This is Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, and this time it’s on a tropical island. Now, being kind of an anime game of sorts, you might think that this means differently gifted female cast takes turns showing up in swimsuits at a somewhat desperate fan service parade, and you’d be right! Danganronpa 2 does not in any way refute this expectation, and it is largely symptomatic of its approach to a sequel to the classic original.
However, do not take this as an abrupt write-off. We know what we’re aiming for with this series, and that’s a lot of meanness. Indeed, Goodbye Despair is even rougher and finer than the first game, which is sort of an achievement. The killings are more brutal, the decisions are more convoluted, and the cast is even more vulgar and over-the-top. That’s all a fan could ever want – so why don’t we like it? as many how is the first game?
Well, to some extent this is a matter of dating. As good as Danganronpa 2 is, it can’t help but show the same rhythms as its illustrious ancestor. Also less bend here – not so much in complexity as in how it makes the story easier for you. Goodbye Despair essentially looks at how Trigger Happy Havoc went up to 11, starts at that intensity and never stops. It’s a carnage from start to finish. And this is a very good carnage, but sometimes it seems like just a little.
Students are likely to agree. What should have been a school trip to Hope’s Peak for new protagonist Hajime Hinata turns into a nightmare when Monokuma reappears and begins the second Killing Game. Fortunately – and Unfortunatelygiven (SPOILERS!) you’ll see most of them die – the new lineup is just as charismatic, interesting, hilarious and downright interesting as the first game, and all brand new apart from one returning character in the other. tailor guise. Once again, you’ll fraternize with peers and wipe away tears when they fall like flies thanks to the game “Murder”.
Exploring your prison, Jabberwock Island, is also a little more tedious than Hope’s Peak Academy. Rather than relying on full 3D maps, here you basically run in a 2D plane from left to right across each of the different peninsulas you visit. Fast travel is back, yes, but walking is stimulated by a new virtual pet-style mini-game in which you’ll see your little one chibimi get experience for every step you take. The rewards for raising these pets are not useful enough in our opinion to be worth checking again, but it’s a shame there is a new feature in this sequel that we just suggest you ignore. It’s a bit like how you always turn off Tails when playing Sonic the Hedgehog 2. You … make turn off the tails, right?
The classroom challenge is of course making a comeback, and sadly, the Hangman’s Gambit also returns, dumber, tedious and frustrating than ever before in its reimagined incarnation. Thankfully, though, this has been augmented by the new Rebuttal Showdown mechanic, which allows you to use an analog stick to literally hack your opponent’s argument to pieces before going for a cold death blow of pure logic.
There is another new mini-game, similar to the clone of the old flash game. Seconds of madness; you go down a slope that can only be described as snowboarding reason and should guide your board and body to answer logical questions as they appear on the screen. 1080 ° snowboarding has never been like this.
Within the scope of the debate itself, a new feature is the ability to validate another student’s statement with a bullet of truth, adding a layer of extra complexity (and therefore critical thinking) to the process. Which is good, because Danganronpa 2 is longer and harder than the original, and a typical playthrough takes about 30 hours. There is still a little more to do after the game, with more interesting and better unlockables than those offered in Trigger Happy Havoc.
Of course, the game looks great again, bringing back stylized visuals and another awesome soundtrack. If anything can be criticized, the place on Jabberwock Island is just not as atmospheric and creepy as Hope’s Peak High School, but there are plenty of creepy vibes nonetheless, and the dramatic twists and turns of the story will take you back again.
Even more hideous and disturbing than the wonderful original, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair does not live up to its predecessor in some respects, but makes up for its shortcomings in other respects. We’ll argue again that the journey is better than the destination – we thought the ending of the first game was almost incomprehensible nonsense, and this one is even worse. But it’s absolutely worth the journey as the brilliant cast and clever gameplay of the murder mystery pulled us back in and wouldn’t let go. Danganronpa 2 is an aesthetic and narrative treat that’s easy to recommend, and we’re delighted to have it finally made its way to the Switch.