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  • Summary: The Fatal Frame series lives again!

    Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is comprised of three interconnected stories that converge to uncover the truth behind a recent string of tragic deaths in a forest marred by a history of suicides. As one of three people with the power of the Camera
    The Fatal Frame series lives again!

    Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is comprised of three interconnected stories that converge to uncover the truth behind a recent string of tragic deaths in a forest marred by a history of suicides. As one of three people with the power of the Camera Obscura and the ability to see the shadows of those spirited away, youll explore the ruins of an eerie inn, a shrine filled with life-size dolls, and a lake full of dead priestesses. Each shadowy location is connected by a stream of water flowing throughout the mountain, and this once holy water is tied to the darkest mystery of allthe history of death and darkness on Mt. Hikami.

    Features:

    * Survive this horrifying new entry in the Fatal Frame series
    * Explore sinister locales like an underground cave for human sacrifices and a shrine for life-sized dolls
    * Use the Wii U GamePad controller as your Camera Obscurayour only defense against fatal ghosts
    * Mt. Hikami is coursing with inexplicably dangerous water; stay dry or die
    * Investigate and stay alive on the deadly Mt. Hikami
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 100
    Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water is so deeply Japanese that you’ll come away from it learning a bit about the wonderful horror storytelling tradition that the culture has. While some might find themselves at odds with a game that is so steadfastly traditional about how a horror game should play (especially on the back of the very modern Resident Evil: Village this year), if you go in with an open mind, understanding the cultural context that has lead to the game turning out this way, then you’re going to find it to be a really remarkable and enlightening bit of art. It’s not unlike going to an art gallery for a yurei exhibition, really.
  2. Oct 27, 2021
    90
    Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water isn’t scary so much as haunting, and that’s an important distinction. Where plenty of horror games begin and end with trying to scare the pants off their players, this one looks for something much deeper, and turns to the long, rich history of yūrei folklore to find it. That’s what I missed when I first played it five years ago, but a remaster is a perfect opportunity to revisit and reassess—and I’m so glad I did. This is a game that deserves a far better reception than it originally got, and I just hope I’m not alone in giving it the benefit of the doubt a second time round.
  3. 80
    Overall Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is a fun action horror adventure to play through, with the specters of Mt. Hikami providing an interesting backstory and a fun combat experience. While the characters are more bland than I had hoped, this doesn't necessarily take away from the story all that much. Some control issues do get annoying over time, but even they couldn't stop me from continuously returning to the beautiful and creepy environments of the mountain. If you're a fan of horror games with a bit more of an action feel, you could certainly do a lot worse than Fatal Frame, and now might just be the perfect time to dive in.
  4. Nov 3, 2021
    73
    Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is a very good throwback to the weirder survival horror games found on the PS2. It features a looming horror atmosphere I really enjoyed, and a unique gameplay hook with its motion controlled first person camera. While it’s not going to win any game of the year awards, I would think that Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water should be a must play for all survival horror fans, especially with its budget price.
  5. Nov 1, 2021
    70
    Maiden of the Black Water is a game that I would recommend to any fan of the genre. While the awkward controls and deadpan voice acting may detract from the experience, the world building and design are second to none.
  6. Nov 1, 2021
    60
    Those who love the genre and will be able to forgive its many pitfalls.
  7. Oct 27, 2021
    50
    Enemy encounters are also made annoying by the fact that your character’s movement feels like you’re trying to weave through a busy train. You pull back on the thumbstick to move backwards, and instead the avatar does a mindless dance around the space they’re in. Try to position yourself just right to avoid an enemy attack, and you’ll spend a great deal of time fumbling around with the controls that you’ll get hit anyway. With most of the playable areas being so tight and close-quartered, why do we even have the option to dodge an enemy attack when they’ll end up getting you anyway?

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Score distribution:
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Oct 30, 2021
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It’s a survival-horror game in the way that survival-horror games haven’t been in years. Ghost hunting in open areas inspire exploration, which is rewarded with ammunition (in the form of film) and other consumables, which have to be hoarded efficiently enough to drown the final boss with enough ammo Expand
  2. Nov 1, 2021
    7
    Fatal Frame is my favorite horror franchise and this installment is fun, has a great story, and the episodic format lends itself very well toFatal Frame is my favorite horror franchise and this installment is fun, has a great story, and the episodic format lends itself very well to character switching, etc. This is an extremely sloppy port, however. The framerate is brutally inconsistent, the texture pop-in is at best annoying and at worst genuinely jarring, and the motion controls feel off - alright personally I chalk that up to the framerate issues.

    Overall worth playing and I'm glad the price is low, but I hope they recognize the technical issues that plague this port and patch them out.
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