I didn’t think much about today’s post because I’ve been thinking about replaying this game for the longest time but didn’t have the time to. This game is my all time favorite, because of it I got into the Japanese culture and got introduced to the Japanese music.
Fatal Frame II is set in the fictional Minakami (皆神) region of Japan. The region is home to Minakami Village (“All God’s Village”), an abandoned town where the majority of the game takes place. The player learns that Minakami Village was host to the “Crimson Sacrifice Ritual”, the failure of which caused the settlement to vanish—thus earning it the name “The Lost Village”. In the game’s present, there is an urban legend about the Lost Village, where people who become lost in the Minakami forest will become trapped forever in the village.
I absolutely love this game, it’s my forever favorite. I wrote a post about it last year, I had fun writing that. I was deeply invested in this game for months, I remember beating it over 20 times just to unlock the outfits. This game was the first one from the series I tried and from it I bought the first and third part.
I love the storyline, I’ve always been interested in Japanese folklore stories specially ghost related. What I like about this game is that it doesn’t rely on traditional jumpscares for the horror element which makes it unique in my opinion.
I highly recommend trying this game if you want a unique horror experience with a rich story.
It’s been awhile since I posted a story from my school days so I remembered this incident when I was in the 12th grade. So as you know I love videogames and back then I was into Fatal Frame series and I mean totally obsessed that I want to live that videogame even though I’m going to probably die from the atmosphere and not from a ghost.
I had a subject called English Skills which was an elective along with the normal English subject but it had more assignments and homeworks to do. The teacher asked us to write an essay about a city or a town, explaining facts about them and what makes them interesting. Of course me being all cheeky and want to think out of the box, I wrote about Minakami village (All Gods Village) from Fatal Frame 2 saying this a real cursed village and I included images from the game like these:
In my defense, some people had few points that this village is real and of course I really wanted to believe it. So here I was submitting an essay about a videogame gameplay area with CGI pictures of this place – Wow you must be trying too hard to prove you’re a gamer.
Naturally the teacher gave me a WTF look the moment she read the introduction as she finished reading, she was absolutely confused and asked me “Are you sure this is real ?” Are you doubting a gamer ? Eventually she made me rewrite this essay with an actual real city because she refused to believe that village existed but hey I tried sliding it like it was real, can’t blame me for trying.
The gist of the story, if I could turn back time to that moment I would’ve used real images of some random village and slap on them the label Minakami Village because I still believe it exists.
Silent Hill was one of the first horror games we got to experience on PS1 when we were very much younger than now, thinking we can handle a horror game just to brag around our friends that we played an adult game as we called it 17 years ago. We’ve played decent amount of horror games throughout consoles, some would turn out just okay and some would scar you for life. Here’s a list of moments that gave us a mini heart attacks when we were playing.
- Resident Evil 3 Nemesis.
When Nemesis jumped through the window during a silent terrifying ambience, I literally threw the controller to the screen in that moment.
I confess, I never managed to beat it because in my defense -I wasn’t scared at all- fear for my mental health. I felt my heart just jump to my throat and I have to swallow it back in. If I had to choose which moment, I would probably choose everything in this game.
First time I tried out this game, I didn’t see it as scary as everyone seem to claim. What makes it scary is the tense feeling you get from silent background music and walking in the woods at night time, and that tense feeling makes you jumpy to whatever happens in the game specially when Slender decides to pop up on your face all the sudden.
- Fatal Frame II
That moment when the ghost was behind Mio and she had to turn to see over her shoulder. I could list down many scary moments from this game but that part was the only time I had a mini heart attack.
- Evil Within
Casually walking and then Laura decides to meet you. I honestly panicked and I was mashing buttons the moment she showed up.
Dead Space and Outlast has their moments as well but I would consider these as my top 5 for now. What are the games that gave you mini heart attacks ?
Fatal Frame series has been my favorite franchise since I started gaming on PS2, I started with Fatal Frame 2 Crimson Butterfly and I got so obsessed with it that I beat it almost 30 times with various difficulty levels and unlocked most of the bonus outfits and missions. Later on I found Fatal Frame 1 and then Fatal Frame 3 was released and from there I got the name Rei. I got irritated when Fatal Frame 4 was released on Wii and without localization but thankfully I found the fan translation of it and played it on Dolphin Emulator, but as for Fatal Frame 5, I didn’t try it yet but I’m planning to buy Wii U just to play it.
Since I played this series way too much, here’s some things I learned:
- If you hear creepy sounds just follow it. I think almost all horror games or even movies has this stupid concept, why would you go check something that can potentially kill you ? I mean why not, might find a ghost looking like Napstablook from Undertale blasting awesome music or even making you a sandwich.
- Any white lining like an exposure effect in a picture, is a ghost. Who stated that ghosts are white ? Really I genuinely want to know. But anyway after taking way too many pictures in Fatal Frame, ghosts will show up as an effect and a filter as the ones we use in apps to edit photos.
- Abandoned houses, let’s go in. Apparently it’s not illegal to enter a stranger’s house if it looks abandoned and too old, probably filled with insects … Not ghosts.
- Any flashlight you find in the middle of the road, will have batteries. Flashlights … Flashlights everywhere … With working batteries for sure Duracell.
- Children laughing are way too scary. I hated kids mostly because of videogames like Fatal Frame and also Rule of Rose. When I hear a child laugh, it’s seriously more scary than a psychopath serial killer laugh.
- You’ll understand the whole story from diaries. Dead people will write their diary apparently so someone somehow will find it and read it… Even as ghosts, they’ll still write entries.
- Puzzles are completely normal. Ghosts have so much time that they created puzzles all over the area and it’s completely normal. They have to make sure you are smart enough to progress, right ? And on the previous point I stated, hints are always found in these diaries.
So these are the things I learned from Fatal Frame which I can think of at the moment, if you got more to add I would love to hear your opinions.