplored angle to the survival horror genre in a highly polished and slickly presented package. We did encounter one show-stopping bug near the start of the game, where something messed up and doors which should have opened failed to do so and we had to restart, but a lack of complaints or comments online suggests that we were just very unlucky. Overall, this is a game which you simply must buy if you're a fan of survival horror, or of the Ring movies, or of horror in general; and it's one which deserves pride of place in your collection even if you're just a gamer looking for something a bit different. It's no stretch of the truth to call this one of the best games on the PS2, and probably the best game released in several months.
Innovative gameplay mechanics, impressive visuals, and a progressive, intricate storyline set Fatal Frame on a higher level then your run-of-the-mill survival-horror game. Fatal Frame does suffer from some of the common pitfalls of games like Resident Evil and Silent Hill, however, with a healthy dose of backtracking and formulaic puzzles. Tedious puzzles and backtracking aside, Fatal Frame delivers an enjoyable, heart pounding experience that will stay with you long after the game is over. Even if you picked up the PS2 version in the spring, this update is worth picking up.
You know … I often reminisce about a time where I sat around chugging through “Haunted House” on Atari 2600 and thinking how neat it would be if they really made games which would scare the heck out of people. Lo and behold, many years later … we were graced with some really scary titles such as 7th Guest, Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and Godai : Elemental Force (That last one is scary in a different kind of way. Okay, bad joke … bad game .. sorry). Tecmo has now entered the survival horror arena with Fatal Frame. I am happy to report that after many hours of lost sleep, hearing things that weren’t really there, and near fatal heart attacks it definitely is not only the most terrifying game experience I have ever had, but one of the more solid ones I have had as well.
Halloween may be over, but that doesn't mean that you should wait till next year to play Fatal Frame -- a creepy survival/horror game from the same company that brought you the Rygar and Ninja Gaiden series. Tecmo has always surprised me with their innovation and this game is no exception. Make sure you tell Santa to get you Fatal Frame this Christmas before it's too late.
As the only really scary game on the Xbox, Fatal Frame is worth the terror, the nail biting, and lingering skittishness in the dark. With the creepy settings, ghostly silence, and paranormal activity looming in the corners, Fatal Frame proves that what's scariest isn't always what you can see, but is what's seething beneath.
Project Zero spielt man am besten in einem dunklen Raum mit ordentlichen Lautsprechern, denn Tecmo hat das geschafft, woran viele Spiele und Filme der letzten Zeit gescheitert sind: Den Spieler in Angst und Schrecken zu versetzen. Wenn Miku einen Geist "fühlt" und man durch das Gamepad spürt, wie ihr Herz immer lauter pocht, dann reißt das einfach mit. Aufgrund der gelungenen Präsentation, der spannenden Story und einigen innovativen Einfällen ist Project Zero Horror- und Genre-Fans also wärmstens zu empfehlen.
Angstschweiß, zittrige Hände und Herzrasen - alls das gibt`s endlich auch auf der Xbox. Project Zero kann allen Fans schockierender Action-Adventures nur wärmstens empfohlen werden, zumal es einen erfrischend anderen Ansatz als die üblichen Monster-Orgien des Survival-Horror wählt. Die Xbox-Fassung bietet ein neues Ende, neue Geister, Outfits und einen bockschweren neuen Modus. Wer die PS2-Version kennt, wird zwar nicht großartig überrascht, aber im Detail viel Feintuning erkennen. Und weil das Ganze ohnehin mit motivierenden Aufrüstmöglichkeiten und einem innovativen Kampfsystem gewürzt wird, ist die dämonische Geisterhaus-Odyssee ausgesprochen spielenswert!
Un titre remarquable et qui vient nourrir de façon étonnante une catégorie un peu laissée de côté sur PS2. Project Zero est un titre à ne pas manquer par les passionnés du genre qui découvriront une aventure originale, un gameplay novateur et une réalisation à couper le souffle.
Un titre remarquable et qui vient nourrir de façon étonnante le genre survival horror en mal de jeux sur Xbox. Project Zero est un titre à ne pas manquer par les passionnés du genre qui découvriront une aventure originale, un gameplay novateur et une ambiance bien flippante.
