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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
  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: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  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. Jan 24, 2021
    10
    The best Danganronpa game. The trials are really good, the story is really good. All in all a very good game. And Nagito is one of the bestThe best Danganronpa game. The trials are really good, the story is really good. All in all a very good game. And Nagito is one of the best Videogame Character ever. Expand
  4. May 4, 2015
    10
    Being a fan of the first game, I was naturally excited for its sequel. Some would say this version is far better than the previous game;Being a fan of the first game, I was naturally excited for its sequel. Some would say this version is far better than the previous game; however, I find them to be pretty equal. Another fantastic entry to the series with, naturally, great plot twists. One main difference between this game and its predecessor is how the cases are more complicated, especially cases 4 and 5. In any case, excellent game. Expand
  5. 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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  6. Jan 1, 2022
    9
    Danganronpa 2 is an improvement on the first game in almost every way, there are a couple of things I think Trigger Happy Havoc did better,Danganronpa 2 is an improvement on the first game in almost every way, there are a couple of things I think Trigger Happy Havoc did better, namely the Quantity of likeable characters.

    In terms of Quality over Quantity DR2 takes the cake, but I find more of the DR2 cast unlikable, there's an annoying sadistic Loli, an annoying molest-prone Chef, an annoying fanservice magnet of a nurse, an annoying Chuunibyou guy, who admittedly gets a bit better by the end, but that's right at the end so it doesn't do much to salvage him in my mind, and Monomi. That being said, I find the rest of the cast extremely fun and enjoyable characters, characters who stick out in my mind are the most "main characters" of the cast, being the actual main character, Hajime Hinata, who seems like he'll be just as one note and self-inserty as Makoto from the first game but manages to subvert that by slowly showing more character and interesting depth than Makoto ever did that by the end, explodes into an insanely gratifying final Trial. Nagito Komaeda, who never stops being interesting from the first trial onwards, his entire character motivation is interesting and like Hajime, it culminates spectacularly in the finale. Now finally there's Chiaki Nanami, who, like Hajime starts quite uninteresting, she's the GamerTM character and she's quirky and Not Like Other Girls, but she gets much more interesting by the end, she even makes Monomi less hateable, which is a feat and a half by my metric. Aside from the Holy Trinity I just talked about, the rest of the cast are great, one of my personal favourites being Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu, my favourite Yakuza after Kiryu himself, Ibuki Mioda, who is just loveable from the word "go" She's amazing, and finally Nekomaru Nidai, who is voiced by Patrick Seitz and therefore amazing. Everybody I haven't mentioned either leaves too soon to make a huge impact or is good but not I just don't have much to say on them.

    The gameplay is almost exactly the same, but worse. Somehow they made Hangman's Gambit worse which is... astonishingly impressive, Logic Dive is a sh*itty Browser Game type thing mixed with answering questions, Rebuttal Showdown which is just a 1v1 Truth Bullet section only with swords, it's fine. I played all of DR1 on Normal for both mini-games and logic, but here I slapped both down to Gentle, I just found trials infuriating and nowhere is this better exemplified in Trial 4.

    Chapter 4 in general sucks, it's long, the Strawberry Room of which the Daily Life Chapter takes place largely inside, is an eyesore, blazing red is a real nice colour to stare at for hours, I guess both Monokuma and the devs thought it would be a nice colour to induce murder. The actual murder in this case seems pointless and like it just takes us around in a circle, and finally the actual Trial. The Trial is terrible, from Hajime not knowing what an Octagon is to the following Question that has you pointing at a place which is not hinted at in any way and seems totally luck based whether you hit it without looking it up or randomly pressing every pixel. It's just not good and was the precipice of an extended break I took from the game because the Chapter drained the fun. Luckily the following chapter is superb. It's the penultimate chapter and the catalyst of Nagito's arc, it has several great moments, the best murder case in my mind and one of the most heart-breaking conclusions in the game and maybe the series if DRv3 doesn't top it for me. The finale is also pretty good, our questions are finally answered in some world shattering ways and it crosses over with the first game fantastically, getting to see Byakuya again was enough to make Chapter 4 worth it in my mind. The Mastermind feels like a bit of a copout and I think the final conversation lasts a little too long for it's own good, having extended periods of time spent on something that ends feeling very "what was even the point?" not unlike having to prove Kyoko isn't a ghost in the first game. But overall the ending felt satisfying and hopeful, it left me feeling good and like my time was spent well.

    Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair has some major low points and some major high points, but I think the pro's outweigh the cons here, I just wish less of the cast was as grating as they were and Chapter 4 wasn't as tedious and stupid as it was, and making the final chapter a little more tightly written and less tangent-filled would be good too. But I don't regret my time spent in DR2, and I look forward to finishing Super Despair Girls, the anime and starting Danganronpa v3.
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  7. Feb 7, 2022
    0
    The fact that this game is given a 10 by anybody is a sign that humanity is F'd and deserves to go extinct. Bad writing, one dimensional vomitThe fact that this game is given a 10 by anybody is a sign that humanity is F'd and deserves to go extinct. Bad writing, one dimensional vomit inducing characters, lazy art. Every 5 minutes of game time is 10 seconds of dialogue repeated ad nauseum. Expand

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