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Corpse Party is a pretty good mix of a visual novel and survival-horror games. While the gameplay itself can get a little dull at times as you wander the halls of the school and try to interact with just about everything, the story is rather enjoyable and unique. Wear some headphones and turn out the lights to complete the experience.
Corpse Party is an elegant old-school adventure game that makes great use of its limited tools. The sound cues and visuals create a sense of dread that doesn’t rely on jumpscares that seem to have become a staple of recent horror games.
In my 10-12 hour time with Corpse Party (and the handful of endings I stumbled upon), I had lost a handful of friends and witnessed a fair amount of frights. More importantly, the twenty year-old game delivered on a captivating ghost story, fit for the most veteran horror-buffs. And while the art style and themes may turn a few people off, the game is a rewarding, terrifying experience that shows the limits of what a well-told story can accomplish in spite of its artstyle’s limitations.
As a horror experience, Corpse Party is absolutely mandatory, and should be experienced in whatever platform that is available to you. If possible, however, the PSP version is still the definitive experience, and scales perfectly on the Playstation TV if you also happen to own one of those. Otherwise, the PC version is still a solid experience on its own despite lacking the improved sound design and artwork of its portable follow-up.
Corpse Party, a new port of the 2008 remake of the original, will bring exposure to the title's great narrative for many. It is, however, decidedly lacking in comparison to the PSP remake of 2011 or the upcoming 3DS version. It can still bring the spooks but it simply doesn't go as far as the other versions. Play those instead.
Corpse Party will be a fascinating experience... but only for those who'll come for the story, the characters, and the spooky atmosphere, because, as a game, it's somewhat flawed, and even boring at times, since it focuses around "randomly" searching for objects, or going back to certain areas, for no other reason than to set an event in motion in order to move to the next one - and then repeat this a couple of hundred times. Finally, and as a side note, console users have had a far better version on their hands for quite some time now.
Corpse Party is a faithful port of the original PC version, but that's not enough when the PSP remake added so much more to the experience. The extra chapters are a nice addition, though, and make it a decent buy for diehard Corpse Party fans. Just don't expect to be scared.