Tecmo hat das Genre des Survival-Horror um eine neue emotionale Erfahrung bereichert: Gänsehaut, schwitzende Hände und plötzliches Zusammenzucken sind garantiert. Und vor allem räumen die Entwickler dank ihrer erwachsenen Story mit dem verkitschten Geisterbild auf, das sich seit Ghostbusters, Caspar & Co etabliert hat. Sie zeigen die unheimliche Fratze urböser, gequälter Wesen, die rastlos auf Opfersuche sind. Nur Kameraführung und Steuerung lassen keine wohligen Schauer aufkommen, sondern alte Resident Evil-Erfahrungen. Aber auch wenn das Spiel technisch vielleicht nicht mehr auf der Höhe der Zeit ist und optisch nicht die Brillanz eines Silent Hill2 erreicht, bleibt unterm Strich eine mehr als packende Atmosphäre. Und weil das Ganze mit motivierenden Aufrüstmöglichkeiten und einem innovativen Kampfsystem gewürzt wird, können wir die dämonische Geisterhaus-Odyssee jedem mutigen Genre-Fan empfehlen!
PlayStation 2The Video Game Critic
Beyond the incredible scare factor, Fatal Frame follows a pretty standard formula of collecting items and solving puzzles, and the control takes some getting used to. The woman's movements are stiff, and the constantly changing camera angles make you disoriented, which is especially stressful when a ghost is bearing down on you. In addition, there could be more save points. At times I found myself frantically searching for the next save spot after playing for an hour straight! Now that's scary! Fatal Frame is an ideal Halloween game. The cool camera feature and terrifying visuals make for an unforgettable gaming experience.
PlayStation 2Game Over Online
Innovative gameplay mechanics, impressive visuals, and a progressive, intricate storyline set Fatal Frame on a higher level then your run-of-the-mill survival-horror game. Fatal Frame does suffer from some of the common pitfalls of games like Resident Evil and Silent Hill, however, with a healthy dose of backtracking and formulaic puzzles. Tedious puzzles and backtracking aside, Fatal Frame delivers an enjoyable, heart pounding experience that will stay with you long after the game is over.
PlayStation 2Game Revolution
The photographic process practically celebrates (and gleefully vilifies) itself within the horror genre. Spooky images on film and video like this and this but probably not this - already once-removed from direct human experience - are somehow creepier in and of themselves because of that very inherent connection to, and disconnection from, what we laughingly call "reality." It's exactly this sort of unease that fueled The Blair Witch Project and a number of rather unpleasant camera-related moments in David Lynch's film Lost Highway, as well as Clive Barker's disturbing short story "Dread."
PlayStation 2Consoles Plus
Certaines séquences flanquent une peur bleue, ça vaut le coup d'œil ! Mais les mouvements sont parfois délicats et les péripéties ont tendance à se répéter.
PlayStation 2Gaming Target
Despite the Teen rating, Fatal Frame does just enough to scare any player into hiding. While there's no major violent scenes, or blood, or any sort of graphic nature as that, Fatal Frame does an overall decent job, enough to keep the player interested in beating the game and unlocking the hidden features (such as a Battle and Nightmare Mode). However, there are a few gameplay flaws, a little too much repetitive nature, and even lack of a stronger storyline, which could've overall aided Fatal Frame greatly. Fans of horror series will probably enjoy the game's consistency in an unsettling fright factor, but as for regular players, they might become bored of its lack of plot substance. For Tecmo's first time in making an attempt to scare the player, I salute them.
Project Zero is one of the most compelling horror adventure games ever, and must rank as one of the best games on the Xbox. The only fly in the ointment is Microsoft's decision to price it at £40 – over a tenner more than the PS2 version retailed for nine months ago. Don't expect Project Zero to represent a revolution in gaming, but when a game's as exceptionally engrossing as this it's impossible not to recommend it. Go on. Scare yourself shitless.
Tecmo, surprising as it may be, seems to know what survival horror is all about. Over the years, they have added on to their growing Deception series for the PlayStation with new entries that always seemed to be scarier than the last. After three Deception games, the team has given something new a try with Fatal Frame, and, while things may be a bit awkward in terms of playability, you'll still find yourself right at home in the game's creepy atmosphere.
Este es un juego que empezó una franquicia alternativa al género de terror con una premisa bastante original, si bien no tiene tanta fama como los Silent Hill, los Resident Evil o Alone in the Dark, sí que tiene calidad y un público fiel. La segunda, Crimson Buterfly, es muy parecida a ésta pero puliendo los defectos; y la tercera, The Condemned, es la mejor de la saga al reinventarse, además vuelve Miku. También hay una parte para móvil en Japón y una cuarta parte que saldrá para Wii. No hay que olvidar que este título tuvo una versión posterior para Xbox muy mejorada, seguía el defecto del desplazamiento, pero se corrigió los errores de los rótulos, y se incluyó nuevos fantasmas ocultos, dos nuevos trajes desbloqueables y un final exclusivo.
