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  • Summary: The Fatal Frame series lives again. (Also know as Project Zero...) Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is comprised of three interconnected stories that converge to uncover the truth behind a recent string of tragic deaths in a forest marred by a history of suicides. As one of three peopleThe Fatal Frame series lives again. (Also know as Project Zero...) Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is comprised of three interconnected stories that converge to uncover the truth behind a recent string of tragic deaths in a forest marred by a history of suicides. As one of three people with the power of the Camera Obscura and the ability to see the shadows of those spirited away, youll explore the ruins of an eerie inn, a shrine filled with life-size dolls, and a lake full of dead priestesses. Each shadowy location is connected by a stream of water flowing throughout the mountain, and this once holy water is tied to the darkest mystery of allthe history of death and darkness on Mt. Hikami.

    Features:

    * Survive this horrifying new entry in the Fatal Frame series
    * Explore sinister locales like an underground cave for human sacrifices and a shrine for life-sized dolls
    * Use the Wii U GamePad controller as your Camera Obscurayour only defense against fatal ghosts
    * Mt. Hikami is coursing with inexplicably dangerous water; stay dry or die
    * Investigate and stay alive on the deadly Mt. Hikami
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33
  1. Oct 27, 2021
    90
    Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is a uniquely thrilling horror experience. Armed with only a camera and your wits, the tension is palpable and oozes out of every nook and cranny of Mt. Hikami and the surrounding areas. The camera serves to be as trusty of a weapon as a gun and adds a distinct tension to the action that few games could replicate. The atmosphere, level design, and story all work in tandem to create a surprisingly tense and beautiful experience, despite relying a bit too much on backtracking and having a rather thin story.
  2. Oct 27, 2021
    80
    Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water (Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water) just pulls you in and then never lets go. And it really works through great atmosphere, powerful sound design, stylish artwork, interesting plot and an interesting combat.
  3. Oct 28, 2021
    76
    Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is still an intriguing survival horror experience with creepy atmosphere and engaging story, but younger audiences may not like its old-style controls and slow pace.
  4. Oct 27, 2021
    70
    The last Fatal Frame is still a quite enjoyable and creepy horror experience with great atmosphere, good length and engaging (yet convoluted) story, but its rusty control scheme and slow pace could keep the younger audience far away.
  5. Oct 27, 2021
    65
    Ultimately, the revival of Maiden of Black Water on modern hardware is a welcome operation but which is partly a wasted opportunity. The remaster will allow fans of the genre to rediscover an interesting experiment among survival horror, but greater care in realization would have made the last episode of Project Zero usable by a much wider audience. Despite the years that have passed since the first release and the absence of the technical limits imposed by exclusivity on Wii U, no additional effort has been made to improve a title with not properly refined mechanics. If over the years the Project Zero series has struggled to renew itself and has gradually crystallized into an aging playful formula, this new edition does nothing to remove Maiden of Black Water from the ancient spectrum of its roots.
  6. Oct 27, 2021
    60
    The storytelling and unravelling mysteries at the heart of this game is the elixir that keeps the camera rolling in its neat runtime, but the clumsy basic controls and mundane filler scenes hold the survival horror back from truly being a horrific work of art.
  7. Oct 29, 2021
    30
    An unasked for remaster of a tedious, badly written survival horror that is even less effective now than it was seven years ago.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Apr 26, 2022
    10
    Totally underrated and should have been GOTY folks. I felt totally scared and pumped playing this crazy horror game last week. Will replay itTotally underrated and should have been GOTY folks. I felt totally scared and pumped playing this crazy horror game last week. Will replay it with all the extra stuff to explore this game is such good values! Expand
  2. Dec 19, 2021
    10
    FTALA FRAMA LOVE YAAA
    I HOPE ان اشوف اجزاء قادمه اكثرررر واكبر واحسن من اول
  3. Oct 30, 2021
    10
    This is a truly Fatal Frame experience and i are enjoy any moment of him!!!
  4. Dec 9, 2021
    10
    I really hope this franchise will revive if this remaster is successful. It's my favorite J-Horror saga of all time, titles with incredibleI really hope this franchise will revive if this remaster is successful. It's my favorite J-Horror saga of all time, titles with incredible stories that no current game have. Part of a golden age in horror videogames Expand
  5. Dec 9, 2021
    10
    One of the best horror franchises is finally released in other platforms again. A beautiful design and a captivating story as ever
  6. Oct 30, 2021
    9
    Believe it or not, it is one of the best game in the franchise. Even if the control is clumsy, it is still an identifying element of theBelieve it or not, it is one of the best game in the franchise. Even if the control is clumsy, it is still an identifying element of the series. The story is very deep if you stop to read all the texts and the characters are very well characterised. It was a great game on Wii U as it is on the rest of platforms now.

    You can check out my spanish review here: https://www.vidaopantalla.es/2021/10/analisis-project-zero-maiden-of-black-water-remastered/
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  7. Nov 1, 2021
    5
    Do you want to wander through the same maps again and again, with clunky unwieldy controls ! boy do i have a game for you.

    The story is
    Do you want to wander through the same maps again and again, with clunky unwieldy controls ! boy do i have a game for you.

    The story is terrible. Hot teenage maidens tend to get lost on a mountain. Be prepared for more shrine maidens and bad story telling than you can shake a stick at. Be prepared for your protagonists wooden acting, wooden movement and overall wooden feel to be totally incorporated into cutscenes when they can't fathom someone's going off somewhere or something isn't right.

    The camera obscura (the thing you use to exorcise ghosts) is about as wonky, camera controls and ghosts vanishing into elements of the game you can't reach. This doesn't help if they drop a fatal glance [which the manual just calls "glance"] don't worry about it, the manual, game and everything else manages to get some things mixed up. Such as the controls for the lens and film. it's the other way around in the tutorial it shows you. plus R2 is also circle for some reason. And half the time you pick up something, you'll automatically lock onto the trail shadow to follow because it's the same button. It's terrible layout for controls. Also be careful with the fatal glances, since you have a short amount of time, sometimes a double tap and hold of R2 works better because the clunky controls won't play the correct animation for it to work. honestly.

    If you're wondering if the game makes use of the PS5's immersive haptic feedback or dynamic adaptive triggers, come on. It's just a port of the PS4 version with very little difference. Not sure why the map wasn't put to the touchpad and the settings menu to the options button as a default.

    The game doesn't really know what it wants to be. So throws you into the same map (occasionally with a different protagonist) and throws new stuff to pick up from notes, to ammo, to herbs. So the resident evil feel is there. But with clunky (really clunky) controls and since you're changing from first person (the camera) to third a lot in very tight areas, you can already see the problems.

    There are better looking horror games out for the PS5, this doesn't utilise anything that makes this edition worthy. And it feels like a mockery of the original xbox versions of fatal frame, The entire game feels rushed and striped off content.

    But if wondering from the same rooms to the same rooms is something you feel you'd enjoy with a few ghosts in the mix to fight (sometimes) then this is perfect for you.

    Just glad they didn't try to sell it as a full priced game. That would have been ludicrous.
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