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  • Summary: Corpse Party: Blood Drive is the final installment of the story that began with Corpse Party and continued in Corpse Party: Book of Shadows. Players take direct control of a character or party of characters and explore the ruins of Heavenly Host Elementary and other locations from a top-downCorpse Party: Blood Drive is the final installment of the story that began with Corpse Party and continued in Corpse Party: Book of Shadows. Players take direct control of a character or party of characters and explore the ruins of Heavenly Host Elementary and other locations from a top-down 3D perspective. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 19
  2. Negative: 5 out of 19
  1. Apr 9, 2016
    80
    A clear love letter to J-Horror games of decades past, incorporating common horror tropes while also presenting its own fresh ideas.
  2. Oct 25, 2015
    75
    Blood Drive marks a largely transitional time in the series, and despite its minor flaws, still manages to be a shining example for the genre and provides a satisfying end to the “Heavenly Host” saga that has endured for decades.
  3. Dec 6, 2015
    70
    Corpse Party: Blood Drive definitely feels more like a survival horror RPG than the first one. Its twisted story and death scenes are something you either love or hate. I found myself enjoying the game right until the end I do not want to ruin the end but it didn’t really deliver all the promise it had. Still this may be the end of the Heavenly host series I am sure Dead patient will at some point refer back to the characters in this one and maybe the questions I still have at the end of the game will be answered in that.
  4. Oct 29, 2015
    65
    While not exactly the swan song to send this tragedy off to the ever after in satisfaction, fans that have kept up with this cult favorite will be pleased to see how it all plays out.
  5. Oct 23, 2015
    60
    As a farewell to the characters and settings of the original Corpse Party, Corpse Party: Blood Drive is a flawed, frustrating adventure that strays too far from what made its predecessor so beloved. And yet, at times, it still shows signs of brilliance—enough that at least hardcore fans of the franchise can find joy amongst the relentless torture.
  6. 50
    Fans of the series will take plenty from the impressive narrative conclusion of the saga, though some flawed gameplay mechanics hold it back from being a game of any substance.
  7. Oct 20, 2015
    40
    Corpse Party: Blood Drive is more scary in execution than anything. Veterans of the series may be happy to see the continuation of its plot, but the game offers little to bring in any new fans. Those looking for a good scare would be better pointed in another direction, as the promises of previous games are not lived up to in this new iteration of the series.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Oct 22, 2015
    10
    It took over a year to finally have it localized in The States. But... it's finally here. First of all, let me point out that the chibiIt took over a year to finally have it localized in The States. But... it's finally here. First of all, let me point out that the chibi character design doesn't make the game any less creepier and scary. There are still plenty of scares to be had here. The awesome plot, voice acting, and unsettling atmosphere are all present here and I think it is a well-executed finale to the main Corpse Party Trilogy. And not to spoil anything... but the ending is really bittersweet. But, I guess you can't expect a completely happy ending from a CP game. 10/10 Expand
  2. Jun 21, 2016
    10
    As a huge fan of the Corpse Party Series, I have to give Blood Drive a 10/10. The story was beautiful, sad, hopeful, and there are just soAs a huge fan of the Corpse Party Series, I have to give Blood Drive a 10/10. The story was beautiful, sad, hopeful, and there are just so many emotions in the story. The plot is also solid, and is very well explained. It has some very tense, spooky, scary, and suspenseful moments, and as a horror fanatic, I love this. Also, an an otaku (big anime fan) I love this anime style game, it has really pretty artwork, and has a perfect anime style to it. I made an account just to write this review, and praise the game. My only complaint is the loading screens, but that is to be expected. I love this game, and I would and am recommending this to many of my friends. Expand
  3. Oct 5, 2016
    9
    This game is simply a visual novel horror game. I personally loved the horror theme to it, but it is unlike most other horror games. this isThis game is simply a visual novel horror game. I personally loved the horror theme to it, but it is unlike most other horror games. this is specifically a "visual novel" horror. That means the fear and scare come from the words and text, not the gameplay itself (even though there are a few moments), and there is an even larger emphasis on the story. It is true the characters are chibi in 3D, but that doesn't faze me, because I'm into the game for the story and the outlandish amount of gore. Expand
  4. Apr 2, 2016
    6
    Concept: Explore a haunted school while avoiding traps and ghost.

