First of all, this game has a great storyline. It also really scary! You're only weapon is a camera, and there's no guns. Don't let that stop you from buying it though! If you're a fan of the survival horror genre, I think it's a must have. I love the whole series.
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For This Game
This game is, in one word: amazing.
Fatal Frame is a horror masterpiece, and I don't not use these terms lightly. Considering its age, system, and all that it presents, Fatal Frame has taken the cake with its gorgeous story and amazing set of characters. You will find yourself laughing at the glitches, crying from ghosts, and sympathizing with the occupants of Himuro Mansion as you unravel the true reason behind Mafuyu's disappearance and ultimately fight free from the deadly clutches of the Rope Maiden.
While the idea that the entire game is based on a true story is laughable, you will not be laughing when you are looking through your camera trying to take down a moving, disappearing and reappearing apparition.
With all of it's set backs, this game has still earned much love and appreciation. It has a deserved 8 points in sound, setting the mood for situations perfectly, stopping and starting as it pleases to give you the perfect sense of foreboding, and even being kind enough to give you a heads up when a ghost is attacking by throwing in some lovely moans and screams for help.
Game play, which is highly strategic as it is action, has also earned 8 points. Your ability to upgrade and customize the camera as well as switch between abilities and film allow you a different experience every time you play, and the appropriately named Nightmare Mode will ensure you play again and again, even after the game is long since over. Graphics, while wonderfully done for an XBOX have ALSO earned an 8 point score, as expansive as the world was, it sometimes seemed a bit bare or even too cluttered in certain areas.
A lasting appeal of 8 rounds up the game as a well done fling which teases us with more to offer in the future (now the past, as Fatal Frame II, III, and IV have already been released) and always keeps you coming back. Overall this game has earned straight 8s and is well worth investing in or picking up again if you're interested in a good fright.
This game is nontraditional in its method of evoking fear, you won't be stuck seeing abominations from below slithering along the walls, but the subtle touches keep this game up to par in the horror region. You will early on find a tape recorder which you may play back some of the tapes you find after particularly important battles, giving you insight to what has happened here in the Mansion. Journals are strewn about, hidden in bookcases, shelves, and sometimes in plain sight, offering new plot twists and opening up clues to lead you to the end.
As you immerse yourself in the game, you'll learn more about your ghostly counterparts and their horrid demises, and to top it all off some of the lesser ghosts will gleefully be chipping your life away with random encounters. For an older audience this may not be as "scary"- especially with the types of media we're exposed to now- but it will definitely have a lasting effect.
I have already recommended this game in the past, but I would not do so to anyone under the age of sixteen with it's extreme visuals- sometimes even brutal cut scenes- and graphic details. This game is, and always will be, listed in my Top Ten Favourite Games of All Time. After playing it, I'm sure it will be for you too.