Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls - PlayStation Vita
- Third Person Shooter Action Sequences: Use Future Foundation's Hacking Gun to have a fighting chance against the hordes of Monokumas as you traverse Towa City.
- Tons of Different Types of Ammo: Tackle challenges with multiple kinds of Truth Bullets, such as Paralyze and Link. Upgrade your firepower with special Bling Bullet modifiers.
- Riddles and Puzzles: The Monokuma Kids will challenge more than just your trigger finger; you'll need your smarts to survive as well. There's a lot to discover in the city, with a number of familiar faces and mysteries to unravel!
- Languages: Enjoy English text as well as new English and original Japanese voices.
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After the horrors have ended at Hope's Peak Academy, society is on the verge of collapse and violent anarchy has engulfed the whole world in despair! Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls is the pre-sequel to the highly popular mystery adventure game Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. Unlike the first two games, players will take on the role of two heroines, Komaru Naegi and Toko Fukawa, as they are thrust into a despair-ridden Towa City with one goal-escape. Komaru Naegi, little sister to Makoto Naegi, has been imprisoned inside a mysterious apartment for over a year. One day, she is rescued by Byakuya Togami of Future Foundation, but the rescue is derailed by a sudden attack of hundreds of Monokumas. Komaru soon discovers that the city has been taken over by a group of children calling themselves the Warriors of Hope. Their leader, Monaca, declares that the city will be the site of a Children's Paradise, and to accomplish this, all the adults will be exterminated. Komaru teams up with Toko Fukawa to try to survive the rampaging Monokumas, escape the crafty Monokuma Kids, and uncover the secrets of the city.
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As background, Ultra Despair Girls is set, timeline wise, between Danganronpa 1 and 2, but I think it's crucial to play it in the order it was released instead, which is Danganronpa 1, 2, and then Ultra Despair Girls. This game definitely spoils major plot points of the first game, and by just terminology and hints, as well as certain characters, gives away a some of the mystery in the second game. Since this game was meant to target audience who played Danganronpa 2 at this point, I think it's safe to assume that this game is meant to be played third in line.
Although the gameplay is incredibly different from main titles, this game follows in the same footsteps with the ultra dark humor all around. In certain parts of the story, this game is actually MORE shocking. Certain topics are touched on (though never in detail, this series in general is really amazing at hinting at horrible things without ever actually showing anything), such as sexual and physical abuse of children, that i think may be tough to stomach even with the small amount of hints provided, so beware. This game is NOT for anyone underaged, and i would say not for people who don't know danganronpa's history and the kinds of things that the writers are willing to put in. If you don't think you can handle it, please don't play it!
Like the previous two games, there are tons of cutscenes and dialogue scenes, sometimes 20+ minutes at a time. I would imagine anyone who are thinking of buying this are familiar with the first two games, so you should be well aware of the never ending story cut scenes.
Oh, huge reminder - the base game does NOT come with Japanese voice with english subtitle. However you can download the free Japanese language dlc, which allows you to change to Japanese at the title screen (use Triangle button). That scared the crap out of me because I did NOT want to play a Danganronpa game without original Japanese voices, but thankfully I found out from amazon's question section that there's a dlc to dl. I will say, though, that of the 20 min or so i was forced to listen to the english voice, the main character, Naegi Komaru's english voice was actually surprisingly great, including the little screams that sounded super natural. I did not get far enough to hear Fukawa Toko/Genocide Jack's voice in English though, so i can't say much on that one, but I think for those who really don't want to play it in Japanese (too much reading? for example while running around shooting stuff they're talking, some people may not want to try to read while doing action stuff), the English version may be decent. Still, I'd recommend Japanese voice for sure. :)
The story is great and full of plot twists as per danganronpa, but I'm not sure if the mystery is just less complicated here or if I've gotten used to the mind twistingness of the series in general, but it was relatively easy to figure out what was going on before i got to the ending. Still, I find it very solid and even main plot twist aside, there were all kinds of smaller scale plot twists that I did not see coming. I would rank it third in terms of story in the series, but still really great. Best is obviously danganronpa 2, followed by 1.
Note that the game also comes with an Easy mode for people who just wanted to play for story. I fell in that category (esp as I'm not much of an action shooter horror player myself), and it was fairly easy to get through for the story. I know people commented how easy the game is, especially since you can just switch to Genocide Jack whenever, but I'm honestly very appreciative of having that option. For many people who normally play mystery visual novels (ie danganronpa 1 and 2), the action shooter element may have seemed like a turn off or just very daunting. In my case I played it on easy and was able to make through it without any trouble, so yay! There is also normal and a hard mode, for those who are better at shooter horror-esque games lol.
This isn't the best installment in the series, but i still like how it follows the style and story of the series faithfully. I enjoyed being able to fill in some of the holes between games 1 and 2, and i particularly enjoyed seeing more of Fukawa Toko from game 1, who I didn't like much in game 1, but this game really developed her characterization.
