History VideoGame / HauntingGround

25th Aug '17 8:32:06 PM LadyNorbert
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[[caption-width-right:217: Fiona, the player character and her [[CanineCompanion dog companion]], Hewie.]]

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[[caption-width-right:217: Fiona, the player character character, and her [[CanineCompanion dog companion]], CanineCompanion, Hewie.]]



The gameplay revolves much more on evading enemies and hiding than combat, as Fiona's fighting abilities (she can kick opponents, but it's ''very'' weak) are extremely limited (mainly as a throwback to the ''VideoGame/ClockTower'' games, of which this game was to be the 5th installment, but was changed during production). Her health is measured by how calm she is--checking the wrong object or prolonged chases by enemies can cause her to be overcome with fear and panic, becoming disoriented, which is displayed as a [[InterfaceScrew blurry, distorted screen and problems controlling her]]. She eventually runs into an ally in [[CanineCompanion the form of a dog named Hewie]], who can be commanded to attack enemies, fetch items, or follow Fiona. The game has an [[RelationshipValues unseen friendship meter]] of sorts -- Fiona ''can'' either protect the dog or literally KickTheDog -- but abuse will make Hewie become distant from Fiona, causing him to ignore her commands or be slower to respond when Fiona becomes panicked.

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The gameplay revolves much more on evading enemies and hiding than combat, as Fiona's fighting abilities (she can kick opponents, but it's ''very'' weak) are extremely limited (mainly as a throwback to the ''VideoGame/ClockTower'' games, of which this game was to be the 5th fifth installment, but was changed during production). Her health is measured by how calm she is--checking the wrong object or prolonged chases by enemies can cause her to be overcome with fear and panic, becoming disoriented, which is displayed as a [[InterfaceScrew blurry, distorted screen and problems controlling her]]. She eventually runs into an ally in [[CanineCompanion the form of a dog named Hewie]], who can be commanded to attack enemies, fetch items, or follow Fiona. The game has an [[RelationshipValues unseen friendship meter]] of sorts -- Fiona ''can'' either protect the dog or literally KickTheDog -- but abuse will make Hewie become distant from Fiona, causing him to ignore her commands or be slower to respond when Fiona becomes panicked.



* AlasPoorVillain: For all her [[AxCrazy Ax-Craziness]] and wanting to kill Fiona, it's pretty easy to feel sorry for Daniella when she dies. She only wanted to be complete.
** Same goes for Debilitas should the player not drop the chandelier onto him and opt to defeat him the old-fashioned way. Fiona feels guilty for killing him in self-defense, considering that Debilitas only wanted to play with her, [[AndCallHimGeorge not realising how dangerous he was]]. [[spoiler:In fact, getting the best ending requires that he survives.]]

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* AlasPoorVillain: For all her [[AxCrazy Ax-Craziness]] AxCrazy tendencies and wanting desire to kill Fiona, it's pretty easy to feel sorry for Daniella when she dies. She only wanted to be complete.
** Same goes for Debilitas Debilitas, should the player not drop the chandelier onto him and opt to defeat him the old-fashioned way. Fiona feels guilty for killing him in self-defense, considering that Debilitas only wanted to play with her, [[AndCallHimGeorge not realising how dangerous he was]]. [[spoiler:In fact, getting the best ending requires that he survives.]]



** In a less literal sense, after finishing the game once, sparing Debilitas is required in order to achieve a special ending that let's you bypass about half the game.

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** In a less literal sense, after finishing the game once, sparing Debilitas is required in order to achieve a special ending that let's lets you bypass about half the game.



** Another example is whenever she's hiding under a bed. From certain vantage points in the room, she should be directly in the stalkers' line of sight. Yet, they never notice her, even when she's only a few feet away.

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** Another example is whenever she's hiding under a bed. From certain vantage points in the room, she should be directly in the stalkers' line of sight. Yet, Yet they never notice her, even when she's only a few feet away.



