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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 58
  2. Negative: 4 out of 58
  1. Nintendo Force 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: 38 out of 56
  2. Negative: 11 out of 56
  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. Nov 17, 2015
    10
    I really like this kind of games, all the other negative comments are from people that don't have experience in this games, before criticizeI really like this kind of games, all the other negative comments are from people that don't have experience in this games, before criticize try the 3ds game and elder games of Fatal frame and you'll understand the role of this game. Expand
  3. Oct 31, 2015
    10
    Fatal Frame V has one of the best atmosphere in horror game series. There are environmental buildups that are actually good and story isFatal Frame V has one of the best atmosphere in horror game series. There are environmental buildups that are actually good and story is decent also (provided that you collected all the collectibles and read them). If you are expecting jump scares like outlast, don't. What is best in Fatal Frame V is the combat system. The camera controls via the game pad is smooth and unique for the console itself. Highly recommended for any Wii U owners (finally a game that utilizes the game pad). Controls are tank controls. It can be smooth but practice is needed to be mastered. Hint: To turn around, pull down the analog stick together with ZL, then press ZL again to change camera angles. For 'Censorships', i don't think Samus zero suit is any less hyper sexualized than the bikinis and if you really want bikinis that bad, go play dead or alive 5 instead of this game. I don't even know whether changing costumes cam be counted as a censorship in the first place. 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. Nov 2, 2015
    8
    I couldn't just stand by and see this game being ripped on because it doesn't have costumes. Sure it might be s bit annoying but giving it aI couldn't just stand by and see this game being ripped on because it doesn't have costumes. Sure it might be s bit annoying but giving it a score of 0? Ridiculous. This game has a great atmosphere, an interesting story, and what I think to be great use of the Wii u gamepad. This game has its flaws but what game doesn't? I'm giving it a higher score than it deserves to make up for the zeros. I'm sorry but it doesn't deserve that. I would give it a solid 8. Thoroughly enjoying the game so far. Expand
  6. Dec 5, 2015
    6
    Good game, but not nearly as good as Fatal Frame 2, which is the best in the series. Lowering the score since Nintendo censored the NAGood game, but not nearly as good as Fatal Frame 2, which is the best in the series. Lowering the score since Nintendo censored the NA versions and didn't even give an option to purchase the bikini outfits. 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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