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  • Summary: While some members of Kisaragi Academy's class 2-9 returned from their trip to the hellish, otherworldly elementary school known as Heavenly Host, many did not.

    Class president Ayumi Shinozaki attempted to use an ancient tome called the Book of Shadows to resurrect her deceased friends
    While some members of Kisaragi Academy's class 2-9 returned from their trip to the hellish, otherworldly elementary school known as Heavenly Host, many did not.

    Class president Ayumi Shinozaki attempted to use an ancient tome called the Book of Shadows to resurrect her deceased friends once before, but only compounded the tragedy in the process. And now the book has been lost.

    Or has it? When a spiritual photograph turns up, suggesting the Book of Shadows may now reside in the tattered remains of Heavenly Host, Ayumi becomes obsessed with finding it so she can make one last attempt to set things right.

    Picking up two months after Corpse Party: Book of Shadows, Corpse Party: Blood Drive serves as the definitive conclusion to the long-running Heavenly Host story arc. Featuring dynamic lighting, 3D sound, highly detailed environments and a variety of new gameplay systems, this is a Japanese horror experience not to be missed!
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Nov 25, 2019
    60
    Despite the strong story and its interesting characters, the gameplay is very clearly of a game out of time, and so feels out of place on the Switch. It’s difficult to recommend, especially to newcomers, but fans of the franchise may find good reasons to visit, even if for nostalgia alone.
  2. 60
    Corpse Party: Blood Drive feels imbalanced between its exploration and visual novel aspects. Luckily, what I did enjoy, I got engrossed in, and there are moments of genius in both segments. But ultimately, the exploration feels like an afterthought compared to the visual novel component. It’s definitely hard to recommend unless you’re already a Corpse Party fan.
  3. Nov 5, 2019
    60
    Corpse Party: Blood Drive can be summed up as an experience that both thrills and frustrates. If the gameplay often feels maladjusted, with a lack of guidance given to the player and the unexplainable use of 3D models being very difficult to justify, the plot and writing easily stand out as exquisite and very likely to grab the player's attention and concentration for long hours, two absolutely vital elements for a visual novel.
  4. Nov 7, 2019
    50
    Corpse Party: Blood Drive is the very definition of a mixed bag. Its 3D exploration aspects never quite work and just when you’re finally able to settle into playing the game, it suddenly switches back over to another visual novel stretch. Combined with poor pacing in the game’s early hours and a lack of any options to help explain the events of the prior games to new players, it feels like Corpse Party: Blood Drive struggles to decide what it wants to be, and despite the occasional show of strength in its writing and characterisation, it ultimately results in a frustrating, inconsistent experience.
  5. Oct 28, 2019
    40
    The best parts of Corpse Party: Blood Drive is when the scenario demands only one playable character, isolated in a Twilight Zone Japanese meat-high-school. When these insufferable adolescents banter with each other, it clashes with any semblance of dread or horror. Their dialogue is obnoxious and petty, often commenting on the most superficial. Internal monologue fares much better, but some of the weird fetishised thoughts feel out of place at times. It is shocking that this was localised at all since this is such a weird franchise with some deranged sequences. There are far better Japanese horror games where a young school girl is the protagonist like the Yomawari games or Yumme Nikki; Blood Drive is only for those desperate for some cheap thrills.
Score distribution:
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  1. Feb 28, 2020
    9
    A must-have for any Corpse Party fan. It's very fun and a great conclusion to the Corpse Party story. However, you have to be a be a fan toA must-have for any Corpse Party fan. It's very fun and a great conclusion to the Corpse Party story. However, you have to be a be a fan to enjoy this, because if you didn't enjoy those, you probably won't like this one either. Expand
  2. Sep 27, 2021
    1
    I don't know what people like about this game. Gameplay sucks like hell. Annoying game.