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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: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  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. Feb 28, 2016
    8
    So you will know what type of gamer is writing this review, I'll list three of my favorite games.

    Danganronpa Fire Emblem Atelier Totori
    So you will know what type of gamer is writing this review, I'll list three of my favorite games.

    Danganronpa
    Fire Emblem
    Atelier Totori

    First, I would like to say this.. This game got some very mixed scores because of some people being offended by the content of this game. This is why I believe Game Informer gave this game a 5 out of 10. I was a little suprised to see some of the content myself. They pushed it to the limit at times.  

    Anyways,

    THE GOOD:

    MUSIC: Good music, hard to describe actually. Something like a teenage girl would listen to mixed in with eerieness at times.  

    GAMEPLAY: Gameplay was fun. Challenging at a few parts but you could change the difficulty at anytime if need be.  

    CHARACTER CAST: Character cast was good. The protagonist was a bit babyish at times which is understandable since she is a highschooler but it got to be a little much. Still likeable enough.  

    STORY: Story was good but not great as compared to the other Danganronpa titles. It lacked mystery and the plot was never mind blowing. The ending was good but it didn't live up to the Danganronpa standard. It did have it's intriguing moments though.  

    VOICE ACTING: Voice acted about 80 percent of the time. Voice acting is great also. Every voice fits it's character.  

    THE BAD:

    GRAPHICS: Graphics are interesting. Lemme say this, i believe the game designers wanted the game to look this way to make the game wierd. The cgs remind me of the movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas. The characters look like they may have been made of playdough. This will make some ppl hate this game i know, but if you can get past this, then you will enjoy the game. The animations are different and theres about 15 minutes of animation in the game total.  

    GAME LENGTH: The game was 17 hours long and after completion, you unlock a book to read. Long enough I suppose but you may want to wait for a price drop, which will most likely happen soon because some of the scores hurt thier sales quiet a bit I'm sure.  

    Jaged legs, meaning that you could tell where the legs were shapes that had been put together. This didnt show up often but when it did, it was disturbing.  

    Wierd lip movement during cg's and actually didnt have any lips except for the line that would open up and close that was where a mouth should have been. Only during the cg's though. You have to get past a few things like this to enjoy the game. 

    Jiggy legs during cgs at times, meaning they look like they are trembling. I havnt seen this in awhile.  

    IN DEPTH REVIEW:

    I believe the gameplay is similar to a Silent Hill game. I've never played one of these but I've seen them played quiet often. In Ultra Despair Girls, you have a gun that can hold different kinds of ammo. Each different type of ammo has a different effect. These effects include a fire ammo that fires like a machine gun, an ammo that makes an enemy dance, thus attracting all other enemies in that area to the one who is dancing. A paralyzing ammo that can kill multiple enemies if they are standing in water and a few other ammo types are unlocked throughout the game. There are challenges and puzzles in the game. Some of these may require the internet to figure out.

    They're are hidden things throughout the game inculding skills that you can equip to the protagonist that increase hp or exp gained or something along those lines. There are also hidden books which unlock a conversation. So exploring can be fun. They're are also boss fights in this game. Each one requires different tactics to beat it.
    You can also upgrade your gun with monocoins obtained from killing enemies. Also, your partner can be upgraded. You can switch to your partner for a short time during battle. The partner is more powerful and doesn't take damage. The partener has a time limit so they should be used wisely as they take awhile to recharge.  

    There are pantyshots and a lot of sexual refernces along with plenty of perfainity. 

    That wraps this review up, hope it helps someone. 
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  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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