Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly (Xbox)

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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 Triple shot means there were three souls in range of your aim and will result in you getting more points and saving the film
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly Xbox It appears that the village is not entirely empty afterall
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly Xbox The more points you try to gain, the greater risk there is of you needing extra medicament, you'll just have to think which of those two you value more
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly Xbox Main Title (from the in-game prologue)

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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Sometimes beautiful, otherwise a meandering mess. AkibaTechno (248) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
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Critic Reviews

Eurogamer.net (UK) Feb 04, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Extreme Gamer Nov 21, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Worth Playing Nov 03, 2004 9 out of 10 90
GameSpy Oct 23, 2004 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Daily Game Dec 12, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
Boomtown Jan 25, 2005 8 out of 10 80
X-Power Jan 28, 2005 8 out of 10 80
videogamer.com Feb 04, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Armchair Empire, The Jan 09, 2005 7.9 out of 10 79
PlayDevil May 30, 2005 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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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.

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