[GAME REVIEW] CORPSE PARTY : BOOK OF SHADOWS
THIS DAMN GAME.
Corpse Party ; Book of Shadows or CP ; BoS is a japanese horror PSP game. This is the sequel to the first game which is Corpse Party ; Blood Covered, you can read it here. I was so sure this game is going to be another Corpse Party game but it turns out to be the continuation to the first game.
Sequel as in something that takes place after or as a result of an earlier event. Nonetheless to say this game is just the same as in the original game. Having said that, the system for this game is altered for a better(?). I’m not sure but this feels more like visual novel rather than “an adventure game”. They called it “text adventure style”
As usual I played the USA release version. Xseed had translated this game from Japanese to English with Japanese audio to let the gamers feel the bone-chilling amazingly voice acting done seiyuus in this game. If you’re planning to shat your pants, buy the original version and support the creator!
This is otome blog you say? Hell. Soon this blog will be multi-blog with bl and otome and horror dump into one.
It is recommendable to play the original game first so that you won’t be completely lost at what’s happening since the original game more like introductory game while this one is a chapter for each characters. You’ll get to know more about them and their story before they’re trapped forever.
Sachiko Ever After – is a charm where it keeps you to be together with your friends under any circumstances. You need to chant it properly because one wrong step can lead you to a
Heavenly Host Elementary School – it’s an abandoned and (reportedly) demolished old elementary school back to the 70′s. The school was been forced to closed down due to the horrific tragedy that befall the four children who had been kidnapped and brutally, barbarically murdered by the school’s principal’s son as reported. Though this incident occured past 30 years ago, still, it goes on. Unknown to these kids, they’re trapped in this haunted school literally forever for performing the chanting. The deceased are erased their existence in the real world and they get special privilege of experiencing the pain they felt as they died as a spirit. Eternity.
In the original game there are basically nine characters. In this one they added several other side characters in the original game and gave them “soul”.
KISARAGI HIGH SCHOOL
Satoshi Mochida – Hiro Shimono
Naomi Nakashima – Rina Satou
Seiko Shinohara – Satomi Arai
Ayumi Shinozaki – Asami Imai
Yoshiki Kishinuma – Yuuichi Nakamura
Mayu Suzumoto – Yuka Nanri
Sakutarou Morishige – Kakihara Tetsuya
Yuka Mochida – Eri Kitamura
Yui Shisido – Miyuki Sawashiro
This is the students from BYAKUDAN HIGH SCHOOL. They only have short screen time in original game though.
Yuuya Kizami (is not one of their troops) / Gentleman Ghost – Tomokazu Sugi
Kensuke Kurosaki – Tsubasa Yonaga
Mitsuki Yamamoto – Haruka Tomatsu
Masato Fukuroi – Taira Kikumoto
Emi Urabe– Satomi Moriya
Tohko Kirisaki– Seiko Yoshida
Ryousuke Katayama – Daisuke Endo
Tomohira Ohkawa – Shohei Yamaguchi
Kai Shimada – Manabu Sakamaki
Their stories only in Chapter 4 ; Purgatory. THE ONE WHO STARTED IT ALL
Naho Saenoki – Ayano Yamamoto
Sayaka Oue – Mako
Kou Kibiki – Daisuke Endo
Shougo Taguchi – Manabu Sakamaki
THE GUARDIANS OF THE DAMNED SCHOOL
Yoshikazu Yanaghiri– Daisuke Matsuo
Sachiko Shinozaki– Ikue Otani
Yoshie Shinozaki – Ikue Otani
AN UNFORTUNATE MIDDLE SCHOOLERS
Nana Ogasawara – Hiromi Igarashi
Nari Amatoya – Hiyori Narita
Chihaya Yamase – Kyoko Namekawa
His story only in Chapter 2 ; Encounter and after that his whereabout is unknown.
Tsukasa Mikuni- Nobuhiko Okamoto
Even though they’re listed here, most of them are already departed; some are slaughtered, killed by friends, and most are fallen to the succumb of no return due to the pressure of being trapped.
