6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
This review is from: Project Zero 2: Crimson Butterfly (PS2) (Video Game)
If you liked the Silent Hill series then you will love this - no question. It has a strong story that drives the gameplay and makes you want to see the end.
The basics of the game are much the same as every other horror survival game - you battle ghosts, run around finding ammo, health and other bits and pieces useful to your quest and try to get yourself and your twin out of there alive. There aren't very many puzzles and those that are were perhaps a bit on the easy side but that's not really what you buy a game like this for. You buy it for the horror and you'll not be disappointed.
It's pretty scary stuff. The twin theme is spooky and the graphics are great but the sound really makes it all work - the voicework is especially good. Ghosts, some helpful and some not so helpful, are present in abundance. You have to exorcise them using a camera obscura - which you basically use like a sophisticated gun. 'Battles' can be very tense, with gruesome creatures groaning/whispering/screaming at you, appearing and disappearing whilst you, immobile whilst in camera mode, try to get enough decent pictures to save yourself. Enough scares for even the most hardened horror gamer, I'd say. Great stuff!
BUT...on the down side (and the reasons I'm not giving 5 stars):
The control system is clunky and direction angles often change when you run into a new screen meaning that if you're not careful you end up running back the way you came. Also, there is no control over camera angles so sometimes you are looking into the corners of rooms blindly pressing the action button incase there is something there - I would much rather be able to see. But although it (really) irritates at first, you do get used to it and it doesn't spoil the game overall.
Grumble number 2 is about the game itself. I don't want games to be easy but it's sometimes not at all obvious what you are meant to be doing in order to progress. There are few things more frustrating in gaming than running from room to room in a big house looking for something you've missed. Rooms are always exciting the first time around but by the third or fourth they lose their charm. Still, it only happened a couple of times in the whole game and others might not have the same problems.
There is replay value. More than one ending and extra bits and pieces (such as a sense function that allows you to see extra ghosts) should entice you to have another go - especially if you get a bad ending the first time.
A very enjoyable game. If you like the genre, are old enough and have nerves of steel then consider buying this.