Fatal Frame 2: The Crimson Butterfly released in 2003 for the PlayStation 2. It is part of a series of 4 original games that have one similar hook: flash your camera at some ghosts. However, there are some other scary factors that the creators threw into the mix. Here are 3 horrors of Fatal Frame 2: The Crimson Butterfly!

Fatal Frame 2: The Crimson Butterfly
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Fatal Frame 2: The Crimson Butterfly is a beautiful, yet scary, game!
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#1. Camera Obscura

Fatal Frame 2: The Crimson Butterfly is scary enough with the eerie music and slight whispers heard throughout the game. There’s never enough light, even with the flashlight you eventually gain. To make matters so much more devastating, Fatal Frame 2 provides you with just one weapon for survival: a camera.

It’s not just any ordinary camera, though. This is the camera obscura. The camera obscura allows you to take pictures of the violent spirits trying to kill you. That concept is scary enough, yet to get critical hits you must zoom in on these creepy ghosts if you want a shot at winning the battle. You want to shoot as many “Fatal Frame” shots with your camera to do actual damage.

Camera shot at ghost in Fatal Frame 2
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Smile for the camera!
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#2. Changing Camera Angle

Getting lost never felt so easy. In Fatal Frame 2: The Crimson Butterfly, your character is trapped in The Lost Village looking for your twin sister. The village is “empty” and very dark. That seems bad enough. The added effect of the camera continuously changing angles as you jog through the game makes it worse. The changing camera angle benefits capturing secret ghosts that you wouldn’t normally find, but it’s still not a fun factor when murderous ghosts are chasing you and you lose control of which direction you need to go.

Fatal Frame 2 gameplay
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Fatal Frame 2 gameplay
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#3. Cryptic Radio Crystals

Voices already echo through this game. Now crystals also “talk” to you. Throughout Fatal Frame 2: The Crimson Butterfly, you find little stones hidden in houses or in outside areas. These stones are Radio Crystals that pair well with the Spirit Radio you find early in the game. They have creepy messages pertaining to a strange ritual The Lost Village has been performing for decades. They can also be collected for power-ups in your camera.

Fatal Frame 2 crystal
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Crystal used for camera and messages
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Have you ever played Fatal Frame 2: The Crimson Butterfly? What was your favorite part of the game? Let us know in the comments below!