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Fatal Frame Video Games

"Fatal Frame" is a supernatural survival horror title that debuted in 2001 for PlayStation 2. Also called "Project Zero," the game is set in 1980s Japan and involves supernatural events and the use of objects called Camera Obscura to fight and capture ghosts. The game is inspired by other horror games as well as by Japanese horror movies.

What are the main games in the Fatal Frame series?

After the first installment generated a strong fanbase, developers Koei Tecmo and Nintendo decided to release various sequels. This game franchise consists of the following five main titles:

  • "Fatal Frame:" Released in 2002, the original title is available for PlayStation 2 in the United States.
  • "Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly:" This sequel came out in 2003, also for the PlayStation 2 platform.
  • "Fatal Frame III: The Tormented:" Released in 2006, the third entry in the series was the final to be developed for PlayStation 2.
  • "Fatal Frame IV: The Mask of the Lunar Eclipse:" This title was released only for the Nintendo Wii in Japan in 2008. As of yet, it has not been officially released in Europe or the United States.
  • "Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water:" The series returned to the United States in 2015 with the fifth sequel. This version was developed for the Nintendo Wii U.
What are the Fatal Frame spinoff titles?

In addition to the main Fatal Frame series of games, several spinoffs and remakes have also been developed. These include:

  • A re-release of the first "Fatal Frame" for the Xbox, which includes an expanded story and an additional difficulty option.
  • An Xbox Director's Cut of "Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly."
  • A mobile title known as "Real Zero," which was available from 2004 to 2011.
  • A spinoff called "Spirit Camera" for the Nintendo 3DS.
What are the gameplay elements used in "Fatal Frame?"

The Camera Obscura element helps the "Fatal Frame" games stand out from other games in the genre that rely on traditional weapons. This special camera is used to fight ghosts throughout the series. In the game, the camera was invented by a Japanese ghost researcher to capture supernatural entities. When players use the camera, the perspective switches from first person to third person. Throughout the series, the camera can be upgraded with different lenses and accessories. As one of the defining characteristics of "Fatal Frame," it has helped set the theme of the series.

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