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Author: overdrive (Mod)
Posted: February 28, 2012 (11:01 AM)
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Really good review. You had a different opinion of the game than I did, but I think it was more because of what we were looking for than anything. For me, the clunky action was a deal-breaker -- but you were able to look past that and really get into the storytelling and mood and visuals (which were all good).


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Author: zippdementia
Posted: February 28, 2012 (11:51 AM)
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The clunky action always looked hard to sit through but you make me want to give it a try. I may, too. I actually have some affinity for those old school controls. I like how you describe the story as part of the gameplay; how deciphering it becomes part of the player's personal mission. More games should play with narrative that way and stop trying to be films.


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Author: bloomer
Posted: February 28, 2012 (07:52 PM)
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Thanks guys.


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Author: JoeTheDestroyer
Posted: February 29, 2012 (01:19 AM)
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I was cautious about picking this one up because I had heard that it was incredibly demanding. I think this review cleared up for me what kind of demands it makes, and I think I can manage. I did, after all, fully play through and enjoy the first two Fatal Frame games.

Great review, bloomer!


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Author: threetimes
Posted: March 02, 2012 (06:13 AM)
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Superb review. I wanted to buy the game when it first came out in Europe and had to track it down from an Italian website after it was banned. Made me feel I had something really special! But the combat ended that feeling. I loved the game, but just had to give up playing after dying too many times surrounded by those damn imps poking at them with my fork. :p

Eventually I found Theresia, another survival horror with a girl trapped in a large building, which has a similar style of story telling (not chronological) but thankfully no combat. Though sadly, no dog.


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Author: bloomer
Posted: March 02, 2012 (07:26 AM)
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Thanks threetimes. Wow, I never even heard of Theresia. I would've thought it would have shown up on Chris (of Survival Horror Quest fame)'s website. Maybe I should bring it to his attention?

Haunting Ground for the PS2 is in my horror games backlog, so I haven't played it yet, but it's also got a girl+dog team. Though it's a more combat-oriented dog than Rule of Rose's, as is my understanding.


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Author: EmP (Mod)
Posted: March 02, 2012 (10:45 AM)
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I'm curious: unless I'm wrong. it's illegal to own a copy of this game in your side of the world (rather than it simply not being picked up for distribution in mine). Bloomer: scourge of the law?

Anyway, I hate you. I've always consoled myself for not being able to play this game with the fact it got low-end reviews that focus on the clunky game mechanics. It's helped alleviate the secret crushing knowledge that I would probably love this game, and now you've confirmed it. I don't know how you'll ever make this up to me.

I tried watching a Youtube walkthrough, but it always has people taking throughout that annoy me in seconds.


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Author: zippdementia
Posted: March 02, 2012 (04:25 PM)
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Turn off the sound on youtube and put on The Shining soundtrack.


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Author: bloomer
Posted: March 02, 2012 (07:11 PM)
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The censorship history of the game is very tricky to follow. But the game never came before the Australian classification board because the distributors aborted its release here and in NZ. So it hasn't actually been banned in Oz, but it is unrated material in Oz. My copy is a European import with a French instruction book.

... Unlike Manhunt, which was banned here before I had a copy. Then again, Manhunt was sold here legally for awhile, but after they stopped selling it, I had to turn to overseas.

My understanding is that the most collectible version of RoR is one of the English language instructioned PAL promo copies that was released to game journalists in the UK. The distributors cancelled the UK release due to the media frenzy.


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Author: threetimes
Posted: March 02, 2012 (10:56 PM)
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Theresia is on the DS and brilliant, although it didn't get much publicity and has since been overshadowed by 999 which isn't half as good.

Haunting Ground is very different. You spend half your time being chased by a big ugly guy who eats you if he catches you. I gave up on this too after suffering that fate far too many times. It's pretty disturbing, although the dog is lovely and the interaction with Hewie is what kept me playing for quite a while. Some pretty fiendish puzzles to solve as well as having to spend time hiding or attempting to run. Another very atmospheric horror game is Kuon with a similar kind of thing to HG where you start to get scared and lose control, although there's more combat in that game, and no dog.






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