The systems are altered completely from the original games. There’s no tag game, no moving around instead there’s more interactive between the characters.
1. Text Adventure Style
Almost the same as playing Visual Novel (otome game?) where you’ll read and then there will be options to choose from.
2. Search Mode
Instead of moving around you need to use the “map” to move the “character”. Press R to display the Map. Press L to skip/faster.
3. Mental Pollution System
A new feature. This is also called as Mental Bar – the mental level of the character. If the mental bar reached 100% you can get the wrong ends instantly. This can be done by checking the corpses’ twice or thrice. I had not tried this one yet.
There are overall 7 chapters you can unlock in this game. Each chapter tells a story for each person in depth.
SEAL ( engraved )
Tells a story of Naomi and Seiko bffs. Actually in this chapter Naomi is actually aware of the situation. She seems has experienced this BEFORE because she could predict what’s going to happen next and what she will encounter in the future. Despite that, she still can’t save Seiko because according to Sachiko, whoever died here first time (referring to the original game) will died again….but in more horrifying state. Nonetheless to say, after Naomi rescued Seiko, she still meet her death.
DEMISE ( a person’s death)
Premature death. This is a story of Suzumoto Mayu who doesn’t has a story in original game and her death is able to make someone paralyze (read : smashed to the wall ) and her story intercept with Nana Ogasawara (one of the unfortunate middle schoolers who is also the one who helped the gentleman ghost in extra chapter of Corpse Party ; Blood Covered ). Mayu’s death is the same but before in original game she was seen “playing with the ghost children” but the truth is “she was been played” by them in other words, tortured before they decided to do an experiment and smashed the poor girl to the wall.
Nana’s death is much more terrifying. She has been found by Yoshikazu (the zombie) and her legs was chopped off before he pulled out her tongues. Sayaka Oue witnesses her last moment on earth in chapter 4 ; Purgatory
Apparently both of them have the same marks (blood red mark). Nana at her thighs (and she was chopped right at that place) while Mayu is at her abdomen (tragically it means there-will-be-nothing-left-mark)
ENCOUNTER (unexpectedly experience )
This is the story of two young lovebirds. Shishido Yui and Tsukasa Mikuni. This is before Yui sensei became a teacher at Kisaragi High School (which is also the place where it used to be “Heavenly Elementary School” wthell. Yui has always wanted to become a teacher so that day when she’s supposed to have mock interview an unknown old woman collapsed in front of her house unconscious. She told Yui to never go for the interview and NEVER EVER GO TO HEAVENLY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Yui is of course confused with that since she doesn’t know what this crazy woman talking about. Shortly after they send the crazy old woman to the hospital (Yui decided to still go for the mock interview) she received a call from her mother that the woman passed away.
Yui left behind her “mechanical pencil” charm given by Tsukasa at the school so she decides to go back to the school. Earlier before her friends had been talking about this Yoshie After School (Sachiko’s mother) who will hunts the school after 7PM. Yui tried to get it off her mind and after several uncommon incidents she ended up at the school past 7 and the story is true afterall!
This is where Tsukasa Mikuni comes save her life (i dont know how he ended up at the school lol anything is possible the power of LOVE!)
PURGATORY ( a place inhabited by the souls of sinners who are expiating their sins before going to heaven )
Sayaka Ooue is the yuri bestfriend of Naho (who is a ghost in complete figure of a human girl). Naho is helping Kou Kibiki (sexy alluring charming enchanting adult man) with his research since Naho has “somewhat connection to the other world”. Naho is also the one who responsible for bringing all the kids who trapped in Heavenly Elementary School because, before she follows Kibiki (who went there alone with Taguchi) she setup a blog about Sachiko Ever After (and most of the children who ended up there read Naho’s blog).
Sayaka got separated from Naho and she ends up at the bomb shelter. At the end she was found by Yoshikazu and literally killed in death room.
