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  • Summary: Jabberwock Island was, at one time, a popular tourist haunt. This now populated island remains oddly pristine. You and your classmates at the elite Hope's Peak Academy have been brought to this island by your cute teacher for a “lovey-dovey, heart-throbbing school trip.” Everyone seems to beJabberwock Island was, at one time, a popular tourist haunt. This now populated island remains oddly pristine. You and your classmates at the elite Hope's Peak Academy have been brought to this island by your cute teacher for a “lovey-dovey, heart-throbbing school trip.” Everyone seems to be having fun in the sun...until Monokuma returns to restart his murderous game! Trapped on this island of mutual killing, your only hope of escape rests in solving the island’s mysteries. But be warned—sometimes the truth can be its own despair. [NIS America] Expand
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  1. Positive: 44 out of 50
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  1. Sep 30, 2014
    100
    Every bit the game that Trigger Happy Havoc was, only more refined and paired with a fresh story and features in a longer (but more enjoyable) package. I honestly couldn’t have hoped for a better sequel, and have no idea how Spike Chunsoft is going to top this in Danganronpa 3.
  2. Sep 3, 2014
    90
    It's a must-play for Visual Novel fans, and those who enjoyed the first year of the deadliest high school ever will find that the return trip is even better.
  3. Oct 19, 2014
    89
    With improved trial sequences and another excellent plot, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is a brilliant sequel - but it's a sequel that's definitely best played after the original. [Issue#249, p.74]
  4. Sep 1, 2014
    80
    Style and a good narrative make this PS Vita game highly suggested to those loving graphic novels.
  5. Sep 29, 2014
    80
    Building off Super Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc's absurdist murder mystery base, Danganronpa 2 marries the series' strong crime-solving mechanics with a bizarre, hilarious dayglo nightmare well beyond the craziness of the original.
  6. Sep 11, 2014
    80
    Danganronpa 2 builds on its predecessor's foundation for a murder mystery that is brimming with personality.
  7. Oct 1, 2014
    50
    We were hoping for some really big new things in this new DanganRonpa after the disaster of the former episode. Nope. The game mechanics haven't changed a bit. The story and the deliberation phases are quite interesting but it's still the sleep-inducing game we've known since last year.

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  1. May 25, 2015
    10
    Pros:
    Longer than first game
    Characters Story Cons: Monomi mini game can be tedious for achievements Diffuculty can sometimes cause
    Pros:
    Longer than first game
    Characters
    Story

    Cons:
    Monomi mini game can be tedious for achievements
    Diffuculty can sometimes cause you to have to look online for the correct answer
    Some of the motives can be a bit crazy
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  2. May 4, 2015
    10
    Being a fan of the first game, I was naturally excited for its sequel. Some would say this version is far better than the previous game;Being a fan of the first game, I was naturally excited for its sequel. Some would say this version is far better than the previous game; however, I find them to be pretty equal. Another fantastic entry to the series with, naturally, great plot twists. One main difference between this game and its predecessor is how the cases are more complicated, especially cases 4 and 5. In any case, excellent game. Expand
  3. Sep 7, 2014
    10
    Since I played the first game, I've been eagerly awaiting for the localization of Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair.
    I knew that fans who
    Since I played the first game, I've been eagerly awaiting for the localization of Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair.
    I knew that fans who already played the japanese version were stating that this sequel was even better than the first episode - and after playing it myself I can easily understand why.

    As usual with Spike Chunsoft games, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is essentially a visual novel.
    Expect lots of reading, but despite a not exactly "top class" translation the dialogues and writing is captivating and definitely interesting.
    The pacing of the story is great, gradually ramping up until a finale that left me with my jaw open. The last part of the game is really something that must be experienced. The first game is known for its plot-twists, but the sequel blows that game out of the water. You will not expect what's going to happen, and this is good.

    Having played the first game, Trigger Happy Havoc, is requirement if you want to fully understand and appreciate the whole storyline. The developers are expecting the players to be up to speed concerning the plot of the series, so do yourself a favor and get both games if you can.
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  4. Jun 29, 2015
    10
    This is an honest review from an adult.
    I will tell my top 3 favorite games so you will know my taste in games.
    Disgea series Atelier
    This is an honest review from an adult.
    I will tell my top 3 favorite games so you will know my taste in games.
    Disgea series
    Atelier arland series
    Fire emblem series

    The good things about this game.
    Music is amazing
    Plenty of voice acting and every voice fits every character
    Great cast of characters, each unique
    Amazing story imo. Also amazing ending that only leaves a slight cliff hanger compared to danganronpa trigger happy havoc.
    The story was mind blowing. I actually couldn't put this game down during the last 5 hours of my playthrough.
    The class trials have been improved over the first danganronpa. No longer will piecing together the magna of the crime be a headache. They now tell you what is going on in each picture. So no more misunderstood pictures.
    New mini games have been added to freshen things up.

    there are plenty of extras after you complete the game also. Including a bond building mode and a book entitled danganronpa if.
    The game itself was 37 hours long. So you get a Lotta bang for your buck.

