Project Zero 2: Crimson Butterfly - Xbox review

Project Zero 2: Crimson Butterfly

Project Zero 2: Crimson Butterfly - Xbox review

Project Zero 2: Crimson Butterfly - Xbox review

Terror returns with Project Zero 2: Crimson Butterfly or Fatal Frame2: Crimson Butterfly, this game is so spooky it has two names.

Project Zero 2 is the sequel to the highly popular survival horror title, Fatal Frame. This time the terrifying journey takes you to a whole new creepy setting, an abandoned village, where you take on the role of Mio Amakura, a young girl who is gifted with a strong sixth sense. The story follows the horrifying journey of Mio and her twin sister, Mayu, as this lost village and a strange, symbolic crimson butterfly create the spooky setting for yet another frightening journey.

The main concerns with a title like this are twin fold, firstly is the games story, characters and control system up to scratch? Secondly is it actually scary? Well in the case of Project Zero 2: Crimson Butterfly the story is pretty fair, the characters are good and the control system has its faults but overall is sound. Is it Scary? It is almost too scary. Borrowing heavily from the onslaught of killer Japanese horror movies that have graced your local Blockbuster over the past few years Project Zero 2: Crimson Butterfly is pure brown trouser material.

To further enhance the “jump factor” Project Zero 2 has a first person mode added. Instead of seeing the action from the usual

  Project Zero 2: Crimson Butterfly - Xbox review
Project Zero 2: Crimson Butterfly - Xbox review

third person view you can experience things up close and personal. When using the first person mode the horror is only exaggerated as you don't get to see as much of what is coming up.

Graphically this game is good. Using lots of washed out grey and black colour palettes the impending terror is set right from the off. The characters of Mio and Mayu are nicely animated and help further the believability. The village itself is very well constructed and you can see a little bit of every horror classic ever in there somewhere. Sound has always been an important part of scariness and it is used very well in Project Zero 2. Overall, if this is your type of kick then Project Zero 2 will definitely give you a good old cold shiver, the only negative point from me is the girls move a little slowly and this can make things drag a little.

New Setting - Brand new, wider settings in a mysterious lost village, opening up new possibilities to terrify the player.

New Main Characters - Twins, Mio and Mayu, make their debut as the main characters. These twins provide a major theme, effecting the game's mechanics and storyline.

Real Time Visuals - More horrifying real time visuals to keep the player engrossed in this frightening tale.

Unique Camera Combat System - The one-weapon combat system will be making its return in Fatal Frame 2 with the use of an antique camera to destroy your ghostly enemies. The weapon may be the same but a variety of new features have been added to update the camera making it a more powerful phantom killer than ever before.

More Terrifying Than the First - More powerful enemies, increasingly disturbing atmospheres, and a new terrifying story all add up to a survival-horror game more horrifying then the than the first Fatal Frame.

7.5 out of 10


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