Fatal Frame Reviews (Xbox)

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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.4
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.6
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.9
Overall User Score (12 votes) 3.6

Critic Reviews

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PGNx Media (Dec 02, 2002)
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.
GameZone (Dec 01, 2002)
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.
GameSpy (Oct 31, 2002)
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.
4Players.de (May 16, 2003)
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!
Jeuxvideo.com (May 08, 2003)
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.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (May 02, 2003)
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.
GameSpot (Nov 04, 2002)
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.
IGN (Oct 29, 2002)
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.
Factornews (Jun 13, 2003)
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.
Gamekult (May 05, 2003)
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.
GamePro (US) (Nov 05, 2002)
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.