Gaming Spotlight – Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

Here’s another part to the series that nobody asked for – this time we’re looking at Danganronpa 2, the sequel to the one we talked about a little while back.

The premise of the game is the same as the first – this time, sixteen students from Hope’s Peak Academy are on Jabberwock Island, the setting for the latest mutual killing game hosted by Monokuma, and his self-proclaimed sister Monomi.

You play as Hajime Hinata, a student who was accepted to Hope’s Peak Academy, who has forgotten his talent.

Themes and Extras

The main plot-point of the story is still about hope versus despair, with a hint of the future.

Blood still remains as though someone vomited Pepto-Bismol due to censorship.

If you want a refresher on the cycles of the game, please check this post out.

In order to watch the Danganronpa 3 anime (both Future and Despair sides), you need to play this game or watch a let’s play if you cannot do so.

Mini-Games

There are a few mini-games throughout the game. One thing that was introduced in this game was Pets. When you walk around in-game, you will hatch and evolve your pet, similarly to a Tamagotchi. The pet will accumulate hope and despair, depending on your actions. You are able to gain achievements for collecting every pet, too!

The other mini-game that was introduced was Magical Girl Miracle ★ Usami,  following Monomi as she defeats each of the Monobeasts defending areas of Jabberwock Island. Each stage is unlocked after each corresponding chapter is completed in the main game, with each background featuring notable areas in-game.

The last mini-game is a reprise from School Mode, this time called Island Mode. The premise is the same, but you are creating different items for Usami, as well as bonding with classmates (and also receiving their underwear). Trip Tickets are brought back in, too.

Before V3 was released, Danganronpa 2 was my all-time favourite game. Clearly, that has changed since, but it’s still a brilliant game, right down to the ultra-despairing plot twist at the end.

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