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NCG Reviews: Corpse Party Blood Drive Nintendo Switch

Corpse Party is easily one of my favorite horror games with its jump scares, ambient background noises, and chilling story.  The story follows a group of students who are spirited away into another dimension and trapped in a haunted school filled with hate, agony, despair, and murder. Corpse Party plays as a survival horror action game mixed in with visual novel elements.  You follow multiple characters as they try to survive the horrors of Heavenly Host Elementary School.  There are four installments to the Corpse Party series, Corpse Party: Blood Covered (PSP), Corpse Party: Book of Shadows (PSP), and Corpse Party: Blood Drive (PS Vita/Nintendo Switch), and a last installment, Corpse Party: Dead Patient (PC) which released in October 2019.  Having already played all of the previous titles, I was stoked to jump back into Corpse Party: Blood Drive on my Nintendo Switch.

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Story 

Blood Drive takes place a few weeks after the events of Book of Shadows where Ayumi and her friends believe they have destroyed Heavenly Host and Sachiko’s curse.  They discover that not only does Heavenly Host still exist, the curse of Heavenly Host is spreading into the real world and has become more malevolent than ever.  Tricked into thinking the Book of Shadows can revive her dead friends, Ayumi goes back into Heavenly Host to retrieve the Book of Shadows and, once again, try to destroy Heavenly Host for good.

I highly recommend playing Blood Covered and Book of Shadows before playing Blood Drive, or, at least reading the story/watching a walk through beforehand.  The events in Blood Drive constantly refer to the events of Book of Shadows so you might feel a bit lost without the prior knowledge.  If you opt to skip out on the former games, Corpse Party: Blood Drive does an OK good job or reiterating the previous story to you, but it might be difficult to follow on its own.

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Game Play

If you’re new to the series, game play is very straightforward but does not hold your hand past earlier tutorials.  You have no map. You pretty much wander around the school until you hit the right point for a cut scene or obtain the correct item. It is important to read the dialogue because that is the only way you’ll find clues to the next location or object you will need to obtain.  Picking up from visual novel aspects, your interactions also determine the fate of your character.  Talking to the wrong spirit or picking the wrong action can lead you to a bad ending. Choices must also be made on the fly as you only have seconds to decide your next course of action. Failure to make a decision in time will result in the automatic selection of the bad choice and ultimately the “Wrong End”.

Heavenly Host itself is also a complete danger zone.  If you’ve played the previous titles and missed out on Blood Drive, the school no longer simply poses obstructions and ghosts to stop you from proceeding.  You can’t run haphazardly through the hallways because there are shards of glass, piled of debris, holes, and living flesh organisms that inflict damage to your character. Running is also limited. Running too much can cause your character to run out of breath and stop completely to catch it –which is terrible when you’re running away from something. My major upset about the game is not only the missing map feature, but the inability to control the camera.  There are many scenarios where I’ll lose my character behind a wall or struggle to see the obstacles in my way.

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The game doesn’t hold back on the horror either.  Frequently, you’ll find yourself afraid to go into classrooms or walk down certain corridors because of a lurking entity.  If you happen to run into a bad situation, getting a “Wrong End” will never be a pleasant experience.  The writers did a wonderful job describing and depicting the torture and gore your character would suffer at the hands of an unforgiving ghost. Not only that, but Corpse Party offered a lot of jump scares. Yes, they were cheesy, but when the face appears in the hole you are looking through you can’t help feeling a shudder.

Blood Drive isn’t played as a continuous story, either.  You go through Chapters, each chapter containing one part of the story.  You can re-visit the chapters through the home screen.  This is a nice touch, in case you want to go back and find anything you may have missed.

Graphics

Blood Drive on the Nintendo Switch looks fantastic! The animation looks great on the Switch and the character models are much cleaner.  With cleaner graphics, it makes the obstacles of Heavenly Host a bit more difficult to avoid because they don’t stick out as much as they did in the Vita version. Otherwise, the port to the Switch is absolutely stunning!

