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  • Summary: After the horrors have ended at Hope's Peak Academy, society is on the verge of collapse and violent anarchy has engulfed the whole world in despair. Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls is the pre-sequel to the mystery adventure game Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. Unlike theAfter the horrors have ended at Hope's Peak Academy, society is on the verge of collapse and violent anarchy has engulfed the whole world in despair. Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls is the pre-sequel to the mystery adventure game Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. Unlike the first 2 installments, players assume the roles of two heroines, Komaru Naegi and Toko Fukawa, as they are thrust into a despair-ridden Towa City with one goal: to escape. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. Sep 14, 2015
    100
    After the first two games in the series, it was clear that Danganronpa was worth checking out if you had the slightest interest in visual novels or adventure games. By branching out to a whole new genre, developer Spike Chunsoft is showing that it's a franchise that's just worth checking out, period.
  2. Aug 25, 2015
    90
    Looks and runs really great on the Vita.
  3. CD-Action
    Nov 15, 2015
    80
    Does Ultra Despair Girls have moments that drag out? Yes. Is it too easy too often? Yes. But it’s still Danganronpa, something you remember for a long time. [11/2015, p.66]
  4. Aug 25, 2015
    75
    Once again the Danganronpa games have their highs in the narrative. Everything else is not great, starting with the pacing and continuing with the gameplay mechanics implemented within the 3rd person sections.
  5. Oct 20, 2015
    70
    Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls brings this brand on a new path. Action mechanics replace the traditional visual novel’s style seen in the past, while maintaining attention to the plot and dialogues between characters. The overall result is not bad, even if previous iterations are quite better.
  6. Sep 5, 2015
    70
    It was definitely an experiment worth trying yet the action gameplay does little to hold up its side of the bargain.
  7. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Oct 10, 2015
    40
    When the game does slip into heavy narrative - which is infuriatingly often, creating a horrible stop/start pace - the story is a mess. [Nov 2015, p.107]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Oct 29, 2015
    10
    Pros:
    Amazing story
    Amazing characters Amazing music Cons: The achievement list is not that good The puzzle rooms tend to be a bit too
    Pros:
    Amazing story
    Amazing characters
    Amazing music

    Cons:
    The achievement list is not that good
    The puzzle rooms tend to be a bit too easy
    We now have to wait for Danganronpa 3 to see anymore of this incredible story :(
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  2. Oct 21, 2017
    10
    Pros:
    Very nice 3D visuals
    Some scenes feel very cinematic Has lots of different environments Great story Great characters Decent music
    Pros:
    Very nice 3D visuals
    Some scenes feel very cinematic
    Has lots of different environments
    Great story
    Great characters
    Decent music
    Puzzles not too hard nor too easy

    Great English Dubs Pre-Installed
    Original Japanese Dialogue in PSN Store

    Cons:
    Can't change outfits of main characters

    This is a title not to miss out on if you have a Vita it's dark, cute, and funny. It's based on the Daganropa series so obviously it will has a great story, you can swap between the two main characters as a shooter or melee attacker. It's like a hybrid 3D action first person shooter visual novel in a way. Has puzzles in my opinion as an action rpg player I like them intermediate level not too easy and not too hard that you get a headache and get stuck not being able to progress through the game. Ultra Despair Girls gets it just right. I bought it at a full price after watching Youtube videos and it was totally worth it. Also, if you enjoyed the game recommend it to other players so we can support the production of Daganropa: Ultra Despair Girls 2!
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  3. Sep 3, 2015
    9
    The Danganrompa series is the only reason my Vita isn't collecting dust at this point so I jumped at the chance to play this unique episode.The Danganrompa series is the only reason my Vita isn't collecting dust at this point so I jumped at the chance to play this unique episode. Ultra Despair Girls manages to retain the quirky charm and self awareness of past, text-based Danganrompa games while mixing up the formula to include third person shooting elements. Somehow, it works. The game's personality, however, goes a long way because if this was just some random Japanese shooter I would not have liked it as much. While the ability to select different truth bullets is inspired, the gameplay here is the weakest element but it's existence is entirely appropriate given the premise. UDG features Komaru Naegi (adorable sister to D1's "average" protagonist) as she banters/battles her way through a world overrun by demonic children and of course Monokuma(s) in all his robotic glory. Many other familiar faces from the past two games appear as well. I appreciate that this game gives us a chance to encounter the apocalyptic events only mentioned in past games first hand. That alone is reason to experience this rather odd spin-off. Bottom like: if you liked those games and don't mind a departure from the interactive novel approach you will probably enjoy this game. Expand
  4. Feb 16, 2016
    8
    The best way I can describe this game is comparing it to another certain franchise: If Danganronpa 1 & 2 are equivalent to the Genesis games,The best way I can describe this game is comparing it to another certain franchise: If Danganronpa 1 & 2 are equivalent to the Genesis games, then this entry is more like Sonic CD that originally came out on the SEGA CD attachment. This game is a 1.5 much like CD was/is, but it was released after 2. My advice, if you're picking up this series cold (or at least has not started 2 yet), play this game in between 1 & 2.

    The three games in the Dangan Ronpa franchise were the sole reason I got a Vita in the 1st place. And while I would have like the cutscenes to be one visual style. (It jumps between CGI, the art style of the first two games and full-on anime). There's very good gameplay-and-story integration. Play attention to Komaru's model throughout the game if you're not sure. There are plenty of characters that should come back for either the V3 anime or Dangan Ronpa 3.
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  5. Jun 23, 2020
    8
    This was a odd one to me. On one hand, I really liked the TPS gameplay and the story. On the other, I wasn’t really into the characters and itThis was a odd one to me. On one hand, I really liked the TPS gameplay and the story. On the other, I wasn’t really into the characters and it only really felt like “Danganronpa” near the end. Overall still a good time, but not a game I’d replay in the near future Expand
  6. Jul 24, 2016
    8
    It is a good game, but not for everybody, it is more story focused so there will be someone that says its boring, with that in mind, theIt is a good game, but not for everybody, it is more story focused so there will be someone that says its boring, with that in mind, the gameplay itself is not that great, but offers interesting mechanics.

    This is the only one i've played of the danganronpa series, so i can assure, you can play this one without the previous ones.
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  7. Sep 30, 2015
    4
    If you have just come off the danganronpa high of completing the first two games then this game would not disappoint (much), but if you'reIf you have just come off the danganronpa high of completing the first two games then this game would not disappoint (much), but if you're coming back after a long time or if you are a veteran gamer you'll most likely be sorely disappointed with the overall mechanics of this game.

    The battles are repetitive and uninspiring, it doesn't matter than the story telling stays true to its predecessors, the fact that the fighting mechanics are integral to the storyline pretty much makes it inexcusable; it becomes tiring after hours of the same point shoot point shoot point shoot. They try to mix it up a bit with varied bullets and rooms that ask for specific accomplishments but even that is let down by bad design rather than error on the player's part.

    Overall this game is the weak link to a strong series, it really doesn't do this franchise justice. If you're interested in how the story line progresses I suggest reading the game's wiki to find out or even just watching the play throughs with all the fighting mechanics cut out. Don't waste your time with this game.
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