Playstation Vita Reviews

Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls Review (Vita)

Now we often find series of games branch off to new horizons as they try to reinvent or give a new experience to their fanbase. Megaman X had a shift from 2D sidescroller to 3D, which was not well received because it bogged down the formula and made the game feel sluggish, as well as the addition of Axl, making it seem like X was obsolete. On the other hand, the creators of Ico devised a completely different game in the form of Shadow of the Colossus. Here we see genius in motion so to speak, taking the puzzle aspects of Ico and merely adapting them into complex and intense fights against giant colossi. Here we have two different series with two different reactions to their shifts in focus. Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls descends from its original visual novel/point and click adventure style for a third person shooter. Will it follow the path of the disliked 3D Megaman X games, or will it shine much like the Shadow of the Colossus? This is what needs to be addressed when looking at this beast.

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Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Review (Vita)

When I originally heard of the Danganronpa series, I wondered how on earth this weird setting of a game would work. A talking killer bear, a murder mystery where high school students kill someone to survive, all trapped in a place where they can’t escape. It sounds like something crazy, straight up out of a dream you once had that swirls into a nightmare. This wonderfully stylized version of a murder mystery seems more like a point-and-click adventure game than a visual novel, making it one of the more inventive and truly immersive visual novels. Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair follows the original, and is a fantastic sequel that captures all the intensity and fun the first had. With an entirely new cast and a new stage to play this killing game on, did Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair turn out as a great second game in this new franchise, or pale in comparison to the original?

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