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This Corpse Party E3 trailer is deliciously creepy


Any Corpse Party news is good news to me
Jun 16
// Brittany Vincent
The original doujin game Corpse Party is making its way to PC, and this trailer showcases some of the fantastically disturbing dialogue and scenes you can expect from the cult horror hit. Journey through Heavenly Host Elemen...
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Corpse Party

Corpse Party returns to its PC birthplace with upcoming XSEED release


I've...come...round...full circle
Jun 05
// Brittany Vincent
Corpse Party is one of my favorite horror series (even if it's a little tame at times) and I was thrilled to see it make its debut as a PSP cult hit back in 2011. Now, XSEED plans to bring the original Windows edition to life...
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Corpse Party: Blood Drive will give you nightmares


New footage of upcoming PS Vita game is pretty unsettling
Apr 28
// Kyle MacGregor
I'm not exactly sure why I enjoy the Corpse Party series. The games give you likable casts of characters and just enough time to become attached to them, before ripping it all away and going to a very dark place.  Corps...

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Corpse Party: Blood Drive

Corpse Party: Blood Drive website up, coming this year


It's Corpse Party and you'll cry 'cause it wants you to
Jan 21
// Steven Hansen
The official website for Corpse Party: Blood Drive has gone live. Of corpse, it's creepy as heck, complete with eyes that follow you around and a school girl in uncomfortably suggestive peril. I wouldn't expect anything less ...

Review: Corpse Party: Book of Shadows

Jan 25 // Kyle MacGregor
Corpse Party: Book of Shadows (PlayStation Portable)Developer: Team GrisGris, 5pb.Publisher: XSEEDReleased: January 15, 2013MSRP: 19.99 The main reason this is not a friendly jumping off point for newcomers is that, unlike most games, the story is the main draw here. Like its predecessor, Book of Shadows starts off on a cheerful note by introducing the player to a likable cast of characters in a safe and friendly environment. Once the game has its hooks dug under the player's skin, however, all of that comfort is ripped away as the story plunges headlong into some of the darkest material explored in videogames.  Book of Shadows opens with the mother of one of the survivors attempting to help her emotionally distressed daughter. Naomi may have escaped Heavenly Host Elementary with her life, but she isn't well at all. Nobody seems to remember those that perished in the alternate dimension, least of all Naomi's best friend, Seiko, and that's tearing the poor girl apart.  [embed]237210:45516[/embed] The initial chapters take place in an alternate timeline, but turn back the clock so that the player can experience the events before the horror begins. Following a cultural festival at school, several students decide to partake in a charm to sendoff a friend that is transferring to a new school. Nobody is aware of the events that are about to unfold, save one boy, but for all his knowledge he's unable to stop history from repeating itself. I'd hate to spoil much more than that, but rest assured, this is an emotionally-gripping, at times humorous, and deeply unsettling tale.   The sound design is excellent and plays perfectly to just about every situation. The soundtrack is at times catchy and cloyingly cheerful at others. As you might expect though, more often than not the music is atmospheric and eerie. Accompanying the tunes is expert Japanese voice work, which was recorded binaurally. Headphones are strongly recommended, as the simulated three-dimensional sound makes for a truly chilling auditory experience. Though Book of Shadows shines in a number of areas, being a "game" certainly isn't one of them. This is a visual novel first and foremost, so there isn't a great deal of gameplay to speak of, but it does feign an attempt to be something more. Unfortunately, that effort isn't a very good one and as a result the interactive aspect of the experience falls flat on its face.   Binary choices are about as good as it gets in Book of Shadows. Oftentimes there are right answers, but given that the player is allowed to save at any moment, players might find themselves intentionally going down an incorrect path to see one of the title's many "wrong ends." Though these amount to Game Over screens, the gruesome descriptions that accompany them make doing the wrong thing all the more enjoyable. Well, maybe that's not the best word choice. On one occasion a particularly unsettling sound effect left my stomach churning. While that wasn't particularly enjoyable, it does show how truly effective Corpse Party can be.   It's a pity though that a large portion of Book of Shadows is wasted aimlessly wandering through Heavenly Host's halls. Prepare to spend plenty of time moving from room to room, scouring for objects to help move the story forward. Sometimes, however, it's not an object at all that needs looking for. Rather, the player will need to wander past a particular area (sometimes several times) to trigger an event. It's monotonous, frustrating, and not fun in the slightest. Worst of all, it's rare that the game gives the player any direction.  The sprite art from the first Corpse Party has been replaced with a first-person perspective. And while I found this less pleasing from an aesthetic standpoint, it makes for a less frustrating gaming experience. Book of Shadows employs a point-and-click mechanic and objects that can be interacted with are highlighted with a blue hue. It's still tedious, but at least the days of mashing the X button over every pixel in a Where's Waldo-esque fashion are over.  Fans of Corpse Party would do well to pick up the second installment. The first game left a lot of unanswered questions and Book of Shadows does an admirable job at filling in the gaps. I've enjoyed spending time with these characters, even if it is the worst day of their lives. As for the uninitiated, well, play the first before tackling this one. It's not like PlayStation Portable or Vita owners have been spoiled for choice when it comes to quality software as of late. Visual novels may be niche, but just about anyone can enjoy a good horror story. If you can get past the insipid gameplay, Corpse Party: Book of Shadows provides a pleasurable and haunting narrative that's well worth experiencing.
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You would cry too...
The original Corpse Party follows a group of children's descent into hell. After performing a ritual, these students are unexpectedly transported to an alternate dimension and trapped in a cursed elementary school. Malevolent...

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Corpse Party: Book of Shadows out now, Europe next week


Let's all die together!
Jan 15
// Kyle MacGregor
Corpse Party is not for the weak of heart. It conveys some pretty dark imagery and few games are more worthy of the ESRB's M rating. But if you can get past its unpleasant sights and stomach-churning sounds, this visual novel...
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New releases: Batten down the hatches, DmC is upon us


Plus the BioShock collection, Borderlands 2 DLC, and more
Jan 14
// Fraser Brown
Another week of new releases is upon us! I hope you're not broke. After many months of furious debates, arguments, and colorful name calling, we can finally shut the hell up and just play (or not play) DmC: Devil May Cry.&nb...
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Corpse Party: Book of Shadows heading to PSP next week


Are you ready for a second trip to Heavenly Host Elementary School?
Jan 08
// Kyle MacGregor
Corpse Party is one of the most disturbing horror games I've ever experienced. Starting out on something of a cheerful note, the game allows players time to form bonds with its affable cast of characters. That is, before...
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Party today with Dtoid, Intel & TigerDirect in Miami


We're bringing the games to Miami's first annual Holiday Technology Bash
Nov 20
// Niero Gonzalez
TigerDirect's annual PC race for charity is back, and it kicks off with a killer party! Destructoid is returning to Miami for this special event co-hosted by Intel, and if you're reading this you're invited! Grab your golden ...
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Corpse Party: Book of Shadows trailer is pretty messed up


Tell me how my rotting body will smell
Oct 22
// Dale North
Corpse Party: Book of Shadows is a sequel to last year's Corpse Party. It's coming to the PSP this winter by way of the PlayStation Network. You can try to change fate in this point-and-clicker, but messing up sounds like it...
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PSP horror game Corpse Party launching today on PSN


Nov 22
// Kyle MacGregor
In what could quite possibly be called the worst timing ever, XSEED's latest localization effort is making its way to the PlayStation Network later today. Corpse Party, a horror adventure title, follows a group of teenage st...

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