On a whim, I decided to buy this game while picking up my copy of Resident Evil. It looked creepy and reminiscent of Fatal Frame so I decided to give it a go. As a Uni student, that may not have been the wisest choice as the game did cost a pretty penny and I was not exactly pleased with the amount I ended up paying.
This game has all the elements to keep you creeped out, but perhaps the Wii was not the brightest choice to release this game on. The idea that you would be using the Wii remote as your flashlight is fun, but after you've begun the game, you'll find that it is also your only line of sight and can be incredibly frustrating. You need you flashlight in this game, the flashlight is your friend, and so is the impeccable 'B' button which allows you to run. You ARE taking on the paranormal, after all.
Before you get all worked up about not being able to fight these ghostly apparitions, I should suggest that you think of this game as a interactive Visual Novel. You run around, find objects, solve puzzles (not particularly hard ones, but puzzles nonetheless), and unwrap the plot. I played this game both alone and with two friends and we all agreed on one thing: it was different and painfully short.
I have given the gameplay a 7 point rating as it is well thought out and easy to control once you've got the hang of it, no "butt-frustration" here because you couldn't remember which button opens up your phone, the menu even comes with an area map! (Don't you dare complain that this game is hard.) Sound received 4 points since there was limited music, saved for "intense" conversation and plot twists, and you were limited to squeaky door hinges and the occasional random tappings as if someone were around you making sound- a good part of the game uses this tactic to keep you on edge, and in the beginning it will really work. Graphics received 6 points because, despite all odds, this game is GORGEOUS. The characters are lovely to look at, even ghosts make you want to stare. I know more than a few times I let myself get caught just so I could get a better look at the stained school uniform a ghost wore. The lasting appeal is a 6, this game definitely won't let you forget about it even if you've put it down for what seems to be "permanently". You'll find yourself coming back just to finish it and figure out what really happened.
I've given this game an overall rating of 5 out of 10 points. It is definitely fun, good for casual horror gamers and those that can really insert themselves in the plot. Otherwise, you're better off with Doom, Resident Evil, or Silent Hill, which have much more action and many more monsters including a variety of puzzles that are sure to drive you mad.
The only regrets I have over this game is not waiting for it to go on sale, and never getting around to completing it at 100% (you will find that even after you defeat the game there is more to it). If you're buying this game, I recommend switching the "phone" audio to speakers, sometimes the Wii remote does not do well in receiving the messages, and they end up too garbled to understand which ruins some of the fun in the game. This game is not exactly suited for a younger teen audience with such a heavy theme of death.
Play in the dark, play alone, and turn up the speakers. You may not scream, but the sounds and cut scenes are enough to make you jump.
yes: I recommend this product