** Fiona also does this during some of her [[HaveANiceDeath terrible deaths]], like the one involving [[spoiler:her hiding in an iron maiden from Daniella, who figures it out and calmly locks her inside before ''activating it'', with Fiona pleading for her life right up to the end]].

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** Fiona also does this during some of her [[HaveANiceDeath terrible deaths]], like the one involving [[spoiler:her hiding [[spoiler:hiding in an iron maiden from Daniella, who figures it out and calmly locks her inside before ''activating it'', with Fiona pleading for her life right up to the end]].



* BishonenLine: [[spoiler:When Fiona first encounters Lorenzo, he's a creepy, shriveled up old man. However, once he gives himself a dose of Azoth, he reverts to a decent but still unremarkable middle aged man -- basically her father with nice hair -- before immediately turning into his handsome, muscular, younger self, and is much more deadly now because he can hurl spells at Fiona. Then this is subverted when he falls into a lava pool and becomes a [[ClippedWingAngel flaming skeleton]] armed with a TouchOfDeath.]]

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* BishonenLine: [[spoiler:When Fiona first encounters Lorenzo, he's a creepy, shriveled up old man. However, once he gives himself a dose of Azoth, he reverts to a decent but still unremarkable middle aged middle-aged man -- basically her father with nice hair -- before immediately turning into his handsome, muscular, younger self, and is much more deadly now because he can hurl spells at Fiona. Then this is subverted when he falls into a lava pool and becomes a [[ClippedWingAngel flaming skeleton]] armed with a TouchOfDeath.]]



* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: During normal gameplay, the castle's main gate is locked, forcing Fiona to puzzle her way through the castle in order to escape. But with a [[NewGamePlus New Game+]] file, it's possible to get the key from [[spoiler: Debilitas]], which [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere circumvents 2/3 of the game by allowing Fiona to leave the castle early]] (Ending "C").

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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: During normal gameplay, the castle's main gate is locked, forcing Fiona to puzzle her way through the castle in order to escape. But with a [[NewGamePlus New Game+]] NewGamePlus file, it's possible to get the key from [[spoiler: Debilitas]], which [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere circumvents 2/3 of the game by allowing Fiona to leave the castle early]] (Ending "C").



** FanDisservice: However, despite being attractive and wearing moderately revealing clothing, the creepy sexual nature of [[spoiler: Riccardo, Lorenzo and arguably Daniella]] can put a damper on things. It's hard to appreciate how attractive Fiona is when you're desperately trying to stop her from getting torn apart by a giant, mentally retarded man, having her uterus torn out by an AxCrazy woman who's convinced she is incomplete as a woman, raped [[spoiler: by a clone of her father]], and being stalked by [[spoiler: an old man who wants to steal her life force]].

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** FanDisservice: However, despite being attractive and wearing moderately revealing clothing, the creepy sexual nature of [[spoiler: Riccardo, Lorenzo Lorenzo, and arguably Daniella]] can put a damper on things. It's hard to appreciate how attractive Fiona is when you're desperately trying to stop her from getting torn apart by a giant, mentally retarded man, having her uterus torn out by an AxCrazy woman who's convinced she is incomplete as a woman, raped [[spoiler: by a clone of her father]], and being stalked by [[spoiler: an old man who wants to steal her life force]].



* HealThyself: Fiona can quiet down her panic and pick up her stamina by using lavender and camomile, respectively. She can also completely restore both at the same time by drinking tap water, provided nobody's looking. Hewie, on the other hand, can be fed with beef and chicken jerky.

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* HealThyself: Fiona can quiet down her panic and pick up her stamina by using lavender and camomile, chamomile, respectively. She can also completely restore both at the same time by drinking tap water, provided nobody's looking. Hewie, on the other hand, can be fed with beef and chicken jerky.



