With the recent arrival of Danganronpa 1.2 Reload on PlayStation 4, fans of the visual novel series wondered if the spin-off title, Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, would also make the jump from portable to consoles and PC. The official confirmation of the port was definitely welcome, as we reviewed the original version of the game back in September 2015. Although there are a few minor criticisms, this action title remains an enjoyable adventure for any fans of the Danganronpa franchise.
Ultra Despair Girls is set in the time period between Danganronpa Trigger Happy Havoc and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. After being liberated from a lengthy imprisonment, a teenage girl named Komaru Naegi, who is the younger sister of Makoto Naegi from the original game, must find a way to escape without succumbing to death or her own despair. A simple task, were it not for a herd of rampaging Monakuma robots, and a group of antagonistic children known as the Warriors of Hope who have claimed Komaru’s island prison as their twisted playground. No changes have been made to the story for this port, so it is just as unpredictable, enjoyable and downright insane as it was the first time round.
Although Ultra Despair Girls does contain several visual novel cut scenes that the series is famous for, there is not a class trial in sight. Instead the game play focuses on third person action adventure segments, alongside mini games known as Monoc-Man, inspired by the retro arcade games we remember from the 80’s and 90’s. The story is split into several chapters, during which you face the leaders of the Warriors of Hope, as well as several thousand Monokuma of different shapes and sizes. The overall flow of gameplay versus cut scene is fairly balanced, and the intriguing story keeps you ignorant of the lengthier segments during their rare appearances.