Monday, January 12, 2009

Games Played 01/10/2009


Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly (2003)
Developer: Tecmo Ltd.
Platform: PlayStation 2
Purchase Date: 12/13/2003

Just because there are two characters on screen doesn't mean the game is less scary.
Instead, your twin sister is really there for a very, very twisted reason.

So, what is it about twins that intrigue us the most? The wondrous creation of such phenomenon? The special bond that they normally develop between each other? Tecmo took the darkest route possible and told an almost taboo story of a village that sacrifices twins in an unspeakable, horrific old tradition. Two teenage twins are lured into a ghost town as they discover, a piece at a time, the horrible fate that awaits them. The first Fatal Frame was scary enough but this sequel will have you running for the door. It upped the ante with a whole village to explore versus just one large mansion in the original, a more developed, disturbing mythos involving ancient acts of violence, an alien world of authentic Japanese milieu, and the whole twin thing that is just, for a lack of better word, wrong. So what weapon did the developer chose to give the player to keep at bay the spectral evils that seem to slither out of every other decrepit structures and dark places encountered? An old camera. As we've heard before, taking a picture of someone steals a part of his/her soul and the mechanic works with these creatures of the night. Yes, switch to the first person mode and watch in glee as the ghosts fly freely towards you. Morbidly brilliant.

LIBRARY STATUS: 5 out of 5

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