Zero Punctuation: Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water

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Replacing a flashlight with the camera flash... Wouldn't that basically be Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon then?

Yahtzee Croshaw:
Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water

This week, Zero Punctuation reviews Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water.

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I for one rather fondly remember Pirates of Black Water. Shame it didn't really have an ending though.

freaper:

008Zulu:

Kaamos:

I am 100% okay with this.

Quite true, but it is illegal to make porn games in Japan. DoA and games like these are about as close as they can legally get.

Really? Could have fooled me.

Aside from showing genitals (vaginas are frowned upon in particular) there's nothing illegal about making porn games in Japan. There's a whole industry around it. Mostly, it's dating sims that reward players with sex scenes. Visual/sound novels are common, too. Fun fact: while a big part of this industry caters to men, there are erotic games for women as well.

Console companies (or atleast most of them) do not want that level of sexual content on their systems, so it's very much a PC genre. Some 'eroge' (as they are called) become quite popular, though, so developers sometimes create an 'all ages' version (basically the original game but without the sex scenes) to a console or handheld.

What else... Oh yeah, publishers such as JAST USA and Manga Gamer specialise in bringing Japanese erotic games over to the west. They're not in the habit of censoring explicit scenes, so if you want, you can buy yourself some translated erotic Japanese games right now.

NPC009:
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Oh, don't worry, I know. Steam's all to eager to show me the new wares.

freaper:

NPC009:
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Oh, don't worry, I know. Steam's all to eager to show me the new wares.

Steam's pretty tame, though. The stuff on there is all toned down to M-rating, often by covering things up with, er, steam. If you want the truly steamy version - the one without steam - you have to look outside of Steam.

Pirates of Dark Water had a sick intro, and kind of looked like it was designed by Frank Frazetta.

Caramel Frappe:
The spider-face popping out between the girl's legs made me laugh all too hard holy jesus x_x ...

Of all my favorite things for Yahtzee to ruin with his usual overly descriptive writ....

More on topic.... This surprises me that Yahtzee doesn't think CheeseCake & Horror are compatible. ...They're essentially the same goddamned Concept: The first rule is, you just Flash & Obscure the "Monster" / "Jubblies" in brief tantalizing glimpses and let the viewer's dopamine rush handle the rest, making the entire scene leave a more impactful response that it outright deserves

iller3:

Caramel Frappe:
The spider-face popping out between the girl's legs made me laugh all too hard holy jesus x_x ...

Of all my favorite things for Yahtzee to ruin with his usual overly descriptive writ....

More on topic.... This surprises me that Yahtzee doesn't think CheeseCake & Horror are compatible. ...They're essentially the same goddamned Concept: The first rule is, you just Flash & Obscure the "Monster" / "Jubblies" in brief tantalizing glimpses and let the viewer's dopamine rush handle the rest, making the entire scene leave a more impactful response that it outright deserves

Yeah it did remind me of how B horror movies usually have some T & A slapped in somewhere. teenagers getting it on before they are brutalized.

008Zulu:

Kaamos:

bluegate:
It might be a good thing for Koei Tecmo to just create a full on porn game

I am 100% okay with this.

Quite true, but it is illegal to make porn games in Japan. DoA and games like these are about as close as they can legally get.

I LOL'd reading at this comment. XD

The only thing illegal is the showing of genital parts without obstructions, and limited viewing of sexual activities for home consoles (Censored boobs for God of War 3, Omission for GTA V). Besides that they can go wild on PC, literally anything goes (with the right disclaimers). There's a good stand alone industry for 18+ games in Japan, where the rest of the world sucks at it.

it's quite strange to see nintendo put games with more T and R rated content on the wii u as of late. not that it's unexpected since i believe that there would logically be at least one person working there who knows that smartphone games and skylanders are the only thing children play anymore but it still feels wierd to see titles like bayonetta, devils third and fatal frame on a nintendo console

You know what? I don't care whether the wet clothes sticking to the girl's bodies is sexist or not. I don't care if the one playable male character doesn't have the same thing going on. None of that is important.

However, it is dumb as Hell that the monsters get more aggressive the wetter the character gets. That makes no sense. What. Are the ghosts paparazzi hoping to get a shot of a nipple through their shirts? Sorry but that is the dumbest mechanic I have ever heard even if it "makes sense in universe".

