This Tuesday, January 15th, will see the release of the English translation of Corpse Party: Book of Shadows over the North American PSN Store for $19.99. According to the US Playstation blog, a European release should follow shortly thereafter, giving us all plenty of time to dust off our PSPs and find the chargers.
Book of Shadows is the followup to 2011’s Blood Covered Repeated Fear, which told the story of the very haunted Heavenly Host Elementary School. A group of teenagers, up to some good old fashioned metaphysical fun, end up trapped in a series of disturbing versions of the place, hunted by a variety of malevolent spirits. In my review back in June I found it to be an overall satisfying experience, with amazing sound and some truly gruesome death sequences that was hampered by obtuse puzzle pacing.
Continuing in a similar vein to the first game, Book of Shadows expands on the various stories from the original game, with each chapter telling an entirely separate tale about the cast from the first game. Over on the official Sony blog, they’ve got a short summary of what you can expect from each of the game’s seven chapters.
The game was originally released in Japan on September 1st, 2011, but is only now getting an official English translation. The entire Corpse Party series has quite a following in Japan, with four different manga series and two short animated series. Perhaps the most hilarious use of the franchise is the creation of a romantic comedy game focusing on a birthday party for the series central spook Sachiko. Seriously.
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