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Edit: For those people who are interested in this game and has a PS VITA TV (READ: PS VITA TV - a specific Vita version only available in Japan and a few select Asian countries, US gets this version as the titular PLAYSTATION TV launched in October 2014), the NA Danganronpa is not compatible with the PS VITA TV (but might be compatible with the PLAYSTATION TV).
What is PS VITA TV? It is a super mini console like a PS3 or PS4 that allows you to play majority of the Vita titles via connecting to a TV. It is not the PS Vita which has its own OLED screen + sound output. PS VITA TV requires you to output video/sound via HDMI (as far I can tell there is no audio jack output), and there isn't a screen/speakers on it.
Amazon link to US playstation TV: PlayStation TV Extra notes: PS VITA TV is not fully compatible with all Vita game titles that specifically make use of special things like the vita cameras or other hardware specific things. As far as I know, if one tries to purchase something digitally, there will be a warning that the game is incompatible. Physical games should have a label that it will be compatible with Playstation TV. However, this is just what I have gathered from various internet sources, it is best for you to do your own research and confirm things.
This edited portion will be updated again if NA danganronpa is updated to work on PS Vita TV/Playstation TV (one of the reasons why I'm not getting the PS VITA TV yet.)
Overall feelings to the game: XXX is a scary bat-shi* insane charismatic antagonist who scares me even more than Monokuma (A bear that talks.). YYY is a cute girl-gamer (There are girl gamers? It must be a lie!) and this game is a worthy sequel to Danganronpa 1 and a must have for all VN lovers. See visualnovel.deviantart.com/blo… for Danganronpa 1 review.
Plot + Written Dialogue: 4.75/5 for plot, 5/5 written dialogue. This game is just as impressive if not better than Danganronpa 1. If you think kyuubey is scary, wait till you see XXX.
Graphics: 9.5/10 - The visual presentation during the murders trials is incredible. Despite my annoyance with the gameplay, the text presentation rotates/enlarges/various effects everywhere, making me ask myself how much effort is needed to code and present it. Island number 5's art shows me how adorable (lie.) Monokuma is when he bangs on the table with upclose facial shot.
Sound: 9.8/10 - I played this both on my PC and handphone. It's one of those times where I wish every line was voiced.
Characters: 9.0/10 - This game has an even more distinct crew of 16. Their quirks and depth are finely depicted, their emotional investments even higher. Characters I don't wish to see dying end up dying, increasing my lament over how absolutely horrifying this game is.
Game introduction -
Dangaronpa 2. ダンガンロンパ 2. 弾丸 (dangan) 論破 (ronpa) 2. Bullet refutation 2. I'm not sure if this has ever been mentioned, but the mechanics have you firing a bullet and breaking the enemy arguments, therefore creating the exact Dangan Ronpa 弾丸論破 sentiment.
Before I start the review, I would like to state that you don't need to play Danganronpa 1 to appreciate danganronpa 2, but I will highly caution players to play Danganronpa 1 first before playing the sequel. This is necessary because of the continuity in the game, and the impact of danganronpa 1 will be lessened if you play the sequel first.
The setting of Danganronpa 2 takes place in an island called Jabberwock island. This island is supposedly a place where many tourists visit for the beautiful attractions, but the 16 students + 1 Rabbit doll teacher are the only ones there. At first.
These 16 students possessing the names of "Ultimate High School" of their specialities (I.E Ultimate H.S Prep Student) find themselves without their high school memories, only memories before entering high school, and they quickly realize that fact due to Byakuya Togami (Ultimate scion).
The Rabbit Doll teacher Usami (Lit. Rabbit Ears), explains that they are on a school trip to develop friendship amongst each other. Once they have gotten enough fragments, they can leave the island.
The 16 Ultimate H.S grudgingly agrees to do so, and even started to enjoy things by playing on the beach, until Monokuma comes in and takes over the island. It then tells them the only way to leave the island is to kill someone and "graduate" if the other students are unable to find the culprit.
Overall presentation -
Taking away the gameplay (because it simply isn't a highlight), the sounds, the visuals, the writings, all of them combine to be the best artistic visual novel in my opinion. It might not be the best in each department, but the overall combination boosts it well enough to be a collection for gamers and a must have for visual novel readers.
The conclusion has less of an impact for me, as danganronpa 1 has genuinely stronger antagonist with a very specific goal, while danganronpa 2 has a less specific direction (the real mastermind who inserted monokuma into the game). There is very little foreshadowing and most players/readers won't be able to get it because you need to talk to specific characters during your free time (a gameplay mechanic where you talk to the characters).
That itself is a little unfortunate, because danganronpa 2 is a very polished game and deserves high marks, yet danganronpa's final conclusion/reveal between the protagonist and antagonist is one that is too brilliant, and danganronpa 2 is unable to surpass that.
It is also unfortunate that the visual design for danganronpa 2's protagonist during the finale ends up diminishing the grandness of it. It's mainly because of the color of the hair, I think. Well. Hmm. You know it reminds me too much of a particular anime...
There's really no need to state again how good this is. For additional information on the characters, you can wiki danganronpa characters as well as reading danganronpa tvtropes for further in-depth understanding of them.