Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly Image

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  • Summary: (Also known as "Project Zero II: Crimson Butterfly") This time the terrifying journey takes you to a whole new creepy setting, an abandoned village, where you play the role of Mio Amakura, a young girl who is gifted with a strong sixth sense and her twin sister Mayu, who notices a crimson butterfly faintly glowing in the sky. Mayu, feeling mysteriously compelled to follow the butterfly, chases it into the dark forest. Mio unwillingly follows her sister into the forest's depths. After chasing the crimson butterfly to a clearing in the forest, the two sisters stumble upon a deserted village. Unknown to either sister is that this lost village will become the spooky setting for yet another horrifying tale guaranteed keep you up at night. [Tecmo] Expand
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  1. Positive: 33 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. I waited several days after finishing the game before writing this review, so that the initial enthusiasm would subside and I could be objective. Now I can honestly say that with Fatal Frame 2 we are presented with what is probably the scariest, most haunting and most unsettling of survival horror games!
  2. Without a doubt in my mind, the scariest game ever made. [Jan 2004, p.124]
  3. Survival horror fans will have a ball with it, and if you like that kind of "scare the you know what out of you" gaming ... you can’t get any scarier than Fatal Frame II.
  4. While the game isn't terribly difficult and doesn't create an entirely new mold for itself, it still manages to weave an unsettling tale--full of secret sacrificial rites--that draws you inexorably deeper.
  5. Incredibly frightening -- so much so that it’s hard to recommend it to everyone. The game is rather short, but the goodies you can unlock on the title screen mean there’s a bit of replay value for those willing to run through the game on a harder difficulty level.
  6. A masterpiece that will tickle the spines of even the most courageous survival horror fan.
  7. 60
    Its hair-raising visual creep-outs and deft handling of foreboding folklore are undermined by a steadfast reliance on survival/horror-genre trappings and boring gameplay execution.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. May 22, 2013
    This game is made out of pure nightmares. I had to fear quit more times than i can remember as everything in this game just hits a home run to bring you one of the most terrifying experiences you'll ever have. Playing this game at night in the dark is how it was ment to be played. Me and four of my friends di this and were all freaking out on multiple occasions. Excellent story for a horror game, great use of music and sound, and the best atmosphere i have ever seen in a horror game. This game deserves the number one spot for horror games. Just great. Expand
  2. JulieT.
    Jan 25, 2004
    This game is soooo scary. It makes resident evil and all those other horror games look like a walk in the park. The best graphics i have ever seen. Also has the prettiest sceneries and the scariest of all. And the twin girls mio and mayu are so pretty. But most of all one of the greatest games ever made in history of gaming. Expand
  3. KristineC.
    Nov 3, 2003
    This has got to be an awesome spin off from the original FF1! I loved the first one for it's horrific surprises. Don't let us down TecMo! I'm buyin this one too! Saw plenty of screen shots.....awesome. Expand
  4. RachelQ.
    Apr 13, 2004
    Absolutely terrifying, but in a way that is stylish, intelligent, and thought-provoking. I dare you to play this game with the light's off - you'll be so frightened you won't won't to go get a drink from the fridge out of fear that a girl in a bloodstained kimono will be waiting for you! Expand
  5. MindyM.
    Jul 15, 2004
    Scariest game I've ever played, although SIlent Hill is a close runner up. I had nightmares for quite awhile, but that was a good thing. The worst part about the game is the agonizingly slow pace of Mio's running. Expand
  6. Apr 24, 2014
    Absolutely the most terrifying game I’ve ever played in which the game doesn’t sacrifice gameplay. The game is actually enjoyable and addictive as it gives the player “Just one more save” before you go to bed element. There are 2 spots in the game in which I almost complete stopped playing as I was too terrified to continue.

    The graphics are great in the PS2 era and still holds up well today. There is lots of great atmosphere music in the game (as well as silent portion) that fits the situation and location perfectly. The music also adds to the horror experience the music as it indicated if a ghost possibly may or may not be in the room.

    The gameplay also is the reason why I wanted to keep playing even though as it’s extremely enjoyable a in a horror genre without the bloody violence. The camera-gameplay can even be used in a non-horror game and it’ll still be enjoyable.
    The few minor issues I’ve had with the game are that the player character moves a tad bit too slow. It’s good that the developers don’t have the character run but it takes a while to take from place to place with a slow paced character. Another issue is rarely, I get lost in and forget what I have to do and where I have to go if I haven’t played the game for a week. I ended up going to every single building and every single room and eventually find my way. While the game had a very few puzzles, I had issues with very few puzzles in which I had to result a guide for to understand what I have to do to solve the puzzles in which I don’t enjoy doing. I was unsure if I was missing a part of the puzzles to come back to later or if I had to solve the puzzle right there and then.

    The story comes from the awesome creepy audio voices and the notes that the townspeople left. The best part is that it’s optional and is not needed since the story present itself well in a way you can interpret the ending and guess what’s going on. The FMV are mostly used to scare us which is a great idea.
  7. MaikaoX.
    Feb 17, 2004
    It was alright. Not much different from the first. I was expecting more from this one, so a little disappointed.

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