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About This Game

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.

Key Features
  • Third Person Shooter Action Sequences: Use Future Foundation’s Hacking Gun to have a fighting chance against the hordes of Monokumasas you traverse Towa City.
  • Riddles and Puzzles: The MonokumaKids will challenge more than just your trigger finger; you’ll need your smarts to survive as well. There’s a lot to discover in the city, with a number of familiar faces and mysteries to unravel!
  • Tons of Different Types of Ammo: Tackle challenges with multiple kinds of Truth Bullets, such as Paralyze and Link. Upgrade your firepower with special Bling Bullet modifiers.
  • Steam Features: Supports Steam Achievements, Steam Cloud and Steam Trading Cards
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i3-530 CPU 2.93GHz or above
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX650 1GB or AMD HD 7700 1GB(DirectX 11 graphic card required)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 18 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
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Valkyrio100

Posted: June 27, 2017
I finished the game at 100%. See last section for the final conclusions:

Very early review of the game.

First of all: DONT PLAY THIS GAME BEFORE DANGANRONPA 1 OR SUPER DANGANRONPA 2, because it will sure spoil the story.

About the port:

For now I have only played the prologue, but the game looks very good and has not any performance issues. You can clearly see how everything in game has been remastered for higher resolutions; the only thing that is a bit lacking are the 3D cutscenes which still seem a bit bad, although in my opinion that is not an issue because they are good enough.

I have not tested the keyboard+mouse control, but given that the game is a third-person shooter, it sure will feel better, I migh even change later, although you can use the a controller without any problems. UPDATE: I have been playing with Keyboard+Mouse and I prefer it over controller. The only downside is that there are not customizable keybindings, althought the default ones are pretty good.

About graphical options, in my opinion the game has enough. You can customize in the launcher of the game if you want to display it borderless window or fullscreen along with other graphical options like antialiasing. Something I noticed is the lack of V-sync option on Fullscreen mode, but I didnt see any tearing so its okay.

About the game itself:

This game does not follow the same pattern as the two ones before (simply because the author wanted to make something different lol) and instead of a trial-murder-puzzle game, is a fps with some hack-and-slash. Even so, the game keeps the Danganronpa feeling and I think its worth a play if you are fan of the series. Storywise is not very important, but give details about what happened between the first and second game and introduces some characters that are then shown in the Danganronpa 3 animation, which ends the Hope’s Peak Academy Arc, so if you like the universe absolutely play this.

Final conclusions:

The game is fine. Recommended if you like the Danganronpa Universe and dont expect nothing like DR1 and SDR2. The port is fine overall, I havent find any bugs nor performance issues. The only con I can say is that its a little easy with keyboard+mouse simply because aiming to the weak point of the enemies is very simple.

(YouTube)Dragnix

Posted: June 27, 2017
Product received for free

Target Audience: Danganronpa/Story Driven Fans, or surprisingly, Puzzle enthusaists

Summary:

Let me get this out of the way: if you haven’t played Danganronpa 1 and 2 at this point: well you should probably do that before you play Ultra Despair Girls. It’s not that you can’t get anything out of this game if you play it alone: but it’s SO much better after playing the first two games. And those two games are fantastic.

While Ultra Despair Girls tries to spice things up with a new gameplay style, it’s the iconic and fascinating story is the reason that you should pick up the game. The spin off takes the story in a new direction but not only keeps a lot of the themes from the original, but adds a more character relationship driven angle with Toko and Komaru which really REALLY works. The angle with the kids takes the series to new creepy depths, and if you were concerned that the game who pull punches with the new characters involved: you’d be dead wrong. It can be down right disturbing at times in the right way, causing you to shudder in your seat.

The gameplay however doesn’t do as well. The basic shooting doesn’t play to its own strengths, as the generic gameplay and lack of AI complexity keeps it from being interesting. It’s got a bunch of tools, but it doesn’t use them well in the main gameplay. Frankly, its the worst part of the game. When it switches to a more puzzle like format: that’s where it starts to get a lot better: as thinking about how you use each bullet to kill all the Monokuma’s at once. It’s all a case of wasted potential, as the tools here could have been used to really work in a Survival Horror type setting.

