Corpse Party: Book Of Shadows
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A literary masterpiece that pushes the boundaries of video games being legitimate art with its suspenseful, thrilling, and unique narrative that takes the horror genre to a new level. It is a classic for those Halloween fright nights but just make sure to double check the doors are locked when you turn the lights out.
- Award-winning story
- Superb voice acting and music
- Diverse cast of characters
- Pacing issues
- No action
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Graphically there is not much to the game as it is a lot of still screens - due to it being a visual novel. However, those still shots show off the anime style used for the characters, as does the creepy detail put into making the school setting a decaying rubble that looked like it went through 50 incarnations of Battle Royale.
Pacing does happen to be a problem with the game more times than I would have wanted. At times I was getting bored with the simple chit-chat that dragged on far too long that it ruined the sense of tension and suspense the game crafted so well. Thankfully for those who like to skip through it just hold the R1 button and it skips through the text at lightning speed, quickening up the pacing when it comes to a crawl.
Book of Shadows, if you have not already guessed by now if you are new to the series, is really violent and I mean like “this game should be jealous at Call of Duty for getting all the school shootings press coverage.” Weak stomachs and imaginations need not apply as the blender bed scene from Nightmare on Elm Street is the tamest thing you will experience in the game. For the gore and horror fans this is your game of the year. Nothing except another game in the series will live up to the gore factor.
This game is a literary masterpiece that takes horror games in a new direction. If you want something new and are willing to give visual novels a try then this game will have you wanting sequel after sequel. But if reading a book is not something you want to do in your video games then this game is unplayable, so save your money.
Summary: A literary masterpiece that pushes the boundaries of video games being legitimate art with its suspenseful, thrilling, and unique narrative that takes the horror genre to a new level. It is a classic for those Halloween fright nights but just make sure to double check the doors are locked when you turn the lights out.
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