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Groundhog Day: Don't Look Down There!

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This is not the ending.

It sure sounds pretty
Sound design means a lot in a horror game. Fatal Frame games have never been ones to feature a big, orchestral soundtrack, but when there is music, it is, more often than not, done right. Subtle sound effects and background tracks enhance the mood, without the use of any orchestral swells or the like to let the player know �Hey!! Something SCARY is gonna happen! Are you surprised now?� To supplement ghost battles, we get creepy noise and whispers and pleas for help from the spirits, which is really great for setting the mood. Also, the English voice acting is surprisingly rather competent, leaps and bounds better than the hammy first installment. Oh, and then there�s this.


So, upon reflection, it�s sort of easy to see why I keep coming back time after time to such a game. I have plenty of fond memories about wasting film because I couldn�t differentiate between the two Kiryu twins, about getting lost in the rather huge village and the mansions it contains, and, of course, of going on politically in-correct rants about why I was so angry that, despite her bum leg, Mayu, the protagonist�s older sister, whines about being left behind when she doesn�t even start walking until Mio is a good 20 paces ahead. Then, laughing at her Gimp Warp Speed when she teleports through a door that�s in the process of closing. It�s a game that gave me countless interesting nights of screaming at the TV together with friends, or just by myself. And I don�t think that�ll change anytime soon. With a Wii remake on the way, assuming either Nintendo or the fans find a way to play it on US Wiis, I can guarantee that I�ll be reliving Fatal Frame II again. With waggle! So despite it not being my favorite game of all time, I�m stuck in an endless, Groundhog Day loop of playing over and over and over�

Sort of like falling woman.
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About GeekyJuuuone of us since 2:02 PM on 02.06.2010

y halo thar, you can call me "Juuu". I do all sorts of wonderful geeky things, but my favorite is playing video games. :] I'm not picky, I'll play a little bit of anything as long as it's fun. But in case you need to know, here are my favorites: [in no particular order, of course.]

GENRE:
Survival Horror
Music Games
Fighters
RPGs [though I don't know why I bother-I can never finish them...]
Visual Novels/Text Adventures/Whatever you'd like to call them.

SERIES/GAMES:
Fatal Frame
Devil May Cry
Silent Hill
Persona
Ace Attorney
Harvest Moon
Pop'n Music
The World Ends With You

Being a student, I don't have much time to play these days, but I try. So what exactly is it that I'm trying to play right now?

DeathSmiles [360]
Pokemon SoulSilver [DS]
Half Minute Hero [PSP]

In case you'd like a little more background, here's the long story short:
Growing up as a tomboy, I spent more time as a child playing outside and trading pokemon cards than playing with dolls. A close childhood friend persuaded me to try playing PS1, and it was good. I recieved my very first console for Christmas, however, I mostly used it for licensed titles. The love affair didn't start until another friend persuaded me to try Super Mario 64.
And it was wonderful.
Since then, I've been taking great pride in nerding-out over game news of all sorts and wasting precious hours and dollars on games. Currently, I own an SNES, N64, PS2, Wii, and 360, as well as a DS and GBA SP, and I love them all like children. <333 I'd probably go after them first in a fire as opposed to clothes, pets, family heirlooms, ect. XD

I guess I'll add more as I think of it, but as for now, how bout you ask me things if you're curious? :]
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