Review: Corpse Party for PC


If you’re unfamiliar with Corpse Party, you’re missing out. This version of the game is a remake of original 1996 PC release that never made it to the U.S. and it contains some of the most horrific moments I’ve ever experienced in gaming. With a top down 2D sprite and tile art style Corpse Party tells a great story about a group of Kisaragi Academy High School students who are trapped inside a haunted elementary school full of the ghosts and guts of previously trapped children.

At first I was a little afraid that I wasn't going to have a lot of positive things to say about Corpse Party. I never had the opportunity to play the other two versions Corpse Party Blood Covered and Corpse Party Blood Covered: Repeated Fear, so I didn't have the nostalgia to keep me going. I found the intro to be very wordy which I thought was a bit over done and unnecessary at first, and I had a pretty hard time figuring out the super simple controls because there is no list that I could reference. However, as I plugged away for about 30 minutes I started to find that I was making the game much harder than it really is. Pretty much all you need to do is pick things up and run away.

Corpse Party is a totally different play style than I expected, but turns out that I really like it the way it is. I was expecting this to be a run and jump and avoidance game, where it turned out to be way more fun and imersive than that. This is a mystery, horror, exploration, scared puzzle solving visual horror novel. I am pleased to say that once you figure it out this game is very easy to get hooked on, its gory, spooky and surprisingly intense. The dialogue that I initially thought was just gluttonous turns out to be very important and informative, its also pretty funny and weird at times.

After some research into the previous U.S. Released Corpse Party Blood Covered: Repeated Fear, I do have to agree that this PC version is not the best Corpse Party experience. The voice acting leaves a lot to be said (literally) as it is really only present for important plot points, after that it becomes sparse and I couldn't make much sense about how they chose when to add it in. The character sprites seemed to me to be acceptable, but I can see how some people would consider this another drastic failure when compared to the PsP version sprites. They are just more lively. I personally really liked that I could start at any of the five chapters from the start of the game instead of having to unlock them first. I also loved experiencing the different and mostly brutally tragic endings to each chapter. Completionists will probably want to discover all of the bad endings as well. However there does seem to be some dismay that there are not enough chapters or chapter endings to satisfy Repeated Fear players. To be honest this aspect did not bother me, but I wouldn't mind seeing more ways for these kids to die.

Overall I found that I became surprisingly attached to the characters in this game. The overall story is very well written while some of the dialogue could use work. My heart rate was elevated more times than I could count (which I contribute to good music) and I found myself wanting to get home from work and help these poor kids. While this is by no means the best version of the game to play, I highly recommend that any horror game buff add this to their collection. It is well worth your time and it was super fun wearing headphones and turning out the lights to complete the experience.

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