    Music: Music ranges from rock to upbeat nonchalant tunes. The opening
    Concept: Explore a haunted school while avoiding traps and ghost.

    Music: Music ranges from rock to upbeat nonchalant tunes. The opening song is one of the best I've heard in video games. It starts with a somewhat spooky acoustic guitar riff and then kicks in high gear with distorted guitar and vocals.

    Graphics: The graphics are chibistyle meaning that everyone has a bobblehead doll look. The character art is high quality though as in the previous  Corpse Party titles.

    Story: The overall story was good but the ending was rather short.The ending was about ten minutes of dialogue.

    Voice acting: This game was voice acted continuously and with high quality voice acting. It is of course all japanese with no option for an english dub.

    Gameplay time: My gameplay time was about fifteen to twenty hours. Not bad considering the price of the game at this time. There was some endgame content but very little.

    In depth review

    The Corpse Party games started with a game that was made from RPG Maker that had graphics comparable to a gameboy advance game. These games have since evolved to a chibistyle look which might make some gamers wonder if the Corpse Party series has lost their dark and graphic feel. Be rest assured, they have not. There is plenty of people having their heads eaten and being sliced in half to satisfy anyone.

    The gameplay in this game consist of exploring with a flashlight while dodging floortraps and ghost. In order to advance the plot, we simply walk through a hallway or into a room to initiate a cutscene and that's the basic gist of the gameplay. There are newly added gameplay elements that weren't present in past Corpse Party titles including; a flashlight the protagonist can use to spot and avoid traps, the ability to hide from ghost by hiding inside a cabinet, and a run feature accompanied by a stamina bar. One might think these newly added gameplay elements would enhance the Corpse Party experience but sadly, that is not the case.

    Blood Drive had the worst gameplay of any other Corpse Party game. The floortraps litter the floor and become a nuisance more than anything else. The ability to hide from ghost doesn't do much as you will most likely encounter the same ghost again before long, and the run feature isn't very helpful as the stamina bar runs out far too quickly, at which point you have to let it recharge for quiet some time.

    Specifically, there ar two gameplay sequences that will determine if you are a true fan of the Corpse Party story. The first is a gameplay sequence where you are required to explore a large area in search of keys or boards to unblock paths so you can advance the plot. This sounds simple enough except the fact that you will constantly be chased by a ghost or maybe even two or three at the time. These ghost are just as fast as the protagonist and when they get close enough, they attack you. The rooms you will have to walk into usually have a ghost residing in them, which will begin chasing you when you enter. This makes exploration next to impossible in this particular chapter but only during this chapter.

    The second gameplay sequence that is overly difficult is one with swinging gulliteins.The player is required to dodge these of course but the precise timing required is ridiculous. I personally died and restarted this part about fifteen times. I eventually  got the timing down to a science enabling me to progress.

    That brings up the problem of the loading times. The player can expect about a fifteen second loading delay whenever they die and reload their save file. Also, bringing up the item menu has it's unusually long loading time as does walking into rooms. All of these annoyances combine to make the gameplay a mess that will make many grimace as they wade through it.

    Closing comments: I would recommend this game to he diehard Corpse Party fan as it concludes the story from the previous two games, but not without some discussion of the horrible gameplay. Also worth mentioning is that this game comes with an artbook and two cd's that include all the music from all the Corpse Party games.

    That wraps this review up, hope it helps.
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  5. Sep 19, 2016
    6
    I have mixed feelings about this game. While I do like the story, I do see gaping problems with the translation. Sometimes the excessive cussI have mixed feelings about this game. While I do like the story, I do see gaping problems with the translation. Sometimes the excessive cuss words just come off as hokey and it kind of detracts from the story. I'm not a prude, of course. That's not where I'm coming from.

    What I'm saying is that when the characters do cuss it feels so unnatural and comes off more like a kid trying to look all tough and grown by using words they don't understand. My problem isn't with the use of the words, but rather the way in which they were written in. And that's only one problem I have with the translation, but it's one of the worst because it makes it come off as so cheesy when it doesn't have to. The translation feels like it's more direct as opposed to trying to capture the meaning of the Japanese translation.