I love the combat system in play--it's your basic puzzle-shooter, but with a unique "gun", and unique puzzles. Naturally, like the rest of the Danganronpa games, it's very story-driven, and it's very dialogue-heavy, which I adore. There's a lot of character development for one character in particular, and we get a lot of backstory for her--things that were hinted at in the first game, but it was never revealed. We see a bit more and hear from the family members of other characters, and we learn about their interactions through these characters--it's so... Wonderful.
While the first Danganronpa game remains my absolute favorite, this one is most certainly second favorite--especially since Touko Fukawa, Taichi Fujisaki, and Yuta Asahina are all present characters.
The gameplay is probably the biggest issue for me. I found the controls to be clunky, for one. I got used to them after a while, but the gameplay just seemed to get stale as time went on. Yes, new enemies and powerups are introduced over the course of the game to change things up, but it just didn't make the game much more exciting. If things ever got too overwhelming, all I had to do was switch over to play as my sidekick, Toko, and I could clear the area without a problem. What also detracts from the gameplay was the framerate drops. You won't notice this earlier on in the game, but as larger groups of enemies are thrown at you, the game seems to slow down to a crawl. It's unfortunate, because I think the game has beautiful visuals...but with so much going on, the framerate really takes a noticeable hit.
So if the gameplay isn't that great, the story should make up for it, right? Well, deep down I think the story is just OK. I don't think it adds anything meaningful to the storyline of the first two Danganronpa games in the series. The dialogue, on the other hand, is too erratic. Each scene can go quickly from an innocent, childish dialogue to something that borders sexual harassment. Having these things taking place, sometimes even side-by-side, made me feel a bit uncomfortable at times. With that being said, it makes it difficult to say what the target audience is due to how variable the dialogue is. The dialogue between the children in the story gets really annoying, as one character whines and whines excessively, so much so that I just wound up skipping most of the children's dialogues. The adults' dialogues were more bearable, although I felt they, too, got a little irritating at times.
To sum up, I think that if either the gameplay or the dialogue were a bit stronger, the game would have been more enjoyable for me. However, since I felt both were really lacking, overall I was not impressed with this one. I really only recommend this game to hardcore fans of the series...otherwise, this probably will not hold your interest for long.
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The gameplay in itself is okay in my opinion: it's a third person shooter, and it's okay as far as third person shooters go. The whole mechanic with the different bullet types that have different effects is kinda fun, but they basically end up doing the same thing (killing ennemies). There's a few that have unique effects, like "dance" that will make your enemies dance (obviously) and "link" that will make you control an enemy. However, if I'm being completely honest here, I just used these in the puzzle parts of the game, not really in the more action oriented sections. Thus, it makes this novelty not really used most of the time.
I just mentionned "puzzles" in the game (which are refered to "arcade" sections or something like that). Without going too much into it (because there's not much to say about it), they're mostly okay, but towards the end they felt like an annoyance to me, seeing as there were too many of them and them mostly consisting in: kill all ennemies in one shot.
I'd say where the game truly shines is in its story, which is really great, but the problem is that the story only begins to be interesting towards chapter 4, which is very late in the game (there are five chapters). The good thing is, the sheer madness of the whole universe this game puts you in is enough to keep you interested in it until the story truly starts developping. Also, the relationship with the two main characters and their respective personnalities are just fantastic and very well written, and kept me going. I mean, I really did not like Toko in Danganronpa 1, but Ultra Despair Girl made me love her. (Believe me: it's an achievement)
Fans of the series will also be happy to see that some characters from previous iterations are in the game (I already mentionned Toko, but mentionning the others would be spoiling).
There is some fanservice in this game, but it's kept to a minimum (mainly one event in a particular chapter), and it's handled with humor, so it ended up not really bothering me (and it usually does).
Now that all that is being said, I must say that I cannot imagine someone fully enjoying this game if they did not play the first and second Danganronpa, seeing as the story is strongly linked with both games and spoil both games (Especially the first game). Thus, I strongly discourage anyone playing this unless they've at least played the first Danganronpa (it's a great game, and if you have a Vita there's no reasons to not play it), and I strongly reccommend playing the second too to get the best experience out of Ultra Despair Girls.
In conclusion, it's not a perfect game, but it's a good game in itself and the fans of the Danganronpa series will love it despite its departure from the usual gameplay style. The story and character developpement are worth it and the universe is still dark, crazy, and of course: full of despair.
Esta entrega es diferente alas 2 anteriores ya que no es una novela visual sino un third person shooter
Se tendria que jugar el primero y el segundo para que no haya spoilers
Para gente sin memoria en su vita, no hay de que preocuparse ya que no requiere update
Y si coleccionan para ps vita deberian de adquirirlo ahora mismo ya que el precio se elevara demasiado
get it with a spin? spin off hehehehehe