Fatal Frame: Maiden of the Black Water

Rating Summary

Based on 135 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

68

Top Critic Average

41%

Critics Recommend

Based on 135 critic reviews
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Avoid
Oct 27, 2015

A bland and formulaic affair that's more likely to bore than it is to horrify. Compared to its cult-hit predecessors, it's a damp squib.

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Daniel Krupa

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2015

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is a disturbing tale well told. While the GamePad brings the series' camera-as-a-weapon concept to life in a way that feels very natural, the combat lacks real mechanical variety, which, combined with overly repetitive encounters, undermines the impact of its most terrifying enemies. Fortunately, there's an abundance of darkness to be found, with some of the most unsettling and stylish scares I've experienced in a while.

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Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

3 / 10
Oct 29, 2021

An unasked for remaster of a tedious, badly written survival horror that is even less effective now than it was seven years ago.

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Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

4 / 10
Oct 27, 2015

Another wasted survival horror sequel, that ruins its chance to make proper use of the GamePad and turns fear of the unknown into fear of the same old thing.

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Oct 19, 2015

Enjoyable combat and bold enemy design can't save Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water. With a dull, repetitive story that abandons any sense of horror, it's a shadow of what it could have been.

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5.5 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2015

The introductory hours captivate with an authentically chilling vibe, but that entertainment eventually gives way to grating repetition

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5 / 10
Oct 19, 2015

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is a well-intentioned addition to the Wii U's mostly family-friendly library and does an excellent job of transporting you to another place and time. That's about it, though. Its story and characters are not compelling, and the GamePad-as-camera controls are frequently unreliable. These prevent the game from attaining any real sense of excitement or drama. With too much out of sync--from wildly variable handling to the way you use items to the unconvincing character relationships--Fatal Frame: Maiden of the Black Water isn't anything more than a mediocre experience.

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Unscored
Oct 19, 2015

After a few hours with Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water, I know I'll be returning upon its release ... It's a clever twist on the classic formula, with an inspired use of the Wii U hardware, and a spooky, pitch-perfect Halloween game in its own right.

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4 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2021

This is all speculation on my part, but Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water comes off like a game that had some incredible artists with cool ideas for this setting and the Wii U tablet, but they couldn’t quite figure out a cohesive story to tell. To make matters worse, I get the impression they also didn’t want to scare away newcomers on a new system and toned the scare factor right down.

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4 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2015

If this what Fatal Frame is now, I don't want it anymore.

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