Mixed or average reviews - based on 58 Critic Reviews

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  1. Positive: 25 out of 58
  2. Negative: 4 out of 58
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  1. Nintendo Force Magazine
    Nov 30, 2015
    After the attention-grabbing opening, the greatness of the story never lets up for a moment. [Issue #18 – November/December 2015, p.22]
  2. 90
    With all this said, Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is easily one of my favorite Wii U games to date. It feels like an old-school horror game but has the modern twists such as GamePad use and HD graphics to make it stand out in the gaming world today.
  3. Oct 19, 2015
    Instead of the in-your-face outright scare without substance, Maiden of Black Water goes for a sense of dread paired with an insatiable curiosity to know what happened next. It's a welcome re-introduction to the franchise in the West, a hit for the Wii U, which is still trying to prove it can appeal to "Mature" gamers.
  4. Power Unlimited
    Dec 10, 2015
    Its atmospheric horror, improved camera combat, fancy HD graphics and intense story make this the best entry in the classic horror series yet. [dec. 2015 / page 059]
  5. 85
    Despite these nitpicks, this game is a triumphant revival of a series that has remained dormant in North America for several console generations, and for those who did get to play the Wii iterations there is much new spooky fun to be had.
  6. Oct 19, 2015
    Yes, it still does retread a lot of what the series has always been known for, and can comes across feeling as more of the same. This doesn’t matter though, Fatal Frame has been the top tier of ghostly survival horror adventures, and Maiden of Black Water proves you can’t keep a good franchise dead, even when that’s what its entire premise is about.
  7. Oct 19, 2015
    Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water finds a wildly effective new way to utilize the GamePad as the Camera Obscura, and builds some great story and atmosphere. Barring an odd control scheme and some tedious missions, this is a stellar horror title for any Wii U owner.
  8. Oct 19, 2015
    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.
  9. Nov 9, 2015
    This is one horror game that’s worth the play in any month: just remember to shut those lights off and keep the flash on.
  10. Edge Magazine
    Nov 7, 2015
    This is a potent and upsetting work that leaves a deep impression, spreading and darkening like a bruise. [Dec 2015, p.120]
  11. Nov 6, 2015
    Fatal Frame continues to treat the split between shooting and running as a productive tension, with results that are equally exciting and scary.
  12. Nov 2, 2015
    Perhaps one day Fatal Frame will be in better hands, but for now Maiden of Black Water ranks as one of the better horror games to come out in a long time.
  13. Nov 2, 2015
    Maiden of Black Water is decidedly an example of a game where genre experience and fandom has everything to do with its appeal. Games like this are fan service at this point, and Maiden of Black Water strikes all the correct notes.
  14. Oct 25, 2015
    Τhere is a vestigial effort of modernization in Maiden of Black Water and there are some minor mishaps in the control scheme and the level design. However, Maiden remains a very satisfying horror experience with the iconic Camera Obscura and the charming mixture o Japanese Folklore and modern age Madness.
  15. Oct 20, 2015
    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.
  16. Oct 19, 2015
    On the graphics side it might be terribly dated, but the story is indeed interesting, and the nightmarish story it tells will stick with you. For true horror fans.
  17. Oct 19, 2015
    Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water is a solid attempt at the classic survival horror genre, with cumbersome controls on the one hand and a beautiful story and characters on the other hand.
  18. Oct 19, 2015
    Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water is a beautifully-crafted horror game that makes use of a perfect formula of fear and stress to immerse the player into its atmosphere. One of the best horror games in recent times and a compulsory element in the collection of anyone willing to be plunged into a world of fear where they have nothing to rely on other than their wits and a camera.
  19. Oct 19, 2015
    Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is going to be a tough sell for those who aren't familiar with the franchise. It's got a lot of questionable design decisions and feels like a more bare bones experience than past games of the series. But it's Fatal Frame, these games only come along in a blue moon these days, so savor them while they still exist.
  20. Oct 19, 2015
    Overall, Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water is a superb return for the series, and while it will undoubtedly frustrate most players with its archaic and downright atrocious control scheme, it makes up for its shortcomings with a fun and intuitive combat system, a scary and obscure story and stunning sound and art direction
  21. Oct 30, 2015
    There are certain aspects to Maiden of Black Water that I can't help but question, but overall, it's a solid addition to the series, and finally provides gamers with the feeling of holding a Camera Obscura with the help of a GamePad. And that pushes the gameplay a long way. If it's a scarefest that you're after this Halloween, Fatal Frame is worth the download. Just make sure you have an external hard drive set up first – it's a massive 13GB.
