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January 31, 2006
Project Zero 3: The Tormented - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
24/2/20062K GamesTecmo1$49.95

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The camera makes a return.
A couple of years ago I had the privledge of playing Project Zero 2: Crimson Butterfly. It was a title I knew little about but one which almost two years later has me very impressed. Sure it never had the best storyline, and the graphics could have been a little better, but one thing was certain, the game was as scary as hell, and tremendous fun to play. Two years later and Tecmo have finished work on the sequel. Called Fatal Frame III: The Tormented in Japan and America, the game is once again being renamed for PAL territories to Project Zero 3: The Tormented. I still don't know why the name change, but it's the same brilliant game that's for sure. Here's a peek...

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Surrounded by ghosts.
Taking the popular Japanese Horror theme to a whole new terrifying level, Project Zero 3: The Tormented is a complete Japanese Horror interactive experience as the player takes on the role of Rei, a cursed young woman whose overwhelming guilt and tormented dreams lead her into a formidable world where the lines between reality and nightmares are blurred and the only way out is to solve the mystery of the tattoo. What the player will see in Reiís dreams is only the beginning of the nightmare, making Project Zero 3: The Tormented the most terrifying virtual experience to date.

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Some aspects are damn scary.
So this game plays pretty much like previous titles. The game takes place from a third person perspective. This time you can choose between 3 different characters including a new female heroine, Rei Kurosawa, and a young journalist, Kei Amakura. Each has her own unique special abilities in order to complete each terrifying mission. Miku from the original Project Zero is back and playable in Project Zero 3: The Tormented. Using her strong spiritual powers to help Rei solve the mystery of the "House of Sleep", as her haunting personal story from Fatal Frame continues...

Yet again the players main weapon is a camera. The camera obscura not only as a weapon but as a guide by taking pictures of the ghostly inhabitants and creepy objects within the "House of Sleep" in order to solve the mystery of the tattoo and rid of the curse.

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Quick, take a photo.
The game takes place in 2 haunting worlds: the nightmare and the real life. As the player moves deeper into the game, the line between the two worlds becomes blurred, creating fear and uneasiness in the player. The ghosts in the game have also been given a makeover with plenty of frightning appearance, hideous facial expressions and creepy eye movements. Ghosts now stare at the player while morphing into a scarier ghost, increasing fear in the player as they confront the apparition.

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Do you sense something?
As you can see from the surrounding screens this is an impressive looking game, and one which will scare the pants off you. What adds to the atmosphere is the audio which is simply creepy and will have the hairs standing up on the back of your neck.

One of the most impressive things is that Take Two will be releasing Project Zero 3: The Tormented in Australia with a lower pricepoint of $49.95 meaning you should be able to pick it up just over $40 if you shop around. At that price it's an absolutel steal and an essential purchase. I say that with only having played the game for a few moments, but it certainly looks up to the impressive standards set by the original. Expect a late February release.