Top 25 Must-Play Video Games: Fatal Frame 2 Crimson Butterfly a.k.a. Project Zero 2 (#11)

12 August 2011
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Fatal Frame 2 Crimson Butterfly Mio and Mayu

Next at number 11 we have Tecmo’s survival horror game Fatal Frame 2 Crimson butterfly a.k.a. Project Zero 2, a white knuckle ride of scares with a beautifully tragic story.

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  • All of these choices from number 25 to 1 have well-shaped characters, immersive story lines or something unique that really sets them apart from everything else. Each weekday a new game will be revealed until we reach #1.

    Play video games for an immersive experience? Then hopefully you will enjoy these recommendations!

    Tecmo’s 2003 survival horror game for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Wii platform – Fatal Frame 2 Crimson Butterfly.

    Check out the trailer!


    The day of a new ritual approaches…

    Legend tells of a lost village whose population vanished during the eve of a sacred ceremony.
    Now twin sisters have found themselves trapped in this lost village and are in danger of succumbing to the ritual of the Crimson Sacrifice.

    Players must venture into All God’s Village and escape the horrors that lie in wait. The ritual is rapidly approaching!

    Fatal Frame 2 is a classic survival horror with a heart-felt, chilling story and ingenious gameplay mechanics that elevate the genre to new heights! The second title in a series, picking just one game for this count-down was very hard considering they all play beautifully. However, Crimson Butterfly wins with the best story line and puts it at number 11 in the list of Top 25 Must-Play Video Games.

    Your primary weapon in the game is the “Camera Obscura”; a camera with a difference, it has the supernatural ability to destroy spirits. Though the use of a camera in gameplay isn’t exactly new, Fatal Frame 2 utilizes this feature to the fullest! Not only does this ‘weapon’ leave you feeling highly under-protected, but you can only take powerful shots when a ghost is close enough to touch your nose (or lens). Waiting for a spirit to get so close for that split-second opportunity is a nail-bitingly, tense ordeal!

    And these ghosts aren’t pleasant by any means. Misshapen, twisted and extremely malevolent, your filament glows a bright red when one is near. There will be many times in battle where a ghost will disappear and in these situations, the filament is your only guide to determine where it will jump out next.

    The Camera Obscura is possibly one of the best survival horror mechanics created! This feeling of vulnerability haunts you throughout the game, and in combat you feel no better. The lens is the only thing that separates you from the horrors you face.

    The sound effects, too, only add to this roller coaster ride of terror! Taking a leaf out of Silent Hill’s book, Crimson Butterfly utilizes the sound of static to create a sense of building tension. In addition to this, Mio’s echoing footsteps and quickening heartbeat when danger approaches, leave you on the edge of your seat. Fatal Frame 2 cleverly creates an atmosphere in which the player feels unsafe and it makes for a great gameplay experience!

    The one thing perhaps that makes Crimson Butterfly the best game in the series is its story.

    It follows twins Mio and Mayu Amakura as they try to escape a ghostly ritual. Mio feels a guilt and responsibility for her sister after a childhood accident leaves Mayu weakened in her young adult life. Events in the game explore and test the friendship and bond between the two, which makes for beautiful and somewhat sad viewing. As a result of superb character development and story-telling, this compulsion to escape ‘together’ affects the player too, and makes the terrors that you witness all the more heart-wrenching.

    Fatal Frame 2 Crimson Butterfly is first and foremost a horror game, but peel away the layers and you’ll find a well told story both tragic and terrifying. This game doesn’t just succeed in gameplay, it sets a benchmark for how all horror games should play.

    If you are a survival horror-junkie like me, Fatal Frame 2 should not be missed.

    But don’t forget! Play this game in the dark, with headphones, on high volume for the full experience. I will warn you however that sleepless nights may follow!


    Interested in this game? Try if you’re living in the UK or (US) for some great deals!

    Happy spirit-snapping!

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    By Meg Smith: An avid gamer with a two year degree in Video Games Art and Design, she lives to broaden her gaming horizons and loves any game that captures the imagination or tries something new. Read her posts here and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and at Google+.

    • Stella_eterna

      I greatly disagree with this choice! I have played ALL of the Fatal Frame games and # 2 was my LEAST favorite of them all. Yes, the storyline was very interesting and the relationship between the sisters was heartbreaking, but the controls of the game were so unbelieveably frustrating that I had to literally force myself through it if only for the pride issue to say that I beat it. Otherwise, I have gone back to play FF #3 over again twice, and I can’t even count the number of times I have played FF #1 – it is indeed the best of the Fatal Frame seriesl and one of my favorite games of all time.

      This was a wrong choice…..very, very wrong.

    • Byron_hells_vacancy_1986

      look at the girls in that pic, sat back to back….what the f*ck is it with the nips and their disgusting obsession with sexualising preteen girls ? That country has MANY things wrong with it’s society in general, but the rampant paedophilia has got to be the worst and most sickening. All you weaboos out there too that defend it should be rounded up too.

    • joe

      let me guess youre a prude american
      what you say has nothing to do with the game
      youre being shallow and judging a book by its cover
      if you like survival horror games at least play it before judging

    • Anonymous

      Hmmm I can’t say I noticed any of that lol!
      Pre-teen, female playable characters have been used a lot in survival horror games, mainly because they are deemed ‘physically weaker’ than their male counterparts. This adds to a horror game experience, I think, when combat is involved. Silent Hill is a survival horror exception though haha! (‘w ‘)

    • Anonymous

      This was a very hard choice to make indeed, considering that I own and love them all. I personally felt however that they all played as well as eachother :3
      But to each his own 😀 thank you very much for sharing your personal opinion!

    • Danny

      You can’t be serious…
      Let’s clarify things:
      1) The girls are 15 and aren’t preteens. In the Wii version their age has been changed to 17.
      2) At least do you know how to use the word weaboo?
      3) Every country has got problems with the society, not only Japan.

    • Danny

      Oh c’mon. Don’t exaggerate.
      There aren’t wrong and good choices. Project Zero 2 has been a good game and the saga is known thanks to it. Project Zero is good, but for you is one of your favourite games of the saga.
      Objectively Project Zero 2 received big ranks
      81/100 (Ps2 version)
      84/100 (Xbox Version)

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