Fatal Frame - Based on a True Story
(English version of Project Zero)

Fatal Frame - Based on a True Story [PS2]
Camera FAQ / Strategy / Information
Version 1.0 (May 13th, 2002)
Unpublished work (c) 2002 by Matt Newmark
Contact: nucon@mindspring.com (Gamefaqs ID: NuConcept)

Fatal Frame - Based on a True Story (c) 2002 Tecmo Inc.
PS2 is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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1.  Introduction and Description
2.  Camera Basics
  2-1.  Film
  2-2.  Basic Performance
  2-3.  Bonus Function
  2-4.  Special Function
  2-5.  Shots
3.  Camera Strategies
  3-1.  Capturing Ghosts
  3-2.  Using Bonus Functions
  3-3.  Using Special Functions
  3-4.  The Finishing Shot
  3-5.  Camera Upgrading
  3-6.  Choosing the Proper Film
4. Revision History
5. Credit
6. Legal


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1. INTRODUCTION AND DESCRIPTION
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Fatal Frame is based upon the premise that you must use a special camera to 
"capture" the spirits of several types of ghosts.  This FAQ details everything
you need to know about this special camera and how to use it.  

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2. Camera Basics
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In this section is detailed technical information about the camera itself, 
film, upgrade costs, ability descriptions, shot descriptions.

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2-1. Film
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TYPE-14 (Old) FILM
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Power: Low(0)
Core Damage: 150
Zero/Core Damage: 180
Rarity: Common, can be refilled to 30 exposures at any save point.
Uses: Floating/Seal/Ground-Tied Spirits, Night 1 Ghosts, Blinded, 
      People Killed, Shrine Maidens
NOTE: Can be recharged to 30 exposures at any save point.

TYPE-37 (Regular) FILM
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Power: Low(2)
Core Damage: 170
Zero/Core Damage: 200
Rarity: Common, there is a lot of this film in night 2
Uses:  Novelist's, Folklorist's, LongHairWoman, FloatingWoman, FloatingFace,
       Woman Hanging, Crawling Girl, Man w/ Long Arms, HeadlessPriest #1

TYPE-74 (High-Speed) FILM
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Power: Medium(4)
Core Damage: 180
Zero/Core Damage: 210
Rarity: Rare, one pack on night 1, a few more throughout the game
Uses:  Girl in Well, Boy Hiding, HeadlessPriest(#2, 3, 4), Kirie

TYPE-90 (Sanctified) Film
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Power: High(6)
Core Damage: 210
Zero/Core Damage: 250
Rarity: Very Rare, Be greedy with this film, almost none exists
Uses: WanderingMonk, Family Master

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2-2. Basic Performance
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Range (Size of the Capture Circle)
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Level 2 Upgrade - 4,000
Level 3 Upgrade - 12,000
Level 4 Upgrade - 24,000

Speed (Time it takes to fully charge the camera)
Level 2 Upgrade - 2,000
Level 3 Upgrade - 6,000
Level 4 Upgrade - 12,000

Max Value (Maximum charge value of Mystical Power)
Level 2 upgrade - 6,000
Level 3 Upgrade - 18,000
Level 4 Upgrade - 36,000

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2-3. Bonus Functions
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These functions require the use of SPIRIT STONES.

Pressure
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Description: Pushes ghosts away from Miku
Cost: 16,000
Allows: Impact Shot
Ghost Color: N/A

Slow
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Description: Slows ghost movement for 10 seconds
Cost: 18,000
Allows: Slow Shot
Ghost Color: Purple

See
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Description: Makes ghosts totally visible for 10 seconds
Cost: 12,000
Allows: Find Shot
Ghost Color: Yellow

Paralyze
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Description: Stops ghost movement for 3 seconds
Cost: 20,000
Allows: Bind Shot
Ghost Color: Green

Search
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Description: Automatically Centers camera on core of Ghost
Cost: 14,000
Allows: N/A
Ghost Color: N/A

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2-4. Special Functions
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To enable special functions, the game must be completed.

