Project Zero 2: Crimson Butterfly - PS2

Also known as: Fatal Frame 2', 'Project Zero 2: Crimson Butterfly Director's Cut', 'Project Zero 2: Wii Edition', 'Zero: Akai Chō', 'Zero: Shinku No Chou

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Project Zero 2: Crimson Butterfly (PS2)
Also for: Wii, Xbox
Viewed: 3D First-person / Third-person Genre:
Adventure: Survival Horror
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Tecmo Soft. Co.: Tecmo
Publishers: Ubisoft (GB)
Released: 30 Apr 2004 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 16+
Accessories: Memory Card
Features: Vibration Function Compatible


Survival Horror games that don't go by the name of Resident Evil, Alone in the Dark or Silent Hill can often struggle to make a name for themselves in a genre with such an overwhelming series of games. So it's really our job tell you when there's something you're all missing. And in 2002, many of you missed a respected Tecmo horror called Project Zero. Now you all have a chance to get back on the survival horror bandwagon with Project Zero 2: Crimson Butterfly.

There is one question most gamers will ask themselves as they learn of Crimson Butterfly. Is it merely a clone of other A-list titles in the genre? Thankfully, the answer is no. All games bear similarities to one game or another - it's inevitable. But Crimson Butterfly's approach is quite different, and although the story is typical of this breed of game, its adoption of one-weapon gameplay is unique.

Dropped into a ghost town situated in the middle of a distinctly uninviting forest, players quickly learn that an army of hungry ghosts is none-too-keen on their presence, and the only life-saving tool you carry happens to be your enchanted camera. Equipped with the ability to take snap shots and steal the souls of your adversaries, you must simply point and click your way through the adventure. Extra damage is rewarded for clearer shots, and the use of added camera functions in Crimson Butterfly helps to diversify gameplay a little. Players are now able to earn new features such as slow motion and can even scan their foe's hit points. You are free to customise your camera how you please.

Project Zero was good, but the Crimson Butterfly sequel is a massive improvement. The game as a whole is less restrictive, environments are larger and the scope for exploration is much bigger. But most of all, it's absolutely terrifying. Leave the lights on.