Generally favorable reviews - based on 50 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
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  1. Sep 30, 2014
    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 10, 2014
    It's a deeply disturbing game, but it's also a very fun one, and it's a testament to the latter that even someone as painfully wussy as me when it comes to anything gory or horror-ish is able to completely ignore the former.
  3. 100
    Smart ideas paired up with smart writing and an enthralling mystery make for another true game of the year contender.
  4. CD-Action
    Jan 9, 2015
    Fans of Sony’s mobile platforms have been envious of Nintendo’s Ace Attorney series for years and longed for an equally good whodunit. Now 3DS users will be envious of Danganronpa 2. [13/2014, p.69]
  5. Oct 3, 2014
    Goodbye Despair is a perfect example of how a sequel should be done.
  6. Sep 9, 2014
    While it doesn't have quite the impact as the series' debut, Danganronpa 2 continues the tradition of elaborate murder mysteries featuring appealing characters, and won't let you put it down until the bloody end.
  7. Sep 3, 2014
    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.
  8. 90
    Danganronpa 2 is a masterful piece of dark mystery storytelling, with a focus on exploring morally ambiguous facets of the psyche.
  9. Sep 1, 2014
    If you even remotely enjoy great stories and narratives, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is an absolute must-buy. The final segment in particular is magical.
  10. Aug 30, 2014
    Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is the definitive Danganronpa experience.
  11. Aug 29, 2014
    Still, at the end of the day, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is one of the most fun and exciting visual novel games on the market. While the PlayStation platform may never get their hands on the Ace Attorney series, I believe Danganronpa has reached a similar level of prestige and quality.
  12. Aug 13, 2014
    Goodbye Despair may fall into some ridiculous scenarios and dialogue that clash with the game’s otherwise dark atmosphere, but when Danganronpa 2 is at its best, there’s little else that hits harder.
  13. Play UK
    Oct 19, 2014
    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]
  14. Aug 31, 2014
    It pretty much improves everything we didn't like about the first episode. If you like the concept or if you enjoyed the first Danganronpa, this definitely deserves your time and money.
  15. Sep 14, 2014
    Spike Chunsoft's tropical murder mystery is able to keep the tension and suspense high till the ending credits by using the player's intuition against him, while providing an entertaining and crazy cast of characters and an inspired art direction.
  16. 85
    Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is a satisfying sequel that’s a fun ride despite being too similar to the original, suffering from inconsistent pacing, and overstaying its welcome.
  17. Sep 5, 2014
    Bizarre mystery-thriller that can’t quite capture the essence of the excellent predecessor. Still this is a very entertaining Vita game you shouldn’t pass up.
  18. Sep 4, 2014
    Danganronpa 2 is one of the best thing happened to PsVita. Is not a game for every player, being more an interactive novel, but has an incredible story and exceptional characters.
  19. Sep 4, 2014
    Danganronpa fans should still love this entry, even with some subpar elements.
  20. Sep 2, 2014
    "Somewhere, beyond the sea" is where we begin this new Danganronpa, a great example of Visual Novel used for something else than dating naïve schoolgirls. Ace Attorney meets Battle Royale in this tense game with a slow tempo that establishes its own rules. It is practically the same formula than the first game, but expanded, with new things an a very exotic location. And trials with minigames and shooter elements that can take us hours to solve this very well written and narrated Whodunit.
  21. Sep 4, 2014
    Danganronpa 2 is bigger and better than Trigger Happy Havoc, but it falls to the very same conditions: you need to like both visual novels and creepy stories. If possible, Danganronpa 2 is even darker and disturbing and it's okay if you get pissed because your favourite character has just died: it means that Spike Chunsoft delivered once again on the narrative front.
  22. Jan 9, 2015
    Danganronpa 2 looks like a niche game, but it tells the kind of crazy story that more people need to experience. I mean, who can resist a talking bear and rabbit?
  23. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Oct 29, 2014
    Some of the most fulfilling murder mysteries going. [Nov 2014, p.94]
  24. games(TM)
    Oct 21, 2014
    A refined, smarter version. [Issue#153, p.122]
  25. Oct 10, 2014
    In many ways Danganronpa 2 provides more of the same – but what wonderful same it is.
  26. Sep 29, 2014
    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.
  27. Sep 29, 2014
    Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is an accomplished amalgam of storytelling, character interaction, and deduction – plus, a macabre attitude that isn’t afraid to show its true colors.
  28. Sep 18, 2014
    It innovates within the series without stepping too far away from the game I first fell in love with: a deliciously dark drama lathered in mystery and peculiarity. It's Spike Chunsoft's version of lightning striking twice.
  29. Sep 18, 2014
    Not as surprising as the first Danganronpa, but a better game. The gameplay core is almost the same, so its main effort is to provide an interesting story.
  30. Sep 17, 2014