    There are fan service moments in this game. Plenty of panty and bikini shots.

    This game is also closely connected to the first danganronpa, so I don't recommend playing only this one. It wrapped up the first danganronpa game cliff hanger rather nicely. Of course you get left with a second cliff hanger in danganronpa 2, but not as dumb founding as the danganronpa trigger happy havoc.

    Nothing bad to say comes to mind about this game. I enjoyed every minute which is quiet rare for a game to pull off.
    I definently recommend this game. I would even recommend it at the 40 dollar price tag.
    A mind blowing experience from beginning to end.
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  5. Sep 9, 2014
    10
    A fantastic game that never lets up with its pacing. You will laugh (especially at the wonderful Usami who's voice work is brilliant) and cryA fantastic game that never lets up with its pacing. You will laugh (especially at the wonderful Usami who's voice work is brilliant) and cry at the many, MANY emotional parts in the game. The voice work is great for all the characters. The art is amazing with well drawn characters who are very well developed and easy to relate to. The story keeps you guessing with a massive twist that will blow your mind. The cases are not too hard to solve if you really think about it as even in hard mode you have unlimited tries. The only things that is affected is your score. The music is catchy and compliments the drama and comedy of the game.

    This game is up there with my other favourite game, Persona 4 Golden, in terms of gameplay and story. The only thing I detest about this game is the obvious exploitation of its female cast (except the bit where its important the the case). They didn't need to show skin to make this game great and it put me off a couple of times. The random shower scene was unneeded and inappropriate. The first one had no obvious exploitation and it was still great.

    Still 10/10 though as I never got bored.
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  6. Sep 17, 2014
    10
    This is a fantastic game.

    If you've played the 1st game, you owe yourself to play this game. If you haven't played the 1st game
    This is a fantastic game.

    If you've played the 1st game, you owe yourself to play this game. If you haven't played the 1st game Danganronpa: Happy Trigger Havoc, play it—so that you can play this game. Danganronpa 2 builds strongly upon the 1st game; in other words, to get the most enjoyment out of this game, play both games.

    The story-line is wonderful; it had me wondering and guessing the whole time. The characters felt real and in the end, I became attached to them. The game-play of the class trials is improved this time around—it flowed better. Overall, this game is better than its predecessor. I loved the characters more, and the story blew my mind away (...and I thought the 1st game was intense).

    Verdict: INSTANT BUY. This game is marvelous. I highly recommend it. A lot of people are missing out on it. Don't be that person to miss out on this game!
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  7. May 31, 2015
    9
    I know there many people who would say tha DR2 is better than the first game, and from a technical stand point they'd be right. However, ifI know there many people who would say tha DR2 is better than the first game, and from a technical stand point they'd be right. However, if you take a step back and look at it as a whole, it is almost exactly the same as the first game.

    True, a few new mechanics were thrown in, but they feel more like extra features thrown in to give an extra challenge. They really don't change anything. It still rehashes all the elements of the first game. But to be clear, this isn't a bad thing. I loved the first game, so getting more of the same in a new setting was great, just a shame they didn't do more to differentiate it from the first game.

    Visually I would have to say D2 is slightly inferior to DR1. While the environments are more colourful, they don't look as crisp and fresh as the HD PS Vita port of DR1.

    I also found I liked the characters of DR1 more than the characters of DR2. The chemistry and character development in DR2 is better than in DR1, however I also felt that each character as an individual was just not as well thought out as the cast in DR1. Funny enough the opposite can be said about the cast of DR1.

    The story this time round is more or less following the same path that it did in the first game and does feel a bit dull at first. But, the last act does turn everything around and dumps allot of new info on you, making it worth the wait and giving clarity to the series's overall plot.

    But like the first game, this is an interactive novel, with a predetermined end. A real shame that there couldn't have been different branching story arcs. It would be a welcome change to the linearity this genre usually adheres to.

    Overall:
    Dangan Ronpa 2 is about on par with the first game. Improving on somethings and declining other things. Even so, a fantastic game and series none the less and I look forward to the third game.

    Side Note:
    I did not like the new Hangman's gambit. But I did like the new rebuttal argument feature. Logic Dive was OK, but felt out of place.
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