The presentation is pretty good (for a vita port), and the port itself is great performance wise, although has some options missing that I would want. The voice work is good, and the music work is great despite being all over the place genre wise.

Overall, Danganronpa series fans have to pick up this game because well, the story is worth it. And if you aren’t a fan of the series as of yet, even though it’s not the best way to get into it, it can do the job for someone who ABSOLUTELY NEEDS action gameplay.


Video Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muDSpdQX0tE

Lists:
Positives:
  • The Story keeps the themes of the original series, but takes them in a new interesting direction with more traditional dystopian/survival elements. They kept the lore in tact without going completely off the rails. This feels like a Danganronpa story.
  • The Star of the show is the relationship and complexity that develops between Toko and Komaru. They play off each other well, and the growth of both characters is fascinating to watch.
  • The world is built on in a lot of good ways, and does a good job of bridging several of the holes in the plot up to this point.
  • Pushes your uncomfortable meter in good ways. Can legimately get under your skin and make you wonder if the villians/heroes are justified. Kudos to the writing.
  • The kids characters. All of them are rather well done.
  • Very clever references to the original game, and makes fans who pay attention really appreciate the tight narrative here.
  • The tools for the gameplay have interesting concepts, and if they were assembled better, it would make for some good gameplay. (More on this later)
  • Character design and artwork is still superb, doing well in giving little details about the characters while still having a style to it.
  • 60 FPS will drops every so often, but not more then 4/5 frames. Does support up to 4K in Fullscreen (although really, you’re not going to notice it that much)
  • All controllers are supported that I tried. Including a default configuration for the Steam controller!

Negatives:
  • The standard shooting is rather repetitive and doesn’t do well in constructing interesting scenarios to keep the player entertained.
  • The enemy AI is pretty gosh darn horrible. Will constantly run into walls, and is able to be easily exploited. This added to your speed makes even the hardest difficulty….a reasonable cake walk.
  • The 3D models don’t do well in complementing the emotional elements of the story. The Animation/3D cutscenes conflict with each other.
  • Note, my main machine could not play via the keyboard/mouse controls due to …..something causing the game to auto rotate the camera and not allow me to use the virtual directions. The thing is, this problem was not seen on a second machine, and seems to be some directx/other issue. Keep it in mind as you may have to refund the game if you run into this problem.
  • Some of the deaths this time around don’t have that much of an impact due to the format chosen here.
  • The strength of Toko almost undoes Komaru’s character at times. Side characters sorta get overlooked from the “good” side.
  • Don’t like the split of options here with the launcher and the in game options.
  • Missing bindable keys, which for a third person shooter, is sorta a big feature to miss.

JazRO

Posted: June 30, 2017
A word of warning going into this game, whether you’re a Danganronpa fan or not: a lot of the subject matter in this game is WAY darker compared to the first two Danganronpa games, and is pretty dark to average person. You may be saying "Wait, it gets darker than just straight up cold-blooded murder like in the other games?" Yes it does. It’s not a deterrant of the game, just a word of warning so that those who play it know what they’re getting into.

That being said, it’s a really solid game. Great storytelling, great characters, a nice blend of serious, bone-chilling semi-horror and almost 4th-wall breaking silliness.

It’s absurd
It’s (somewhat) scary (in a cartoonish kind of way)
It’s fanservice-y at times

It’s Danganronpa!

Hope to see you aboard Kazutaka Kodaka’s Wild Ride!

Bematt

Posted: June 27, 2017
An incredibly solid third-person shooter / puzzle game filled to the brim with all the things I love about Danganronpa and more. I highly recommend the keyboard + mouse controls, because the mouselook camera is fantastic and makes the game incredibly satisfying. Also, Genocide Jack has no qualms showing off her panties mid-fight, so that’s a plus.