* KillTheCutie: Fiona Belli is a beautiful 18-year-old girl. Her enemies, however, seek to kill her in extremely brutal ways, and as Fiona is frail, has no fighting skills and no weapon, they can easily kill her in a fight.The way she can die is crushed via a bearhug, stabbed, shot, etc.

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* KillTheCutie: Fiona Belli is a beautiful 18-year-old girl. Her enemies, however, seek to kill her in extremely brutal ways, and as Fiona is frail, has no fighting skills and no weapon, they can easily kill her in a fight.The way she She can die is in all sorts of ways, including being crushed via a bearhug, bear hug, stabbed, shot, etc.



* LegacyCharacter: The title of Aureolus Belli, and [[LegacyImmortality their legacy as an immortal alchemist]], is this if the graveyard in the old Mansion is anything to go by. Lorenzo, Riccardo and (if you collect all of the collectibles and [[spoiler:read the final entry of Fiona's diary]]) [[spoiler:Fiona herself]] will all lay claim to the name.

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* LegacyCharacter: The title of Aureolus Aurelius Belli, and [[LegacyImmortality their legacy as an immortal alchemist]], is this if the graveyard in the old Mansion is anything to go by. Lorenzo, Riccardo Riccardo, and (if you collect all of the collectibles and [[spoiler:read the final entry of Fiona's diary]]) [[spoiler:Fiona herself]] will all lay claim to the name.



* MagicalAccessory: Fiona may equip a choker, a pair of earrings and a pair of boots. The majority of these improve stamina, reduce panic and improve strength in combat, respectively, but there are three odd ones out: the Obsidian Choker throw Luminescents off her trail, the Fairy Earrings make her invisible if she stays still and the Feather Boots make her footfalls inaudible to stalkers.

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* MagicalAccessory: Fiona may equip a choker, a pair of earrings earrings, and a pair of boots. The majority of these improve stamina, reduce panic panic, and improve strength in combat, respectively, but there are three odd ones out: the Obsidian Choker throw throws Luminescents off her trail, the Fairy Earrings make her invisible if she stays still still, and the Feather Boots make her footfalls inaudible to stalkers.



** When a stalker is in an area adjacent to the player, the ambient noise is replaced with dead silence.
** This is actually an incredibly useful life-saver as the game will tell you when it's safe to leave a hiding spot only for the stalker to decide to waltz back in, so the player will need to rely on the return of the ambient music to know the coast is clear.

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** When a stalker is in an area adjacent to the player, the ambient noise is replaced with dead silence.
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silence. This is actually an incredibly useful life-saver lifesaver, as the game will tell you when it's safe to leave a hiding spot only for the stalker to decide to waltz back in, so the player will need to rely on the return of the ambient music to know the coast is clear.



** [[spoiler:You can find a copy of the Castle Gate Key after beating Debilitas non-lethally, allowing Fiona to leave the castle early and unlock Ending C]].

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** [[spoiler:You can find a copy of the Castle Gate Key after beating Debilitas non-lethally, allowing Fiona to leave the castle early and unlock Ending C]].C.]]



*** [[spoiler:Debilitas]] pruning the bushes with huge gardening shears in Ending A is probably a shout-out to Bobby Barrows the Scissorman from the first game.

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*** [[spoiler:Debilitas]] pruning the bushes with huge gardening shears in Ending A is probably a shout-out to Bobby Barrows Barrows, the Scissorman from the first game.



* SpiritualSuccessor: The game initially started development as a continuation to ''VideoGame/ClockTower'', and even though it ended up becoming its own independent title, it still shares similar gameplay mechanics and Creator/DarioArgento influences with the series that inspired it.
* SpyCam: [[spoiler:Fiona finds a reel of film that reveals someone, Lorenzo most likely, has been recording her journey through the castle with hidden cameras. Even one inside ''the mummy'' on the sofa in the mansion.]]
* StalkerWithATestTube: While it's true that Riccardo desperately wants to get between Fiona's legs, it's her [[spoiler: uterus]] that he's interested in, rather than her body. Raping her is simply a means to an end for him to [[spoiler: perpetuate his own existence]].

