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POSTED 22/4/17


DANGANRONPA 1•2 RELOAD

Spike Chunsoft/NIS America



They were five total strangers, with nothing in common, meeting for the first time. A brain, a beauty, a jock, a rebel and a recluse.

Hang on, that’s The Breakfast Club.

Still, there are parallels to be drawn between John Hughes’ teen movie masterpiece and the world of Danganronpa. Erm, except perhaps the former didn’t feature a psychotic half-and-half teddy bear overseeing a teenaged murder club.

OK, so maybe they’re completely different. But they’re both brilliant in their own rights.

Anyway, this release grabs two Vita games and smushes them onto one disc for the PS4. Yeah, sure, but what the fuck’s a ‘Danganronpa’? Well, it’s a visual novel. But it’s also a murder mystery... and a courtroom drama, and a rhythm game, and...

It’s so Japanesey that it hurts (so good), as a group of apparently ‘ultimate’ students from all manner of walks of life – including a swimmer, a baseballer, a pop queen, a geek, a biker gang boss - enter the high school for the best and brightest, Hope’s Peak Academy. Except it’s really their new prison, as they find themselves amidst a killer-takes-all (or at least their freedom, should they not be nabbed) environment controlled by... you know, we mentioned him back there. He’s Monokuma, the freaky yin-yang bear.

That’s just Trigger Happy Havoc. A different cast lob upon a supposedly idyllic tropical island for Goodbye Despair.
With both games boasting a brilliant air of trust no-one paranoia, a weirdness reminiscent of David Lynch, warped sensibilities and gripping stories that make you crave to invest the many, many hours required to see all chapters through to their twisted ends, Danganronpa 1•2 Reload is essential for anybody with a wicked sense of the macabre.

Unless, of course, you’re a Vita convert, in which case you can just sit back and nod all arrogant-knowingly at the upstarts. Hey, fuck you, perhaps you’ll be next on the kill list? PU-HU-HU!

take me back to the start...

 



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