  22. Nov 6, 2015
    Those small issues aside, Maiden of Black Water is a premium title on Wii U that left me very impressed. The use of the GamePad here is a rare example of what Wii U’s controller can bring to a game that other consoles can’t.
  23. Oct 22, 2015
    ​The dismal atmosphere, the interesting story and the original use of the Wii U Gamepad make Project Zero: Maiden of Blackwater a unique horror experience. Some parts of the game are a bit old-school, some things are a tad too repetitive, but the horror and the dreary atmosphere make up for that. It is not nice, but it is definitely haunting.
  24. Oct 19, 2015
    This episode of Project Zero is like traveling back in time to the golden age of survival horrors. Some may love playing a PS2-like horror game, while some other may feel like it's outdated. We've enjoyed it, even though it still has some aspects that could have been improved.
  25. Oct 19, 2015
    Great atmosphere, three characters, good length, the use of the GamePad, detailed graphics… Maiden of Black Water lacks innovation, but it's definitely a good Project Zero game. Fans won't be disappointed and new gamers will discover this franchise in a proper way.
  26. Oct 20, 2015
    While the story can be convoluted and the controls make navigation harder than it should be, it's dark take on death and atmosphere make it a ghost hunt worth taking.
  27. Oct 19, 2015
    Quotation forthcoming.
  28. Nov 19, 2015
    Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water may start out slow-paced with about a dozen tutorials before the real action begins, but if you stick with the game for long enough to get settled in this is a fun adventure into the unknown. If you’re a fan of horror games but aren’t a fan of cheap jump scares then this is the perfect game for you. Just make sure to leave the lights on.
  29. Nov 4, 2015
    An interesting but ultimately flawed experience, one that is pushed forward by the brilliant use of the GamePad, but dragged back by its slightly ropey visuals, wooden characterisation and consistently terrible English dub.
  30. Nov 3, 2015
    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.
  31. Oct 27, 2015
    It uses the gamepad in smart and useful ways, but its a bit too slow and japanese-culture-oriented in its themes to be really scary. Mind you, some sequences are truly unsettling... unfortunately the repetitive gameplay and technical limitations make it a game developed only for true fans of the series.
  32. Oct 23, 2015
    Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water is a good survival horror. Its story and creepy atmosphere are involving, but unfortunately the use of Wii U GamePad is really unhandy.
  33. Oct 19, 2015
    The game is a worthy successor of its elders. The atmosphere is oppressive, so that we constantly have the feeling that a hand will come grab our own hands... Using the GamePad is truly immersive too. Nethertheless, threre's one big default: you should be exasperated by the slow movement of the characters.
  34. Oct 19, 2015
    Maiden of Black Water is a good addition to the small lineup of horror games on the Wii U. The creepy, disturbing atmosphere and gamepad controls are great, but the outdated design and sometimes disappointing graphics don't make this a classic.
  35. Oct 19, 2015
    The best and funniest control in the series... but is also the least scariest of all.
  36. Oct 19, 2015
    Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water has been put through a wringer of doubt and speculation in the run up to its release, but manages to come out the other side still just as drenched with atmosphere and intrigue as ever.
  37. Oct 19, 2015
    If you're bored of relentless jump scares in horror games, you'll probably get a nice kick out of this paranormal adventure.
  38. Oct 19, 2015
    A compelling thriller that makes great use of the GamePad, but fails to truly scare or shock.
  39. Oct 19, 2015
    Chilling ghosts and a malevolent story make the new Fatal Frame an unsettling experience.
  40. Oct 19, 2015
    Those looking for a spooky adventure for Halloween can certainly find one in Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water. Taking photos of ghosts while trying to keep dry is enthralling, while Mount Hikami’s forests and shrines are among some of the spookiest locales in the franchise.
  41. Nov 16, 2015
    We're facing a game with a lot of contrasts. On one hand, it uses the GamePad excellently and it delivers great art direction. On the other, it fails terribly in the terms of storytelling and movement controls.
  42. Oct 30, 2015
    Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water's full price tag might shy away some would-be buyers since it's only available in North America as a digital release, but veterans of the series or survival horror fans in general will certainly have a good time having an otherworldly photo shoot at Mt. Hikami.
  43. Oct 20, 2015
    This new Fatal Frame gets the atmosphere right, makes the player uneasy. That's a pretty good point to start with for a horror game. But once you're in control, it becomes awful to play and offers no perspective of new challenge to force the player to go forward.
  44. Oct 19, 2015
    Survival horror hit a wall, and Maiden of Black Water isn't the one to overcome it.
