Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. One of the best survival horror games to come out in ages. [Dec 2004, p.181]
  2. 93
    The finest example yet of the survival horror genre.
  3. Intelligent, macabre, scary, superbly directed and perfectly pitched for casual players and more hardcore gamers alike, this game does for survival horror what the influx of Japanese and Korean movies has done for horror cinema in recent years.
  4. One of the creepiest and most disturbing game experiences I've had in a long time. The game has a brooding sense of atmosphere and a great story that is the stuff of nightmares.
  5. 90
    Those who played Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly on the PS2 know that it's a great psychological creep-fest, and now the game has arrived for the Xbox bigger, badder, and more beautiful.
  6. This game is well worth the 90 score I have given it. If you want to get the hell scared out of you, check out Fatal Frame II Crimson Butterfly Director's Cut for the Xbox system. And stay scared!
  7. If you can get over the admittedly wonky premise, you'll find an intense, involving horror experience.
  8. The game's core gameplay is great, and there are a number of extra modes to extend the game's replay value extensively.
  9. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butteryfly DC will have you glued to your seat with cat like pupils, homing into every sound. This is one of the years finest adventures.
  10. It's one that you will actually end up finishing (and more importantly wanting to). The actual mechanics may be the same as any other survival horror you have encountered before but the way Project Zero again mixes a tense genuinely scary storyline with the novel 'camera' aspect actually brings back the 'horror' in a very stale and repetitive survival genre.
  11. Despite its long-ass title, this atmospheric, enhanced skin-crawler is one of the scariest and spookiest things to hit the Xbox.
  12. Considering the sparse amount of survival horror titles on the Xbox, it's no surprise that Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly – Director's Cut drags itself to the top of the pile with ease.
  13. Fatal Frame oozes with tension and terror. Mystery lies inside the village, and the atmosphere throughout the game is held together by the graphics and sound.
  14. A great pickup for anyone who enjoys the horror/survival genre but is finding the majority of the recent releases too repetitive. Tecmo offers fans a creative twist that they insist doesn't even belong in the genre all together.
  15. 85
    Mio and Mayu hug each other quite a lot creating the perfect sense of fear as there's nothing scarier than watching two young girls being frightened out of their skins by ghosts.
  16. Quite possibly the most entertaining survival horror game one the market, and the enhancements Tecmo gave the Xbox "Directors Cut" serve only to enhance that reputation.
  17. Just when you think you've had your fill of the survival-horror genre, something like this comes along, which restores your faith in the genre while leaving you shaking in your boots.
  18. Its excellent production and genuinely unsettling atmosphere make other so-called horror games look about as scary as Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video.
  19. A chilling adventure that makes your skin crawl. The new FPS mode is simply great and makes playing the game much more effortless. [Mar. 05]
  20. 84
    If you want zombies exploding onscreen, go elsewhere. If you love movies like The Ring and want a truly creepy experience, this is your game.
  21. With nerve jangling 5.1 audio that perfectly complements the washed out (purposely of course, in a Ring/The Grudge style) well-detailed visuals; Tecmo has created an atmospheric treat that truly delivers on all counts.
  22. Tantalizing. [Holiday 2004, p.86]
  23. An absolutely great update to what was already a wonderfully spooky game.
  24. The feeling of being cornered, your only weapon an ancient camera that disembodies the spirit of the ghost, is unmatched. [Nov 2004, p.76]
  25. If you have an active imagination, you might want to avoid this game. You can play it if you want, just don't plan on getting any restful sleep. [Dec 2004, p.83]
  26. One of gaming's most horrific experiences. [Feb 2005, p.102]
  27. An enjoyable but ultimately routine sequel.
  28. A game that should be played with all the lights out, on your own, with the sound turned up loud. It really is a scary, atmospheric game and a definite "Silent Hill" beater.
  29. The storyline in my eyes really helps the game progress quite a bit, and fans of Japanese style stories will really enjoy this one.
  30. A real creepy game that unnerves you at ever turn. The story will keep you hooked to the end and leave wanting more.
  31. If you enjoyed films like The Grudge, The Ring (the Japanese versions, that is) and The Eye, then this will give you goosebumps the size of tennis balls. [Official UK Xbox Magazine]
  32. Follows closely in the path carved out by its predecessor, and the result, while not offering anything new, is an engaging and exceedingly creepy game that probably shouldn't be played alone.
  33. Every survival horror game fan's dream. It features creepy visuals, audio, main characters you're not to sure about, and above all it will scare the crap out of you.
  34. It's horror done "Ring"-style, low on explicit gore, but with plenty of chills and jumps, and the misty half-light of the action is beautifully complemented by one of the most unnerving soundtracks you'll hear.
  35. The addition of an onscreen map also makes exploration helpful, and you have to wonder why they didn't implement this mode in the main game.
  36. The overall speed of the game might just annoy some people but I feel those with more patience will definitely be rewarded.
  37. The intriguing storyline, scary setting and unique battle system make for a frightening and memorable experience.

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