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Quick Look: Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water

Austin attempts to solve history's mysteries using his ghost camera, psychic abilities, and the Wii U.

Sit back and enjoy as the Giant Bomb team takes an unedited look at the latest video games.

Oct. 27 2015

Cast: Vinny, Alex, Austin

Posted by: Vinny

90 Comments

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Edited By ShaggE • 

Yay for Fatal Frame!

Edit: Man... shame to hear that it's not as effective as Fatal Frames past. Still, I'd be all over this if I had a Wii U. Also, "Ren Hojo" is a fucking amazing name, and now I want to have my name legally changed to that.

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That pencil stash makes me not even want to click on this video

(Fatal Frame as Fuck) LOOK AT THESE MADE ENGLISH SKILLS

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Pop idols and spooky specters in the morning!

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zladko • 

everyone loves cute girls, especially ghosts

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North6 • 

This game looks like ... a HD remix of a PS2 game converted to Wii U, but the developer only had time to take the models and HD'ify them, and left most of the textures PS2 style.

That said, I kind of want to play this.

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Main character looks like she jumped right out of Final Fantasy.

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Darknorth • 

That's "history's mysteries". One history, possessing mysteries. Even if you were talking about multiple histories, it would "histories' mysteries".

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Austin: This is a Hot Wii U Exclusi

Alex: Wow.

I had the same reaction.

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That was a creepy shrine, though it could've used a Mysterious Fox.

*yip*

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Somebody needs to draw Austin hanging out with his best friend Geodude, who is real.

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I too like to use my "physic abilities". I like to "get physical" as I say.

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Vice did a pretty great short doc on the suicide forest in Japan. It really is a fascinating and sad story.

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@marblez3 said:

Main character looks like she jumped right out of Final Fantasy.

ALL the characters looks like they jumped out of Final Fantasy. :b

Still, despite the "hur hur these cartoons sure are purty, hur" aspect of character design, the game seems to nail the atmosphere that the first few games were so good at.

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simkas • 
@marblez3 said:

Main character looks like she jumped right out of Final Fantasy.

Final Fantasy has never had character outfits ever even close to being that sensible.

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@dasakamov: Don't get me wrong, the game looks really neat. It's just that was the first thing her outfit reminded me of.

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"Histories Mysteries" is the name of my indie-rock band.

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Edited By Bowl-of-Lentils • 
@marblez3: Nah. She doesn't have a single zipper on her outfit.
@north6: Not sure what you mean, Maiden of Blackwater is one of the nicer looking games on the Wii U. I played through the demo and was pretty impressed with some of the visuals, especially the lighting during scenes that took place during sunset.
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I too like to use my "physic abilities". I like to "get physical" as I say.

I'm terrible at physics. Does that make me more or less likely to see ghosts?

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The characters in this game are just completely nonplussed about suicide ghosts.

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Is it just me or is the game audio really low or maybe the forest part has no sound.

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@pkmango7 said:
@pillagerguy said:

I too like to use my "physic abilities". I like to "get physical" as I say.

I'm terrible at physics. Does that make me more or less likely to see ghosts?

Just the physical ghosts, the psychic ghosts are still up for grabs.

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@marblez3 said:

@dasakamov: Don't get me wrong, the game looks really neat. It's just that was the first thing her outfit reminded me of.

Oh, I completely agree with you. I was just saying the game is neat DESPITE the "we're all avant-garde fashion models!" character design. ;)

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Most Ridiculous Costume 2015

Though maybe Quiet could give Yuuri a run for her money.

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This at least looks decent, I guess. I am a big fan of the series so let's see how this turns out.

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I love black hair!! It always looks so healthy.

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Sorta shocking that backtracking is the sticking point for this game for many reviewers. I don't know but games like these, backtracking is something you go in expecting, always. I mean the orginal RE games were exactly that weren't they? The REmake does nothing different and people love it even more for it.

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there is indeed Japanese audio, English here is pretty butts, even somehow sounds worse than the older ones imo

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Shouldn't it be Maiden of Xe Academi or whatever that PMC is calling themselves nowadays?

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Giant robots vs. ghosts? That would actually make this game interesting.

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The Xbox version of Fatal Frame 2 had a first person mode. It was pretty damn good at getting you spooked, although sometimes you'd miss out on a ghost scene because you were looking the wrong way.

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That girl in the second chapter they play sounds a lot like Nikki from Huniepop

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Weird, am I the only one here that saw her outfit and didn't really notice much? May be because I play JRPGs but it just seemed normal to me. I wouldn't really look twice if I saw someone wearing that. Only weird thing is it looks mildly strange from the back.

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That guy's head in the preview image looks like it was made in a WWE create a wrestler.

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@marblez3 said:

Main character looks like she jumped right out of Final Fantasy.

Garnet is all grown up!

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The drowning bit was kind of fucked.

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Vice did a pretty great short doc on the suicide forest in Japan. It really is a fascinating and sad story.

There's also Doll Island.

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I'm glad to see that the series sticks to it's roots. It would be extremely tempting to modernize it, by making the Camera Obscura some sort of magic phone app and turn the protagonist into vapid a teenager who takes ghost selfies.

If they went in that direction the internet salt would be real.

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I don't understand where the fear is supposed to be in this game. As someone who enjoys being terrified by scary games it doesn't look like the developers understand what makes something scary.

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So I only watched half of this but, does @austin_walker ever realize/reveal that you can upgrade the camera from the menu? The game never mentions this major feature but he definitely had enough currency to do some major upgrades and then he spent a ton of it on film that he didn't need.

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Man, her running animation is really off-putting, with that right arm flailing around madly.