Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. When it comes to scaring the crap out of players, Fatal Frame 2 can't be beat. For those looking to shoot up a ton of monsters or zombies, this may not be your cup of tea. For players looking for a terrifying tale that's swmped with ambience, look no further.
  2. The story is very perplexing at times, no doubt. There’s an awful lot of backtracking and some really tough spots. But the game does everything that it wants to and everything it needs to to secure itself at the top spot of scary games chart.
  3. Warning though, this one's not for kids (unless you don't mind them staying up all night, too scared to go to sleep).
  4. Without a doubt in my mind, the scariest game ever made. [Jan 2004, p.124]
  5. Easily the scariest game (or movie for that matter) available on the market.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. A wonderful achievement in storytelling, an experiment in horror if you will, that no “scary movie” fan or gamer should miss.
  9. An extremely stylish and -- please take it the right way -- icky excursion into the supernatural that has learned from its predecessors, and from itself, how to entertain and unnerve the player.
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. If you were freaked by the "Blair Witch Project" you will definitely find this scary. People with a more sophisticated imagination will get the most out of this game though there are some damn good shocks as well.
  13. 100
    The game actually generates emotions: fear of the unknown, an impending sense of dread, and utter confusion due to the mind-bending plot. [Jan 2004, p.56]
User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 86 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. BonbonA.
    Aug 7, 2005
    9
    Have u ever been in luph with a scary stuff? o_O Well, this game is pretty charming n very scary ;) I never play the 1st Fatal Frame, but Have u ever been in luph with a scary stuff? o_O Well, this game is pretty charming n very scary ;) I never play the 1st Fatal Frame, but this 1 is amazing. The graphics r just the best. The sound n the gameplay r pretty good :) Full Review »
  2. MattS.
    Dec 12, 2003
    5
    People, let's be reasonable, this area is to rate games, not to give it a 10 when you haven't played it and say " I can't wait People, let's be reasonable, this area is to rate games, not to give it a 10 when you haven't played it and say " I can't wait to play it, it looks great!". This is not a message board, so unless you can say something helpful, please post your messages elsewhere Full Review »
  3. May 26, 2014
    8
    Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly is and improvement from the first in some ways, and weaker in others.

    Where it improves: -Well to start
    Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly is and improvement from the first in some ways, and weaker in others.

    Where it improves:
    -Well to start off, it all the Fatal Frame games, items do not res-pawn, so if you used up all your film in the first one when fighting ghosts, you were screwed. Same went for medicine, and towards the later parts of the game this started to piss me off, and rather than feel like a difficult challenge, it felt like an unfair trap. Fatal Frame 2 offers a default film that doesn't run out, but is weak. This at least gives you a fighting chance if you run out of film, and makes it so that you are still provided with a challenge

    -More interesting and difficult puzzles. The puzzles Are more difficult to solve, and actually vary unlike the first one

    -Is more scary. The ghosts are scarier. They look scarier, and creepier, and act creepier too. They can be unpredictable, and hard to see even when visible because they blend in. Where in the first game, the ghosts were blue, so easy to see, but in this one they are grey.

    -THE GAME IS LONGER!! Fatal Frame was between 4-5 hours long. This is almost 11 hours long!

    Where the game weakened:
    -Well, just as a side note, the game still has you backtrack a lot, but thankfully the game varies wile you do this. But what really hurts the game a little bit is that it's wide open, so 1/6 of the game feels like running long distances all for the sake of backtracking. This is not really a major issue, because the game keeps you entertained while doing so.

    -Some of the puzzles can be unfair. This happened twice in the game. There are two puzzles where there is a door in the wall, and it doesn't look like a door, it just looks like a wall. Unless you walk around pressing "X" on EVERYTHING in the entire room, you won't find it. I ended up searching up where these doors were.

    All pros and cons aside, Fatal Frame II is an improvement with inevitably a few problems, but it has interesting gameplay, scary moments, and creates the effects you expect from it's genre :D
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