The first two Danganronpa games are arguably the most brilliant visual novels in existence. Yes, a bold statement, but one we are more than happy to back up. The third game is on its way to North America and Europe for the PS Vita. We’ve compiled everything you need to know about Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, so read on!
Let’s begin with the basis of the game: the story. NIS America released this description of Another Episode a couple of months ago:
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.
Well, now we know what everyone was going gaga over when Matt was in Japan last year! The game falls solidly into the action-adventure category, and unlike in the first two games you play as two heroines, Komaru Naegi and Toko Fukawa. There are many different types on Monokumas that you face, including Junk Monokumas that resemble robots:
There are other types that will be battles, including Ball, Bomber, and Siren. Killing them becomes strategic when utilizing different Truth Bullets to your advantage. There are eight types of Truth Bullet total: Break, Burn, Dance, Detect, Knockback, Link, Move, and Paralyze. Dance is my personal favourite; just look at those Monokumas boogie down!
Don’t worry though, the game isn’t all shoot-em-up: our heroines will face many tough puzzles during their attempt to escape.
As you can see, Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls is shaping up to be every bit at awe-inspiring as its predecessors despite taking a dramatic turn in genre (leaning more towards action), which is saying something since we gave both the original game and its sequel a full 5/5 score. And we don’t have much longer to wait – it is available in stores and as a digital download September 1 in North America and September 4 in Europe!
- Lindsay M.