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Audio

One thing I never really liked about Corpse Party games is the audio.  At times you can sense the director was trying to inject a sense of distance between characters based on sounds (i.e. voices coming from the distance), but this doesn’t work very well with the way the graphics are presented.  There’s a contradiction between the characters on screen and where the voices come from.  Some instances, the characters will be standing next to each other on screen, but their voices will indicate one is nearby and the other is across the room. It’s a weird quirk in the series, but I think it’s something that would have worked best if it was an audio-only telling.

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Verdict

Pros: The port over the Nintendo Switch is absolutely stunning! If you haven’t played the title on the Vita, it is absolutely worth picking up on the Switch.

Blood Drive isn’t my favorite entry in the series (you can read my original review to get my thoughts) but it does come with a lot of jump scares and horrific scenarios.

Cons: There was no fix to the audio and camera angles can irk your nerves while playing.

I would give the Switch version an 8 out of 10.

Score

Have you played any Corpse Party titles? Is this something you would pick up? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

 

 

“Furi” Release Date Announced

All Boss Combat Game Release date

Today the studio behind “Furi”, the all-boss combat action game from independent developer The Game Bakers, has announced that the game will launch digitally for PlayStation 4 and PC on July 5 for $24.99

“Furi” features Character designed by Takashi Okazaki (creator of Afro Samurai) and an expansive soundtrack from some recently popular electro bands like Carpenter Brut (known for Hotline Miami OST’s), Danger and many more.

Dawn of War 3 Officially Announced

Dawn of War is Back

“Dawn of War III immerses players in the escalating brutality of galactic warfare, where they will lead elite hero units and colossal armies to victory, or oblivion. Powerful super-walkers will tower over the front lines as screen-shaking assaults blister the battlefield in an all-out, over-the-top spectacle worthy of the iconic Games Workshop® Warhammer 40,000 universe.

Building on 12 years of explosive gameplay, Dawn of War III combines the epic scale of Dawn of War, with the customization and elite heroes of Dawn of War II. The result is a best-in-class edition giving players the rich strategic experience, stunning visuals, and catastrophic surprises that they’ve come to expect as Relic brings the franchise into the modern era.”
Be sure to check out the Trailer below

PSYCHO-PASS Mandatory Happiness Coming to NA

More PSYCHO-PASS For The Fans

 Today NIS America, Inc announced PSYCHO-PASS Mandatory Happiness is coming to North America on September 13th 2016 for Playstation Vita and Playstation 4, along with a Steam and Windows OS release on a later date. PSYCHO-PASS Mandatory Happiness will also have a limited addition version packaged with:

  • Psycho Pass: Mandatory Happiness Limited Edition Includes:
  • Soundtrack CD in Jewel Case – Reenter the world of PSYCHO-PASS with this selection of songs directly from the game!
  • 3 pencil boards (7″ x 10″) – Practice drawing your own dystopian worlds on these pencil boards decorated with special promotional artwork.
  • Microfiber cloth (6″ x 6″) – Polish your game system or glasses to a mirror shine with this handy microfiber cloth!
  • Deluxe Softcover Art book (7″ x 10″, 72 pages) – Pore over the game’s gorgeous artwork and check out commentary from the cast in this deluxe art book.
  • Collectible box – Keep all of the above neat and organized in this sturdy, specially designed box!

Keep an eye out for more information down the line from NCG, as for now you check out some screenshots below!

Playstation Store Update April 12. 2016

 

LEGO Sale (Sale Price, PlayStation Plus Price)
PlayStation 4

  • LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham – $11.99, $9.99
  • LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Deluxe Edition – $20.99, $17.49
  • LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Season Pass – $8.99, $7.49
  • LEGO Jurassic World – $29.99, $27.49
  • LEGO Marvel’s Avengers – $53.99, $47.99
  • LEGO Marvel’s Avengers Deluxe Edition – $62.99, $55.99
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes – $7.99, $4.99
  • LEGO The Hobbit – $9.99, $7.99
  • The LEGO Movie Videogame – $10.99, $8.99

