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(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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Score distribution:
  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. A wonderfully disturbing jaunt into the world of the supernatural. While the time spent with the game is less than perhaps many would have liked, this is an experience that will not soon be forgotten.
  3. Characters are animated smoothly with uncanny lifelike emotion. Not to mention that extra attention has been given to ghosts in terms of clothing facial expressions and overall creepiness.
  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. Before you get your first set of prints back, you’ll find clues in maps and diaries—even encounter the phantasmagoric—to unravel a plot with more slimy twists than a barrel of Udon noodles.
  6. PSM Magazine
    80
    Proves that skillful camera work, music and sound effects can creep the hell out of us more than a gore fest. [Feb 2004, p.35]
  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: 34 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Nov 2, 2015
    10
    Un juego de terror excelente. Una historia sublime que no te puedes perder. Originalidad de sobra. Es uno de los juegos de PS2 con mejoresUn juego de terror excelente. Una historia sublime que no te puedes perder. Originalidad de sobra. Es uno de los juegos de PS2 con mejores gráficos que hayan salido. Contenido de calidad es lo que contiene Fatal Frame II. Una vieja leyenda te espera para que la descubras en Fatal Frame II. Expand
  2. BenR.
    Jan 26, 2004
    10
    The first one great and this is just the icing on the cake. Scary stuff indeed. the tecmo team has done it again for me.
  3. KristineC.
    Nov 3, 2003
    10
    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 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. DanR.
    Jun 20, 2004
    10
    This game kicks ass!
  5. MindyM.
    Jul 15, 2004
    9
    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. 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
    9
    Absolutely the most terrifying game I’ve ever played in which the game doesn’t sacrifice gameplay. The game is actually enjoyable andAbsolutely 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.
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  7. MaikaoX.
    Feb 17, 2004
    5
    It was alright. Not much different from the first. I was expecting more from this one, so a little disappointed.

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Awards & Rankings

#36 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
#28 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003