Xemnaes

Posted: July 1, 2017
If you haven’t played Danganronpa 1 and 2 yet, do not play this game.

Saying that, if you’re a fan of the Danganronpa story or puzzles, you’ll enjoy Danganronpa Another Episode.

SkarthDog

Posted: June 27, 2017
After all this time for a PC port was it worth the wait?
Yes!

This is definitly worth it to anyone having enjoyed danganronpa before and while the shooting isn’t spectaculair danganronpa plays to its strengths with its writing and atmosphere while forming a connection between the first 2 games.

I do advise that while having played the previous games isn’t required, it will add so much more to your experience if you did and they are definitly worth checking out.

elfstone

Posted: June 27, 2017
Make sure you’ve played the rest of the Danganronpa series before playing this. Otherwise, you’ll get unwanted spoilers (and it also might not make as much sense). Technically this game takes place between Danganronpa 1 & 2, but it all feels more fluid if you save this one for last imo. Keep in mind that this game is very different than the other two. It’s more of a puzzle/FPS so it’s more interactive in terms of gameplay. There are no trials, and the flow of the story is more fast paced. It’s still a solid game with solid mechanics and helps round out the story from the other games.

Satoko Hōjō

Posted: September 29, 2017
You get Toko Fukawa from Trigger Happy Havoc and Makoto’s sister from the flashback way early in the same game, then put them as protagonists in a third-person shooter. What would sound like a disaster ends up becoming the single most Danganronpish Danganronpa game you could possibly imagine.

"Oh, but there are no trials", I used to tell myself. "Oh, but you don’t investigate murders", I told myself as well, as if to discourage myself to play this. As it turns out, the essence of Danganronpa goes beyond that and what you get from this spin-off is a pure brand new Danganronpa game. The whole psychopop universe is there, returning characters are still the same (and still developing as characters) and brand new characters will pop into the tale and enrich the plot in a very visual novel fashion despite the genre shift. In fact, Ultra Despair Girls is just as story-heavy as every other game in the series.

If you finished the first two games and ever even remotely liked Danganronpa, getting UDG is a duty.

That Boomer

Posted: September 3, 2018
Its weird, but If you are into Danganronpa, don’t skip it.

Cocoabine

Posted: July 29, 2017
Score: 6.5/10
Time to 100%: 20 hours

One just for the fans.

PROS:

Story – Amongst the Danganronpa series this game has easily the darkest of the storylines, for reasons such as torture, betrayal, murder, sexual abuse and all for the most part involving children no less. It is a pleasure (or displeasure?) to play thorugh if only to see how things turn out for the characters involved and its the primary reason to play through this game.

Characters– The characters in the game – specifically the bad guys – are fascinating individuals in their own right. They’re full of different neurosis and demented backgrounds. Their history is unravlled through their breakdowns and from books scattered throughout the game shedding some light on why they are just so f’ed up. There’s also the appearance of a very special someone.

CONS:

Gameplay– It’s pretty basic third-person shooter fare with substandard level designs with poor looking graphics. Although in all fairness, this is a port of a PS Vita game so just bare that in mind. It’s also extremely easy as most enemies in the game will die in one shot if you hit them in the right place, even on the hardest difficulty.

Other Characters – So in the pros I had mentioned that the BAD guys are the interesting characters. That’s because for the most part the good guys, namely the two main characters are not interesting AT ALL. Let’s start with Toko. I never liked her in the first game and I still don’t like her now. She’s whiny, neurotic, annoying and insulting pretty much all the time and while they try to give her some kind of character development it falls far too short as she’s still just as irritating as she’s always been. Then there’s the main character who is so bland and boring that they constantly make jokes about this fact again and again. We get it, you’re normal and boring, okay great.

So in conclusion, play this for the great story and certain characters if you’re a fan of the series. As it is worthy of a playthrough and fills in some of the gaps between the first and the second game. And need a fix before Danganronpa 3 comes out!

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