|Game Name||Corpse Party|
|Game Release||2011-11-23 (10 years ago)|
Corpse Party is a Visual Novel video game published by XSEED Games released on November 23rd, 2011 for the PlayStation Portable.
Review by Wolfzen:
XSEED’s Corpse Party, also known as ‘Corpse Party Blood Covered Repeated Fear’, is an exhilarating mix of what would happen if you threw a group of normal high school students, an old legend of a death-ridden preceding school, and an evil vengeance, and mashed them into one gory, mushy mess.
Trust me, it’s awesome. The length of the entire game play, for me at least, was around 25-40 hours. This counted when getting all the endings. There is also a spin-off known as ‘Corpse Party Book of Shadows’.
If you’re a horror and/or tragedy lover such as I, you should definitely play this game. If you are sensitive to it, however, you may wish to steer clear. I still recommend it to easily-scared people because of its heart-pounding plot. I’d play it for just the story, in fact. That’s how in-depth it is.
The beginning protagonists are Satoshi and Yuka Mochida, Naomi Nakashima, Seiko Shinohara, Ayumi Shinozaki, Yoshiki Kishinuma, Sakutaro Morishige, Mayu Suzumoto, and their assistant teacher, Yui Shishido. Later on, another character in a different school, Yuuya Kizami, joins them. When the curse strikes, they end up all in the same building.
You see first hand how a high school student would react to a dead body. That’s one of the most tragic and chilling things; how, as time passes, the sight of a dead body means less and less to them.
Although the simple RPG style may be disagreeable to some at first as it’s limited to only the directional keys, the intense narration and plot makes it worth it. There are some chase scenes where this may be difficult to escape, especially since there is no ‘run’ option. The full Japanese voice acting is top notch, one of the best I’ve ever experienced. It has directional sound, as in echoing once in your left ear and then jumping to your right. It makes for an even better experience, of course.
In this cage of malevolence, you can only rely on your intuition and logic. Never second guess how important doing something is, as that may result in a bad end. There are many choices throughout the game which can affect your ending. Even if something seems simple and innocent, you can never trust in appearances. If you avoid doing something, you could die. With one misstep, you could fall into the abyss of insanity.
The dead have written various messages before being consumed by the school. They are cluttering the hallways of the dead school, covering walls and loose leaflets of paper on the floor; read them and they may help you. There are also groups of five Victim Memoirs in every chapter. Below is a helpful tip to those who find them. You may want to ignore this, if you want a clean play through.
There are five chapters, each of them with their own ending. For chapters 1-4, you MUST get the true ending to unlock the next chapter. In Chapter 5, there are a couple of endings that can all be considered as true, but there is only one that is the best. In the rest of the chapters, there are many endings that are all unique, some with CGs. You can view all your endings by going to ‘Options’, then ‘Ending List’ in the main menu. There are also name tags you can collect from the dead bodies littering the school. You can view them by going to ‘Options’ and then ‘Name Tag List’. These make it harder to get 100% completion, and give you something to do.
There are also ‘Extra’ chapters, which you can unlock by clearing certain endings or, I guess, it’d be better to say ‘dying’ a certain way. These preview the protagonists past life before everything became twisted and their lives were ruined. It explains a lot of relationships and also why various things ended that way.
My opinion on this is one word; AMAZING. It’s a complete mix of horror, tragedy and fear. One of the best points in the game is how they integrated the fact that they were slowly losing their mind to the curse. You can get a close up view of what would happen if someone were to be surrounded by death with no way out. It’s a psychological thriller.
What would you do, in a new dimension, facing curses, ghosts, and the undeniable threat of your mind breaking?
Play now to find out….