Anna Sky Hulton gives her verdict on the newest survival-horror
game to hit the Xbox...
are an unusual phenomena
daytime and Mio and Mayu Amakura are in the middle of a forest
where they used to play as kids. While sitting down to rest a
little Mayu is lured further into the forest by a crimson butterfly.
Mio has no choice but to follow her sister, as they promised they
would never leave each other's side. When she finally catches
up with Mayu she finds herself in a eerie clearing.
is here that they stumble upon a village, covered in dense fog.
twins have heard about this village, legend has it that many years
ago a ritual went wrong and devoured a village. Those that venture
too far into the forest are thought to get lost in the village
and are never seen again.
it is too late for the twins to turn back, the way they came seems
to have disappeared and then only way to go is into the village.
the majority of the game you take control of the stronger twin,
Mio, who can carry the items you collect and fight the ghosts
are no guns or any conventional weapons. The only weapon the girls
have against the supernatural is the Camera Obscura, which Mio
picks up early in the game. Throughout the game Mio will come
across items including Spirit Orbs used to upgrade the camera,
allowing you to take on the more powerful ghosts.
the beginning stages of the game, the gamer is introduced to the
controls, which are generally easy to pick up. One aspect of the
game that began to get a bit frustrating was that Mio moves too
slowly. With a number of ghosts on her back it would be nice for
the character to run a little faster. However, it doesn't matter
how many ghosts there are around her she still runs with a dainty
Director's Cut has the added advantage of allowing gamers to play
in a new FPS mode, as well as the traditional third-person mode.
There is also a Survival Mode which is new to this version of
the game where Mio takes on ghosts in quick succession.
Zero 2: Crimson Butterfly is an emotionally intense game. The
excellent graphics, coupled with the sound and vibration of the
controller all add to the environment and are usually successful
in creating a shiver down your spine as you play.