Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc - Anniversary Edition

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc - Anniversary Edition

released on Dec 03, 2021

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc - Anniversary Edition

released on Dec 03, 2021

Danganronpa arrives on Nintendo Switch to celebrate its 10th anniversary! Danganronpa 10th Anniversary Release: Part 1! This Anniversary edition comes with a gallery feature that allows you to view event illustrations, scenes, and listen to voiced dialogue!


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When the Ultimate Hope meets the Ultimate Despair, which side will be triumphant? Fairly they let us experience this conflict through the perspective of people that were promised a bright future ahead of them. Will the students chosen to represent mankind's hope, be able to overcome the perpetually resurrected despair which awaits them?
The game is filled with unseriousness and anguish, the latter they want to portray over everything to deliver us the most ultimate hope they can achieve, but in my view, they didn't really manage to do that. A cruel irony that left me unaffected, resulted in a dull hope that didn't move me.
Yet, I had a good time. The goofiness behind the characters results in a distinct charm many creators would like to find in their own works. This makes them lovable, I found sympathy towards a lot of them. Unluckily this is a shallow sympathy that isn't able to evoke any true depth of emotion in me.
The charm is definitely caused partly by their quirky designs, and the overall art style of the world they found themselves in. I like Kiyotaka's and Kirigiri's designs the most (Sakura's is cool too). The way the characters were drawn in the CGs was in a way off-putting, and they missed with the cutscenes since the videos were so low quality.
Kirigiri is the character I grew the fondest of, considering her great design, personality, and being the most interesting person around. Honestly, the only character I kind of disliked was Hifumi (I'll never grow fond of the weirdo otaku troupe)
The cases and overarching mystery were interesting, but overall they were unable deeply intrigue me. The answers were always pretty clear, the problem was in the way to get there canonically which was sometimes handled clumsily. Sometimes I wouldn't really know how Makoto was going to approach his counterargument, and therefore the game wanted to tell me I was wrong (even though it was right if he said what I wanted him to say)
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc wasn't able to really finalize its underlying goal, but it managed to positively surprise me with the enjoyable road towards it. I feel like the image created about Danganronpa is undeserved, it's not a game that should be ridiculed by the people that look at themselves seriously.

This review contains spoilers

"Did they waste Junko so fast? Her character design was cool"
30 hours later:
"Oh"

Monokoma is just a more evil teddy from p4 i'm sorry, nonstop fun from the getgo with trials 3-5 being in the most fun

I must confess that I had a significant bias against this game due to its "peculiar" fandom. However, one day, I finally decided to give it a chance, and now, I can confidently say that it's one of my favorite games. I adore the captivating story, engaging gameplay, unique songs, outstanding art direction, and the characters' charismatic and well-developed personalities, which have made me a big fan.
My only minor critique is that, even as someone who appreciates exaggerated shit, there are times when it becomes so excessive that I find myself laughing, wondering who could have thought something was a good idea.
Overall, it was an incredible experience, and I highly recommend it, provided you can enjoy a visual novel without passing out of boredom and waking up eight hours later. This is the only Danganronpa game that has kept me engaged until the end with the amazing characters, and perhaps, you may even get more from the franchise by liking the other titles unlike me.

The gameplay loop is fun. However I don't deal well with blood in an exaggerated form like in game so I got the spooks near the end. Characters are cool (except Fukawa)

My friends really like this series so I tried this game out when it came to Game Pass.
I wish I enjoyed the gameplay a bit more.