VGC Day 14: What game made you feel like you were playing a genre for the first time?

Referencing back to Day 13 in which I talked about all of the strange games I used to play with my childhood best friend, I need to talk about this next game that we spent hours upon hours playing until 100% completion. It was one of the first survival horror games for me and I have yet to find anything that comes close to it that gives me that same feeling of playing a genre for the first time.


That game is Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly.

This game pushed me head first into survival horror. It is freaky. It is scary. It has a one of a kind story line. And my best friend and I bonded over it like no other game we had played before. Even when we got our hands on Fatal Frame III, it didn’t compare to our love for Fatal Frame II.

You play as twin sisters, Mio and Mayu, as they explore an abandoned village. They experience encounters with the paranormal including vengeful and powerful spirits. Spirits begin to possess the twins and target them as sacrifices for an ancient ritual. You must use a camera with powers of exorcism to defeat these spirits and uncover the secrets of the village to save yourselves.

It is still, to this day, one of the scariest games I’ve ever played (and I’ve played Outlast). You can find it on PSN for the PS3 right now! It’s a steal for $9.99. It is the most highly recommended game (by myself and probably the entire world) for any horror fan.

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What game made you feel like you were playing a genre for the first time? Would you like to see a Saturday Suggestion post on Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly? Let me know in the comments!

14 thoughts on “VGC Day 14: What game made you feel like you were playing a genre for the first time?

  1. I listed this game as one of the scariest I’ve ever played. It is scary, and what I like the most about it is that it doesn’t let up, it doesn’t lose its edge the more you progress, quite the opposite in fact.

    I don’t consider Outlast to be a scary game, it’s a game that depends on pre-programmed scripts to give you jump scares and make you feel tense. When I realised that no matter how well I sneaked around the bad guys would just spawn in my path, I lost all fear and tension, because it stopped being an organic experience, I saw behind the scenes and realised the game was cheating.

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    1. That’s very true; Fatal Frame really puts you on the edge of your seat until the very end!

      Outlast would definitely not be a survivor horror in my book. It reads very much like a story that you have no control over (other than to run into the next scene). But it did scare the bejesus out of me!


    1. Unfortunately it’s only been re-released on PS3 in the PlayStation Store. 😦 BUT, Fatal Frame I, II. and III are all in the store which would totally prompt me into getting a PS3 if I didn’t already have one. I tend to hang on to my old consoles until they kick the bucket.


  2. I’ve played Poyo Poyo, a cool puzzler all my life (Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Mean Machine – GEN).
    I’ve also played Tetris all my life (Tetris – NES).

    And yet, somehow, combining them in the game Poyo Poyo Tetris on the Switch/PS4 created something wild and wonderful! It’s like this weird fusion of puzzle games where you can explore your own unique style of play. And it has options and local/online competitive play that are out of this world.

    I sincerely believe it created a new subgenre of puzzle games which I, a random commenter on this blog, shall call Fusion Puzzler.

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