Time for a story about socially awkward Zack
Corpse Party came to the PSP at a great moment for me. I was relatively new at my college, and dreadfully hopeless at social interaction. Instead of trying to fix that I played through the horrific visual novel in an isolated spot on the second floor of my school’s technology building. It rained the entire week, and I was in my own sad, personal heaven.
Now put away your tiny violins and pull up a chair, friend. If you haven’t played Corpse Party yet and possess either a 3DS or a PC, you’ll be able to remedy your folly soon. The PC version is going to be available on Steam, GOG.com, and the Humble Store starting April 25. It has a few endings and scenes that differ from the PSP version, in addition to four bonus chapters (one of them being a PC-exclusive retelling of the “Tooth” story from Corpse Party: Book of Shadows). A handy fast-forward button has also been added, which would be crazy useful for seeing all of the endings. Not bad for $14.99.
The 3DS version is going to be a little later to the party, slated for sometime this summer. To make up for being tardy, there will be a ‘Back to School Edition’ physical release for $49.99. It includes two “high-quality miniature figurines” (let’s hope they’re higher quality than that Estus Flask included with Dark Souls III‘s special edition) of Naomi Nakashima and Seiko Shinohara and a soundtrack with over 80 minutes of music. Character sprites are getting a tune-up and will be redrawn, art stills will be getting a 3D upgrade, and there will be newly arranged music tracks to flesh out this port. The 3DS release also has the four bonus chapters included in the PC port, minus the “Tooth” story. If you don’t wanna spring for the physical edition, Corpse Party will be available on the Nintendo eShop for $29.99.
Even without the hazy, restorative fog of nostalgia, Corpse Party is easy for me to recommend. A ghost trying to kill a bunch of students with a pair of scissors? Good stuff. The sound design alone is enough to give me the creeps. I should probably get around to trying the sequels at some point.