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Review: Project Zero: Maiden Of Black Water – Plenty Of Flaws, But Still Provides Effective Chills

Don’t Look Now.

The fifth entry in Koei Tecmo’s long-running Fatal Frame franchise, Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water was originally released on WiiU back in 2014 and is, for our money, the weakest link in the series. This is a game that surrounds its signature ghost-snapping action with janky traversal mechanics and a wooden cast of characters that are hard to get particularly invested in. However, there is still a good deal of freaky fun to be had here if you’re willing to look beyond these shortcomings.

Telling the story of three protagonists, Yuri Kozukata, Ren Hojo and Miu Hinasaki, the plot here revolves around some seriously spooky goings on at Hikami Mountain, an area known for a disturbing rash of suicides and unexplained disappearances. There’s suicide pacts, drownings, hangings and murders galore here, some dark and disturbing stuff that manages to send a shiver up the spine on more a few occasions during its fifteen hour running time.

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