Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls Image
Metascore
  1. First Review
  2. Second Review
  3. Third Review
  4. Fourth Review

No score yet - based on 1 Critic Awaiting 3 more reviews What's this?

User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: From the Danganronpa series, Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls bridges the first two critically acclaimed mystery adventure games.

    Komaru Naegi, little sister to Makoto Naegi, has been imprisoned inside a mysterious apartment for over a year. One day, she is rescued by
    From the Danganronpa series, Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls bridges the first two critically acclaimed mystery adventure games.

    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.

    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!
    Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. CD-Action
    Sep 25, 2017
    70
    Ultra Despair Girls bravely introduces a new action component to the series, but these sequences are so primitive and repetitive that you soldier through them for the sake of the story rather than enjoy them. [09/2017, p.58]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jul 2, 2017
    10
    DANGANRONPA!!!!! it is wonderful and amazing, story of this game is pretty awesome and characters are really individual. i can't wait forDANGANRONPA!!!!! it is wonderful and amazing, story of this game is pretty awesome and characters are really individual. i can't wait for another series. Expand
  2. Jun 3, 2018
    7
    Completion: Finished game on normal difficulty.

    Pros: - Characters and plot are charming - very much in-line with the rest of the series
    Completion: Finished game on normal difficulty.

    Pros:
    - Characters and plot are charming - very much in-line with the rest of the series in this regard
    - Game actually looks pretty good, especially the models. Even though the textures are low-quality and the animations can be stiff, the game ends up relatively visually pleasing considering this was essentially created as a Vita game. Although many criticize the clashing visual styles, it is consistent with the other games in the series and I likely have just gotten used to it by this point.
    - The game definitely takes risks in its gameplay and is a wild departure from the other games in the series while maintaining the signature Danganronpa charm. Although not everything pays off, there is nothing on the market like Ultra Despair Girls
    - Ties up several loose ends and introduces characters peripheral to the main cast. Essentially achieves what a small spin-off game should be
    - The puzzle rooms are the highlight of the actual "gameplay" and can be fun

    Cons:
    - Much smaller cast, though this isn't necessarily a bad thing, it is certainly a marked change from the other games in the series
    - Soundtrack can be too repetitive, with one song playing throughout the majority of the game
    - The combat is uninspired, the enemies are not fun to fight against, and there is generally low variation in how you actually deal with enemies. All in all, the meat of the gameplay is quite lacking and this is by far the weakest area of UDG
    - The grading system is strange for this type of game. Due to the high density of puzzles, it seems strange to punish someone for dying or retrying. This kind of system works much better in high-octane action games such as DMC and simply seems out of place and frustrating here.
    - Boss battles are boring and generally too easy
    - Collectibles are annoying and feel mostly pointless. Most of the story beats you get aren't interesting or funny enough to really seek out.
    - Progression is not interesting in this game and although you "level up" it never really feels like that's doing anything. Most of the skills you obtain are either invisible or boring such as obtaining more HP. The word system for the different bullets also misses its mark and can more or less be ignored. Using random words for your bullets does not feel radically different from carefully curating your decisions.

    Final Word:
    While Ultra Despair Girls should be commended for keeping the classic Danganronpa charm and taking myriad risks, especially for the series, too many aspects of the gameplay fall flat for Ultra Despair Girls to be anything more than a medicore, though interesting, spin-off of the story-based franchise.

    Final Score:
    7.3
    Expand