Say what you will about the Japanese games industry, about how they lack creativity, don’t understand the world market, or a hundred other things that fill gaming blogs, but they know how to make a damn good horror video game. Last year in my Fatal Frame 2 article I talked about the way the game makes you feel defenseless by casting the player as a teenage girl with a camera. It’s a good practice, and for all intents and purposes it worked. You felt like you were weak and afraid that anything could hurt you, and who feels safe with a camera? But mechanically, it was still a weapon, and you can still kill the bad guys.
Siren: Blood Curse does not give a fuck about your power fantasies.