Despair returns again as a Remastered edition in this third person shooter version of Danganronpa for the PS4. Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls has a unique plot and is the final story before Danganronpa V3. For fans of the series, this is one new episode that must be endured. This is the game that bridges the gap between Danganronpa 1 and 2.
Despite it being a third-person shooter, Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls tells a cruel and sadistic story. Makoto Naegi’s little sister, Komaru Naegi has spent over a year of her life imprisoned inside an apartment. All of a sudden, a Monokuma ambushes her apartment and she is rescued by Byakuya Togami from Future Foundation; however, before Byakuya leaves, he gives Komaru an incredibly awesome, megaphone-like gun.
Early on, Komaru discovers that the city has been taken over by a group of children who label themselves as the “Warriors of Hope.” The leader of the group, Monaca, states that the city will be the site of a “Children’s Paradise.” In order for this “Paradise” to exist, all of the adults must be destroyed.
In order to prevent this and save the adults, Komaru teams up with Toko Fukawa to survive the malicious Monokumas and take down the demonic Lil’ Ultimates. The two must endure the children’s attacks and figure out the mysteries of the city.
The biggest surprise that I saw was the change in Toko. At first, she was filled with so much hatred and then she turns into this friendly girl who actually has a heart. I enjoyed this progression of her character. You also form relationships with a lot of new and returning characters.
The story is the best part about Danganronpa Another Episode and I believe it still has the roots of a true Danganronpa story within it. The game has lots of twists and turns that makes you want to keep watching and playing it. There is also a huge cast of returning and new characters. One final note about the story is if you haven’t finished the first Danganronpa game, then you will not want to complete this game. It contains complete, game-breaking spoilers.
Gameplay is going to be something that fans will either like or dislike. When Byakuya gives Komaru the Future Foundation hacking gun, she becomes a slim, mean, Monokuma-killing machine. The game’s gameplay style is similar to the shooting mechanics in Resident Evil 4. Even while climbing, it looks like the same type of climbing motions.
There is also a great amount of different types of Truth Bullets and Bling Bullet modifiers. The game contains 8 various Truth types, from a fire-type bullet to electric shock. This adds a good amount of variety and Danganronpa Another Episode requires you to use certain bullets in distinct situations.
Variety in bullets is not the only type of gameplay element in this game. There are several different Monokuma types and I enjoyed majority of them. The leveling-up system also adds an RPG element to the game too.
Danganronpa Another Episode also offers mini-games such as riddles to solve and Monuku-Man machines that you must complete to progress further in the game. These gameplay elements add something new to the Danganronpa universe.
Subtitles are not available during cutscenes in Danganronpa Another Episode. Some people may be disgruntled by this; however, if you turn the Japanese voices on (which is available right away in the PS4 version), you can see the subtitles. Overall, the cast sounds great except for a few of the children’s voice actors. The sound glitch that I had with the Ball Monokumas does not seem to happen in this updated version. That annoying background noise never occurred in my playthrough of the game.
How has the gameplay improved in the PS4 Version of the game? Well, aiming and running seem to be much smoother. I feel like I can shoot more accurately with the Dualshock 4 controller. The gameplay as a whole just feels better and more natural.
The graphics in Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls for the PS4 are not great, but are much better than the Playstation Vita version of the game. Even the dialogue scenes seem to look like they have been improved. The character designs for the game are also really enjoyable to look at.
There are going to be a lot of haters of this game for it not staying close to the first 2 games, but I’d like to say to them, “Give it a chance.” The game does a great job at telling a ludicrous and despairing story. This game is truly unique and stands on its own. I would recommend this to hardcore fans of the anime series or Danganronpa games, mainly because the story is really good. If you are a fan of Resident Evil 4 gameplay and Danganronpa games, then you’ll really enjoy this game.
8/10 – Lacks the same formula as the past Danganronpa games, but tells a great story within the universe. The PS4 Version is a huge upgrade over the original PS Vita OG Version.