While its predecessor had the elements of a creepy good time present, Mask of the Lunar Eclipse brings it all together
As my introduction to the Fatal Frame series, Maiden of Black Water did a solid job of helping me understand why there was buzz around the series, but not everything about the experience worked as well as I would have preferred. With this new remake, coming to the US for the first time apparently, I’m not sure if the core game mechanics have changed or I’m simply more acclimated to them so this time they felt more forgiving. Having played so many games on Switch that have shot for horror vibes in a variety of ways, I’ve found most of them to be pretty mediocre for a variety of reasons. Granted, this is a bigger-budget game than the indies I normally check out, but there’s no doubting the creepy power it has to put you on edge and ratchet up the tension as a ghost is coming at you and you’re fumbling with your camera obscura to get it in frame to stop it. Those moments can be stressful but they suck you in very effectively, testing your ability to get everything lined up and then use whatever capabilities you’ve unlocked to help you survive. I do wish that it didn’t have quite as dated an old-school Resident Evil feel when it comes to save points and inventory items, but if you’re looking to give yourself a scare this is absolutely one of the best options out there for the platform.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.0]