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  • Summary: The Fatal Frame series lives again!

    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
    The Fatal Frame series lives again!

    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: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 100
    Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water is so deeply Japanese that you’ll come away from it learning a bit about the wonderful horror storytelling tradition that the culture has. While some might find themselves at odds with a game that is so steadfastly traditional about how a horror game should play (especially on the back of the very modern Resident Evil: Village this year), if you go in with an open mind, understanding the cultural context that has lead to the game turning out this way, then you’re going to find it to be a really remarkable and enlightening bit of art. It’s not unlike going to an art gallery for a yurei exhibition, really.
  2. Oct 27, 2021
    90
    Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water isn’t scary so much as haunting, and that’s an important distinction. Where plenty of horror games begin and end with trying to scare the pants off their players, this one looks for something much deeper, and turns to the long, rich history of yūrei folklore to find it. That’s what I missed when I first played it five years ago, but a remaster is a perfect opportunity to revisit and reassess—and I’m so glad I did. This is a game that deserves a far better reception than it originally got, and I just hope I’m not alone in giving it the benefit of the doubt a second time round.
  3. Oct 28, 2021
    80
    Project Zero: Maiden Black Water is a good survival horror game, despite the fact that its new contents are not too abundant. However, its great setting and interesting plot make it a highly recommended title, now also in portable mode.
  4. Oct 27, 2021
    75
    Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water on Nintendo Switch is a great-looking conversion of an excellent horror adventure game that only falters on the performance side of things. It remains one of the better horror experiences on the system and a great game to play this Halloween.
  5. Nov 23, 2021
    70
    Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water is a remaster that does a lot of things right, and which shows that the series still has the ability to deliver a good amount of frights. While the opportunity to implement a more functional control system was not taken and there are some technical performance issues, the overall effort is a work that's very satisfactory to explore, especially thanks to its high quality level design.
  6. Nov 1, 2021
    70
    Maiden of the Black Water is a game that I would recommend to any fan of the genre. While the awkward controls and deadpan voice acting may detract from the experience, the world building and design are second to none.
  7. Oct 27, 2021
    50
    Enemy encounters are also made annoying by the fact that your character’s movement feels like you’re trying to weave through a busy train. You pull back on the thumbstick to move backwards, and instead the avatar does a mindless dance around the space they’re in. Try to position yourself just right to avoid an enemy attack, and you’ll spend a great deal of time fumbling around with the controls that you’ll get hit anyway. With most of the playable areas being so tight and close-quartered, why do we even have the option to dodge an enemy attack when they’ll end up getting you anyway?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Apr 21, 2022
    10
    Wow the story and characters are amazing! Fun combat and immersive atmosphere. Way better than expected don't want to spoil anything just playWow the story and characters are amazing! Fun combat and immersive atmosphere. Way better than expected don't want to spoil anything just play and enjoy Expand
  2. May 9, 2022
    10
    The much demanded FF5 was finally released and it totally delivered. Such a high quality game don't come often and I'm very thankful for this!
  3. sxt
    Feb 13, 2022
    9
    I like the story, full of twists and emotion! It's hard to describe, but if you read notes and understand the back story of it, you may findI like the story, full of twists and emotion! It's hard to describe, but if you read notes and understand the back story of it, you may find it's a very touching story covered by a thrilling surface. Expand
  4. Nov 1, 2021
    7
    Fatal Frame is my favorite horror franchise and this installment is fun, has a great story, and the episodic format lends itself very well toFatal Frame is my favorite horror franchise and this installment is fun, has a great story, and the episodic format lends itself very well to character switching, etc. This is an extremely sloppy port, however. The framerate is brutally inconsistent, the texture pop-in is at best annoying and at worst genuinely jarring, and the motion controls feel off - alright personally I chalk that up to the framerate issues.

    Overall worth playing and I'm glad the price is low, but I hope they recognize the technical issues that plague this port and patch them out.
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  5. Dec 17, 2021
    7
    Fatal Frame is one of those series I’ve heard about on the wind that always sounded interesting, but I’ve never had the opportunity to checkFatal Frame is one of those series I’ve heard about on the wind that always sounded interesting, but I’ve never had the opportunity to check out. While having seen that this port of a WiiU exclusive isn’t particularly revered amongst its peers as someone without a point of reference I’ll admit that I’m pretty impressed with it overall. Absolutely creepy and haunting, it’s a great “play in the dark with the headphones on” sort of experience that’s perfect for this time of year and the game does a great job of letting you periodically see things in the periphery that’ll catch your attention. Now, when it comes to play, I’ll admit it’s a bit of an oddball as for once handheld play is likely the ideal way to go. Combat will have you trying to keep your enemies in frame to defeat them, and this is far more easily accomplished being able to tilt your Switch in-hand (which makes sense since this comes from the WiiU) so you can freely tilt it as quickly or slowly as you like as opposed to trying to do it with the digital shoulder buttons playing in docked mode. I can’t speak to how it compares to its brethren but if you’re going into this weekend wanting to be creeped out (though not necessarily scared) this will do a great job of putting you in that mood.

    https://www.nindiespotlight.com/2021/10/mini-reviews-october-29th-edition.html
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  6. Dec 12, 2021
    7
    The game "Project Zero: Priestess of Black Water" was also really fun for the new consoles. The storyline is atmospheric and intense. Even ifThe game "Project Zero: Priestess of Black Water" was also really fun for the new consoles. The storyline is atmospheric and intense. Even if you haven't played the previous parts of the series. The gameplay is also interesting and always makes a nice approach. Technically everything runs smoothly, just a bit of polish would have been great. On the whole, the remake of "Project Zero: Priestess of the Black Water" is very well done and fans should take a look. Expand
  7. Jun 16, 2022
    0
    Game shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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