Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly (Xbox)

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Eurogamer.net (UK)
Even with Resident Evil 4 sitting in my Cube, Project Zero II still got played the whole way to the end before I returned to being decapitated by bonkers Spaniards. That's high praise, and so is this; Project Zero II is the single best example ever of the "Silent Hill approach" to horror gaming, deftly stealing the crown from the Silent Hill series itself (which has, frankly, been in a bit of a slump lately). Intelligent, macabre, scary, superbly directed and perfectly pitched for casual players and more hardcore gamers alike, this game does for survival horror what the influx of Japanese and Korean movies has done for horror cinema in recent years. You'll never look at butterflies the same way again - and you may want to sleep with the lights on for a few nights.
With the shear amount of new and even ‘decent’ games available today, Project Zero II still shines with the best of them. Why? Well simply because it’s one that you will actually end up finishing (and more importantly wanting to). The actual mechanics may be the same as any other survival horror you have encountered before but the way Project Zero again mixes a tense genuinely scary storyline with the novel ‘camera’ aspect actually brings back the ‘horror’ in a very stale and repetitive survival genre. Get it, play it, and if you haven’t, get the original Project Zero when you have finished it.
Tecmo has obviously taken pains (and time) to make this version of Fatal Frame II not just a solid port, but a must-see release. And even if the game had more direct competition on the Xbox, it would still stand out as a great experience. By adding an FPS camera and 5.1 sound to an already impressive story, this "director's cut" proves that horror is alive and kicking, even without zombies and guns.
PGNx Media
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly Director's Cut is a solid addition to the Xbox library. The game’s core gameplay is great, and there are a number of extra modes to extend the game’s replay value extensively.
Fatal Frame 2: Director’s Cut stands as one of the creepiest and most disturbing game experiences I’ve had in a long time. The game has a brooding sense of atmosphere and a great story that is the stuff of nightmares. Pick it up if you are a fan of the survival horror genre.
Worth Playing
If you're an Xbox owner who's just now getting your hands on Fatal Frame II, then you're looking at one of the best horror games of this console generation. It'll take you six to eight hours to beat the main game on Normal Mode, but then you've got extra endings, costumes, and minigames to unlock. If you can get over the admittedly wonky premise, you'll find an intense, involving horror experience.
Extreme Gamer
Fatal Frame II is great adventure that any thriller/horror fan will enjoy. The Director's Cut is a much improved from the PS2 version with some extra features. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butteryfly DC will have you glued to your seat with cat like pupils, homing into every sound. This is one of the years finest adventures and worth checking out.
Ihr habt zu hohen Blutdruck? Einen Herzschrittmacher? Kein Freunde? Dann solltet ihr einen großen Bogen um Project Zero 2 machen. Tecmo lockt euch Schritt für Schritt in eine bitterböse Alptraumwelt. Die Atmosphäre ist so beängstigend, dass man sich selbst als gestandener Resi- und Silent Hill-Veteran andauernd die peinliche Mann oder Memme-Frage stellen muss. Grauenvolle Filmfetzen und mordlüsterne Fratzen tanzen unbarmherzig auf eurer Psyche. Dem Nachfolger fehlt allerdings der Innovationsbonus, denn weder am Spielprinzip noch am Kampfsystem hat sich etwas getan. Auch die Steuerung gehört in die Mottenkiste und die veraltete Kameraführung sorgt schon mal für Orientierungsfrust. Aber hier schafft der rundum gelungene Director`s Cut der Xbox mit der sinnvollen Ego-Perspektive Abhilfe: Das Horrorerlebnis ist hier einen Tick ansehnlicher, komfortabler und intensiver. Und schließlich gibt`s hier noch den gnadenlosen Survival-Modus für ganz harte Geisterjäger. Zugreifen!
Daily Game
Super scary fun. Well worth picking up.
Either way, Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly Director’s Cut is a great pickup for anyone who enjoys the horror/survival genre but is finding the majority of the recent releases too repetitive. Tecmo offers fans a creative twist that they insist doesn’t even belong in the genre all together. Sure, there are a few issues that keep the game from going over the top, such as the relative ease of solving the game’s puzzles, but the dark and gritty atmosphere is where the game’s drama takes place. We can only hope for more of the same creative style in future games that will continue to offers players an alternative to the violent and bullet ridden titles that fill the action/horror genre.
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly is a unique horror game, one that tests whether you are really a fan of being scared or just a fan of cutting zombies in half. This is not an action game, it's a slow-paced adventure yarn packed with creepy noises, horrific imagery, and a great sense of the macabre. If you want zombies exploding onscreen, go elsewhere. If you love movies like The Ring and want a truly creepy experience, this is your game. While there are still some issues, this is a definite improvement over the original and with luck the third installment will lead to the survival horror promised land with a tale and an experience that is second to none.
