Missed Call: Fatal Frame III

Missed Call: Fatal Frame III

My buddy Adam over on Bloody Disgusting did a list recently talking about some really nice horror titles that people should play and in that list was a mention of the Fatal Frame series. Always hearing about the games when I was younger, but never having the balls to actually play them caused me to neglect the series until now. So, when I bought my PS3 last weekend I decided to delve into the PSN Store and see if they had any juicy horror games, or anything to buy. That’s when Fatal Frame III caught my eye, and did so almost instantly.

So, I spent the $10 and began downloading the game, my hands sweating with anticipation about delving into what some people call the scariest horror franchise of all time. After the game was finished it’s download, and installation I hopped right in and was immediately met with a feeling of unease as the intro cut-scene played out, and then we got a glimpse of the eeriness, and creep factor to come.

I thought I’d be okay playing this game, and that I could handle the scares and over-all setting of the game without too much trouble. I was fine with the original RE games (even thought RE2 scared the bejesus out of me) Silent Hill, and Dino Crisis and I figured that Fatal Frame would be the exact same experience, and that I’d be a little scared but not to the point where I dreaded progressing further into the story, and exploring more of the locations. The game hit me extremely hard on a psychological scale and it’s been one of the most terrifying experiences I’ve had. Now, please note that I’ve played Amnesia and still think that game is slightly more terrifying, but this game has its moments too. Amnesia was constant dread while playing, but for this game the dread is there for some long moments, and then you have a while where everything is okay, or so you think it’ll be okay and bam something happens and you’re soon on the edge of your seat, with your hands trembling with what’s behind the next door, or around the corner.

However, I have a minor issue with the game and it’s just with the massive amount of backtracking that you have to do throughout the Manor Of Sleep (where the spooky, nightmare stuff takes place). I can look past this, but it does get kind of tedious after a while just walking around to the same place I was hours before just to open up a door that was locked before. Aside from that it’s a really good romp, and really spooky!

Of course I’ll be dipping into the other games once I polish up the third one. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the second game, Crimson Butterfly and that it’s the scariest in the series, as well as one of the scariest games ever made. So, I’m really looking forward to giving that game a go. I’m sitting about on Hour VI in this game, and put about 5 hours into the game, and from what people tell me there’s still a good amount of content to push through.

So, speaking of horror games which ones would you recommend that I check out? I’m currently in the process of rebuilding my PC and once she’s back up and running at optimal settings I’ll be checking out Outlast, and Machine For Pigs. However, I’m always looking for some games that didn’t get much publicity but are still scary as all hell. Send me your recommendations, and post them in the comments below. You can also suggest games on Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, but I’d prefer my PS3 right now as I need more of a library for it.


Justin Ross


  1. DaEmph
    December 23, 2013, 2:31 pm

    Hope they make a FF game for the PS4

  2. Thatoneguy772
    December 24, 2013, 5:25 pm

    Check out Siren for PS2 (available on PSN) or the sequel on PS3. The director of the first Silent Hill apparently was involved in making the first game.

    • Justin Ross
      December 24, 2013, 5:46 pm

      I’ll have to give that a peek. Thanks!

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