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* SpiritualSuccessor: The game initially started development as a continuation to ''VideoGame/ClockTower'', of the ''VideoGame/ClockTower'' series, and even though it ended up becoming its own independent title, it still shares similar gameplay mechanics and Creator/DarioArgento influences with the series that inspired it.
* SpyCam: [[spoiler:Fiona finds a reel of film that which reveals someone, Lorenzo most likely, has been recording her journey through the castle with hidden cameras. Even one inside ''the mummy'' on the sofa in the mansion.]]
* StalkerWithATestTube: While it's true that Riccardo desperately wants to get between Fiona's legs, it's her [[spoiler: uterus]] that he's interested in, he wants, rather than her body. Raping her is simply a means to an end for him to [[spoiler: perpetuate his own existence]].



** "Under the Scalpel" is earned simply by beating the game and is the most risque costume that she gets. It's short, skintight, has [[SexyBack a lowcut back]], shows plenty of leg, leaves her barefoot, and [[GoingCommando without panties.]] Guess which costume most youtubers pick for their video walkthroughs?

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** "Under the Scalpel" is earned simply by beating the game and is the most risque costume that she gets. It's short, skintight, has [[SexyBack a lowcut back]], shows plenty of leg, and leaves her barefoot, barefoot and [[GoingCommando without panties.]] Guess which costume most youtubers [=YouTubers=] pick for their video walkthroughs?



* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: On the other hand, beating Hewie, letting your stalkers beat Hewie, feeding him onions to lower his stamina, and allowing his health to become critical, are also entirely possible. It's even required to get the bad ending.

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* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: On the other hand, beating Hewie, letting your stalkers beat Hewie, feeding him onions to lower his stamina, and allowing his health to become critical, critical are also entirely possible. It's even required to get the bad ending.
1st Aug '17 8:55:40 AM AG1995
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** Daniella will raise her weapon over her head, and bring it down on Fiona, or she will get on top of her and use it to slash her throat.
30th Jul '17 6:49:26 AM AG1995
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* NewGamePlus:
** Beating the game unlocks an additional Hard Mode, with stronger (and palette swapped) versions of the stalkers, more enemies scattered around the castle, and a few additional cutscenes, which fill in some extra plot details.
** The ability to switch outfits and exchange key-plates for equipment is added to the Alchemy Room in both modes after beating the game once.
** [[spoiler:You can find a copy of the Castle Gate Key after beating Debilitas non-lethally, allowing Fiona to leave the castle early and unlock Ending C]].
20th Jul '17 6:06:44 AM Wowowow
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* FanDisservice: Despite being attractive and wearing moderately revealing clothing, the creepy sexual nature of [[spoiler: Riccardo, Lorenzo and arguably Daniella]] can put a damper on things. It's hard to appreciate how attractive Fiona is when you're desperately trying to stop her from getting raped [[spoiler: by a clone of her father]].
* {{Fanservice}}: The sheet from the beginning of the game is quite modest compared to some of Fiona's outfits, not to mention her miniskirt and large breasts. Several parts of the game use camera angles to give the player a voyeuristic view of her (or to simulate a stalker's point of view), particularly when she's getting dressed in the aforementioned miniskirt and tight blouse.
** Fiona even addresses how "tight" her new outfit feels, especially "in the chest area."