Zoom
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Description: Zoom out (zoom in has almost no purpose)
Unlock: Complete Normal Difficulty
Cost: 80,000
Works: Anywhere/Anything
Use: R2 to Zoom out, L2 to Zoom in

Sense
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Description: Adds ghost direction indicators to camera crosshair
Unlock: Complete Battle Mode
Cost: 42,000
Works on: Hatred, Floating
Use: ALWAYS ON

Zero
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Description: Mystical Power gauge always full
Unlock: Complete the Ghost List
Cost: 92,000
Works: ALWAYS ON
Use: Anywhere/Anything

Chase
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Description: Automatically follows ghost's core around
Unlock: Complete Battle Mode with all S-Rank
Cost: 64,000
Works on: Hatred Spirits, does NOT work on Kirie
Use: Press R2 to Activate

None
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Description: Film does not deplete
Unlock: Complete Nightmare Mode
Cost: 74,000
Works: Anywhere/Anything
Use: ALWAYS ON

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2-5. Shots
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Zero Shot:    Full-powered shot taken of ghost while capture circle is yellow.
Special Shot: A Zero shot that is also the final shot taken of the ghost.
Core Shot:    A shot taken in which the crosshairs are in the lock circle.
Double Shot:  A shot taken in which two ghosts are damaged.
Triple Shot:  A shot taken in which three ghosts are damaged.
Bind Shot:    A shot taken while the Paralyze bonus function is in effect.
Impact Shot:  A shot taken while the Pressure bonus function is in effect.
Find Shot:    A shot taken while the See bonus function is in effect.

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3. Camera Strategies
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3-1. Capturing Ghosts
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3-2. Using Bonus Functions
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3-3. Using Special Functions
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3-4.  The Finishing Shot
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3-5. Camera Upgrading
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There are many schools of thought on the order by which your camera should be
upgraded.   Many people will say to unlock paralyze early, in order to help
with the tougher ghosts.  If you did that, and used the spirit stones, you'd
be out of spirit stones by the time you really needed them.  

Basically I disagree with paralyze first for one major reason.  For the price
of paralyze, you can upgrade your camera to max speed.  By FAR the most 
important upgrade on your camera.  Just be patient, if you practice good 
camera skills, get all the floating and ground-tied spirits, you should have
paralyze just in time for the novelist at the end of night 1.

Night 1
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Max Speed (2,000)
Max Speed (8,000)
Max Speed (20,000)
Max Power (26,000)
Max Power (44,000)
Area      (50,000)
Paralyze  (68,000)

Night 2
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Max Power (104,000)
Area      (116,000)

Night 3
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Area      (140,000)
Search    (154,000)

Game Clear
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Zoom      (234,000)

Battle Mode Mission 10
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Zero      (326,000)

Battle Mode Clear - All S-Rank
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Chase     (390,000)
Sense     (432,000)
See       (444,000)
Slow      (462,000)
Pressure  (478,000)


Nightmare Mode Clear
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None      (552,000)


It takes about 100 well-captured Hatred Spirits, a complete ghost list, all 
S-Rank battle mode, and completion of normal and nightmare to fully upgrade 
your camera.  

If you think that I listed too many things to have for night 1, remember that
your receive 24,000 Spirit Points just for capturing all the Seal, Floating, 
and Ground-Tied Spirits for that night.  That leaves 44,000 SP required to 
complete my list.  If you face 10 ghosts that means you'd only need 4,400
per spirit to attain that goal.  It is likely you will face more than that,
reducing the avg. score needed.  Take clean photos, it shouldn't be a problem.

**NOTE**
Anything Before the Zoom ability can be acquired as soon as you have the Spirit
Points for it.  Do NOT Acquire See, Slow, Pressure before they are listed.  
These skills are pretty much worthless and will never get used.  Don't make 
yourself wait for Zoom and Zero because you picked up junk skills.  Starting
Battle Mode with Zoom will ensure you easy S-Ranks on all the missions.  To 
S-Rank Kirie Zero is highly recommended.  If this means going through normal
again, do so.  Nightmare is FAR easier with the Chase ability.

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3-6. Choosing the Proper Film
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Type-14 Film: Night 1 and All ground-tied/floating/seal spirits.  
              Walk around with this type of film. Switch for ghosts as needed.

Type-37 Film: Night 2

Type-74 Film: Folklorist(N2), Night 3, Final Night, Headless Priest #1, Kirie

Type-90 Film: Wandering Monk, HeadlessPriests #2, 3, 4, Family Master


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3. Revision History
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Version 1.0 (May 13th, 2002) - Initial Version

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4. Credit
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I'd like to thank TECMO for putting out such a great title and gamefaqs.com for
giving me a place to provide this information.

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5. Legal Disclaimer
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