I’m going to make these posts a bimonthly feature. They’ll go up every other Sunday, to fit with CIB Sunday on Twitter. CIB stands for complete-in-box, and it’s commonly used to describe video games. If a game includes the cartridge, case, instruction booklet, and everything else it originally came with, it is considered to be CIB.
As some of you may know, I’m quite a fan of the Fatal Frame video game series. I even wrote a poem about it, which you can check out here! Well, Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir is a spin-off of the main series, made exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS system. It was designed to be compatible with the console’s 3D cameras and sensors. The game even includes an AR (Augmented Reality) booklet, which the player uses to progress the story.
Honestly, Spirit Camera isn’t one of my favorite Fatal Frame entries. Actually, it may be my least favorite of the series. However, I absolutely love many of the main titles, so it’s difficult to compare. Regardless, Spirit Camera is still a solid video game with some unique, interesting mechanics.
Of course, the AR aspect is the main draw of this particular game. And I have to admit, it really is cool. I had a lot of fun searching for ghosts through the 3DS camera. That’s what the Augmented Reality system does. It allows you to move your 3DS around your home and see in-game ghosts in the real world.
I’m sure I looked ridiculous spinning all over my house, navy blue 3DS in hand, trying to capture ghosts. But like I said, it was tons of fun. Plus, it’s really cool to see a ghost appear in the game, then in your own surroundings. It also adds an extra layer of tension and creepiness to each ghost encounter. As scary as the other Fatal Frame games are, you view enemies from a screen, faraway. In Spirit Camera, it’s truly like the ghosts are there with you.
The only downfall of the AR system is that it can be very finicky. I remember it sometimes taking minutes and minutes just for the 3DS camera to register notebook pages, and I couldn’t make any progress until it did so. If the lighting was off, or I was playing during the wrong time of day, the system just wouldn’t work. As you can imagine, this became frustrating for me at times.
However, Spirit Camera is a fairly good game with some effective scares and encounters. Furthermore, I think it’s worth playing just for the unique experience itself. This video game was created with the 3DS console’s capabilities in mind, and it really shows. Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir is certainly worth giving a try, especially if you’re a fan of the Fatal Frame series!
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