    I also have a problem with the loading screens as well. I can understand them to some degree, but this isn't the deepest or most graphically intense game, so I don't get the excessive load screens. You open the menu, only to wait for a loading screen. You go to open your inventory, there's another load screen. You apply your bandages to your character, or whatever, then exit the inventory, another loading screen. Then, you go to back out of the menu and you get another loading screen. Why? I've seen PS One RPG's with faster loading screens that you see less often.

    I do have some positive things to say, though. Overall I liked the atmosphere, and I thought the controls were really smooth. The cutesy graphics really contrasted with the dark, ominous story about death and the supernatural, but I liked that. And, despite the poor translation, I really liked the general theme of the story. I thought those were really good elements to the game.

    I would say this game is above average, but it could turn some players off. I like it, but it's not my favorite game in the series. I wouldn't really say I love it. Like I said earlier, the slow and excessive loading screens and the dialogue that doesn't flow as well as it should keeps the game from being better than it could be.
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  6. Nov 6, 2015
    5
    So this is my first time actually taking the time to review the game instead of lurking around for reviews, and sadly, my first reviewed gameSo this is my first time actually taking the time to review the game instead of lurking around for reviews, and sadly, my first reviewed game will not get a seal of approval from me. First of all, I'll go ahead and get this out of the way, Corpse Part: Blood Drive is my first game in the series, so I have no bias towards the series none-whatsoever. The plot of the game is pretty deep, and even though I was new with the series I was able to follow it pretty well. The game also provides an encyclopedia of sorts to let you keep up with important people and events, so I felt I understood what happened in the past games and what was going on now. Story, from what part I read of it, was actually quite entertaining and for a game like this, that is important. I wouldn't say it scary per say, but it is disturbing in a psychological sort of way. Anyone a fan of psychological thrillers and survivor horror games in general will find the "story" part of the game appealing. That being said, this is also a game, and the "game-play" is the area I will focus on.

    "There really isn't much to the game-play. You run around searching for clues and items in the game while avoiding the random ghost, demon, monster, etc. that will chase you from time to time, trying to find a hiding spot long enough to avoid the chase...that's pretty much the game. STILL that's not my issue with the game either. I'm used to playing games like this or similar like this, so I knew what I was getting when I purchased it.

    The issue I had with the game was the control. The control of the game was embarrassing awful! So much in fact, it ruined my whole experience of the game and caused me to actually write my first negative review on Metacritic. There was a certain part in chapter 4 [spoiler] where you had to get out of the pool that was especially frustrating because you have to avoid debris and such. Even when I was completely away from the debris it would be an invisible wall preventing me from maneuvering before I would get caught by the tentacles monster. [END SPOILER].

    Its also frustrating when you die because there's no skip button so you can go directly back to the action, no, you have to read the whole dialogues exchanges, pauses, and expressions all over again all while dealing with a ridiculous load time that doesn't really make sense for a game that is mostly text!

    As a "game," I can't in good conscience recommend this to anyone but fans (or fanatics) of the game, and only if you really care about closure. The story seems to be pretty good, but you will have to resort to playing a very, and I mean VERY poorly design game mechanics to get through it. Maybe if this was an older gen game, I would cut it some slack, but this is on the Playstation Vita. Xseed Games could have done A LOT better than this as they had done more difficult games in the past on handhelds.

    Bottom line: Good story, bad control, ugly game-play mechanics.
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  7. Jan 16, 2016
    0
    Corpse Party: Blood Drive has nothing to offer.
    This game has absolutely no redeeming qualities. It is a complete stain of the Corpse Party
    Corpse Party: Blood Drive has nothing to offer.
    This game has absolutely no redeeming qualities. It is a complete stain of the Corpse Party franchise. The characters shown no growth from the first game and no development through the story. The horror for which CPBD wishes to display is utterly ineffective, with nothing but gore and shoddily written dialogue. The gameplay is unremarkable and unintuitive with it being worse from the original. The plot is contrived and seems to have no great impact or interaction with the characters.
    All in all not worth your time to even look at.
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