Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls – PlayStation Vita


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 highly popular mystery adventure game Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. Unlike the first two games, players will take on the role of two heroines, Komaru Naegi and Toko Fukawa, as they are thrust into a despair-ridden Towa City with one goal-escape. Komaru Naegi, little sister to Makoto Naegi, has been imprisoned inside a mysterious apartment for over a year. One day, she is rescued by Byakuya Togami of Future Foundation, but the rescue is derailed by a sudden attack of hundreds of Monokumas. Komaru soon discovers that the city has been taken over by a group of children calling themselves the Warriors of Hope. Their leader, Monaca, declares that the city will be the site of a Children’s Paradise, and to accomplish this, all the adults will be exterminated. Komaru teams up with Toko Fukawa to try to survive the rampaging Monokumas, escape the crafty Monokuma Kids, and uncover the secrets of the city.

$ 31.49

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  1. 13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    ADULT game series Danganronpa’s spin-off is different, but just as much fun! Beware of some bugs & extreme ADULT content., September 2, 2015
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    This review is from: Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls – PlayStation Vita (Video Game)

    This game just game out, but I wanted to give it a preliminary review to encourage other adults to pick it up! Yes, adults. The subject matter tackled in this game goes beyond just violence and murder. It goes into some heavy topics not for children.

    Danganronpa Another Episode is not another visual novel murder mystery like the first two games. Will playing this before the first one spoil you? Yes. Absolutely. It’s a continuation of the story, that takes place in between 1 and 2. There is also a tiny spoiler for the second game, in revealing a bad character.
    Kormaru Naegi is the little sister of the first game’s protagonist Makoto. This game starts with her trapped in a two bedroom apartment that she is locked in after being kidnapped by unknown assailants a year and a half ago. The animation and voice over as Kormaru tells her story draw you right into the story, and it’s very well done. 5 stars right there, instant immersion. You’re already invested in what happens next. That’s when a Monokuma robot comes to shred down her door, and she runs into the Future Foundation led by one of the last game’s survivors. He hands her an electrical megaphone gun type device and tells her to run. She leaves the apartment building to find chaos, mayhem, and murder. The Monobots are killing everyone, and they’re led by an insane band of children out to eradicate all adults. Her gun is eventually stolen and downgraded by a guest appearance form a sinister character from game #2, and she must try to escape town, killing Monobots, and leveling up her gun. She is joined by yet another familiar character from the first game, Toko, and together they must survive the murderous robots.
    There are differences. Originally this was advertised as a shooter. It is and it’s not. It’s more like survival horror in an anime environment. The gameplay animation is fully 3D and you have free run around town. There is no immediate comic relief, just bleak and horrific chaos. (Occasionally something like Toko tumbling face first down the stairs will happen, but humor is few and far between.) Monobots murdering everyone with the trademark pink blood everywhere. Some of the cut scenes channel the execution scenes from the previous two games, the almost sketchbook anime style that is dark and nightmarish. The music you know from those games also makes an appearance in these scenes during cut scenes, but during the game it plays an odd soundtrack of faint pop music.
    About an hour and a half in, I couldn’t find anything to dislike, other than Toko’s bizarre and somewhat dirty fantasy scenes, and a hatred of the villains. Chapter 3 and after is when the game loses a star.
    SPOILERS
    The game really pulls a frustrating move and cheats you out of getting to see the villains killed after you defeat them, which is almost a core element of the series. I, for one, was dying to see the villains executed. These sick kids refer to adults as demons and have made a game of hunting them down and killing those they see adult, as well as ordering their bots to kill everyone else. Lucky adults with tie-in’s to the first story are part of a hunting game complete with exploding bracelets, should they actually make it out of town. There are also Monokids; kids in Monokuma masks hanging around playing with dead bodies that they won’t let you even fight. Probably because they are kids, which is a weak excuse.
    This is where I explain why I took a star off. There are tiny frustrations that are not a big deal. Camera angles in boss fights, and so on. Those will be mentioned in the cons list. The children villains are Insane, and it’s frustrating to be cheated out of their executions. Very frustrating. The children are insane for a reason, but this is where it goes too far. (It goes so far into the adult realm that you could not possibly explain this to your kids)
    MINOR SPOILERS (just a boss spoiler, but you can skip to the section where it ends to read on)
    One of the girls was a child prostitute/rape victim. Rented to pedophiles. The game is very clear about this and takes it pretty far in Chapter 3, instead of leaving it vague. Not enough to take off a star, but enough to make you a little uncomfortable. How far? This leads to her building a rape/molestation machine. Yes. You read right. This inclusion is so extremely over the top inappropriate that I had to remove a star. After the rape machine is destroyed, the game tries to cover what they know was going too far with humor. The little girl says it would be inappropriate, but she’s a child, so it’s okay. She then goes on to say, as her clothes fall off in the fight, that it’s a good thing she’s 18. Which she clearly isn’t. This humor in the form of admitting they went too far doesn’t really fix the damage of a rape machine. The other kids suffered some bad abuses as well that contribute to them being soulless monsters, but those don’t delve very far into them, not…

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  2. Gregory Douglass says:
    4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Upupupupupu., September 3, 2015
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    This review is from: Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls – PlayStation Vita (Video Game)
    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. In fact, I wouldn’t have even played it. While the ability to select different truth bullets to shoot down Monokuma teddy-bots 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 and 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 (UDG is set in between the first two games and bridges the narratives nicely). More than anything I appreciate that Another Episode gives us a chance to encounter the apocalyptic events only mentioned in past games first hand. We get a feel for scale of destruction and despair the world has fallen into. 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 love this game.

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  3. patrick kim says:
    2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    but it’s just not as good of a game, September 13, 2015
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    This review is from: Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls – PlayStation Vita (Video Game)
    It still retains the whole Dangan Ronpa vibe, but it’s just not as good of a game. It retains the screwed up humor that many of us enjoy, and sometimes goes even further into taboo territory. Some people don’t like this, but I love seeing this kind of subject being tackled instead of ignored. When I start to list the problems though, it’s like there’s no end to them. The Vita controls for shooting absolutely suck. The puzzle designs are just bad in general, with the large majority of them having the solutions spelled out for you by your partner without you asking. Combat in general is just bad except the boss fights, which I actually sort of had fun in. Your partner is the most annoying partner you could ever ask for, and you’re stuck with her the whole game. Oh, did I mention that there’s no option for the Japanese voices? That’s going to be a downer for many people that wanted to hear the voices of the screwed up characters in the most screwed up way. Overall, it was worth playing, but only just barely. It’s not something I want to remember Dangan Ronpa by.

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