Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly Impressions

The unique PlayStation 2 horror game gets a sequel.


We got a glimpse of the trailer for Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly, the sequel to last year's disturbing PlayStation 2 and Xbox horror game. The PlayStation 2-exclusive game will predate the original Fatal Frame and follow the travails of twin sisters caught up in mysterious circumstances. The trouble begins when the girls visit a village they used to frequent as children. During their visit to the area, the sisters chase a mysterious crimson butterfly into a nearby forest. When they emerge they discover an abandoned village that, unbeknownst to them, was the site of a disturbing ritual that involved twin girls. You'll play as the younger twin, Mio, who vows to save her older sister, Mayu. It seems that Mayu's psychic powers have left her vulnerable to evil spirits in the area. Mayu's possession sets a chain of events in motion that threaten to bring about the bloody ritual in which the older sister kills the younger one.

The gameplay in Fatal Frame 2 will once again focus on using a mysterious camera to fight off evil spirits by taking their picture. The basic structure of the game will follow the original game's to a certain degree. You'll still explore your surroundings, in this case the grounds and buildings of the village, and face off against ancient spirits with the mysterious camera obscura. The game will feature an interesting twist in that its setting allows the story behind the camera's creation to be revealed.

The game is slated to feature a broad selection of enhancements over the original Fatal Frame, including improved graphics, dynamic sound, and a greater number of chapters to play through. The team is also attempting to adjust the game's pacing by reworking the puzzles you'll encounter and making the camera a more integral part of solving them. Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly is expected to ship this fall.

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