Friend of the site Kenny Riot returns to brave a haunted village with only a camera.
So, a good friend of mine, Caitlin, is a big fan of this survival horror series that I’ve been hearing about since its creation, Fatal Frame, yet I had personally never played any of them until she convinced me to try one of ‘em. So, she started me on the second entry in the series, Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly. Now, Survival Horror as a genre, and I, have a bit of a tense relationship. It’s not like I’m some kind of wuss when it comes to those games, it’s that certain tropes of the genre kinda get on my nerves, and those tropes ARE present in this game, but I digress. The point is that despite my personal issues with the genre, Fatal Frame II does a whole lot of things right, and firstly, I have to give props to the setting and premise. You’ve got these twin sisters, Mio (who you play as) and Mayu (the damsel in distress) who are visiting their favorite spot to play at when they were children, a forest in Minikami, when a butterfly entrances Mayu, and so she follows its lead. Mio, trying to not lose her sister, follows her, and the two of them end up in a strange and seemingly abandoned village. Turns out, an urban legend known as the “Lost Village” is true, and now they’re in it. Mayu is now acting strange and there’s all these butterflies all over the place. Mio has to try to get her sister back and get them both out of there. Why? Well, play the game and find out.