  45. Oct 23, 2015
    Thankfully, the lynchpin for this game is a pretty decent lynchpin, so if you love ghosts and Instagram and don’t mind redundancy, then Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is the sixth scariest thing you can do with a camera.
  46. Dec 4, 2015
    The premise of the Project Zero series, quite literally having to face up to your fears to catch them on camera, is ingenious. Furthermore, at its high points, Maiden of Black Water showcases a generous amount of the very peculiar and likeable Japanese horror atmosphere. However, the experience suffers from imprecise and slow controls, making for frustrating maneuvering through the rather samey surroundings of the haunted Mount Hikami. Add to that the large amount of terribly dull and boringly angst-ridden notes that most of the narrative is related through, and you have a game that, unfortunately, doesn't quite live up to its potential.
  47. Games Master UK
    Dec 1, 2015
    What might've been an impressive title 10-15 years ago feels creaky and dull in a modern context. [Dec 2015, p.71]
  48. Nov 6, 2015
    While the series’ photo shooting mechanics work well with the gamepad and the story is interesting enough to keep you hooked, the clumsy fights as well as the slightly boring characters try to drive you away from the ghost hunt.
  49. Oct 19, 2015
    Some horror games skillfully wield repetition as a tool, letting players grow accustomed to the familiar to set up scares both subtle and cuss-worthy. Unfortunately, Maiden of the Black Water is waterlogged with repeated environments and monotonous phantasmagorical photo sessions.
  50. Dec 6, 2015
    A game that’s atmospheric as hell, but that does nothing with it.
  51. Oct 19, 2015
    It commits perhaps the worst sin a horror game – or indeed any game – could commit. It is boring. Once you’ve made the audience yawn, you’ve lost your ability to frighten them forever.
  52. 50
    Fatal Frame: Maiden of the Black Water is a game that horror fans will want to love, but will end up causing frustration due to broken controls and an annoying mission structure. The scares are still there though, if you can forgive the other mistakes.
  53. Oct 19, 2015
    Enjoyable combat and bold enemy design can't save Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water. With a dull, repetitive story that abandons any sense of horror, it's a shadow of what it could have been.
  54. Oct 19, 2015
    With too much out of sync--from wildly variable handling to the way you use items to the unconvincing character relationships--Fatal Frame: Maiden of the Black Water isn't anything more than a mediocre experience.
  55. Oct 26, 2015
    Another wasted survival horror sequel, that ruins its chance to make proper use of the GamePad and turns fear of the unknown into fear of the same old thing.
  56. Oct 20, 2015
    As a huge series fan, I had high hopes for Maiden of Black Water. I certainly didn’t expect to find my attention drifting because the game became boring. For all its flaws in the past, the Project Zero series has never been simply dull. And yet that’s exactly what Maiden of Black Water is.
  57. Oct 19, 2015
    Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is a disappointing Wii U exclusive horror story that is more likely to put players to sleep than it is to scare them.
  58. Oct 19, 2015
    If this what Fatal Frame is now, I don't want it anymore.
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  1. Dec 9, 2015
    Maiden of Black Water polishes an old formula almost perfectly, though the game itself isn't so polished in spots. Buy it anyway.
  2. Dec 8, 2015
    At its worst, Fatal Frame is bogged down by repetition and a frustrating, if inspired, combat system. Your ability to overlook this will likely depend on your appreciation of candlelight.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 254 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 39 out of 254
  1. Oct 23, 2015
    Censorship on a mature-rated, already niche game? Way to alienate the fanbase that would have been interested in this game in the firstCensorship on a mature-rated, already niche game? Way to alienate the fanbase that would have been interested in this game in the first place, Nintendo. Full Review »
  2. Oct 24, 2015
    No chance I will support a censored game. Two costumes have been changed and the clothing of a female character during a cutscene, which makesNo chance I will support a censored game. Two costumes have been changed and the clothing of a female character during a cutscene, which makes the cutscene more or less pointless. Full Review »
  3. Oct 25, 2015
    i wanted the full fatal frame game.. not a censored or changed game! thanks but no thanks! it's not a matter of it being sexy or anything buti wanted the full fatal frame game.. not a censored or changed game! thanks but no thanks! it's not a matter of it being sexy or anything but if you can't have faith in your own product.. how can other people have faith in it ??? i wanted the original experience not something else! and yes even a piece of clothing will change the game because it set the tone of the game at that point in time! thanks for ruining it! you will not recieve any further payment from me untill this is dealt with! Full Review »