SHANGRI-LA (a place regarded as an earthly paradise )
This is a paradise for our beloved Morishige Sakutarou. He wanders around the school to find Mayu but unfortunately his head by this time already messed up and he’s been taking pictures of corpses and developed a necrophilia trait because his sense is numb even seeing the sight of horrifying looking corpses’. His route also tells the story of Taguchi (the photographer) who got separated from Kibiki Sensei and there’s no sign of him was murdered just a body with no pulse.
The story ended with a bgm of Pachelbel Canon in D of Morishige fascinated with the pictures of the deceased he took.
Also the longest route ever.
MIRE (a stretch of swampy or boggy ground )
Mochida Yuuka is Satoshi Mochida’s younger sister who actually has a rather complex brocon. In the original game Yuuka was chased by Kizami who is hallucinates about him having a younger sister because he always wanted one. Kizami was killed by Yoshikazu though when he’s about to uh put an end to Yuuka’s life.
Yuuka is however is saved because Yoshikazu is a tsundere zombie. Even when he was ordered by Sachiko to kill the girl, he can’t bring himself to swing his hammer to the poor Yuuka. She sees this as an opportunity to find her brother as well as save her life. She’s trapped in bomb shelter after the earthquake and I dont know how this happened but Sachiko appears infront of her with “an innocent imouto looks” so they’re together until Sachiko bored with playing little sister role and killed the poor girl by making Yoshikazu smashed the poor girl’s skull.
Yuuka’s dead and she didn’t even get to meet her brother.
TOOTH (the actual tooth)
This is Byakudan High School’s route. Basically Kizami’s route. Apparently the shortest story ever? These teenagers are separated from Mitsuki and Masato (both of them are dead, Masato was killed by Yoshikazu and Kizami and Mitsuki found Kizami but ended up killed by him too). Katayama injured himself (his legs are about to fall off) and Kizami, Kai and Tohko decided to do a safe route journey before they all go together.
Katayama died because of bloodloss. Kai’s dead at the hand of his own knife “stabbed by the ghosts”. Eri and Tomohiro ran away after seeing Kizami goes nuts (he pushed Tomohiro and Katayama (deceased) from the stairs out of his own will. Tohko who is in love with Kizami refuses to believe that and in the end she was being pursued by Kizami and her tooth fall off due to the Kizami went mad and decided to used his strength and beat the poor girl. Kizami found the tooth and decided to…………………….eat it.
Tohko’s death is unknown. She hides herself in infirmary room.
There’s extra chapter you can load using the save data from original game but I didn’t do so. I need a damn break from this game lmfao.
As usual, there’s name tags that you need to collect but it’s optional though. Nothing much.
The bad ends / Wrong Ends are there and it’s not explicit. There’s no CGs for that just a blank screen with text box. There’s several wrong ends you can get just make sure to save before an options come up.
There’s also voice messages from the actors and my favorite would be Sugita Tomokazu who is voice actor for Kizami Yuuya (totally biased). You need to complete the chapter to unlock the voice messages though.
Compare to the original game–
OH FUCK ME
WHAT COMPARE I’M NOT GOOD AT HORROR GAME TO BEGIN WITH WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE.
so there you have it. Like I had stated before I’m not good at horror game and japanese horror is not my cup of tea. Yet, it such a waste to let this game untouch when I’ve already completed the original game and I–like it? despite the horror shiet, the story and plot, the characters are brilliant. The music and bgm are top notch. It’s impossible to hate this game.
Well, if I have to say something then this game is actually an eroge game. It’s actually for boys. What’s up with boobs, moans, panties, soaked through panties and women everywhere? This is actually eroge even though the guys are pretty hot.
OH BY THE WAY.
This game has yaoi as well. Rejoice fangirls! We have gay couple who are both uke and this is a possible dominant seme and hetare uke ;
Did I mention about incest? Pedophile? Tsundere? Dummy head mic 18+ situation? Domestic violence? Violence against women? WELL YOU GOT THE DRILL RIGHT.
BLESS THIS POST.
BLESS THIS GAME.
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