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January 17, 2009

i haven`t forgotten playing fatal frame 4

Filed under: Videogames — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 10:13 am

usually this is a good thing.  i haven`t forgotten this novel/book/one night stand … usually means it was good, no?

but in this case.  it isn`t.

the first half of the game played out so well … atmospheric, creepy, i had this feeling of a deep story being slowly explained, and resolved.  and then?  nothing.  the whole story goes out the window, and this crappy boss fight is the finish.

SPOILER ALERT

about halfway through, you meet a creep, evil little girl, and you have a couple of boss battles with her, you have to go to her room a couple of times, the room is lit strangely, you get stacks of info about this evil evil little girl  … everything points towards her being an important part of the story.  but she isn`t.

maybe i had this totally wrong because my japanese is crappy, but i got this weird vibe that the doctors who were supposed to be helping the patients at the hospital on the island were actually using them, causing their curses/illness for some evil purpose …

the creepy hot woman pushing around her wheelchair bound sister … whom you run into a couple of times.

all of these plot strands point to a grand coming together of an engrossing story

BUT none of this matters

it all ends with a crappy boss battle that has little connection with all these tidbits of plot / character you are given in the first half/3 quarters of the game.  and you are given so much.  i remember a dossier to read that was 20 pages or something …

most games fail to fully realise their storylines.  metroid prime 3 didn`t.  half life didn`t.  but i can`t judge fatal frame on the basis of other games.  so much was hanging on the storyline.  and i was REALLY getting into it.  and i was really curious to see how it all tied together.  but it doesn`t.  so many interesting material and characters is introduced, but does not relate to the ending. it was a real, “what the fuck” moment.

a fatal frame fan will probably tell you that this is how the games always are.  the stories never make sense / have a sense of completion.  hi aimee.

but i feel cheated.  and i don`t know if i will try this series again.

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