• Danganronpa 1&2 Reload is a collection of games in the Danganronpa series (Trigger Happy Havoc and Goodbye Despair). This title marks the first outing on the PS4 and boy is it a good one. This series is an interactive murder/ mystery one. We play as high school students who have been trapped in a school and then a tropical island. They only way you can escape is to solve the mystery of who gets killed. Now the twist here is that if you commit the murder and no one can catch you then you go free, if however they get you then its lights out for you. All of this is master minded by a half black, half white teddy bear called Monokuma.

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    Gameplay here is broken up into sections, these sections usually repeat to give a sense of comfort however this can quickly turn to repetition. With that said however it must be noted that this is not a boring game, its just paced very well. Yes there is a lot of text to read, after all it’s a graphic novel game, however there are section where interaction is needed and these help the variety of the title. When not solving a mystery you will send time getting to know the students. This is similar to the Persona series of games. The underlying effort is to try and discuss why and how you were kidnaped to this school/ Tropical Island.

    The cast of characters is a varied and fun one, they have the usual stereotypes of course. Geeks, sporty ones, weird ones, nervous ones and big ones. The dialogue is mostly fun and entertaining but there is a lot of it. For me this is not an issue as I know what to expect from graphic novel games. Some casual gamers may not be so understanding and for this reason I believe Danganronpa 1 &2 Reload is a game that will appeal to fans most. Each character has a backstory as crazy as their outfits and personalities.

    Goodbye Despair feels larger than Trigger Happy Havoc as there are many more places to visit. Parks, a hotel, a ranch and even a supermarket. That’s a lot of variation on a tropical island. With the first game taking place primarily in the school. If I had to pick a bad point it would be that the transition from hand held to console is not graphically perfect. There are a few issues of texture popping and jagged edges. Although those the hand drawn sprites look really great on the PS4.

    Danganronpa 1&2 can described as a mix of Ace Attorney and the Persona series. For me this title represents the best graphic novel titles out there. There is good longevity and having it on the PS4 is a good move. The games themselves move slightly slow for some people as there is a lot of reading, action wise there are some interactions but the action here is more subtle and overall it’s a fun title. The story itself is surprising and has a few twists here and there. Humour is all over the story and I found putting their two games together a good choice.

    Danganronpa 1& 2 Reload- Review
    A collection of two great graphic novels, for the first time on a console.
    Our Score8.5
    Positives
    • A great cast of characters with depth and charm
    • Lots of detail for those that want it
    Negatives
    • Slight texture issues
    8.5Overall Score
    Reader Rating: (1 Vote)
    9.2

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