Project Zero (PS2)
- Horror adventure game
- Play as Miku as she tries to solve the mystery of her brother's disappearance
- You're guided by Miku's sixth sense and armed with only an antique camera
- Uncover a dark history of grisly murders and an evil cult
- Feel Miku's heart beat through the vibration of the controller
- FMV like a classic horror movie
- Oppressive graphic and sound effects
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- Platform: PlayStation2
- PEGI Rating: Suitable for 16 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 16. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 16 years of age or over.
- Media: Video Game
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Project Zero (released as Fatal Frame in Japan and the US) is a horror-adventure game that leaves its victims breathless as they become immersed in a world of supernatural spirits and sheer terror. Guided by her sixth sense and armed only with an antique camera, Miku sets out to solve the mystery of her brother's sudden disappearance. As the story unfolds, she discovers gruesome details about the Himura mansion's troubled past. The property and surrounding area have a dark history involving grisly murders, an evil cult, and restless spirits...
With a couple of exceptions, the PlayStation 2 has been starved of good quality survival-horror games. That's changed with the arrival of Project Zero, which mixes Japanese mythology, atmospheric graphics and freaky sound effects.
Project Zero is the European version of the Japanese title Fatal Frame, and tells the tale of a young girl searching for her missing brother in a cursed mansion--all fairly straightforward stuff. Fans of the genre will feel right at home as the background story is quickly filled out, allowing the business of ghost-hunting to begin. In contrast to the comic lunacy of the GameCube's Luigi's Mansion, the spooks and spectres here are very adult in nature. The ghosts arrive to the sound of screaming and moaning and they don't shut up until they're "killed"--an act that requires a camera.
Project Zero eschews pistols and shotguns in favour of a celluloid-death approach, which makes sense given that the opposition are well beyond the living to start with. In camera mode, the heroine's faithful Box Brownie pops up in a first-person style and it's necessary to keep the ghoul within the focusing reticule in order to drain maximum power from it. This process may sound a little lame, but in operation it works well.
The plot development is nicely done and there are numerous puzzles to solve that are well balanced and never get too tough; but it's the graphics and sound that really make Project Zero special. Cut-scenes are rendered in a variety of styles that are designed to increase the tension and the sparse soundtrack works wonders. While this isn't the strongest title in the PS2's gaming arsenal it'll certainly keep survival-horror fans busy until the next instalment of Silent Hill. Remember though, it's best played with the sound up, in the dark, and on your own... --Chris RussellSee all Product description
Top customer reviews
Project Zero (also known as Zero Rei(Japan) and Fatel Frame(america) is a survival horror game. You play Miku, a young girl with the power to see vision's and see ghosts. She comes to the Himuro mansion in search of her elder brother Mayfuyu, who two weeks ago came to this mansion in search of a famous novelist Junsei Takamine (who went for material to write his next novel).
My thoughts on the game:
The game I feel is scarier than that of Silent Hill and Resident Evil, I've played both games and felt that, though they were scary, they didn't have that spark.
The game, although doesn't look amazingly scary when you start actually starts to pick into your brain. Only having a camera to protect you might put you off this game, but I felt it actually enchanced the fear, I mean.. jesus you only have a CAMERA!
You slowly find out about the ritual's the Himuro family followed and it get's sicker and more twisted as you play through the game.
Begginer gamers might find this title a little challenging, the puzzel's are difficult if you don't find all the clues and the battle system sometimes take's a little to get used to. The this that pleased me most, is when you complete the game and have the choice to restart it (with all the camera bonus's and items you picked up) different events happen. Ie. When you play on the first time you walk past a candle in the first room and nothing happens. When you reply you walk past the candle and it flares up, frightening Miku, and me!!
People who get freaked out by scarry things easily might best leave this title be, it's very violent, very graphic and very scary! When I brought it, the guy at the counter actually pre-warned me about the game. I've never been pre-warned about Silent Hill or Resident Evil ever!!
The soundtrack compliments the game totally, the there is a "dirty" layer over the gameplay to get a tarnished feel. I reccomend this game to anyone who think's they need a challange and a scare. The second release of this game "Project Zero2:crimson butterfly" is out this 2004
Briefly, you play a young Japanese girl who is searching for her missing brother in an old, haunted mansion. She is equipped with an antique camera which has the ability to trap spirits once a picture is taken and, therefore, 'kill' ghosts and suchlike. So you find yourself exploring this frightening place, filled with dark corners, sudden cut-scenes (and I mean SUDDEN!) and a well-developing storyline which keeps you playing, even though your nerves are telling you to stop!
Camera-work and controls are similar to Res Evil, albeit slightly easier to use. The sounds are fantastic, with frightening music/chants/moans in the background.
The graphics are good, and the game will certainly keep you busy with its balance of puzzles - some of them simply fetch and bring, some of them more taxing, but nothing too difficult.
All this sounds well and good...until you have an encounter... I can't put the terror into words so I'll let you see for yourself!
Overall an excellent game, and I was glad to complete it!
It looked dark and brooding, something to subtly play on the mind whilst you're trying to solve the next piece of the puzzle. It is just that. The use of sound effects, and the sound track all add to the experience. They are perfectly integrated into the game that it took a while for me to notice it, and how well done it was.
As others have mentioned in their reviews, the fact that you're a teenage girl armed only with a camera that has the ability to capture spirits is what makes this game stand out from a pretty crowded selection of rpg's currently available for the PS2.
The control system was initially a little fiddly, but after an hour I didn't notice this any more. Just as well, as I still find it hard not to panic when I encounter a nasty spirit.
The story is well thought out and put together, without being overly complicated. It still requires some thought, which makes this a game that I find I need to sit down to for an hour or more, rather than one that can be used to have a quick rattle.
It's well structured, and you'll have a pretty good idea of what you need to do very quickly after starting the game.
If you feel the need to combat dark mysterious forces in the universe, and you're tired of rocket launchers and plasma cannons, this may just be worth trying out.
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