Thursday, 13 December 2012

Game review: Corpse Party: Blood Covered Repeated Fear

Title: Corpse Party: Blood Covered Repeated Fear

Year: 2011

Platform: PSP

What is it about: 100% pure sadism

Genre: Survival horror

My review: Corpse? Yes. Party? Not so much. You must be a very sadistic person to want to play this game. More specifically, sadistic towards little innocent school children. Even the cutest of girls are not spared from this cruelty. I really wonder which sicko could possible come out with a game like these.

The story begins with a group of elementary school students performing a charm found online that ensures their friendship lasts forever. This charm is apparently a curse that will transport them to an accursed elementary school that existed before the current school. It's a simple charm really, just tearing a white piece of paper. How in the world would that be such a deadly curse?

So then the group ends up in this accursed school, and they are scattered in different dimensions. Already they are seeing spirits and gory body parts all around the school. And that is the least of their problems. One by one those characters will be killed off. There are also many endings to this game. All of them bad endings where you will get to enjoy witnessing a process of one character getting killed in the most sadistic way possible. Some of these scenes are avoidable, and the stupid part is in order to unlock extra chapters, you have no choice but to deliberately enter into some of these wrong endings. If you are lucky enough to clear this game all the way to the 'good' ending, at least five characters would be dead. And to make it to the good ending is not easy. There is absolutely no way I can make it there without the help of a walkthrough. And if you failed to meet a requirement for the 'good' ending, you will sometimes have to restart the entire chapter which lasts for approximately 2 hours. This happens to me several times.

Now let's take a look at the gameplay. There is nothing much to play in this game except running away from ghosts and solving puzzles. Occasionally, you have to run away from insane human who wants you dead as much as the vengeful spirit does. That's about it. All you do in the entire game is run. Every character will have a fixed 30 HP throughout the game, but they are pretty much useless because every time you get caught by a ghost, you will most likely die instantly.

So what keeps me playing until the very end? First of all, it's the suspense. This game makes me curious as to what will happen next, especially to a character, with hope that they will somehow get out of trouble alive. Then they simply crush my hope by killing off most of the characters one by one. Secondly, the soundtrack. This game has some pretty cool soundtracks that are not like what you would have expect. Lastly, it's the characters of the game that keeps me going the most. The characters in the game is just too cute, and this includes the ghosts! In these ways, this game is really addictive.

Rating (out of 10): 2

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