Fatal Frame III: The Tormented is a survival horror game in the Nintendo-published Fatal Frame series.
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Story & Themes
Fatal Frame III: The Tormented deals with the theme of loss and the process of mourning and moving on. The game's protagonist, a photographer named Rei, has lost her fiancé in a car accident and is still grieving several months after his death. One day, she finds herself in a mysterious place called the Manor of Sleep along with three others, and as they explore the building, they learn that they've all been put under the same curse. A woman called the Tattooed Priestess (real name Reika Kuze) accidentally misused her emotional healing powers after the death of her childhood sweetheart, and the powers corrupted her, leading Reika to haunt those who are emotionally attached to loved ones they've lost. Eventually, her curse will cause the demise of Rei and the others in the Manor of Sleep, but the manor's victims concoct a plan, and Rei is able to exorcise Reika. Rei sends the priestess and her deceased lover through a passage to the spirit world, lifting the curse. Other spirits are able to cross over peacefully, and Rei's fiancé appears one last time to say goodbye and entreat her to keep on living.
Violence Blood appears throughout the game, but players are unable to attack ghostly enemies in a traditional, violent way. Ghosts can only be temporarily defeated by being photographed, and weapons are useless against them.
Scary Imagery Fatal Frame III does a good job of scaring its players through an eerie atmosphere, frightening enemies, and the inability of the player to fight back. Anyone with a sensitivity to horror games should consider themselves warned.
- Have you ever lost anyone you loved or cared about? Are there certain things you do to honor their memory?
- Do you think there's a spirit world or afterlife in reality? If so, what do you think it would be like?
- Would you play through the game again to get the special ending? Why/why not?