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Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (known in Japan as Super Dangan Ronpa 2: Farewell Despair Academy, スーパーダンガンロンパ2 さよなら絶望学園, Sūpā Dangan Ronpa 2: Sayonara Zetsubō Gakuen), commonly abbreviated to SDR2/DR2, is the sequel to Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. It was first released in Japan on July 26, 2012 for the PlayStation Portable, then was released for the PlayStation Vita on October 10, 2013. The game was subsequently set for an NA and EU release by NIS America on September 24, 2013.

A port for Microsoft Windows was released on April 18, 2016, followed by the PS4 version, which was released alongside the original game on March 14, 2017.

The game has a stage play adaptation called Super Danganronpa 2: Sayonara Zetsubō Gakuen THE STAGE (2015) on December 3, 2015, and will later recive another one in March 2017 called Super Danganronpa 2: Sayonara Zetsubō Gakuen THE STAGE 2017.

After beating the game, a what-if text story for the first game is unlocked, as well as other bonus features such as Island Mode.

Gameplay

In Danganronpa 2, the player controls the main protagonist and playable character Hajime Hinata. The gameplay is very similar with the first game, so please check the gameplay section in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc first.

A major change in the game was that Hajime is able to walk around the Jabberwock Island in 2D. Very noticiable changes were made in the Class Trial segments:

  • Nonstop Debate
    • There are now blue lines during Nonstop Debate; rather than the typical orange lines which are fired at to express contradictory information, these blue lines are fired at in order to express information supporting the point.
    • Chatter may require more hits to silence.
  • Panic Talk Action and Hangman's Gambit have been revamped.
  • Instead of hearts and stars to represent health and concentration, there are bars that go down if you lose health.
  • There are two all-new minigames: Logic Dive, a hybrid of racing, plattforming and quizzing; and Rebuttal Showdown, a game that combines a Nonstop Debate with slashing action.

For more info about these new mini-games, please check the Class Trial page.

Synopsis

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair takes place shortly after the events of Trigger Happy Havoc and Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls. The game is from Hajime Hinata's point of view as he starts his first year at Hope's Peak Academy. As he walks into the school building he is overcome with fatigue, when he recovers he finds himself in front of a door. He has the strong urge to open it, and once he does he finds himself in a classroom full of his new classmates. 

They suddenly find themselves locked in the classroom and a pink bunny, Usami, appears before them, claiming herself the class' teacher. Suddenly the classroom around them falls away to reveal a paradise-like island. Usami tells them they are on a school trip and they are to befriend each other to gain hope fragments and make their hope grow. Just as they get used to the peaceful island life, Monokuma appears and takes control of the island, announcing that the students must participate in a life of mutual killing if they wish to escape.

