Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

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a game by Spike Chunsoft
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See also: Anime Games, Danganronpa Series, Psychological Horror Games
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

For Anime lovers, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is the game to get to fill your action and adventure quests. The game is an upgrade from its predecessor Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc but still takes on the school theme and the characters comprising of 16 students. The game is a direct sequel of Danganronpa 1 which was developed by Abstraction Games and Spike Chunsoft and published by Spike Chunsoft and NIS America in 2012.

For a time when Anime was still popular, it made the game extremely populous in the gaming community. However, the game took gamers away from the common traditions of Anime which were accustomed to ninja themes in their storyline. The game is more of a role-playing game with loads of dialogue involved.

Danganronpa 2 Plot

The story begins in a school set up with 16 characters. However, the developer this time does not wish the gamer to be confined in the school environment and therefore takes the school kids for a trip in a tropical island. The plot takes a deep turn of events when the school characters find themselves stranded at the island and need to do different things to survive and find a way to get home. The plot is typical with any tropical island story where people get stuck and need to survive until they get saved or find a way out.

The resort in the island has plenty of amenities to survive but Danganronpa 2 has to put its twist on the story. The evil bear mascot Monokuma makes a violent return by transforming the former resort into his evil fortified prison playground. No one can get in or come out even though there are resources in the resort to help the characters survive. Since no one could come out, they have to participate in the Monokuma's version of battle royale by killing one another and try to get away with it.

The evil comes off of the backdrop of hope where the characters are hinged in bids to get to create new friends and establish a deeper relationship with them only to defy all odds and kill some of them. Quite horrific, right?

Danganronpa 2 Gameplay

Through the fusion of text exposition, the solving of mystery puzzles and action elements, the game is divided into several chapters with each chapter containing three parts. The daily life segment involves your interaction with other students to develop friendship and get to know them better. The next part involves exploration of the different sections of the resort to try and look for clues of a vicious murder. The last is a class trial where you have to convene and establish who might be the killer. Choose correctly and the life of the perpetrator is executed but choose wrongly and the life of everyone remaining is forfeit. When compared to Danganronpa 1, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair have various gameplay elements added to the Class Trial.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Same great visuals
  • Characters are interesting and deep
  • Addictive towards the end
  • Cool soundtracks just like in the first Danganronpa version

Cons:

  • Although the cast is improved, it is far from perfect
  • Some characters feel wasted for example Mahiru and Peko
  • Having the same ending is disappointing

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

Investigate some gruesome murders in a tropical beach background with Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. In this game, the mischievous Monokuma returns to torture a new group of high school schoolers – only this time, things might not be as straightforward as they seem.

Filled with twists and turns, the plot of Danganronpa 2 is even more shocking than its prequel. Featuring some much-needed improvements to the overworld exploration and class trial segments, this game is everything a visual novel fan might want, especially if they already loved the spectacular prequel.

Summer Shenanigans

If there’s one thing that makes the Danganronpa series feel so unique, that’d be its odd characters and settings. While we saw a secluded high school with barred windows and no escape possible in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, the setting this time is an idyllic tropical island.

Of course, if you’ve played a Danganronpa game before, then you know that there’s always calm before the storm. Gradually, the island reveals its secrets to the player, ending in a mind-bending twist that you’d have to experience by yourself to fully comprehend.

Most of the gameplay we saw in the previous game returns untouched in Danganronpa 2. The same cycle of free time, investigation, and then class courtroom remains the same as in the prequel. This time, however, moving around the island is done in a 2D plane, which makes moving between locations much easier than it was in the prequel.

Tons of New Faces

A completely new cast stars in this deceptively gruesome game. If you were hoping to see a continuation or an explanation as to what became of the last game’s protagonists, then we have some good and bad news for you. The good news is that yes, the fate of the previous cast is revealed, and the bad news is that there are still a ton of questions left unanswered by the end of Danganronpa 2.

The new cast of characters is just as much of a group of oddballs as those we saw in the first game. Their designs, along with their usually simple personalities, give them a unique charm that’s hard to come by in this kind of investigation game. The humor and overall courtroom theme might appeal to fans of the Ace Attorney series, even though the courtroom sections in this game are a lot more skill-based than those developed by Capcom.

Trigger Happy Courtroom

Just like the previous game, the courtroom is a literal warzone in Danganronpa 2. Each piece of evidence you gather during your investigations becomes a truth bullet, and you’ll have to aim at the other characters’ statements to uncover the truth behind every murder.

Whereas in Ace Attorney you’d only have to present evidence and be done with it, in Danganronpa, there’s a ton of minigames to play during a trial. While this might feel downright frustrating at times, it also keeps the adrenaline high, making the game feel less like a visual novel and more like a proper detective action game.

One thing to note, however: you must absolutely play the first game before trying Danganronpa 2. While you might grasp the core concepts of the game, the plot of the sequel relies on a lot of content we saw in the first Danganronpa game. Definitely give that one a chance before getting this one.

9

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is just as great as its prequel, featuring some welcome improvements to some of the game’s most tedious moments. The plot will keep you interested all the way through, especially if you’ve played the prequel.

Pros:

  • Great character design
  • Captivating plot
  • Fun courtroom sequences

Cons:

  • Depends a little too much on the previous game’s plot

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