Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly

aka: Project Zero II: Crimson Butterfly, Rei: Beni Chou
Moby ID: 11567
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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 to 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 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.


  • 零:红蝶 - Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • 零~紅い蝶~ - Japanese spelling

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Average score: 81% (based on 25 ratings)


Average score: 4.3 out of 5 (based on 25 ratings with 1 reviews)

Not what I expected

The Good
Fatal Frame II had a good storyline and it was a good game. There were a lot of extra things to pick up and read. There was more to just walking around and taking pictures of ghosts. You could be a professional in the story just by reading/finding all the files laying around the game, and thats something you should do. Knowing the story of this game is very helpful.

The Bad
Although this game ran pretty smoothly and had a good story, there were some problems I had. The control: The control is analog (which is good), but it isn't as smooth as any other analog game. During camera changes (when you walk to the outside of the screenshot), while you are holding your analog down, the screen changes and the direction you are holding isn't the right one anymore, making the character stop and turn around. A lot of stopping and turning around happened. My # 1 disappointment was the scare factor. I have heard many people say this is the scariest game out there. I went to the store and brought it home scared to play it. I sat down in a completely dark room, with loud surround sound. I was not scared. I got a few jump, but very rarely.

The Bottom Line
I would have to say that if you have played the first Fatal Frame, you may enjoy it. I would have to rate the scare factor 2/5 the control 3/5 and the story 4.5/5

PlayStation 2 · by GNJMSTR (106) · 2004


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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Game added by Germán Guerra.

PlayStation 3 added by Charly2.0.

Additional contributors: MAT, Xa4, Unicorn Lynx, Exodia85, Dae, DreinIX, Patrick Bregger, Lain Crowley, FatherJack.

Game added January 4th, 2004. Last modified November 19th, 2023.