    Although returning fans will get more out of Danganronpa 2, bar the occasional reference, there are no barriers obstructing those yet to play the series. Still, Goodbye Despair isn’t a game for everyone, especially those who crave action and non-stop thrills.
  31. Sep 15, 2014
    Once again, Nippon Ichi Software USA has released a great game for people interested in the visual novel genre or for anyone who wants a good read with some gameplay thrown in for extra fun, so if you do fall into that category, then you should seriously check out Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair.
  32. Sep 11, 2014
    Danganronpa 2 builds on its predecessor's foundation for a murder mystery that is brimming with personality.
  33. Sep 8, 2014
    A worthy sequel to the original release.
  34. Sep 5, 2014
    Danganronpa 2 tells a great story that’s worthy of your time. The characters will keep you invested as you wait for the next death. Monokuma continues as a great lead villain, and the new cast may feel familiar, but offer plenty of new tales to discover.
  35. 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 the modern era.
  36. Sep 4, 2014
    The same magnificent and gorgeous adventure game that captivated thousands of PSP and PS Vita users in the original form. Fantastic game design, storytelling and protagonists.
  37. Sep 2, 2014
    It’s the strength of the storytelling that makes Danganronpa 2 a veritable tour-de-force, even with its somewhat quirky gameplay mechanics.
  38. Sep 1, 2014
    Style and a good narrative make this PS Vita game highly suggested to those loving graphic novels.
  39. Aug 30, 2014
    Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is a superb sequel that successfully builds upon its predecessor's already addictive formula.
  40. Aug 29, 2014
    If you enjoyed the first entry, you absolutely owe it to yourself to play Goodbye Despair. If you who weren't enamored with it, you won't find anything here to change your mind. Nonetheless, you still won't find a series out there that messes with your head like Danganronpa. It sticks with you long after you've watched the credits roll.
  41. Aug 25, 2014
    Danganronpa 2 is a simultaneously terrifying, uplifting, painful, thoughtful, funny, and heartbreaking delight. Anyone who cherishes engaging stories, unique gameplay experiences, and great characterization would do well to invest themselves in this series.
  42. Sep 25, 2014
    I’m sure plenty of fans will find this to be the perfect complement to Trigger Happy Havoc, but in my opinion, that was a game that is at its best as a single, self-contained experience. No sequel needed.
  43. Games Master UK
    Sep 19, 2014
    Not as tight as the first, but still one of the most engaging murder mysteries in games. [Nov 2014, p.68]
  44. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Oct 30, 2014
    Utterly unique and reasonably enhanced since the last outing. This is still to die for. [December 2014, p77]
  45. Hyper Magazine
    Oct 17, 2014
    An improvement in some ways, but a let down in others. [Issue#254, p.63]
  46. Sep 25, 2014
    A unique visual novel, typically Japanese, colorful and gory. It is good to see this kind of game in Europe, despite some of its flaws.
  47. Sep 8, 2014
    Danganronpa 2 is wildly uneven, with an engaging story and disjointed action elements, but solving its mysteries provides more than enough satisfaction to make putting up with the bad bits worth your while. It's weird, aggravating and gruesome, but it's also undeniably charming.
  48. Sep 5, 2014
    It’s not so much “high art” as a blender full of Battle Royale, Law and Order, Hunger Games, Snatchers, Phoenix Wright, and Persona—a pageant to be seen and lightly interfaced with.
  49. Oct 1, 2014
    This is a fun sequel spinning its wheels, capitalizing on what worked well before without real progress towards an endgame. Like most sequels, that works once, but it won't a third time.
  50. Oct 1, 2014
    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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  1. Oct 19, 2016
    Realistically, after playing Danganronpa 2, it feels less like two games and more like two parts of the same game. Like when Kill Bill Vol 1 came out, then Vol 2 came out a little while later. But we’ll get to that a bit more later. For now... well, want to describe just what Danganronpa is?
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 309 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 18 out of 309
  1. Sep 7, 2014
    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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  2. Sep 9, 2014
    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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  3. Sep 17, 2014
    This is a fantastic game.

    If you've played the 1st game, you owe yourself to play this game. If you haven't played the 1st game
    This is a fantastic game.

    If you've played the 1st game, you owe yourself to play this game. If you haven't played the 1st game Danganronpa: Happy Trigger Havoc, play it—so that you can play this game. Danganronpa 2 builds strongly upon the 1st game; in other words, to get the most enjoyment out of this game, play both games.

    The story-line is wonderful; it had me wondering and guessing the whole time. The characters felt real and in the end, I became attached to them. The game-play of the class trials is improved this time around—it flowed better. Overall, this game is better than its predecessor. I loved the characters more, and the story blew my mind away (...and I thought the 1st game was intense).

    Verdict: INSTANT BUY. This game is marvelous. I highly recommend it. A lot of people are missing out on it. Don't be that person to miss out on this game!
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