Project Zero 3: The Tormented
Project Zero 3: The Tormented follows the
popular Japanese survival horror genre that puts players in the role of
Rei, a beautiful yet cursed young woman who is plagued by overwhelming
guilt and twisted nightmares that mends the real-world with the
supernatural. Unaware of whether the player is in the "real-world" or
the supernatural, this tale actually gave me the creeps and is probably
one of the most successful survival horror games in a long time.
Characters: Using strategy and skill, the player must choose between
3 different characters with unique special abilities in order to
complete each terrifying mission.
Two Haunting Worlds:
The game takes place in 2 haunting worlds: the nightmare and the
real life. As the player moves deeper into the game, the line
between the two worlds becomes blurred, creating fear and uneasiness
in the player.
The story of Rei's torment will consume the player as they move
deeper and deeper into the mind-bending world of Fatal Frame III:
Camera Obscura: The
Player will use the camera obscura not only as a weapon but as a
guide by taking pictures of the ghostly inhabitants and creepy
objects within the "House of Sleep" in order to solve the mystery of
the tattoo and rid of the curse.
Evolved Ghosts: Most
terrifying ghosts to date as hideous facial expressions and creepy
eye movements have been refined. Ghosts will stare at the player
while morphing into a scarier ghost, increasing fear in the player
as they confront the apparition.
New Characters: A
new female heroine, Rei Kurosawa, and a young journalist, Kei
Amakura, bring new special abilities and their own stories to Fatal
Frame III: The Tormented.
Characters: Miku from the original Fatal Frame is back and playable
in Fatal Frame III: The Tormented, using her strong spiritual powers
to help Rei solve the mystery of the "House of Sleep", as her
haunting personal story from Fatal Frame continues...
and Visuals: Eerie sounds, unexpected movements, and psychologically
disturbing visuals all add up to the most terrifying Japanese Horror
interactive experience to date.
This game beautifully takes off where the
previous title finished and Rei Kurosawa is joined with the original
heroine from the first game, Miku Hinaksi and Kei Amakura, a close
friend of Rei. Although your main character is Rei, these other
characters must also be used throughout the adventure, each having their
own strengths and weaknesses.
The title starts (how ironic), in a Haunted
House where Rei has been assigned to take photographs of this haunted
mansion. Unfortunately for Rei, this house contains a plethora of
trapped spirits that our Japanese heroine now takes it upon herself to
solve this strange, weird and nefarious mystery. To make matters worse,
these spirits are both good and evil but fortunately for the gamer,
Rei's powerful supernatural camera obscura has the ability to harm and
banish these foul spirits.
The puzzles in this title, although
sometimes difficult allows for some great exploration in this game that
helps unlock a variety of new back-story quests that eventually leads
the player to be both exorcist and social worker to the spirits.
There are a number of items littered
throughout the game to assist you in your adventure and fortunately
there are some lens upgrades to increase the power of your camera. The
game also switches between first and third person modes but needless to
say, these two modes but used together in order to successfully finish
The control system of this title takes a
little time mastering but after a few hours of happy snaps, you'll soon
be able to take on the darkest spirits, this side of Hades. Although the
most annoying aspect of the gameplay is that some of the camera angles
(in-game) are a little strange at the best of times and can sometimes
mean the struggle between life and death but ironically, it actually
suits the genre perfectly.
The musical score of Project Zero 3 has a
very eerie feel to it and once again helps transform you into the role
of Rei and friends, add in a variety of sound effects that would not be
out of place in a horror movie and the developers should receive an
award for the combination of sound, music and storyline.
Graphically, Project Zero 3 is a
masterpiece and all the characters in the game have been professionally
designed and almost look "CGI" at some places in the game. Match that
with a variety of realistic and extremely spooky special effects (the
ghosts are down right creepy) and you'll have no trouble emerging
yourself into this amazing title.
In conclusion, the professional gamer will
complete this title in around 20 or so hours, depending on their
proficiency with the part-time gamer, taking a little longer but this
game has it all, an interesting storyline, relatable characters and some
of the best darn graphics and gameplay to be seen in a long time.