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  • Summary: Fatal Frame/Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water consists of 3 interconnected stories that converge to uncover the truth behind a recent group of tragic deaths in a forest marred by a history of suicides. As one of 3 people with the power of the Camera Obscura and the ability to see theFatal Frame/Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water consists of 3 interconnected stories that converge to uncover the truth behind a recent group of tragic deaths in a forest marred by a history of suicides. As one of 3 people with the power of the Camera Obscura and the ability to see the shadows of those spirited away, you will 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 all—the history of death and darkness on Mt. Hikami. Expand

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Fatal Frame V - Introduction Trailer (Japanese)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 58
  2. Negative: 4 out of 58
  1. NF Magazine
    Nov 30, 2015
    90
    After the attention-grabbing opening, the greatness of the story never lets up for a moment. [Issue #18 – November/December 2015, p.22]
  2. Oct 19, 2015
    83
    The Wii U GamePad fits very well, especially in Off-TV mode. Apart from that, it doesn't add many new features to the series, but it's still a worthy entry.
  3. Oct 20, 2015
    80
    Project Zero: Maidens of the Black Water is a nice old school survival horror. If you love games such as the old Fatal Frame, Resident Evil or Silent Hill, this is something you should instantly buy.
  4. Oct 19, 2015
    70
    If you're bored of relentless jump scares in horror games, you'll probably get a nice kick out of this paranormal adventure.
  5. Nov 3, 2015
    70
    Impressive visuals aside, Maiden Of Black Water is unashamedly last-gen in design. It’s creepy enough to give you sleepless nights and the story’s better than that of previous games, but you’ll have to put up with occasionally clunky controls if you want to enjoy this tale. It’s just about worth it.
  6. Oct 19, 2015
    62
    Survival horror hit a wall, and Maiden of Black Water isn't the one to overcome it.
  7. Oct 19, 2015
    40
    If this what Fatal Frame is now, I don't want it anymore.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 50
  2. Negative: 11 out of 50
  1. Oct 25, 2015
    10
    Great game and a lot of fun for fatal frame fans. Don't let rabid horndogs stray you away from this one. More like an 8-9 if we want to beGreat game and a lot of fun for fatal frame fans. Don't let rabid horndogs stray you away from this one. More like an 8-9 if we want to be technical, but balancing things out. :P Expand
  2. Feb 3, 2016
    10
    I want to first say thank you to Nintendo for finally releasing this game over here I first downloaded it when it first released but I haven'tI want to first say thank you to Nintendo for finally releasing this game over here I first downloaded it when it first released but I haven't gotten around to playing it until the past 3 or 4 nights and I want to say that this game is an 8 or 9 but I gave it a 10 to help accommodate for the people that give it such low scores like a 0 or 1 which is ridiculous but I rate games on how much they make me want to return to playing it and since I started playing this game I have not been able to put it down I think it's a fantastic exclusive for the Wii U it's a shame that not a lot of people will play this game just like the wonderful 101 which was another fantastic game that didn't sell huge but if the game was released on PlayStation 4 or Xbox one it would sell a ton of copies I have not played any of the other fatal frames so I can not compare it to them but I must say that I am extremely happy this game was released over here because they kept saying we were not going to get this game and I think it's definitely worth the money especially that you get to download the demo first which I didn't download I've been waiting for this game so long I just purchased it right away so it's very easy for everyone to make their own decision with the demo Expand
  3. Oct 30, 2015
    10
    Wow. This is without a doubt the second best Fatal Frame game in the series, after Fatal Frame 2, Wii Edition. Absolutely amazing. DeeplyWow. This is without a doubt the second best Fatal Frame game in the series, after Fatal Frame 2, Wii Edition. Absolutely amazing. Deeply upsetting and disturbing (depending on how you choose to play and whether you decide to view all the VHS clips etc). This is a genuinely horrifying work, and like all the great horror literature, this game will use your own imagination against you. Koei Tecmo have nailed it with Maiden Of Black Water. I really hope that the criticism that this game may attract isn't purely based upon the terrible decision not to release it physically in the US. Because that would just make matters worse for genuine survival horror fans. This game is a masterpiece, and it will forever be viewed as such! Just like Xenoblade Chronicles and Panzer Dragoon Saga. Expand
  4. Nov 26, 2015
    8
    A lot of people will say to you, "it's censored, dont buy it" but to be honest, look what happened to DOA Xtreme 3, got cancelled because ofA lot of people will say to you, "it's censored, dont buy it" but to be honest, look what happened to DOA Xtreme 3, got cancelled because of sexism, and surely this one had very similar fate, also, the Zelda and Samus outfits feel like a great fan service, but let's talk technical stuff now.

    First of all, the flaws i've seen in the game are the bland expressions of the characters, usually you have to pay a lot of attention just to notice the movement of their lips, also the controls are a bit clunky but you'l get used to it eventually.

    We also have lustful ghost's that will get you out of your atmosphere.

    Apart from that it's a great scary game with lots of suspense and good storytelling, you will lose the scare factor over time but every Fatal Frame fan knows that so there's nothing new there.

    In the end it's a good FF game, not the best of all but you will enjoy it nonetheless, i wouldn't recommend it to non FF fans in general because they may not enjoy it, but it's your call so you'l know what you want.
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  5. Apr 19, 2018
    8
    A great horror game!
    As a Fatal Frame fan, I loved this game. It has a terrifying atmosphere, like any horror game should have, and the
    A great horror game!
    As a Fatal Frame fan, I loved this game. It has a terrifying atmosphere, like any horror game should have, and the story is engaging, it'll keep you on the edge. The use of the gamepad as the camera is a bit odd, but it works well. People like to bring down this game because of the censorship in one scene, and while that is a bit disappointing, this is a game about horror, not looking at lewd Japanese girls. The controls do seem a bit clunky, and the encounters do seem repetitive at times. But the environments, the horror element, everything about this game makes it worth that huge download.

    Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water gets an 8/10.
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  6. Nov 12, 2015
    6
    Fatal Frame: Maiden of Blackwater is a horror game of the series Fatal Frame. The game has many qualities, but many problems. The story isFatal Frame: Maiden of Blackwater is a horror game of the series Fatal Frame. The game has many qualities, but many problems. The story is great and disturbing as it should be. The gameplay with the GamePad is great and works great, but as it has many ghosts, the gameplay seems a lot more action than horror. Another downside is that some ghosts are seductive, and it certainly does not make me afraid, I'm sure. The graphics are weak, they are exceeded; but facial expressions are convincing .Overall, it is a good horror game with a great story, but the many ghosts that appear, do lose a lot of the climate of terror., and that sucks. 6.5 / 10 Expand
  7. Dec 20, 2015
    0
    90% buy it when I saw the trailer. but now is 0%. I'm picky and I dont like taking stuff away because of censorship. similar with Xenoblade X90% buy it when I saw the trailer. but now is 0%. I'm picky and I dont like taking stuff away because of censorship. similar with Xenoblade X as well. Expand

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