Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

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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
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

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