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly Director's Cut is an absolutely great update to what was already a wonderfully spooky game. There's a little something for everyone here--first-time players can enjoy the easier traditional modes, experienced players will enjoy the added challenge of the survival mode, and the extras flesh out the game for all. If you've never plumbed the secrets of All Gods Village and you have an Xbox and a hankering for horror, this game is easily recommendable, and even if you played Fatal Frame II on the PS2, the additions made here are worth checking out.
Tecmo levert dus opnieuw een kwalitatief goed product af. Iedere survival horrorfan, moet deze game op zijn minst gewoon is proberen al is het maar om van die unieke sfeer te proeven waarmee de game doordrenkt is. Crimson Butterfly kan niet terugvallen op een uitgebreide reclamecampagne of een grote hype die de game verder stuwt, maar het uiteindelijke resultaat mag zeker en vast gezien worden. Het is nog vroeg, maar we hebben naar mijn bescheiden mening al de eerste bescheiden sleeper hit van 2005 voor handen gekregen. De reeks heeft misschien niet de naam van de groten, maar verdient zeker en vast een plaatsje in hun midden.
There’s not much to recommend it over the original Project Zero, but if that title left you wanting more, there’s plenty here to be getting on with. If you’ve not played either title, I’d say pick up the original (available for some criminally low prices inline) rather than this enjoyable but ultimately routine sequel.
Sometimes when you play games, you need to take a leap of faith. A leap that requires you to suspend your disbelief and your inability to see yourself in the role of the protagonist, in order to enter the game world presented to you. Looking at the game box, I could see a few chains around my metaphorical ankles. Firstly, I'm not Japanese. Secondly, I'm not a teenager, and finally, I'm not a girl. As you can see, Crimson Butterfly is one of these games. Thankfully, my leap of faith didn't result in me plummeting Wile E. Coyote-style into a canyon, ending up in a comical puff of dust.
Armchair Empire, The
Fatal Frame 2 is refined enough so that fans of horror games will find plenty to like, although it won't make anyone like the genre if they don't love it already. And since the bonuses are mostly negligible and graphics are actually worse than the PS2 version, it's hard to justify the Director's Cut's existence. It's still Fatal Frame 2, and is still therefore a pretty good game – but if you've already played it, there's really no big reason to pick it up again, especially at the full retail price.
Graphically this game is good. Using lots of washed out grey and black colour palettes the impending terror is set right from the off. The characters of Mio and Mayu are nicely animated and help further the believability. The village itself is very well constructed and you can see a little bit of every horror classic ever in there somewhere. Sound has always been an important part of scariness and it is used very well in Project Zero 2. Overall, if this is your type of kick then Project Zero 2 will definitely give you a good old cold shiver, the only negative point from me is the girls move a little slowly and this can make things drag a little.
MS Xbox World
Project Zero 2 is not that different to the original game, which is not a bad thing at all. Those new to the series will do well to have a look so as to experience something different from other more action orientated titles. With its supernatural element and intriguing method of disposing enemies makes Project Zero 2 pretty unique. As I mentioned earlier the overall speed of the game might just annoy some people but I feel those with more patience will definitely be rewarded. A solid title full of scares and one that should be investigated if you are unfamiliar with the series and looking for something different or are a fan looking for more horror Project Zero style.
Classique mais prenant, Project Zero 2 vous scotchera sans peine à votre écran. Pour peu que vous n’ayez pas peur de regarder la mort en face… et de la prendre en photo.
"Project Zero II: Crimson Butterfly - Director's Cut" is a decent addition to the popular creepy zombie or ghost genre. If offers new ideas to the genre, that has been lately overwhelmed with RE-clones. Expect no combat or heavy guns in this game, it's all about the "camera obscura". That's your only weapon but is very effective in defeating the malicious ghosts. The prequel to the original game offers more depth in gameplay. However if you're looking for a full-of-action (ghost) game, skip this game and stick with the zombie Resident Evil franchise. Project Zero II: Crimson Butterfly is a must have for fans of genuine horror games.
The Video Game Critic
The controls are responsive enough - until you need them the most. During ghost attacks the frame rate suffers and the controls become flakey to say the least. As you encounter more powerful ghouls, successfully executed "fatal frames" are anything but, and you soon learn the concept of instant death. I should also mention that my copy of the game is buggy and requires about 10 minutes to load a saved game! In the final analysis, Fatal Frame 2 is undeniably scary, but lousy design and technical glitches prevent it from taking the series to new heights.