Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water wasn’t anything special in 2015 for Nintendo Wii U, and it’s not better six years later. A lower-quality remaster carries the title of horror on PlayStation 5 to coincide with Halloween, but as scary as it may be, it’s not a particularly enjoyable game to play.
If we were given the chance to watch a compilation of his haunting cutscenes and skip the gameplay altogether, we’d happily take it because the title just doesn’t feel right to play in 2021. Clunky, overly responsive controls come in handy. unite with a questionable button mapping. to make the battle with your PS5 controller as difficult as the battle with the supernatural. There is, however, a very dark and painful atmosphere overall, which at least complements the story of three different characters on Hikami Mountain.
On-camera combat is what the series is known for and it returns here with a point score and an overall rating at the end of each level. You can emulate the Wii U gamepad to some extent thanks to the PS5’s gyro controls, which is a welcome inclusion even though we turned the option off almost immediately. As you explore the linear landmarks of Hikami Mountain, completing objectives as you go, the three protagonists defend themselves from the ghosts by taking photos to deal damage. Different types of film rolls have various advantages – a shorter cooldown, for example – and they are the ones that give combat at least a bit of depth. It’s a neat approach to engagements that, even after five main entries, still feels pretty new.
What really drops the package is the work done to pretend this is a remaster. Comparing it to the Wii U original, some effort seems to have been made to make the title a bit brighter, but that’s about it. Honestly, it looks like an Instagram filter has been applied to the visuals and the job is considered done. You could maybe say it looks like a late PS3 game. May be.
You could do a lot better than Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water this Halloween season; the PS5 has built its horror library just enough to have something else worthy of your time. These cutscenes, however. Very scary.