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* FanDisservice: Despite being attractive and wearing moderately revealing clothing, the creepy sexual nature of [[spoiler: Riccardo, Lorenzo and arguably Daniella]] can put a damper on things. It's hard to appreciate how attractive Fiona is when you're desperately trying to stop her from getting raped [[spoiler: by a clone of her father]].
* {{Fanservice}}: The sheet from the beginning of the game is quite modest compared to some of Fiona's outfits, not to mention her miniskirt and large breasts. Several parts of the game use camera angles to give the player a voyeuristic view of her (or to simulate a stalker's point of view), particularly when she's getting dressed in the aforementioned miniskirt and tight blouse. \n** Fiona even addresses how "tight" her new outfit feels, especially "in the chest area.""
** FanDisservice: However, despite being attractive and wearing moderately revealing clothing, the creepy sexual nature of [[spoiler: Riccardo, Lorenzo and arguably Daniella]] can put a damper on things. It's hard to appreciate how attractive Fiona is when you're desperately trying to stop her from getting torn apart by a giant, mentally retarded man, having her uterus torn out by an AxCrazy woman who's convinced she is incomplete as a woman, raped [[spoiler: by a clone of her father]], and being stalked by [[spoiler: an old man who wants to steal her life force]].
17th Jul '17 11:34:10 AM Wowowow
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* FanDisservice: Despite being attractive and wearing moderately revealing clothing, the creepy sexual nature of [[spoiler: Riccardo, Lorenzo and arguably Daniella]] can put a damper on things. It's hard to appreciate how attractive Fiona is when you're desperately trying to stop her from getting raped [[spoiler: by a clone of her father]].
25th May '17 7:51:55 PM LungDrakkar
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** Daniella is the female equivalent of "Daniel", a Biblical Hebrew name. Her faithfulness towards her master [[spoiler: Lorenzo]] suggests that her name is meant to invoke Daniel's faithfulness to God. Alternatively, Daniel is also the name of a FallenAngel in the Book of Enoch, which is rather fitting, [[spoiler: as according to WordofGod: she lost her freedom as a girl when she was kidnapped by Lorenzo.]]

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** Daniella is the female equivalent of "Daniel", a Biblical Hebrew name. Her faithfulness towards her master [[spoiler: Lorenzo]] suggests that her name is meant to invoke Daniel's faithfulness to God. Alternatively, Daniel is also the name of a FallenAngel in the Book of Enoch, which is rather fitting, fitting. [[spoiler: as according According to WordofGod: WordofGod, she lost her freedom as a girl when she was kidnapped by Lorenzo.]]
25th May '17 7:47:58 PM LungDrakkar
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** Lorenzo is Italian for "someone from Laurentum." This ancient city's name may have been derived from the Latin word "laurus", which means laurel, "a symbol of wisdom and accomplishment." These terms likely relate Lorenzo's ancestry and his own accomplishments as a master alchemist.

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** [[spoiler: Lorenzo is Italian for "someone from Laurentum." This ancient city's name may have been derived from the Latin word "laurus", which means laurel, "a symbol of wisdom and accomplishment." These terms likely relate Lorenzo's ancestry and his own accomplishments as a master alchemist. ]]
25th May '17 7:44:25 PM LungDrakkar
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** Daniella is the female equivalent of "Daniel", a Biblical Hebrew name. Her faithfulness towards her master [[spoiler: Lorenzo]] suggests that her name is meant to invoke Daniel's faithfulness to God. Alternatively, Daniel is also the name of a FallenAngel in the Book of Enoch, which is rather fitting, [[spoiler: as according to WordofGod: she lost her freedom as a girl when she was kidnapped by Lorenzo.]]
19th May '17 10:04:26 AM crazysamaritan
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* GhostLights: Luminescents are blue light orbs.



* [[ABoyAndHisX A Girl and Her Dog]]

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* [[ABoyAndHisX A Girl ABoyAndHisX: The game features the adventures of a girl and Her Dog]]her large dog.
31st Mar '17 12:45:47 PM LungDrakkar
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** Riccardo means "Powerful, strong ruler." Rather fitting considering Riccardo's numerous attempts to assert his dominance over multiple characters in the game.
** Lorenzo is Italian for "someone from Laurentum." This ancient city's name may have been derived from the Latin word "laurus", which means laurel, "a symbol of wisdom and accomplishment." These terms likely relate Lorenzo's ancestry and his own accomplishments as a master alchemist.
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