Many horror genre fans were saddened with the recent news that Silent Hills is now officially canceled. Since Silent Hills won’t make it to any current gaming machines, what’s a fan to do? Luckily, there is another horror title on the way to help fill the void, and it is arriving on the least likeliest of the three current-gen consoles.
The Wii U is home to many outstanding titles; Super Mario 3D World, Bayonetta 2, Shovel Knight, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, to name just a few. There are even some upcoming titles that look extremely promising, such as Splatoon (5/29), Yoshi’s Woolly World (6/26 in Europe), Star Fox (2015), Mario Maker (2015) and Xenoblade Chronicles X (2015). But, of all those exclusive titles, do you notice anything missing? For horror fans, there’s an undeniable lack of horror games for the Wii U, while other systems are home to various horror titles, such as The Evil Within or upcoming Until Dawn.
Thankfully, it was announced that Fatal Frame V: Oracle of the Sodden Raven would be localized, finding its way to the west after a Japanese launch last year. The Fatal Frame series has been around for some time, starting way back in 2001. But why should horror game fans be excited about this?
The series has been predominantly survival horror
Do you remember the first time playing through Resident Evil? How about the opening scenes of Dead Space? Survival horror games play on the fear of not being equipped to protect yourself, and what a dreadful feeling that is! Fatal Frame V equips the player with a camera. That’s right: a non-lethal, run-of-the-mill camera is the weapon of choice. The player will be very nervous exploring through the game when the only defense against evil spirits isn’t a real weapon at all.
Thankfully, in the lore of Fatal Frame, the camera actually does do some damage against the evil spirits trying to take you down. Essentially, the player “captures” their dark souls with each click of the camera. The GamePad, which is what sets the Wii U apart from the other consoles, acts as both character controller and makeshift camera. When desired, the GamePad is held up and moved to different positions to get better “hits” on the enemies, tilting and aiming to get the perfect snapshot. Mix this with the possibility of easy-access menu options and maps, and the GamePad is given massive value, adding to the core gameplay experience.
So, though we are losing Silent Hills, we still have Fatal Frame V to look forward to. Horror game fans will be able to scratch that fear-laden itch with Koei Tecmo’s latest iteration of their horror franchise.