Graphically, Fatal Frame looks decent, but it isn't too great an improvement on its PlayStation 2 predecessor overall. The characters feature solid detail and do look sharper on the Xbox, but they aren't a tremendous improvement in terms of polygon count. However, the ghosts--macabre shapes that reflect varying degrees of human suffering--have been polished up and sport quite a bit more creepy detail. The mansion and its various rooms have also been tightened up some, although you'll still find a few ugly textures here and there. While the game's graphics are bit underwhelming overall, they work well thanks to the game's stylized look, which is consistent throughout. The game uses lighting and different filters on the graphics effectively and presents a cohesive visual package.
While Fatal Frame's graphics could have been a bit sharper, there's not a whole lot more you could ask of the game's audio, which takes advantage of the Xbox sound hardware. The audio in the game is quite impressive, offering an immersive array of ambient sounds that pull you into the experience. The game's score is sparse and ranges from subtle bits used to set tone to louder, more-dramatic pieces designed to make you jump. The voice acting in the game is decent, though you'll hear some monotonous clunkers in the cast. The audio really pulls through in a big way when it comes to the ghosts--moans, shrieks, and disturbing phrases muttered at varying speeds and from different locations do a great job of making you jump.
Tecmo added quite a few extras for the Xbox version.
Although the core content of Fatal Frame is taken directly from the PlayStation 2 version, Tecmo added quite a few extras for the Xbox version. You'll find more costumes to unlock for Miku, more than 10 new ghosts, and a new gameplay mode that will reward you with an alternate ending when completed. The new features add a solid amount of replay value to the game and ensures that you'll have plenty to do after you finish it the first time.
Overall, Fatal Frame is a satisfying entry in the survival horror genre. The game's unique concept and execution offer an alternative to the standard survival horror conventions, although it also features some of the gameplay drawbacks common to the genre. That said, the game's cohesive presentation is engaging, offering some genuine scares that are a rare treat, and its gameplay is involving enough to make it a game that fans of the genre will want to check out.
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