AR Gaming Can be Fun
I’m very cynical when it comes to motion controls or AR gaming. There’s a lot of crappy examples out there and very few that have a theme that works. Project Zero (or Fatal Frame depending on where you live) has been a perfect ‘camera’ themed game that could work really well on the Wii U and the 3DS’s AR camera. Nintendo recently bought the IP from Tecmo Koei and I’m hoping to see some movement on the franchise after a long silence.
Anyway, I’ve been playing a bit of Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir - which came out today – and I’m really impressed. I got bored very quickly with the 3DS’s AR mini-games and didn’t think I’d be going back any time soon but Spirit Camera actually does a very good job of getting you moving about without it feeling super gimmicky.
You get a purple diary included with the game and you use that to find new ghosts or solve mysteries at points during the campaign. Then you have the added fun of looking for ghosts in your surroundings with the gyro sensor and get a few jumps when a ghost suddenly pops into view.
While the story doesn’t feel as fleshed at as some of the main console experiences, it has several nice nods to the franchise and is a lot of fun. I’m just glad Nintendo are making use of the IP and will *hopefully* bring more titles to light. We’re still waiting on a Project Zero 4 EU release though but Nintendo have been pretty clear with their intentions to not release it outside of Japan.