Saturday, September 29, 2007


Fatal Frame

known as Project Zero in Europe and Zero in Japan by Tecmo, is a survival horror series, so far consisting of three games. The first and second games in the series were released for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. The third game is currently only available for the PlayStation 2. The series deals with exorcism, dark Shinto rituals, and above all, ghosts.
Created by Tecmo, Fatal Frame is one of the most well received survival horror games to date,[citation needed] largely due to the atmospheric music, dark and claustrophobic environments, emphasis on aesthetics and art design and the variety of spirits encountered during the course of the game.[citation needed] The main object of the game is to solve a mystery which is linked to old Japanese superstitions. The player's main enemies are ghosts; a few are friendly, but most are not. The only form of defense is a camera obscura, which allows the player to exorcise ghosts by taking a picture of them and thus, sealing their spirit in the film.

Throughout the series, references are made to Kunihiko Asou, a fictitious Japanese "Occultist" that lived during the late nineteenth century. Using western technology, he developed inventions that would allow him and others to make contact with spirits in the "other world." His inventions include the camera obscura, the primary weapon used to defend against ghosts throughout the series, the spirit stone radio, introduced in Fatal Frame II as a means to listen to the thoughts and memories of spirits that had been stored in special crystals, and a projector capable of displaying ghostly images captured on film that motion picture cameras could not see. According to Fatal Frame III, Asou's various inventions were eventually scattered about Japan and are now heavily sought after by collectors. The camera obscura used by Miku in the first game had once belonged to her mother, and Mio finds a different camera obscura while exploring the lost village. It is likely that the broken camera obscura Rei finds (which was sent to her fiancé by Mio's uncle Kei) is the same camera that Mio used in the second game.

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