Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc PlayStation Vita

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  • Summary: Fifteen super-elite students have been locked in the school and they are forced to live in this isolated community. There is a special rule for the students: only murderers can graduate from the school, and this rule turns the prosperous school into the despairing place. The protagonist,Fifteen super-elite students have been locked in the school and they are forced to live in this isolated community. There is a special rule for the students: only murderers can graduate from the school, and this rule turns the prosperous school into the despairing place. The protagonist, however, does not follow this rule. He investigates murders instead of murdering somebody and tries to figure out a way to escape from the school. Collapse
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 55
  2. Negative: 1 out of 55
  1. 100
    At its core, Danganronpa is a melting pot of various philosophical puzzles that pulls together in such a way that it connected with me on a very deep, very real level. Without giving the ending away, the ultimate fate of all the characters (including Monokuma) left me more than a little shaken, and any game that's able to connect with me at that kind of primal level must be worth the investment.
  2. Feb 10, 2014
    90
    Games of this ilk are rarely for everyone, but this is a unique experience that really stands out – even in the Vita’s burgeoning library.
  3. Mar 12, 2014
    85
    Hope and despair, friendship and betrayal, Danganropa plays with those concepts in a superb way, developing a mystery visual novel full of fantastic characters and an intense plot that will glue the Vita to your hands.
  4. Feb 11, 2014
    80
    Danganronpa is an excellent adventure with a story that celebrates the human spirit, even during the darkest times, and that optimistic viewpoint made me smile even when everything seemed to be going wrong.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Mar 19, 2014
    80
    The niche this mad gun’s aimed at should get this immediately. Everyone else: run. [April 2014, p81]
  6. Feb 20, 2014
    80
    Visual novels do not have a widespread audience, although Danganronpa is one of the most enjoyable we had the chance to play thanks to some well designed minigames which make the experience much more interesting.
  7. Mar 17, 2014
    45
    It's a good idea from NIS America to widen access to visual novels out of Japan, as long as they make good decisions. And they don't. The publisher has maybe chosen something too spooky for the Western players. Only translated in English, DanganRonpa : Trigger Happy Havoc definitely forgets some who don't want to play 30 hours like that. The others could be interested in the crazy story but it's far too slow. Players have to read lines and lines of discussion before reaching, at last, a gameplay scene. And don't expect the visuals, in bad taste, to enhanced this not so good assessment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Sep 11, 2015
    10
    OMFG, THE THEME SONG IS SO CATCHY ~~~~

    On a more serious note, this game is a fine example of innovation in visual novels. It's really hard
    OMFG, THE THEME SONG IS SO CATCHY ~~~~

    On a more serious note, this game is a fine example of innovation in visual novels. It's really hard to explain how the whole game works. I like to think of it as a mix between Persona's social interactions and Ace Attorney's investigations and trials. The characters are *MOSTLY* likeable, and the plot twists keep the story interesting. As you could probably already tell, I think the music is great... so that's always a plus. One thing I will point out though, is that the 'class trials' are all pretty lengthy, which after a while, if you aren't too focused, will start to drag a bit. I for one, though, thought they were really well put together and didn't mind too much. This is a great game to try if you enjoy Ace Attorney, enjoy visual novels, and/or are looking for a great game on Vita. 10/10
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  2. May 25, 2015
    10
    Pros:
    Story
    Characters Music Cons: Difficulty can sometimes be a bit high, having to check online for the correct selection is kind of
    Pros:
    Story
    Characters
    Music

