Danganronpa 1•2 Reload – PS4 Review

It’s about to go down…

If you’re looking at the title or art for this game and thinking “Maybe this game’s not for me…”, I want you to throw that mindset out the window! I came into this game knowing nothing about the series and now all I want is more and MORE!

While I wouldn’t classify Danganronpa as a game,I would say it’s more an experience, the actual genre though is Visual Novel. Which yes, means you’ll be doing A LOT of reading in this game.

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Though these games were released separately on PSP and Vita, respectfully, the PS4 version combines both Trigger Happy Havoc & Goodbye Despair in a nice little package!

The series follows a very simple premise. A group of students are trapped within a prestigious high school (in the Goodbye Despair they’re trapped on an island). The twist? They’re trapped with a sadistic bear called “Monokuma”. Now they’re not completely trapped. They can leave at anytime. All they have to do is kill a fellow student and not get caught by their peers. Easy peasy right? 04.jpg

Trigger Happy Havoc is broken up into different sections of game-play
  • The visual novel – As stated there is a lot of reading in this game but rest assured you are getting one hell of a story. You get deep into some character development and find out more about who these people are and what makes them tick.
  • Investigation – Once a murder happens, you’ll enter an investigation mode where you have to search the crime scene for clues and try to narrow down who did the deed. Once you have all the evidence you then take the suspect into a classroom trial (as you would when you were young) with the adorable Monokuma as the judge.
  • Free Time – When you aren’t digging into the main story you can wander the school talking to your classmates and learning more about them.

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Goodbye Despair follows the same gameplay elements as the first game except some changes were made to the trial portion of the game. The story is slightly different with similar beats but once it gets going it sinks its hooks in you good.

My only issue with genre is that yes, doing nothing but reading can get tedious and perhaps throw you off. There are interactive sections to keep you stimulated but trust me when I say the story will have you plowing through it!

Conclusion

There isn’t much more I can dive into about the game without giving too much away since its biggest draw is its story. It’s quite the time commitment as each game is roughly 25-30 hours so you definitely get your bang for your buck. For you trophy whores the games have a shared list, and yes there is a platinum at the end of the tunnel.

The collection can be purchased for $54.99 CAD ($39.99 USD) . If you love murder mystery and are feeling for something really outside the box then I cannot recommend this collection enough! Alternatively, you could purchase it on PS VITA or PSP if that’s the way you want to roll. Danganronpa V3 will be out in September, which after Danganronpa 1-2 Reload, I am happily looking forward to.

A copy of this collection was provided by the publisher for review.
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