Fatal Frame (2001)
"Zero" (original title)

Video Game  -  Action | Horror | Mystery  -  13 December 2001 (Japan)
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Armed with a camera capable of fighting ghosts, a teenage girl searches a haunted house in search of her brother.

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Rumiko Varnes ...
Miku Hinasaki (voice)
Dominic Allen ...
Mafuyu Hinasaki (voice)
Bianca Allen ...
Tomoe Hirasaka (voice)
Lenne Hardt ...
Kirie (voice)
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Junsei Takamine (voice)
Robin Suchy ...
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Mafuyu, a young man who idolizes an author of horror novels, goes on a search for the writer and his assistants when it's reported that they disappeared while exploring an old mansion and shinto shrine in the Japanese countryside for authorial inspiration. However, Mafuyu doesn't have the chance to search for too long before he himself disappears. Miku, his younger sister, follows Mafuyu's path to the mansion in order to find him, but all she can find of him is the family's antique camera. To her dismay, she also discovers that the mansion is populated with ghosts, but her camera somehow has the power to fight them. As Miku goes further into the mansion, she slowly discovers that the mansion and shrine share a horrific past that her family may have a connection with. Frightened but determined, Miku must brave the horrors of the mansion and find her brother before she becomes the next victim. Written by Anonymous

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mansion | camera | shrine | ghost | girl | See more »

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Based on a True Story

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Action | Horror | Mystery

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The subtitle "Based on a true story" was added for the American release of the game. See more »

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Blinded Maiden: My eyes... My eyes...!
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Followed by Fatal Frame III: The Tormented (2005) See more »

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Pure essence of J-Horror
24 September 2008 | by (Latvia) – See all my reviews

I picked this game up about a year ago and completed it for the first time precisely on 07.10.2007. I remember how scared I was during game-play and I do remember how I fell in love in this original masterpiece as well.

From the very start this game delivers to the player concentrated product, dripping of pure J-Horror – from the very first cut scene till the credits - everlasting Horror. And I do prefer J-Horror (Silent Hill), not American way of horror (Evil Dead, Resident Evil, n-stuff) – so, this game delivered for me all the beauty of J-Horror I wanted. Up to this point I haven’t played much of J-Horror games – except Silent Hill series (my favorite), which just creeped me out with its unpredictability, complex story, lots of unexpected events, environments, etc. But then I started to play this game and I was creeped out EVEN MORE, although this game is more linear in terms of story and various events. But this doesn’t make Fatal Frame a bad game. In fact – this game is just brilliant (see my given score) – it kept on the edge of my seat for all the game-play time and those cut scenes just blew me straight down on my knees, he he. Pure essence of Horror – delivered in interactive manner straight to the nerves of player. Due the fact of interactivity I find playing J-Horror much more scarier than watching it (although Gin gwai is a Asian Horror killer machine - recommended). I love this game because of the story to – its complex and twisted enough to make you solve this puzzle-like story – one of the beautiful aspects of Survival Horror genre (my favorite, again, he he). And I love this game because of the intense atmosphere, sound and graphic design, because of the game-play and pitch-black darkness, experienced throughout this game. And design, sounds and appearance of those ghosts, stories behind them (told in ghost list and various documents/notes), combined elements of Japanese mythology, legends, horror stories within the story of this game + the beautiful translation of these aspects into the game medium – wow, this just rocks and kicks those cutely shaped asses of Survival Horror and J-Horror fans, indeed!

Recently I completed this game for the second time (09.13.2008) and again I was scared so nicely and so much – awesome experience which can be improved, if the player plays this game in proper condition – alone in dark room, some lit candles (brings the game closer, because the only lighting in this game comes from in-game candles and moonlight), 5.1 equipment – volume turned up. This is universal recipe for Survival Horror gaming, which shall be obeyed!

And for me – there is only one flaw in this game - those long and annoying dying scenes. Some may consider the backtracking to be a flaw too, but in my opinion – this is just the structure of this game, which works very, very well!

Brilliant, beautiful, dark, mature, and amazingly scary game, which spawned a whole pentalogy (Fatal Frame 1, 2, 3, sequel on that Wii-sh** and game on Japanese 3D-enabled mobile phones where phone camera is the Camera Obscura - how cool is that?!). Sadly that this Wii-sequel isn’t on PlayStation 2. But maybe this is just a matter of time, maybe there will be a port to home-console – PlayStation 2. And I hope that this series will continue on PlayStation 3, 4, 5…

>Originally written for gamespot.com<


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