Corpse Party Review [PSP] The Game Collection!

Warning: Corpse Party is a game that contains
animated disturbing imagery, which may be featured in this review. If you are sensitive to that sort of thing,
this game might not be for you. Be advised. Hi… Happy Halloween. I don’t typically do horror. But tis the season, and when in Rome, and
all that… A little bit ago I asked you guys about what
I should review for Halloween. I got tons of suggestions but I got one suggestion
that I… couldn’t ignore. I am SuperDerek, and this is Corpse Party! Corpse Party is an unconventional game. Back in the early to mid-90’s, the independent
gaming scene was… well, all but nonexistent, and that which did exist was pretty well relinquished
to PC games. PC gaming in Japan was stigmatized, and still
is to this day, as something exclusive to Otaku, perverts, etc. After all, games released on PC didn’t have
to be officially licensed, they didn’t have to adhere to such strict censorship guidelines,
they had rough edges and pushed boundaries that Nintendo or Sega would never have allowed
to be associated with their consoles. One of the games developed during this era
was Corpse Party, a survival-horror adventure game developed by Team GrisGris. It was published by Kenix Soft in 1996 for
the PC-98. In 2011, an extended and enhanced remake of
the game was released internationally for the PlayStation Portable. In Corpse Party, a group of friends and their
teacher are having one last get-together to see off a friend who is transferring to another
school. At the end of the party, paranormal enthusiast
Ayumi explains a friendship charm she read on the Internet, and gets everyone to participate. That’s when things go all to hell. Somehow, something went so horribly awry that
the 9 participants get sucked into another dimension, a closed space where spirits of
murdered children live on in agony, driven mad by the emanating evil sealed within Heavenly
Host Elementary School. The only way out is to solve the mystery of
Heavenly Host, while avoiding the dozens of agonizing fates that await you. The story of Corpse Party is a tapestry of
pain and suffering. The more you know about the plot, the darker
it gets. It’s like a rabbit-hole that leads to hell. The main plot of getting transported to this
haunted elementary school because of a failed charm is admittedly, kind of cliché. Kids who don’t know any better dabbling in
the realm of black magic only to suffer the wrath of the spirits they’ve offended is the
kind of urban legend passed on from generation to generation as far back as the first camp-fire
ghost story. But it’s an effective tool to quickly throw
us into a well-crafted world featuring some truly creepy ghosts with grizzly back-stories
that will make you squirm. And it’s in that world and its inhabitants
that the real meat of the story is fleshed out. Generally, I don’t like horror. I really don’t know why I did this to myself. Its Halloween I guess, and candy conditioned
me to think I like being scared. Obviously, horror is one of those things that
just tickles some people out there, clearly, and I just never really got it… But between you and me, this game was actually
pretty fun to play despite that the majority of the gameplay just consists of wandering
around a decrepit school full of the dead bodies of those who came before you, unearthing
the morbid details behind the events that brought everything into being. This game is twisted, and repulsive, and vile. It offended my sensibilities, and all I can
really say is that… I kind of get it now. The thrill of not knowing what’s going to
happen next. Not having that safety net called Plot Armor
keeping the sweetest and most innocent characters safely out of harm’s way. The thrill of the unknown. Corpse Party is an adventure game, which is
to say that, there is no combat to speak of. If you encounter a ghost, you can’t fight
it, you just run for dear life. There are puzzles to solve, places to explore,
death-traps to avoid, and it can be a highly stressful game to play. But there’s no battle system, no equipment,
and no loot really. And in a way, it’s also kind of refreshing. The game plays a lot like an RPG with no battles
or leveling. All you’re left with are puzzles, and tons
of scripted events, and lots and lots of plot. The result is the plot of a 30 hour 16-bit
RPG, condensed into a 10 to 15 hour experience. Visually, this game looks like a wide-screen
SNES RPG with very little in the way of visual effects. It’s completely unremarkable. That’s not to say the world was poorly designed,
far from it, but these bells and whistles wouldn’t even have impressed many back in
1996. I actually found it rather interesting what
they could accomplish with so little. The game does feature cut-scenes in a way. They take the form of scripted animations
of sprites, and several still images of well-drawn, detailed illustrations of the events taking
place. These illustrations are just enough to give
you more than you wanted to see, and less than you’d want to know at the same time. They’re hints at the terrible scenes that
are unfolding. Even now I’m not sure of how much of what
I remember was explicitly drawn, or just pieced together by my mind using the fragments shown
to me. To reiterate, the graphics aren’t much, but
they are effective. And perhaps what helps pull the graphics together
so well into a horrific scene is the fact that these scenes are all sewn together neatly
by stellar audio effects and voice-acting. Almost all of the dialogue in Corpse Party
is voice-acted in Japanese, and subtitled in English when necessary. During my play through, parts of the game
felt like I was listening to a radio drama with high production values, and I was completely
absorbed despite having to read along. Playing with headphones really enhanced the
3D stereo effects which cranked the experience up another notch. Besides just the voice acting and sound effects
though, the music in the game was really good and filled the game with a sense of urgency
and menace. Corpse Party has received a couple of sequels
that also made it to the west. Book of Shadows in 2013, and Blood Drive just
came out this month, October of 2015. Corpse Party hasn’t received a physical release
in the United States, so, technically, this doesn’t even exist. But then neither do ghosts, and look where
we are now… /looks at Amy being creepy Interestingly, the Corpse Party franchise
has been undergoing a bit of a revival lately. Besides just the re-releases, sequels and
ports it’s been receiving, the franchise has also been getting manga and anime adaptations,
audio dramas, and even just recently a live-action movie. My experience with the game has piqued my
interest and you can bet that I’ll be looking into those in the future. Corpse Party was an awesome way to get into
the mood for Halloween, and for $10 I think it was well worth the price. The game is perfect for players who are looking
for a little something different to spice up their collection. It’s scary and twisted, and while it might
not be everyone’s cup of tea, it proved to be an addicting and memorable experience. And that’s why it’s got a spot in The Game Collection!

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