PlayStation 3

  • LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes – $7.99, $4.99
  • LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham – $11.99, $9.99
  • LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Season Pass – $7.49, $5.99
  • LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 – $4.99
  • LEGO Jurassic World – $23.99, $21.99
  • LEGO Marvel’s Avengers – $44.99, $39.99
  • LEGO Marvel’s Avengers Deluxe Edition – $53.99, $47.99
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes – $7.99, $4.99
  • LEGO The Hobbit – $9.99, $7.99
  • LEGO Lord of the Rings – $4.99
  • The LEGO Movie Videogame – $10.99, $8.99

PlayStation Vita

  • LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes – $7.99, $4.99
  • LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham – $11.99, $9.99
  • LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 – $4.99
  • LEGO Jurassic World – $11.99, $10.99
  • LEGO Marvel’s Avengers – $26.99, $23.99
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes – $7.99, $4.99
  • LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin – $11.99, $9.99
  • LEGO The Hobbit – $9.99, $7.99
  • The LEGO Movie Videogame – $10.99, $8.99

Other Deals (Sale Price, PS+ Price)

  • AeternoBlade (PS4) – $11.24
  • AeternoBlade (PS Vita) – $11.24
  • Daytona USA (PS3) – $4.99
  • DJMAX Portable 3 (PSP; PS Vita) – $19.99, $10.00
  • Epic Adventures Bundle (PS3) – $14.49, $5.79
  • Gravity Badgers (PS Vita) – $1.49, $0.60
  • Gungnir (PSP; PS Vita) – $9.99
  • Infinity Runner (PS4) – $5.24, $3.49
  • Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble (PSP; PS Vita) – $7.49
  • Knights in the Nightmare (PSP; PS Vita) – $4.94
  • NHL 16 (PS4) – $19.79
  • Persona 4 Arena (PS3) – $9.89
  • Persona 4 Arena Ultimate Edition (PS3) – $14.84
  • Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (PS3) – $14.79
  • Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Ultimate Edition (PS3) – $49.99
  • Square Heroes (PS4) – $2.49, $1.69
  • Stikbold! (PS4) – $7.99
  • Streets of Rage 2 (PS3) – $3.99
  • Super Hang-On (PS3) – $3.99
  • Toro (PS4) – $10.49, $7.49
  • Ultratron (PS4, PS3, PS Vita) – $2.49
  • Yasai Ninja (PS4) – $9.99, $5.00
  • Yggdra Union (PSP; PS Vita) – $4.99

PlayStation Plus Deals

  • Defiance Apex Arkhunter Bundle (PS3) – $79.99
  • Defiance Evolved Arkhunter Bundle (PS3) – $15.99

Pre-orders

  • Alienation – $17.99
  • Battleborn ($59.99)
  • Battleborn Digital Deluxe ($74.99)
  • Call of Duty®: Black Ops III – Eclipse DLC ($14.99)
  • DARK SOULS III ($59.99)
  • DARK SOULS III – Deluxe Edition ($84.99)
  • Doom ($59.99/PS+ $53.99)
  • FINAL FANTASY® XV ($59.99)
  • Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR- ($59.99)
  • Homefront®: The Revolution ($59.99)
  • Homefront®: The Revolution ‘Freedom Fighter’ Bundle ($79.99)
  • Invisible, Inc Console Edition – $17.99
  • LEGO® Star Wars™: The Force Awakens ($59.99)
  • LEGO® Star Wars™: The Force Awakens Deluxe Edition ($69.99)
  • Mirror’s Edge Catalyst ($59.99)
  • No Man’s Sky ($59.99)
  • Overwatch: Origins Edition ($59.99)
  • Stories: The Path of Destinies – $13.49
  • Sword Coast Legends™ ($19.99)
  • This War of Mine: The Little Ones ($29.99)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End ($59.99)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Digital Deluxe Edition ($79.99)

