Ever since the first episode was released back in 2001, the Fatal Frame series has been known as one of the spookiest survival horror games out there. We were then pretty eager to discover Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water, a new exclusive on Wii U. As usual, you'll find the translated verdict and +/- section inside, along with 6 direct feed videos. For the full review, head over to the French side.
Although it is obviously less known than the likes of Resident Evil and Silent Hill, Fatal Frame is still a reference of the survival horror genre despite some shortcomings in the controls. Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is faithful to the series' roots so it certainly won't appeal to everyone but it will definitely satisfy those looking for a good scare. The main story may not be that incredible but it is interesting enough to make this new episode worth playing. Let us not forget that the Japanese horror genre is pretty unique and that the games which pay tribute to it are now pretty scarce. One more reason to give Maiden of Black Water a try if you own a Wii U.
On the plus side
+ Excellent atmosphere
+ Visually and psychologically scary and disturbing
+ Top sound design
+ Old school gameplay is charming...
On the down side
- ... but it will also feel dated to some
- Technically pretty average
- The first encounters can be tough
... I can't even think of what they want. Maybe expecting CoH or AoE or even a Starcraft like game, but it's not even trying to be a strategy game like that. (6 Hours ago)
@rayy: I think so. If I hit on something later in the game that I haven't gotten to yet I'll let you know, but so far I don't see any control flaws. (6 Hours ago)
If you took the sword work and handling from Witcher and put it in Skyrim, you have the ultimate game in that genre. Mods made Skyrim in my opinion; vanilla was stunted outside of stealth backstabbery (6 Hours ago)
@GriftGFX: Both games in my eyes had spotty combat. I played W3 for its story and life. As for Skyrim, the vanilla version of the game felt bland without the mods. (9 Hours ago)
And I think the gameplay that is there is pretty janky and pretty shallow. (9 Hours ago)
I get that you think Skyrim is crap, but The Witcher 3 aint "a good version of Skyrim" because they have totally different goals. TW3 doesn't even attempt half the systems that Skyrim does. (9 Hours ago)
@KORNdog: Nah, that's *really* not all there is to it. You're comparing a broken apple with a poorly designed orange. (9 Hours ago)