Okay so 5 has some pretty obvious problems, I don't think anyone can deny the game is the most flawed in the series. But did anyone else get the impression that this game had the potential to be the best one in the entire franchise?
The mountain and the history of suicides is such an interesting topic and could have been explored to great effect, Yuuri and Hisoka are already great characters that could have had much more focus in the story, the theme of glancing one's final moments to help ease their suffering is a fantastic addition, Ouse's one of the best antagonists in every way from her design to her story (
except the tacked on romance), to how she acts even when under the corruption of the black water, even her boss fight is amazing. That setting sun backdrop on an overflowing spring of hell water and the unique ways she fights you lead to one of the best climaxes in the series.
It feels like this game had a lot of fantastic ideas put into it that didn't get the time they needed to be properly developed. Looking at some of the individual scenes in the game you can see a real talent and effort put into it and it had some of the most enticing trailers in the series. Hearing Yuuri say "I'm not sick anymore" while In This Cage plays and you see all of the visuals of the deaths in the game is just chilling, and I don't think I even have to mention Himino's true death scene as a highlight for the tragedy and horror aspect of the game.
The idea of being corrupted by the water and having it overflow you until only your soul remains and is corrupted by the water is a fantastic idea, and the storyline when examined at its base concept is a fantastic addition to the series.
Does anyone else get the feeling this game had all the elements needed to make the definitive Fatal Frame experience?