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- Two Mystery Adventures in One!: For the first time ever, experience two of the greatest visual novel adventures in one package for the PlayStation 4!
- Monokuma's His Name, Murder's His Game: Face the twisted challenges of this maniacal bear and piece together the clues to uncover the truth fueling his deadly games.
- Hope and Despair: Meet memorable characters, solve mysterious murders, and complete games of logic all culminating in life-or-death decisions in the ultimate battle of hope and despair!
- Languages: Enjoy English in-game text and Japanese and English in-game voices.
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Get two of the best murder-mystery adventures in one! Whether trapped in school in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, or stranded on an island in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, there's bound to be thrills, chills, and kills! In Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, enter Hope's Peak Academy, a prestigious high school reserved for the nation's "ultimate" students. Things get a bit twisted when the academy's students find themselves trapped inside with Monokuma, a maniacal bear who has taken them all prisoner to play his game of despair. Continue the adventure in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair with a brand new cast of Ultimates. Mysteriously trapped on Jabberwock Island in their own life-or-death game, having fun in the sun with this twisted teddy requires more than a bit of wit to survive.
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DanganRonpa takes a similar vein with high school students. Not yet ready for independent life and for the most part naive and inexperienced, they are thrust in a situation very similar to the premises in the Saw films - they must do unspeakably awful things to survive (or escape, in this case) - murder a fellow student and get away with it. As very few of the students know each other (the protagonist only knows the pop star), the apparition of murder looms close behind at every step.
With spine-chilling music, a brilliant premise and courtroom scenes reminiscent of Phoenix Wright (albeit with a dark, macabre and ghoulish twist), the multiple paths, relationship-building and collectibles provide replay value far beyond that of 999 or Zero Escape. There is a considerable amount of text to slog through, but it's never dull or repetitive. I always find it hard to turn off and go to bed at night. Anyone who likes being scared out of their wits will love this game.
Danganronpa was a bizarre, violent and eclectic twist on the visual novel/courtroom genre. With oodles of text, a quirky and motley cast of adventurers trying to get along and hopefully escape, hints and clues regarding the motives of the kidnappers (and also those of the classmates) are sprinkled quite regularly. The "Social Links" are augmented with Hope Fragments (think of them as fringe benefits) which must then be used to acquire and equip skills to make trials easier.
The interactive real-time action sequences during trials is nothing at all like they were in the first game. Although some mechanics are still present (one-on-one debates, the Improved Hangman's Gambit, and a faster-paced version of Bullet Time Battle). Perhaps the most annoying mechanic is the slashing one-on-one debate. While regular statements can be simply sliced out of contention, contradictory phrases must be refuted as though it was a Non-stop Debate. Fortunately, the Closing Argument is essentially the same and even more forgiving (simply moving your cursor over the panels will grant you hints).
The islands are huge and provide an atmosphere of more freedom to the adventure. Although many areas are fenced off from the game's outset, it's certainly less claustrophobic than the school we were locked into during the first Danganronpa. And yes, some characters from the first game give an encore here, but are the same people you knew? Only a 5-10 hour investment will tell. ;)
As of writing this I just finished Danganronpa 1 and have to say. WOW! I am a fan of visual novels; but I never up until now found one that had such a mystery aspect to it before. Much like any good book I had to push forward each time to find out what happens next ASAP. I even caught myself when not playing trying to figure out who was behind it all trying to decipher the clues myself.
Overall I will say with the comedy, mystery visual novel aspect the game was extremely good. I could not give it 5 stars though due to the sole reason this visual novel does not have more than 1 path and so you cannot actually get any decision "wrong" to end up at a "bad end". This places the visual novel more onto rails than a decide your fate kind of story-telling.
Regardless I am no where disappointed in this purchase and cannot wait to start and finish D-2.