Characters

Monokuma (モノクマ) Usami (ウサミ)
Headmaster Teacher
Monokuma VA ID
日本語 Nobuyo Ōyama
English Brian Beacock
Usami VA ID
日本語 Takako Sasuga
English Rebecca Forstadt
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Hajime Hinata (日向 創) Akane Owari (終里 赤音)
Ultimate ??? Ultimate Gymnast
Hajime Hinata VA ID
日本語 Minami Takayama
English Johnny Yong Bosch
Akane Owari VA ID
日本語 Romi Park
English Wendee Lee
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Byakuya Togami (十神 白夜) Chiaki Nanami (七海 千秋)
Ultimate Affluent Progeny Ultimate Gamer
Ultimate Imposter VA ID
日本語 Akira Ishida
English Jason Wishnov
Chiaki Nanami AI VA ID
日本語 Kana Hanazawa
English Christine Marie Cabanos
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Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu (九頭龍 冬彦 ) Gundham Tanaka (田中 眼蛇夢)
Ultimate Yakuza Ultimate Breeder
Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu VA ID
日本語 Daisuke Kishio
English Derek Stephen Prince
Gundham Tanaka VA ID
日本語 Tomokazu Sugita
English Chris Tergliafera
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Hiyoko Saionji (西園寺 日寄子) Ibuki Mioda (澪田 唯吹)
Ultimate Traditional Dancer Ultimate Musician
Hiyoko Saionji VA ID
日本語 Suzuko Mimori
English Kira Buckland
Ibuki Mioda VA ID
日本語 Ami Koshimizu
English Julie Ann Taylor
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Kazuichi Soda (左右田 和一) Mahiru Koizumi (小泉 真昼)
Ultimate Mechanic Ultimate Photographer
Kazuichi Soda VA ID
日本語 Yoshimasa Hosoya
English Kyle Hebert
Mahiru Koizumi VA ID
日本語 Yū Kobayashi
English Carrie Keranen
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Mikan Tsumiki (罪木 蜜柑) Nagito Komaeda (狛枝 凪斗)
Ultimate Nurse Ultimate Lucky Student
Mikan Tsumiki VA ID
日本語 Ai Kayano
English Stephanie Sheh
Nagito Komaeda VA ID
日本語 Megumi Ogata
English Bryce Papenbrook
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Nekomaru Nidai (弐大 猫丸) Peko Pekoyama (辺古山 ペコ)
Ultimate Team Manager Ultimate Swordswoman
Nekomaru Nidai VA ID
日本語 Hiroki Yasumoto
English Patrick Seitz
Peko Pekoyama VA ID
日本語 Kotono Mitsuishi
English Janice Kawaye
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Sonia Nevermind (ソニア・ネヴァーマインド) Teruteru Hanamura (花村 輝々)
Ultimate Princess Ultimate Cook
Sonia Nevermind VA ID
日本語 Miho Arakawa
English Natalie Hoover
Teruteru Hanamura VA ID
日本語 Jun Fukuyama
English Todd Haberkorn
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Reception

Critical response

Review Scores
Publication Score
Destructoid 8/10[2]
Famitsu 37/40[3]
GameSpot 8/10[4]

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair received critical acclaim. Famitsu gave the game a score of 37/40, based on four scores of 10, 9, 9 and 9, and was voted the best game of 2012 by its readers, with an average reader rating of 9.79 out of 10.[5]

Upon its release in North America, the game was met with praise. Japanese game specialist Hardcore Gamer gave the game a 4.5/5, and PushSquare gave it an 8/10. Cubed3 awarded a 9/10, highlighting an "exceptional plot" that "is every bit as an emotional rollercoaster as the first game," going on to say, "Coupled with Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, this is a series no visual novel aficionado can do without."

Sales

Danganronpa 2 debuted higher than its predecessor, peaking at number 5 and selling over 69,000 copies its opening week.[6] The game has also sold more than 200,000 copies in Europe and North America.[7]

Accolades

Danganronpa 2 received an Award for Excellence at the Japan Game Awards in 2013.

Awards
Publication Award
Famitsu Game of the Year (Readers)[8]
Hardcore Gamer Best PS VITA Game[9]
Best New Character (Monokuma)[10]
Best Adventure Game

Soundtrack

Main article: Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (Original Soundtrack)


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Trivia

  • The game's third chapter's name, 'Trapped by the Ocean Scent', has the same name as one of the game's soundtrack, 'Trapped by the Ocean Scent', also known as 'Ocean Breeze Dead End'.
  • The game's fourth chapter's name, 'Do Ultimate Robots Dream of Electric Clocks?', is a reference to the SF novel 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?' by Phillip K. Dick.
  • The game's first English trailer did not translate Sonia's homeland to Novoselic. This was corrected in the English game's opening.
  • The reason why Danganronpa 2 has 2 CERO ratings it's because Danganronpa wanted to bring younger people to the game by making it 15+, however this was changed when Spike Chunsoft released Danganronpa 1.2 Reload and made it 17+ once again.
  • In the NISA localization, most of the characters' heights are listed as a few centimeters shorter than they were in the Japanese version.

References

  1. Famitsu scan February 21
  2. Review: Danganronpa 2, Goodbye Despair
  3. Famitsu Review Scores (7/7/12)
  4. Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Review - GameSpot
  5. Famitsu Ranks.
  6. Weekly sells 2012.
  7. Danganronpa Sells more than 200,000 copies in NA and EU.
  8. Japanese Gamers' Favorite Games of 2012 Might Surprise You
  9. Hardcore Gamer Best of 2014
  10. Hardcore Gamer Best of 2014

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