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  • 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!
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 80
    As with the main Danganronpa games, there’s a number of serious subtexts to Ultra Despair Girls, and actually digging into these themes makes it clear that the game’s a lot smarter than it might appear at first.
  2. Jun 27, 2017
    80
    Danganronpa Another Episode Ultra Despair Girls is still a profound story with improved mechanics on PS4, but its standing in the series’ narrative has shifted for the worst since it originally launched.
  3. 75
    Not everything Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls attempts to do is a success, but it’s definitely worth playing for anyone already invested in the series. The gunplay might not rival Titanfall 2, but the different bullet-types make combat feel more akin to a solving a puzzle. Much like the story it tells, it’s far from perfect, but there are enough good ideas to make it a worthwhile endeavor.
  4. Jun 26, 2017
    70
    Ultra Despair Girls may not be as great as the first two Danganronpa titles, but it's still a worthwhile experience for fans of the multimedia franchise. There is plenty to look forward to in this entry, especially since Another Episode takes a wider look at the world than its predecessors. Getting through some of the shooting bits may be a little rough, but overall Another Episode is a game worth playing through.
  5. Jun 26, 2017
    70
    Danganronpa: Another Episode is a good entry in the series and a fun game to play for those who love the series. Unfortunately this porting fails to offer anything new from the Playstation Vita version, and even the old problems are still here.
  6. Jul 7, 2017
    65
    An undoubtedly captivating chapter.
  7. Jun 27, 2017
    60
    The shift to third-person shooter is a novel idea, but soon becomes unbearable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Sep 4, 2017
    9
    Adult, irreverent, creative and over the top this game is the epitome of a hidden gem. Technically it may not surprise you (it's a Vita port)Adult, irreverent, creative and over the top this game is the epitome of a hidden gem. Technically it may not surprise you (it's a Vita port) and the gameplay may not be perfect but this game is ultimately about its narrative and flamboyant aesthetics and when it comes to these it is truly memorable. It will make you stop and think which is something not every game can do. Special mention for the pop art version of Venice! Expand
  2. Sep 11, 2019
    8
    Fun game and a decent story. It's nice to see the characters come together. Also, Nagito is here so.
  3. Dec 18, 2017
    7
    The story is as wacky as you'd expect from a Danganronpa title and delves into some extremely dark topics. As with previous DanganronpaThe story is as wacky as you'd expect from a Danganronpa title and delves into some extremely dark topics. As with previous Danganronpa titles, things are left relatively unexplained at first and it's not until a ways into the game that it becomes clearer what the villains true reasons and motivations are, it comes together eventually but feels sloppy at first so be prepared to be a bit confused as to what's going on until around the halfway point.

    Komaru and Toko are a fun double act that keeps things interesting and watching their relationship develop is one of the true highlights. Character development in general is well done and as stated above, the narrative eventually comes together.

    The actual game play is very simple and fairly lacking and while the game isn't so challenging that it often becomes an issue, Komaru's slow movement speed can make certain boss fights frustrating as it can be very difficult to avoid certain attacks. I also strongly recommend using the manual camera setting as I found the automatic camera tends to drunkenly flail around, making it hard to see where you're going and makes keeping track of where enemies are a chore.

    Overall I enjoyed the experience enough to recommend, especially if you're a fan of the Danganronpa series but don't expect a highly polished experience from a game play perspective.

    + Well told story, even if it takes a while to come together
    + Komaru and Toko are a fun duo
    + Character development
    + Puzzles are fun although not particularly challenging

    Neutral : The shooting game play is mostly functional if uninteresting

    - Occasionally frustrating game play due to Komaru's slow movement
    - The automatic camera is terrible
    - There's a mini-game and sub-boss just before the third main boss that I found extremely uncomfortable, thankfully it's reasonably short
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  4. Jan 12, 2019
    4
    Very weak game in terms of gameplay, story and revealing of characters from previous games,
  5. Jun 28, 2019
    3
    I didn't complete the game, but got far enough along to understand what it has to offer.

    You'll like this game if: - You liked the
    I didn't complete the game, but got far enough along to understand what it has to offer.

    You'll like this game if:
    - You liked the characters in the original Danganronpa.
    - You don't mind fully juvenile themes and writing (more so than Danganronpa).
    - You don't mind very basic 3rd person shooters.

    Despite not liking Danganronpa overall, I found many of the characters to be relatively interesting and was slightly looking forward to playing Ultra Despair Girls.

    The gameplay consists solely of a basic 3rd person shooter where you go place to place to unveil the story, killing monokumas along the way. Along with shooting, you have other abilities, such as using your gun to make electrical things move, make enemies dance in place, push enemies back, and reveal hidden objects. You can also switch in your 2nd protagonist at any time and become obscenely overpowered for short periods of time.

    That's really all there is to the gameplay, so on to the story.

    It's starts out great, having your protagonist, who's a relative of a character in the first game, being locked in an apartment building for years. You'll quickly get out, find out the state of the world (the same state it's in at the end of Danganronpa), and meet one of the main characters from the previous game. You'll eventually meet up with your 2nd protagonist under incredibly interesting circumstances and you go from there.

    But the writing and interesting portions of the game decrease greatly from there. You find out that the main villains are a group of relatively stupid kids, who are unbelievably able to cause all of the chaos, issues, and gore happening around you. While juvenile writing affected Danganronpa only occasionally (unfortunately through its plot twists and character motivations), it affects this game through every aspect of the story. But that might be a good thing, as it's hard to take the story seriously and you can simply dismiss the entire thing as parody or comedy.

    But without an interesting story or gameplay, what else is there? Well, there's the interactions between the protagonists, which start out great. But it doesn't take long to realize that they're repeating the same emotions and issues over and over. For example, the main protagonist frequently breaks down, being unable to handle the stress/killing/gore, and the 2nd protagonist essentially kicks her ass and makes her go on. After that happened about five times with no additional character development, I realized that this game had nothing for me, so I put it away.

    So if you didn't like Danganronpa due to its juvenile writing, you definitely won't like this one. This game is for huge Danganronpa fans only, or for anyone who like stories aimed at kids with lots of gore added in.
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