Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 20
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Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Oct 7, 2013
    If it isn't already obvious, this game has aged well for Playstation 2 era hardware and not only that, but provides some insight into the workings of famous developer "FROM SOFTWARE." The game is perfectly paced, features one grandiose location and a mystery worthy of any player to solve. The visuals are gorgeous, the attention to detail on the character models are exemplary given the age of the game, and the animation cycle of the Kimono demon-ass-kicking Japanese ladies is quite lovely. Much like Fatal Frame, players will be battling ghosts, demons and other Japanese lore oddities. The standards controls and timing take some getting used to, but overall they are really well done and make you feel like you could easily be in danger from every perilous ghost or Gaki that wanders this Feudal Japanese manor house. With a really simple spell card magic system, that works a lot like most survival horror games, you will want to conserve your spells and do most damage with your basic sword or fan weapon. This puts an interesting twist on the fight-or-flee mechanics as well since you could roast some Gaki alive with a flame spell card or make a mad dash for the next room after a few quick slices from your basic weapon to stun it. Though appearing to be a slow combat based third person horror title, people often forget that even the Fatal Frame series was built on tension and delivered it very well by building up encounters between yourself and the spooky ghosts. Puzzles all have a relatively decent learning curve and I never found anything too difficult. They made sense within the context of the world of the game and were pretty darn interesting and creepy. Here its obvious things went terribly wrong, theirs a curse running amok wherever you go, and the grisly nightmarish noises of something far more sinister waiting for you. I am utterly confused by the reception to this game though, and even if it isn't as popular as Fatal Frame or Silent Hill, its equally worthy of being played and enjoyed as a solid enjoyable feudal-Japanese take on the horror game genre as a whole. Full Review »
  2. Nico
    Mar 4, 2005
    As mentioned : great atmosphere, music and graphics. The game is REALLY scary but a little bit slow and an interesting story. If you like that kind of survival-horror game you must buy it!! Enjoy it : ) Full Review »
  3. Stif1i
    Aug 20, 2005
    Somewhat creepy but slow battles, frustrating controls and repetitive. a game ought to be fun first before it can be scary.