Fatal Frame may not be the first videogame to be based on a true story, but it is probably the first to advertise the fact. It was a bad decision on Tecmo's part to add the subtitle, in my mind, because this is in fact a very good game, and it's a disservice to the production to immediately stamp it with the same brand as so many appalling Saturday-night TV movies. "Based On A True Story!" seems to immediately call up images of Ricky Schroeder, Valerie Bertinelli, and mysterious diseases summoned out of nowhere for their brief moment in the media sun. Either that or Judith Light on the run from her fifteenth abusive husband.
Tecmo's Fatal Frame is one of those "alternative" survival horror games, falling in the same category as games such as D2 and Illbleed. Developed in-house at Tecmo by the team responsible for the acclaimed Deception series, Fatal Frame does manage to stand a good bit higher than its offbeat kin. The game is quite stylish, and it's built around a set of interesting game mechanics, which make many of its sequences quite enjoyable. Most of these revolve around the combat system, which essentially lets you "kill" ghosts by taking pictures of them with your magical camera. Despite how silly this might sound, though, Fatal Frame, like most horror games, takes itself very seriously. Its narrative revolves around mysterious disappearances, ritual sacrifices, and restless spirits, all of which are presented to you in a straight-faced manner.
Overall, Fatal Frame is a satisfying entry in the survival horror genre. The game's unique concept and execution offer an alternative to the standard survival horror conventions, although it also features some of the gameplay drawbacks common to the genre. That said, the game's cohesive presentation is engaging, offering some genuine scares that are a rare treat, and its gameplay is involving enough to make it a game that fans of the genre will want to check out.
Fatal Frame makes a nice addition to the Xbox library because the horror genre is severely underrepresented. It's a game that will knock your knickers off with great sound and impressive graphics, but with such a short main game, there's a chance the puzzle-solving and shutterbugging will end up leave you feeling hollow, even if you do play through it multiple times to get the Xbox exclusive bonus mode.
Malgré sa réalisation essentiellement basée sur le noir et blanc, Project Zero en fait voir de toutes les couleurs. Une ambiance à couper au couteau, une réalisation qui tient la route et un gameplay original bien qu’un peu poussif en font un Survival digne de la Xbox. A ranger à côté de son Silent Hill 2 : Inner Fears.
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
The problem is that when Fatal Frame goes back to reality (i.e. said cliched story), it can't keep you on that knife-edge of expectation because of the gameplay. Although you can upgrade your camera, enemy battles nearly consist of snapping pictures of ghosts. Add to this the fact that your interaction with environments is minimal, and this valuable aspect of any video game becomes mundane in comparison with some of the thrills you've experienced.
The game is a blend of classic horror devices and Japanese mythology, which is interesting for a 'Western' gamer, although the Japanese roots are still prominent. Project Zero faces serious competition for the console horror crown but it's original, scary and playable. Again, like all horror games, if you like the genre, you'll like Project Zero - if you don't, then look elsewhere.
Project ZERO sur Xbox a tout ce qu'il faut pour séduire les amateurs de survival horror. Une ambiance oppressante, une réalisation correcte et le je ne sais quoi qui le rend attachant. Bien sûr, il faut accepter que l'héroïne soit une naïve fillette qui meurt en trois, quatre morsures et pas un héros musclé mais décérébré. Dommage seulement que le principe de la photo ne soit pas géré plus habilement, et que l'ensemble paraisse répétitif au bout du compte.
PlayStation 2GamePro (US)
You last saw your brother preparing to enter a mysterious mansion to learn the whereabouts of a missing famous author. When your brother goes missing as well, you must enter that same creepy house and find out what went wrong.
But as boffo as Frame's production values are, it still doesn't get past typical survival/horror trappings like object arrangement puzzles, brain-dead dubbing, interminable backtracking, fussy controls, and camera angles that, while cinematically slick, get in the way of the gameplay. Depending on your taste, you'll either become a fan of the game's unique camera combat system or find it a royal pain, especially later in the game as enemy ghosts get fast as hell and tougher than Lee Marvin. Fatal Frame may be derivative and plodding at times, but it's still a solid choice for horror fanatics, especially considering that genre offerings on the Xbox are few and far between.