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How to Unlock Nightmare Difficulty in Project Zero / Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse

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Those wanting to face the harshest challenge that Project Zero / Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar has to offer, or simply fully complete the game, will want to unlock Nightmare difficulty.

While Project Zero / Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse is not a walkover even on its easiest difficulty, on harder difficulties it truly is a survival horror. Those who jump into a playthrough on Nightmare difficulty will really need to up their game, as they’ll face off against the fiercest of ghosts and find their resources severely limited. But how do you unlock Nightmare difficulty in Project Zero / Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse?

It’s not easy, unfortunately. To unlock Nightmare difficulty, players need to complete the game on Hard difficulty first. Thankfully in this remaster this difficulty is available from the outset, but for many players it might be tough jumping in on Hard from the get go.

What might be the best option for unlocking Nightmare difficulty in Project Zero / Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse for some is starting on Easy or Normal first. You see, thanks to New Game Plus, players are able to raise the difficulty on a subsequent playthrough while keeping their upgrades and unlocks. And so, Hard difficulty can be made much more manageable, allowing Nightmare difficulty to be unlocked with less frustration.

All that extra time with the game will put players in good stead for Nightmare difficulty as well, as they’ll be more familiar with the enemies they’re set to face. So, jump in on Hard to unlock Nightmare quicker, or start with something easier and work your way up? It’s up to you.

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Editor in Chief // An avid gamer since discovering the wonders of the Acorn Electron in the '80s, Rich has nearly played more games than he's had hot dinners. Not one to put all his eggs in one basket, Rich is happy to play games of all genres, but he particularly enjoys racing games and anything that's full of non-stop action, especially if it includes a good dose of humour, horror or crudeness!