PS4 Games

  • Dark Souls III ($59.99)
  • Dark Souls III Deluxe Edition ($84.99)
  • Ratchet & Clank ($39.99)
  • Risk of Rain ($9.99)
  • Samurai Warriors 4 Empires ($49.99)
  • Stories: The Path of Destinies ($14.99)

PS Vita Games

  • Risk of Rain ($9.99)

PS4 Add-ons

Dark Souls III

  • Season Pass ($24.99)

Fallout 4

  • Wasteland Workshop (Free For Season Pass) ($4.99)

Littlebigplanet 3

  • Steven Universe Costume Pack (Includes Lion Oddsock) ($5.99)
  • Steven Universe Amethyst Costume ($1.99)
  • Steven Universe Garnet Costume ($1.99)
  • Steven Universe Pearl Costume ($1.99)
  • Steven Universe Steven Costume ($1.99)

Naruto Shippuden

  • Gaara’s Tale Extra Scenario Pack ($9.99)

Rock Band 4

  • ‘Cake By The Ocean’ – Dnce ($1.99)
  • ‘Stressed Out’ – Twenty One Pilots ($1.99)
  • ‘The Hills’ – The Weeknd ($1.99)

Rocksmith 2014

  • Disturbed – Indestructible ($2.99)
  • Disturbed – Inside The Fire ($2.99)
  • Disturbed – Stricken ($2.99)
  • Disturbed – Ten Thousand Fists ($2.99)
  • Disturbed – The Night ($2.99)

Senran Kagura Estival Versus

  • Fluffy Santa ($1.99)
  • Leo’s Outfit ($1.99)
  • Ji’s Outfit ($1.99)
  • Sexy General Outfit ($1.99)
  • Sexy Knight ($1.99)
  • Sexy Wedding Dress ($1.99)
  • Sexy Ma General ($1.99)
  • Yaki’s Outfit ($1.99)

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

  • Pro League S1 Grade 1 ($0.99)
  • Pro League S1 Grade 2 ($1.99)
  • Pro League S1 Grade 3 ($2.99)
  • Pro League Season 1 Grade 4 ($0.01)
  • Frontline Outfit Pack ($4.99)
  • Sports Fan Outfit Pack ($4.99)

PS3 Add-ons

Rocksmith 2014

  • Disturbed – Indestructible ($2.99)
  • Disturbed – Inside The Fire ($2.99)
  • Disturbed – Stricken ($2.99)
  • Disturbed – Ten Thousand Fists ($2.99)
  • Disturbed – The Night ($2.99)

PS Vita Add-ons

Senran Kagura Estival Versus

  • Fluffy Santa ($1.99)
  • Leo’s Outfit ($1.99)
  • Ji’s Outfit ($1.99)
  • Sexy General Outfit ($1.99)
  • Sexy Knight ($1.99)
  • Sexy Wedding Dress ($1.99)
  • Sexy Ma General ($1.99)
  • Yaki’s Outfit ($1.99)

Themes

Console Theme Price
PS4 Amazing Galaxy 2 – Audio Dynamic Theme $2.99
PS4 Audio Dynamic Theme – Blue Nebula $2.99
PS4 Beautiful San Francisco Night – Audio Dynamic Theme $2.99
PS4 Breaderific – Dynamic Theme $2.99
PS4 Butterific – Dynamic Theme $2.99
PS4 Call Of Duty: Black Ops III – DLC 2 Eclipse Dynamic Theme $0.01
PS4 Doctor Who Doctor And Clara Comic Dynamic Theme $2.99
PS Vita Anne Stokes: Scarlet Mage Theme $2.99
PS Vita Downloading Theme $2.99

Avatars

Console Avatar Price
PS4 Avatar Gaming Forever 2 $0.99
PS4 Avatar Tiger Force $0.99
PS4 Color Blast Skull Avatar $1.99
PS4 Graffiti Leopard Avatar $1.99
PS4 Lady Justice Avatar $1.99
PS4 Prowling Avatar $1.99
PS4 Shadow – Avatar $0.99
PS4 Victory Hologram Avatar $1.99