I loved Pirates of Dark Water and was sad it got cancelled so quickly :(

Silentpony:
I remember Pirates of DarkWater! It was Star Wars, with fantasy pirates.

Eh, I dunno. I think the "collect all the gems to stop the unfathomable evil" was more Final Fantasy-esque.

Early Final Fantasy. I haven't gotten past the intro in anything higher than 6.

Windu23:
I remember Pirates of Dark Water. Animation way too good for when it came out. It's nice being old.

OT: This sounds like a spooky game I can play. If the atmosphere isn't there, horror games just don't work.

Pirates of Dark Water horror game when
SOMEONE FUND IT, SOMEONE HAS TO FREAKIN' FUND IT!
I mean look at Bloth. In daylight, he looks comical. Turn off the lights and change his pink shirt into some skull armour.
Ooohoho, we are rockin' it now! Then there's that midget pirate who would be good for jumpscares, that pet he likes to feed everyone to that could be like the game's Nemesis, and the Dark Water itself would turn any cave area into a "is that shit even safe to go in? Where's something I can throw at it to test?" sort of deal.
We already had the beat'em-up way back when, and we aren't hurting for pirate games thanks to Black Sails reigniting that, so here's a fun idea, why not make an adventure/platform/horror game combo based on all that delicious lore?

Caramel Frappe:
The spider-face popping out between the girl's legs made me laugh all too hard holy jesus x_x ...
Otherwise freaken awesome video Yahtzee. A hilarious video, for you have no lost your touch in comedy yet!

Wicked City. You're welcome! *cough* (actually despite being a hentai it had a good story. It actually felt like the hentai in the hentai movie detracted from the movie in general. Demons and humans existing in a cold war state, dealing with each other through espionage and deception? Agents of both sides trying to assassinate the diplomat trying to bring the worlds together? The diplomat himself being a plant? Trash the hentai and make this a bonafide series!
Who the hell got their John Le Carre in my schlick material?)

FPLOON:
In other words, this game should totally be on my "Newly-acquired Wii U" wishlist... after I'm done masturbating to you masturbating...

Other than that, I laughed harder than I needed to at that last statement before the credits... *sighs* Brains...

Just a minor note that if you want the full idealistic effect, You're going to need to import.
Unless your waifus are Samus or Zelda, of course, in which case you'll like the new ones better


And judging by yahtzee's review this REALLY needed all the help it could get!
I would really rather just have them all. That lingerie outfit was really cute.
Wish I had the figure for it or else I would totally cosplay that.
This all on top of the no physical copy thing definitely kills it for me.

Yahtzee, I know you don't like pokemon, and being the horrible masochist that I am, I would love for you to play Pokemon mystery dungeon explorers of sky. It's one of my favorite games of all time, so I would love for you to rip it apart! Plus it's plot and characters are pretty good. But don't let me make someone like you do anything you don't want to!

008Zulu:

Kaamos:

bluegate:
It might be a good thing for Koei Tecmo to just create a full on porn game

I am 100% okay with this.

Quite true, but it is illegal to make porn games in Japan. DoA and games like these are about as close as they can legally get.

Consoles yes but the pc was exempt and arcades until the CERO board was found. But yes you cannot show frontal nudity in a Console game. So if a company like Rockstar fills in that void expect bare tits, softcore porn and motorboating coke laced cleavage.

Kaimax:

I LOL'd reading at this comment. XD

The only thing illegal is the showing of genital parts without obstructions, and limited viewing of sexual activities for home consoles (Censored boobs for God of War 3, Omission for GTA V). Besides that they can go wild on PC, literally anything goes (with the right disclaimers). There's a good stand alone industry for 18+ games in Japan, where the rest of the world sucks at it.

Nobody wants to fork about 60 - 100 for a badly optimized Unity engine game

For whatever reason women's shirts do seem to be made of a thinner material on average. I dunno if it's because layering is fashionable these days, or so the company can save a buck, or because the clothing industry is comprised of a mix of nutters and idiots, or all three...
Though it's still kinda dumb that they wouldn't have it affect the guy's shirt as well if for no other reason than consistency's sake (and because it's a game mechanic).

"... Alan Wake came about."

Nice one, incorporating the flashlight as well.

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