    Cons:
    Difficulty can sometimes be a bit high, having to check online for the correct selection is kind of lame
    Having to look online to figure out how to optimize free time is also lame, I would suggest playing without checking online first for a more immersive experience
    Playing the end game mini game many times for achievements can be a bit tedious
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  3. Feb 13, 2014
    10
    I'll admit I wasn't as hyped for this when it got announced I just didn't get it or know what the hell the game was like. I watched the animeI'll admit I wasn't as hyped for this when it got announced I just didn't get it or know what the hell the game was like. I watched the anime which I found out was rushed and after finally playing this game for 4 hours straight I really wish I never watched the anime. This game is just that good and the anime kinda spoiled it. This game is unlike any game you've played before. It's similar to ace attorney and virtues las reward and even has some persona elements such as social links. The game is a mystery psychological horror with so many twists and turns and characters you will come to care about. The story is fantastic as well. The plot revolves around 15 kids all who get accepted into this strange school where the student has to "graduate" by killing someone without being caught. It's a wildly emotional and depressing and even downright sad ride at some points. The gameplay is unique and similar to ace attorney in a way. It's hard to describe and better if you are it for yourself. Now I want to cut this review short because I NEED to get back to the game continue the story just know that this game is well worth your time and is one of the best games for vita....period Expand
  4. Mar 14, 2014
    9
    I absolutely loved this game. It feels VERY similar to Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward, and that's my all time favorite game so I'm happy.I absolutely loved this game. It feels VERY similar to Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward, and that's my all time favorite game so I'm happy. Issue is I wish they didn't have such awfully generic characters. I mean good god are they generic. But still, solid story. The trial is fun to go through, but many times annoying. A rhythm game to shut someone up? Really? Purple text you have to shoot down to memorize something then replay it again to shoot that memorized phrase at an earlier statement? Oh those were frustrating. Expand
  5. Nov 2, 2015
    8
    Not quite at 999 or VLR's level, but it is good and different enough from Zero Escape series that can hold its own as a visual novel. INot quite at 999 or VLR's level, but it is good and different enough from Zero Escape series that can hold its own as a visual novel. I enjoyed the story and characters a lot, the game play is quite simple but entertaining. The premise however felt quite cheesy? Expand
  6. Nov 24, 2015
    8
    Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is a visual novels that brings many other genres into it, such as RPG, mystery, puzzle, and so much more. THHDanganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is a visual novels that brings many other genres into it, such as RPG, mystery, puzzle, and so much more. THH is definitely a game that you probably won't regret buying.

    Gameplay:
    Besides the 80 percent of the game that is just text, the core of Danganronpa is split into two parts, School Life and Class Trial. School Life is more of when the visual novel aspect of the game really shines. The School Life is thus split into two more parts, Daily Life. Most of the story progression occurs during School Life. You are given some Free Time, which is some leisurely time you can spend conversing with your classmates or just taking a nap. Deadly life takes place after a -certain incident- takes place and you are forced to collect evidence and solve some mysteries, much like the Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton. In the Class Trial, you and your classmates must take part in a heated debate, solving the mysteries of the -incident-. Other than what I mentioned above, all you're doing is going to different parts of the school, doing the randomest things.

    Characters:
    The cast of Danganronpa is probably the first thing you will take note of. The characters are very colorful and eccentric, bursting with life and personality. Most of the characters get their own fair share of development, which can turn out to be really satisfying. The characters never bored me and were really entertaining to watch.

    Visuals:
    The character models look surprisingly crisp and fresh. The paper-esque designs are really fun to observe. The lack of animation on the character models was such a pain in the ass. They made the long cutscenes so boring and lacking in specialty. However, there are some very detailed and good-looking pictures and video cutscenes that appear from time to time.

    Soundtrack:
    The soundtrack of Danganronpa ranges from tear-inducing melodies to very upbeat investigating themes. The tracks match the mood of the sutscenes very nicely.

    Plot:
    I'm not going to much in detail with the plot, but the weight of the situation and the drastic mood change that occurs really sets a good environment for the whole game. The only problem is that the plot is very linear, and the game cycles over and over again from School Life to Deadly Life to School Life to Deadly Life over and over again. It gets very predictable after a while. And the fact that you can't even do much really bums some people, like me, out a lot.

    Verdict:
    Danganronpa is a game that should be in your PS Vita library. Although it is not for everybody, most people can work their way around this game's tiny flaws and enjoy the game nonetheless.
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  7. Jun 22, 2015
    0
    Story: 10/10, Gameplay experience: 1/10.
    While the game has amazing story and nice characters it completely fails with the worst gameplay I
    Story: 10/10, Gameplay experience: 1/10.
    While the game has amazing story and nice characters it completely fails with the worst gameplay I experienced in a while: all those cheap arcade puzzles not only get in the way, but distract and annoy to the level you could want to smash your console. Translation has some problems as well - so now and than it's easier to open the guide than apply sense to the next phrase puzzle.
    And that's sad, because aside of disgusting arcade elements the game delivers a lot of fun, story, characters and plot twists :/
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