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Corpse Party: Book of Shadows (PSP/Ios/PC): Redundant and Unnecessary (Detailed Review)

Corpse Party: Book of Shadows is not a sequel in the traditional sense. If anything, it is more of an expansion on the original game. I would say that it is similar to DLC but considering that the game is twice as long as the first game that would be rather demeaning. That does not mean Book of Shadows is bad though. Book of Shadows does do a nice job at telling an engaging story and an eerie atmosphere, albeit not as well done as the first game. What Book of Shadows does not do well at, however, is advancing the main story of the Corpse Party series. It certainly adds a lot of background to the Corpse Party mythos though, and it will satisfy fans of the first game as long as long as they are not expecting a full blown sequel.

In concept, Book of Shadows starts out with what one would actually expect to be a unique continuation of the first game’s story. The opening cutscene shows the depressing aftermath of the first game’s ending for where reality has been altered so that everyone who died during the events of the first game has never existed in real life yet the remaining cast members still remember them. This is shown to be particularly bad for Naomi Nakashima who is shown falling into clinical depression in the game’s opening cutscene. Strangely enough, this is the only part of the game that takes place directly after the first one until the game’s final chapter. Instead the chapters seem to take some really strange directions and seem to be as far from advancing the main plot as possible.

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Corpse Party (PSP/PC/3DS/PS4/Switch/IOS): A Horror Masterpiece… but Fuck that Ending! (Detailed Review)

Corpse Party or, Corpse Party: Blood Covered – Repeated Fear as it is known in Japan,  excels in just about every possible presentational aspect and creates and utterly horrifying atmosphere and feel to it that makes for an incredible horror experience. It creates a intimidating and oppressive atmosphere in addition to a strongly written and endearing cast of characters that you will want to see make it out alive.  The only issue with the game was its ending, and said ending is not even that much of a problem since Corpse Party: Blood Drive has given us a much more satisfying conclusion. Also, Corpse Party doesn’t have much in terms of gameplay and is basically just an RPG Maker movie (Ala To the Moon or Actual Sunlight) without RPG Maker and higher production values, so there’s not much to talk about there.

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Oprainfall VGM of the Week Directory

So, since I was too busy to put together an Amazing VGM article this week, I figure the next best thing is to put together a directory of all the installments of its predecessor, VGM of the Week, that I wrote for Oprainfall back in 2015. I feel it would be cheep to post them individually since they are shorter pieces, so here is a link to each one.

Radiant Historia – The Red Locus

Corpse Party: Book of Shadows – Morishige’s Theme of Love

Penny Arcade Adventures: Episode 4 – Tycho

Shadow of the Colossus – Demise of the Ritual

Luigi’s Mansion – King Boo’s Theme

Sonic Adventure – Azure Blue World

Wonder Boy 3: Monster Lair – The Ice World

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Amazing VGM: Go Go Go! (Lunar: Silver Star Harmony)

If this hasn’t been made clear already, I LOVE the Lunar series. There is such an undeniable charm to the series that is lacking in so many games, even though they are as standard as JRPGs get story wise. It does seem unfortunate that Game Arts has not created anything that successful since the Grandia series (one that I still need to get to myself), and also that it is entirely likely that we only fell in love with the Lunar series because of Working Designs’ alterations to the script (hence why the scripts for the fan translation of Walking School and Dragon Song were bland in comparison, and why the series has fallen out of popularity in Japan). Anyway, this week’s VGM is the final boss theme of the first Lunar, “Go Go Go!”

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Amazing VGM: Boss Battle 3 (The Legend of Dragoon)

Aha gotcha, mentioning The Legend of Dragoon at the end of my last Amazing VGM wasn’t a coincidence, I’ll bet you didn’t see that one coming did you? Yeah I still need to write my review on this game cause I’m almost 3/4s of a year overdue on that, but the review is lowest on my priority list. Anyway, this week’s VGM is what I consider to be this game’s best battle theme… which isn’t saying much cause I’m not too into the other ones (aside from the Forbidden land battle theme, that one is badass). They aren’t bad by any means, but they just sound so standard. Granted, i would say that fits since The Legend of Dragoon is a very standard JRPG, but it is so in a way that reminds one of why they liked JRPGs in the first place.

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Amazing VGM: Spark Mandrill (Mega Man X)

TW: A brief facetious usage of the f-slur on my part.

Yeah sorry about being too much of an Earthbound/Undertale fangirl that my last three Amazing VGM entries were related to one of them in some way. As a result, this week’s is from Mega Man X; the much more hardcore and flashy spinoff of the original Mega Man series. It’s not like those old puny 8 bit games with their bleeps and bloops. It instead signifies the FUTURE with its badass head banging synthesized guitar. Now this is the shit. It’s awesome and it can in no way relate to Underta…

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JRPG Update: 6/19/2017 – 6/24/2017

So, this week, we have seen the release of God Wars: Future Past (PS4/Vita, June 20th) and Ever Oasis (3DS, June 23rd). I have also decided to try out a new format for JRPG Update, and one will noticed most of the pictures have already been used. That is partially to save time for myself given how much time I spent editing in Amazon Associates links, meaning I make a small amount of money any time someone clicks one of these links and proceeds to buy something from Amazon.

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JRPG Update: 6/11/2017 – 6/18/2017

Well, considering that this was the week of E3, it would definitely make sense that we got a lot of new coverage about games, of which JRPGs and JRPG influenced games are no exceptions. Since our only new release this week was the Steam version of Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls, we can just jump right in.

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How My Game Backlog Increased by 59 Games in One Month (And What It Means)

If one has been hanging around gaming circles a lot recently, one may have noticed the term “backlog” thrown around a lot, a term is used to refer to the amount of games one owns but has not completed. The fact that many gamers nowadays have backlogs that consist of hundreds of games has almost become somewhat of a meme in and of itself, and is often compared to how girls will buy large amounts of clothes that greatly exceed the amount they need.

I am not going to pad things out by pretending the reader thinks all games are new AAA releases that cost $60, and the first word that likely popped into any experienced gamer’s mind is likely “Steam.” However, one would think that even Steam sales would have their limits, and they would be right. So I decide that the best way to demonstrate would be to take you throw this step by step and show you how this was done.

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JRPG Update: 5/28/2017 – 6/3/2017

And this week’s update has finally arrived. In terms of releases, we have had the Vita release of Ys Origin, and that’s pretty much it. Not much compared to the last few weeks but we do have some fairly interesting stuff set for next  week.