Anime News Network's Dave Riley writes, "It's frustrating to see a once-beloved franchise fail. Ten years ago Fatal Frame 2 produced, in a genre mostly known for crap voice acting, an emotional climax second only to Silent Hill 2. The series never reached that height again, but still maintained a persistently dour atmosphere and a handful of outstanding scares. The legacy of these games is now bound up with Spirit Camera: short, and finicky, and not all that engaging. Compared to decrepit mental hospital or a decaying mansion, the well-lit confines of your living room never stood a chance."