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  • Summary: Jabberwock Island-Once a popular tourist destination, you and your classmates at Hope's Peak Academy have been brought to this island by your teacher. Everyone seems to be having fun...until Monokuma returns and restarts his murderous game! Trapped on this island of mutual killing, your onlyJabberwock Island-Once a popular tourist destination, you and your classmates at Hope's Peak Academy have been brought to this island by your teacher. Everyone seems to be having fun...until Monokuma returns and restarts his murderous game! Trapped on this island of mutual killing, your only hope rests in solving the islands mysteries. Expand
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  1. Apr 15, 2016
    95
    With mysteries more elaborate and impactful, Danganronpa 2 is a masterfully crafted story that sets the stage for some challenging puzzles of logic and deduction.
  2. CD-Action
    Jul 21, 2016
    90
    A psychedelic, brilliant whodunit, brimming with even more crazily creative minigames and impossible to forget. [07/2016, p.68]
  3. Apr 18, 2016
    80
    Danganronpa 2’s PC port is competent, though the user interface suffers a little if you’re using a keyboard and mouse. Despite having a couple of lackluster plot points and devices, Danganronpa 2 is a worthy successor to the trippy story of Trigger Happy Havoc, and I’d highly recommend picking this one up if you’ve already played. and enjoyed, the first game.
  4. Apr 19, 2016
    80
    The name and anime aesthetic may seem off-putting, but combined with the original this is some of the most engaging interactive storytelling of recent years.
  5. Oct 3, 2017
    80
    Danganronpa 2 is a sequel adhering to the motto, Don’t change, just improve. Some of the same problem areas are still present, but much has been smoothed out or enhanced for a superior entry over what was already a good first effort.
  6. May 31, 2016
    80
    Being a visual novel/puzzle game, it might be difficult to recommend to other people, but for fans of Phoenix Wright or Aviary Attorney, this game is right up your alley.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. May 18, 2016
    10
    Es un juego que no sólo está escrito con inteligencia (la resolución de cada caso hace que te caigas de la silla) sino que demandaEs un juego que no sólo está escrito con inteligencia (la resolución de cada caso hace que te caigas de la silla) sino que demanda inteligencia de parte del jugador, y ahí es cuando uno se da cuenta de que esta delante de algo grande. Expand
  2. Jun 27, 2020
    10
    Beautiful art, amazing characters. The story is really exiting and fun. I recommend.
  3. Jul 24, 2019
    10
    This game is amazing in every possibile way, the characters , the story, the graphics and the gameplay . Every one of these aspects is perfectThis game is amazing in every possibile way, the characters , the story, the graphics and the gameplay . Every one of these aspects is perfect in this game . In my opinion this the best danganronpa game in the series and One of the best visual Novels you can Play right now . Expand
  4. May 13, 2020
    9
    Uma visual novel magnífica de mistério. Cada caso é extremamente bem construido e a obra é cheia de plot twists. Além disso cada personagem éUma visual novel magnífica de mistério. Cada caso é extremamente bem construido e a obra é cheia de plot twists. Além disso cada personagem é memorável e interessante por si só
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  5. Oct 19, 2020
    9
    Danganronpa, as a franchise, is both incredibly nuanced and somewhat formulaic. It defines and breaks cliches and genre norms whileDanganronpa, as a franchise, is both incredibly nuanced and somewhat formulaic. It defines and breaks cliches and genre norms while acknowledging that it is doing so. The series is very meta and self-aware, sometimes confusingly so. Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is the second major installment in the franchise and, in many ways, follows naturally and sequentially in the footsteps of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, most notably the general concept is the same with a few recurring characters and ultimately the same universe. The art style and especially the soundtrack are excellent and fit the personality of the series so well, one that is somewhere between comicality and edginess. Story-wise, Danganronpa 2 is quite ensnaring: while dialogue may be a little stilted at times, the broader arcs and journeys of the characters and the world keep twisting and rewriting expectations.

