Project Zero Maiden of Black Water Review (Xbox Series S)

For our Project Zero Maiden Of Black Water Review, we visit Mt. Hikami that was once revered as a spiritual place. It housed a unique religion based on beliefs and customs of worshipping water as a deity and is said to have been a site of many gruesome incidents and mysterious phenomena. This mysterious and intertwined story follows three protagonists—Yuri Kozukata, Miu Hinasaki, and Ren Hojo—as each of them explores the ominous Mt. Hikami, a place where many came to die, and the secrets it hides.

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Project Zero Maiden of Black Water Review Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 18.2GB download size.
  • 1000 Gamerscore.
  • Adventure gameplay.
  • Invert axis for search mode.
  • Two controller layouts – classic or action.
  • Japanese language audio option.
  • Sensitivity sliders menu.
  • Comes with Playstation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions.
  • In-game cutscenes.
  • You can skip the cutscenes.
  • Tutorial pop-ups as you play.
  • The prologue sets up the story.
  • The game is split up into smaller episodes and you can replay them at will.
  • Earn a rank clear.
  • You take turns playing as 3 different characters – Miu Hinasaki, Yuri Kozukata, and Ren Hojo.
  • Costume select screen, unlock the ability to buy more costumes and accessories.
  • Two difficulties – Easy and Normal. You can change it before each episode.
  • Buy items before an episode for things like health and status effect wipes.
  • Camera Obscura is your everything. You can equip different lenses and films to capture/view and kill ghosts.
  • You line up camera shots to do damage and if you get all 5 of the circles in a shot then you can stun ghosts and push them back.
  • Excellent story.
  • Fantastic locations to explore.

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Project Zero Maiden of Black Water Review Cons:

  • No HDR settings.
  • The transition between cutscenes/flashbacks is not as smooth as it could be so it’s a bit off-putting.
  • A lot to take in.
  • The pacing is very slow and almost methodical to the point of being obtuse.
  • Clunky controls.
  • Looks like a modern game but plays like an old game.

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Project Zero Maiden Of Black Water:

Official website.

Developer: KOEI TECMO

Publisher: KOEI TECMO

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  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.8/10

Summary

Having only touched the series on a Wii U demo I was super stoked to get a proper play of this game, I hear a lot about the series and seems it’s Halloween it felt right. For all the hype and chat I did find the game to be one that housed a strong story, a really cool set of mechanics using the camera and I did just enjoy the feel overall. However it still played a lot like an old game, cutscenes were jarring as the quality of the cutscenes were worse than the gameplay screens and that bugged me, the controls were just clunky and I could see how fighting the spirits felt better with a touchscreen like on the Wii U. Its a game that you are glad it exists and it is a good ride but its not as Remastered as we have grown accustomed too. I played it through and loved everything except the controls and pacing but I was on a time crunch so someone with more time will break it up into smaller more manageable chunks that will eliminate a lot of the niggles.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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