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POSTED 24/6/17


DANGANRONPA ANOTHER EPISODE: ULTRA DESPAIR GIRLS

Spike Chunsoft/NIS America



What shall we do? What shall we do when a hundred thousand Monokumas come marching over the hill?

The borderline psychotic shenanigans of Danganronpa are back – but they’re different.

But they’re also familiar.

If you’re expecting a visual novel murder mystery like Trigger Happy Havoc or Goodbye Despair then you’re on the wrong track, as this one takes the former bit and tacks on a sometimes hacky, sometimes slashy, sometimes puzzly third-person data shooter (dance, Monokuma, dance!) that’s coupled with collectible mania. It’s as bonkers as you’d expect, too.

Set between the two games mentioned above, the world has fallen into despair, as all manner of Monokumas roam the streets – from blade-fingered Teddy Krueger-types through to bombers, guards, beast, destroyers and more.

You’re Komaru Naegi, a Sailor Moon wannabe who’s been released from an apartment prison by the Future Foundation. You’re just trading one hassle for another though, as you learn that kids have overtaken the town, teaming with the Monokumas in order to rid the place of all those pesky adults and create a children’s paradise.

It may be a different beastie than the main canon Danganronpa romps, but this doesn’t mean that Ultra Despair Girls doesn’t belong. Despite going for more of an arcade feel, the story is a strong one that will feed the lust for weird that Danganronpa acolytes rightly thrive upon.

Everything about it is nuts. From the greatly varying – but all impressive - graphical styles (some belying the game’s Vita roots) to side missions and collectibles ranging from the relatively normal in coins through to the more bizarre, such as pages from preschool book ‘Socki the Sock’, hidden kids and even hit lists.

Packing some serious challenge at times while seeming a tad simple at others, Ultra Despair Girls always keeps you guessing – and always keeps you enthralled by its charming dementedness. Even if you might feel guilty about it...

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