Today I Learned: There’s A Fatal Frame Game on Steam

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On the list of things, I expected to learn today, a port of a Wii U game I never got to play was not one of them.

Fatal Frame Three Main Protagonists
Fatal Frame three protagonists are Yuri Kozukata, Miu Hinasaki, and Ren Hojo.

I loved the Fatal Frame series. I played the first three on the PlayStation 2, and Crimson Butterfly was by far, one of the scariest games I have played to this point (And I played Visage).

Fatal Frame interaction with one of the ghosts

However, it was not until I opened Steam to see a Koei Tecmo Publisher Sale, that I learned there was a PC port of a single Fatal Frame game. However, instead of clicking it, I went directly to the search bar in a futile attempt to hold onto hope that

Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly was also on Steam.

Fatal Frame forming friendschip between the two female protagonists

Seriously, if you find a legal place I can play a port of Crimson Butterfly, then tell me ASAP, so we can form a friendship over early 2000s Japanese survival horror games.

Project Zero Maiden of Black Water Video Game Casing Ninten

Anyway, it was not until I did a quick Wikipedia search for FATAL FRAME / PROJECT ZERO: Maiden of Black Water that I learned it was the fifth game in the Fatal Frame series (which means there was a 4th I did not know about).

Fatal Frame Main protagonist takes a picture with camera
Using Camera Obscura to fight and capture malicious spirits.

Of course, this only sent me deeper into the rabbit hole of finding out why I did not know about a 4th Fatal Frame game. For one, it was on the Nintendo Wii. Two, it was never released outside of Japan.

Fatal Frame IV was also supposed to be one of the scarier games in the series. I do not know, I never played it because they wanted to keep it to themselves. The cowards.

Fatal Frame Three Main Characters Mio Amakura Rei Kurosawa and Miku Hinasaki

Long story short: I learned a lot today. You can get Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water on Steam right now for 20% off until May 9th. The deluxe edition gives you access to outfits from the first three games.

Fatal Frame Over of past protagonists costume sets

I do not recommend reading the comments on the Steam page. It is all people like me who hold onto the standards that Crimson Butterfly brought. The reviews are mostly positive, but I suggest checking this Steam Fatal Frame port out yourself.

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