WARNING: This review may contain in-game images of violence and gore. Viewer discretion is advised…but I know you won’t listen, anyway.
Very few games in the past have creeped me out or gave me nightmares. One in particular scared the shit out of me and my brother so bad, that we had nightmares for weeks. That game was Clock Tower for the PS1. But this one….this one I am about to review definitely left a mark on me. While it didn’t scare me, it did raise the level of my Creep ‘O Meter a few notches. It’s hard to describe, but I suppose the best way I can explain it is if you just watched Eli Roth’s Hostel for the first time. Yeah…like that. Anyway, this is Corpse Party!
Recently released for the PSP on November 22nd, Corpse Party is an incredibly odd and disturbing notch in the horror game genre’s belt. The story of the game is set in Heavenly Host Elementary School, an elementary school that was torn down following the murders and disappearances of several of its staff and students. By the start of the series, another school called Kisaragi Academy has been built over the elementary school site. One night, a group of students from Kisaragi are telling ghost stories about the old school when they are suddenly transported by a mysterious earthquake to another dimension where Heavenly Host Elementary still exists and is haunted by the ghosts of the school’s murdered children.
The goal of the game is to safely make it out of the haunted school alive, and with as many of your friends as possible. The visuals are remarkable and the sprites look like something from Final Fantasy VI…very 16-bit-ish, but don’t let that deter you. The game also features audio voice-overs, but it’s in Jap-Dub/English Sub or to be more precise, ‘Japanese Vocal Dialogue with English Subtitles”. There are a total of 9 characters in this game:
-Satoshi Mochida, who is the main character of the game.
-Naomi Nakashima, Satoshi’s tomboyish childhood friend
-Ayumi Shinozaki, the class representative who enjoys telling ghost stories
-Yoshiki Kishinuma, an intimidating yet good-natured student
-Yuka Mochida, a middle school student and Satoshi’s younger sister
-Seiko Shinohara, Naomi’s cheerful best friend
-Mayu Suzumoto, a popular student due to transfer out of the school
-Sakutarō Morishige, Mayu’s best friend
-Yui Shishido, the class’s teacher
Quite a collection, eh? There are other characters you encounter during your experience in the game, but I’m too lazy to point it out.
The game plays out like an anime murder/mystery where certain actions can either save you or…
eeah…you die. Horribly and graphically. Sometimes, by your friends as the influence of school gets to them and…well…you can end up like this, too…
Overall, the game is pretty good, and bodes a high value of creepiness. On top of that, the game also has over 20+ endings, so it definitely has a high replay value, especially for all your perfectionists out there. The dialogue is incredibly humorous, even to the point of saying Internet meme phrases like “Dat ass”. If you looking for a game that will entertain you and chill you to the bone, then Corpse Party is the game for you! It’s available on the PlayStation Store for $19.99! For more information on the game, you can visit the game’s website here.