Fatal Frame 3 The Tormented
|a game by||Tecmo|
|Platforms:||Playstation 3, Playstation 2|
|Editor Rating:||8/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||8.6/10 - 7 votes|
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|See also:||Horror Games, Fatal Frame Series|
Horror fans will want to take a look at Fatal Frame 3: The Tormented: A classic haunted house style horror game featuring Rei Kurosawa. In this story, Rei Kurosawa is recovering from the unexpexted loss of her boyfriend, who died in a car crash while she was driving. The game also has a second title Fatal Frame III: The Tormented.
The game also has a second title Fatal Frame III: The Tormented. This shock becomes an even bigger one when she comes face to face with her now ghost boyfriend in a haunted house she is photographing. The shock sends her into a dreamlike state where she finds herself surrounded by ghost people. When she comes back to reality, she’s forever changed—and the game itself begins.
3 Controllable Characters
Fatal Frame 3: The Tormented allows you to control 3 different characters, all of whom offer something valuable to the game. While Rei is the main character in this story, you can also play Miku Hinasaki (a character from past Fatal Frame games) and Kei Amakura, the uncle of Rei’s departed boyfriend.
These characters offer different benefits. As an example, Miku who is smaller than the other characters, can access locations they can’t. Kei on the other hand, is larger and can move objects the other characters can’t. You’ll need to use a mix of different characters to help you get through the game.
An interesting new concept in the game requires you to move forward in both the dream world and the real world before you can advance in the game. This takes an otherwise repetitive puzzle adventure with your average tile sliders, and makes it a little bit more unique and interesting. This also helps make the plot of Rei slipping back and forth between the dream world and the real world a bit more realistic.
One exciting feature of the game is the camera you will use to take pictures of the ghosts with. Taking a picture “exorcises” the ghost, and it’s possible to make the camera more efficient through upgrading it. This gives you a reason to snap pictures of every ghost you see, even if they’re not necessarily related to the game. You’ll need fast reflexes to get photos of some of these ghosts, allowing an element of skill to enter into the game.
Poor controls seem to be a part of the industry, but it’s a shame that Fatal Frame 3 doesn’t make any effort to improve on this. While the fixed camera angle does fairly well at avoiding getting stuck, but the character runs very slowly and isn’t very responsive to turning.
This is fine for lumbering about the game, but not so much when you’re trying to escape a ghost or grab a photo of a wiggly one. With so many other horror games like Resident Evil 4 getting so much better at movement, it feels like this game is getting left behind.
This is a solid Fatal Frame game that is just as good as the first two games in the series. If you liked Fatal Frame and Fatal Frame 2, you won’t be disappointed by this latest episode. While the movement is still a little stiff, it doesn’t make the game less exciting or enjoyable to paly.
- Plenty of jump scares as well as a horror story
- 15 hours of gameplay
- Customizable item
- Stiff movement