Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir
Must Buy for Fatal Frame fans and anyone else
This game is unlike anything made for 3ds. The story mode may be short but it's fun using the diary to play it. Anyway, the unlimited replay value comes from the other game features like turning the regular ds camera into a ghost camera where any pictures you take of places or people become haunted and different weird images appear on the pictures like ghosts including the girl from the ring and grudge films, blood splattered areas, and just scary images. I think more people will enjoy playing with all the extra features. It is a sequel to Fatal Frame 3 so it's like playing Fatal Frame for real with the cursed diary and real environments and people. You can turn your friends into ghosts too and fight them and see spirits that are hauntingthem.
The game is great
This is a great game because of the ar mostly, but the storyline is also great.The game is creepy but not really that scary.This game is good for casual gamers.(This is my 1ST review ever)
Unique for this handheld.
I like this game after playing around 1.5 hours. First let me say this is not a game you can play stationary. Secondly, I can say if you ever liked FATAL FRAME then this is a game for you, unless you hate moving around with the 3DS. The audio and graphics are top notch. The booklet contains the AR pages [they are not cards for they are the entire booklet] and it works quite well once you position them correctly. Adequate lighting is imperative and the tutorial in this case helps a lot. I was a bit frustrated getting everything sorted out at the start. However, once I got it all together with the booklet and taking pictures it really was fun and unique for the 3DS. I suppose there is some lasting appeaI since there are mini games you can play after the story. I would play the story again though just to repeat the experience.I recommend this game for survival horror fans 8/10.
Short but Sweet
I haven't exactly made up my mind on my opinion. It was very short, completed in about 3-4 days for me. I didn't play it much. The graphics were nice. But the game-play was weak and repetitive. It was mainly talking to Maya, the other protagonist, fending off spirits/bosses with the 3DS camera, and finding the hidden secrets of the Diary of Faces. I'm not saying I didn't like it, I'm saying I didn't love it. The story was brilliant, I might add. In the beginning, where you are walking through the halls, well, I was hoping that was what the game mostly was. But no. It relied on cameras and talking. However, what went on in the Diary of Faces was phenomenal. I thought the page with the drawing was quite clever. I don't think much effort was put into it. There was some, but not much. I'd still recommend it a little bit, for the person who likes a quick and clever game.
Fatal Frame 3DS
I cannot wait for this game to come out. I recently got "bit" by the fatal frame bug, and when I found out Fatal Frame 4 was only released in Japan, needless to say I was a tad bit upset (ok quite upset), but now that we have this game coming out, if it does well maybe Nintendo will release other games in the series for the whole world to enjoy... Can't Wait!!!
This is the worst Fatal Frame game you will ever play. Now, it did have a pretty good concept: an augmented reality ghost game that plays like Fatal Frame. Unfortunately, one of the first things you realize is that this spooky ghost game requires you to play in a well lit room. So well lit, in fact, that having 2 lamps on in a 30 square foot space is not close to enough light for the game to sense the book.
When it does work, it's moderately cool, but even the effects aren't really that clever. Most of the "puzzles" using the book just require you to flip to the next page. There's a hide and seek sequence that's a little more clever, but I had problems getting the game to notice what I was looking at while playing that section, making it very frustrating. Once you can get optimal lighting and you can get the book to work, be prepared for an experience that has you hunched over and reading for most of the next hour.
There are only around 7 ghosts in the game, and while the Fatal Frame formula is at work here, it doesn't feel quite right... In fact, it feels slow and tedious. Each of the ghost sequences have very simple patterns that are easy to master, and most of the time, you'll only receive damage because you were too slow to snap the shutter, or took too long to find the ghost. The storyline is a pretty tired Japanese ghost story that might as well be an adaptation of Ju-On, complete with a creepy child character and vengeful spirit. And most of the game is talking to your ghostly companion instead of playing the game. The game has you seek her out (she's usually directly to your left) talk with her. And then after you're done talking her, the game will tell you that you need to talk to her again. I don't know why they didn't combine these sequences, because there's absolutely nothing to do in between them.
Maybe the worst part about this game is the fact that it's little more than an hour long. Sure there's a New Game+, but it just means longer, more tedious ghost fights, and a new costume for your ghostly companion. There are extra minigames to play as well, but none of them are particularly fun either.
Perhaps my expectations were too high with this game, as I really wanted to like it, but I was sadly disappointed. Beware of this game. The local GameStop told me they can't even buy my copy back because they can't buy games that require packed in accessories.
If Nintendo can pull this off properly, this game has the potential to be an amazing display of the under-appreciated capabilities of the 3DS system. It comes with a book of AR cards which, by using the camera, allow you to interact with the game world and make the game world appear to interact with the real world. Imagine looking through your 3DS camera at the world around you and seeing ghosts in your living room! This is an amazing and ambitious game that isn't getting nearly enough hype, and I fully plan on picking this up on the day it's released. If it even reaches half of its potential, it will be more than worth the money!
Can't wait any longer.
I can't wait for this game to come out. I love the Fatal Frame series and I own them all except 1. When I play them in the dark they really scare me. My husband doesn't even like to be in the same room with me whenI play them. That is how scary they are. I love horror movies and it is like watching one. I am so excited.
good game but how short is too short?
when i first pre-ordered this game from GS i was super syked !!! and several of my friend had done the same ! after we plugged it in though and found out it "only does so much" i was VERY disappointed! the diary is cool but should not be the redeeming part of the game.and the photos are only cool DURING THE DAY TIME~!~ im sorry but creepy things happen at night time in America and any game you cant play in the dark by your self for more then one night *should be DCL only and not cost 45$ (after taxes)
After the whole refusal to release Fatal Frame IV in America, I was afriad there was no way we'd ever see a new Fatal Frame game again. Okay, so this is a spin-off. Maybe not quite as cool as a new, full-length game and continuation of the seies; but still pretty cool. Fans will be able to play Fatal Frame on the go. There'll also be different modes to choose from, of course. As well as many cameo appearances of characters and ghosts from previous games, like the Amakura twins in FF2, in the game's Ghost Camera Mode. Overall, I look forward to purchasing this exciting new game once it's released. :)