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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. Play UK
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Nov 27, 2019
    10
    Why do you have one of the best stories you dressed for being a cult game? There are games that beat many well-known games.
  2. 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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  3. Dec 9, 2016
    10
    Wow!! I LOVED Danganronpa Trigger Happy Havoc, but this was even better. If you have a Vita, then this is a must. Actually, if you don'tWow!! I LOVED Danganronpa Trigger Happy Havoc, but this was even better. If you have a Vita, then this is a must. Actually, if you don't have a Vita, then buy one and get all the Danganronpa games. Expand
  4. 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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  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. Dec 16, 2016
    9
    When I watched the Danganropa anime, I was disappointed because although it entertained me, I felt as though it had wasted much of itsWhen I watched the Danganropa anime, I was disappointed because although it entertained me, I felt as though it had wasted much of its potential. Of course, at the time I had no knowledge that the anime was actually based on a visual novel, and after being convinced by some positive reviews, I decided to check it out. Naturally, I proceeded to play Despair Island as the first game was the equivalent of the anime. To my surprise, it didn't just have the amusing flair of the anime it also contained a substantial amount of depth and quality. Not only was the story well-written and intriguing, but it also caught me off guard with the complexity of its murder trials. Every time I thought I knew who the culprit was but would be utterly wrong and embarrassed by the end of it. The ending of the story doesn't disappoint either, and you will be almost immediately compelled to play the upcoming Danganropa v3 game. In short, Danganropa is a must play for anyone especially for those (like me) who have never played a visual novel before. Expand
  7. Mar 2, 2018
    7
    An insane finale doesn’t make up for the painful amount of filler. The trials are always great, but getting to them is frustrating. If someoneAn insane finale doesn’t make up for the painful amount of filler. The trials are always great, but getting to them is frustrating. If someone sees a gun on the ground, you have to click through 30 lines of "Huh? Is that? Wha? What’s he looking at? I don’t know...huh?" before someone says "It’s a gun on the ground."

    The characters are just as memorable as the ones from the first game, but the pacing is absolutely brutal. Still glad I played it, though.
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