    As the second game in a series, Danganronpa 2 is almost exclusively an improvement, touching upon QOL and mechanical frustrations of the first game. Despite being a sequel, Danganronpa 2 still works independently from the first game, as no single element is reliant on having played its predecessor. Danganronpa 2 may be a visual novel, but it also offers many other gameplay styles within its bounds. It has shooter elements, a rhythm game, an escape room, and several other mini-games. This constant change in gameplay allows for the gameplay to not feel too stiff but sometimes feeling underdeveloped. Since there are so many different mechanics that fit into the game, the game can often feel overburdened with explanations and tutorials. If there is any particular aspect that the player likes, they will likely not be satisfied, given their smaller presence. The changing gameplay prevents the more niche mechanics from being grown accustomed to or to fully explored. However, this also means that there is likely some mechanic or gameplay element that the player will enjoy. Once the player passes certain checkpoints in the story, alternative game modes are unlocked, some of which are more fleshed out than others. These are ultimately unrewarding, as the player can experience the game to its fullest without them. They make some aspects of the post-game easier but create additional hours of grinding as well. They are inoffensive things in theory but add an unnecessary amount of hassle for those trying to 100% the game.

    Returning to the game's story and ideas, one can't help but admire many of the areas that Danganronpa 2 treads. Each murder and the corresponding trial is incredibly well written and tightly constructed, providing novel settings, lasting impacts, and well-paced setups. Danganronpa is a unique series in that, on the premise, any character could die off at any moment, something the series continues to test. Many of the deaths and the relationships developed within the game feel meaningful, and at least within just this game, there are real stakes at play. Some aspects of the game may seem and feel a little rough around the edges, but narrative-wise, this game is tight. Some complaints have been levied as to how the game tackles its ending and being a sequel. However, I feel that such aspects fit in line with the series' goals and tones.

    The game uses its anime style to both intensify and subdue the drama of events. Even going as far as to imply that in the game's world, our real world is to them what animation is for us. The cut scenes, settings, and models do feel a little janky and slightly off-kilter at first, but with enough time, one learns to love them. The pink blood serves to make things tamer, but it also prevents the series from becoming derailed by trying to emulate real blood in such a non-real circumstance. It is interesting to note, as well, that in-universe, the characters perceive the blood as red, which leads to some questions about color theory and perception in the game's world. Each character has so much personality and thought imbued into their design that it is hard not to become attached to members of the cast, and likely harder when they leave.

    Overall, this game is tight and rewarding. It may get to you, and breaks might be needed, despite how appealing it is to keep playing. Despite its name, Danganronpa 2 can be depressing and quite dismal at times, so much so that it can get to the player, or at least it got to me. I suffered several deep depressive episodes in part because of this game, and such experiences were debilitating and disheartening. After taking some breaks, I returned to the game and found some degree of peace within my former turmoil. This game may have been the catalyst for one of my deep plunges, but it also helped bring me motivation and joy through and through. I recommend this game, even if you haven't played the first or are familiar with the series.
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  6. Oct 5, 2017
    8
    Continues to build of the successes of the original game. Does a great job of replicating the environment of the previous game withoutContinues to build of the successes of the original game. Does a great job of replicating the environment of the previous game without becoming boring by being too similar. Expand
  7. Jan 6, 2020
    6
    Danganronpa 2 retains the prequel's theme of characters getting murdered and then having to find the culprit behind their deaths. However,Danganronpa 2 retains the prequel's theme of characters getting murdered and then having to find the culprit behind their deaths. However, although the story is great, the gameplay is sadly not.

    Essentially, DGR 2 is a really, REALLY slow burn, and I can't say that I recommend it unless you have no better game to play. I wasn't able to get through the game quickly because I'd constantly get bored and have to take breaks. You need to have an insane amount of patience to get through this game.

    Like the prequel, the Class Trials are lackluster and are a total chore to go through. You will also encounter impossible questions that require trial and error instead of logic. Other players gave this game ratings of 10, but that's because they totally pretend that the minigames don't exist. DGR 2 should've provided an option to skip the minigames and it would have made the game so much better.

    In any case, I have to give two ratings for this game. For the story, it's a 9. It's done well enough that it could be its own Hollywood movie. But for the gameplay, it's a 3 or less. The minigames are primitive, confusing, and don't contribute anything but unnecessary game time.

    (Either way, if you beat this game and feel like you want more, don't go straight to playing Danganronpa 3. There is a canon spin-off shooter game and also an anime that comes chronologically before that sequel. Consult Wikipedia for more info.)
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