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Corpse Party: Book of Shadows

XSEED Bringing New Terror With Corpse Party: Book of Shadows

It's going to be like Halloween all over again!
Author: Aram Lecis
Published: January 8, 2013
I'm willing to bet most of you never even heard of the original Corpse Party on the PSP, never mind having played it. Heck, if you look at screenshot who could blame you for dismissing it out of hand. There is no denying it looks like something from the SNES era or a game that was made in RPG Maker. Guess what! It was made in RPG Maker originally. Despite the archaic graphics and reallllly simplistic gameplay it's still a title worth checking out simply because it is one of the few genuinely scary games out there.

If you thought games like that were dead, or for that matter if you thought the PSP was dead THINK AGAIN! Next week XSEED will release the sequel Corpse Party: Book of Shadows (sounds like a Blair Witch sequel) onto the PSN for your PSP or your Vita. If you've never checked out a visual-novel style game this is one of the better ones out that and certainly one of the more accessible ones.

As with the first game, the story is broken up into several smaller sections with a rotating cast of protagonists and as you finish each part you'll slowly unlock the whole mystery. Gone is the RPG Maker 16-Bit look, replaced by a first-person point-and-click interface mimicking more traditional adventure games. Make no mistake though, this is a narrative heavy game so don't come in looking for the next Dead Space or even Zero Escape.

Filled with atmospheric tension (atmosfear?), a haunting score and more wrong turns than Apple Maps, Book of Shadows promises you a unique experience that will tantalize your senses and keep you up late at night if you're willing to give it a chance. Look for more info and maybe even a review after it releases next week.