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The utterly bizarre nature of Danganronpa is what made me want to play them, and, after a certain point, grim determination is all that kept me going. At their core, there’s a lot of really cool concepts in these games that make for an excellent story overall. To get to those, however, means trudging through some uninspired writing, misguided attempts at genre blending, and just some of the worst anime tropes one could include in their narrative. This all improves for Danganronpa 2, which is a much stronger title than the first, but these problems are still present in some form. This might just be me, however; if visual novels are your thing, I’m sure there’s a lot to love about the games, and there’s no denying the series’ cult following. Danganronpa 1.2 Reload is still a good collection and does an excellent job of presenting both games and their extra content. If you’re interested in seeing them for yourself, or you want to get all nostalgic over the series, it’s a collection worth picking up.
What is important to any great visual novel is that it has great writing, and the Danganronpa games are by turns hilarious, reflective, intense and jovial, the characters are all unique and interesting, and the twists and turns are often startling. Visual novels just don't get better than these.
Full of fantastic writing, engrossing characters, and blood-pumping adrenaline-filled trials, Danganronpa 1.2 Reload is a necessary purchase for anyone who enjoys strong narratives.
I do wish both games would tone down the fanservice, since that really does nothing for me aside from making me feel a bit uncomfortable. But aside from that, Danganronpa 1-2 Reload is an easy recommendation. It's a visual novel, yes. You're going to spend a lot of time reading. However, just about everything you read will entertain you in some way as you watch these incredibly strong personalities play off each other. If you have any hangups about playing a visual novel, let them go. Pick up the Danganronpa games on whatever platform you prefer and enjoy some of the sharpest character writing I've seen in years.
Replaying these games once again really hammers home just how great they are. Even with knowing every chapter, every death, every culprit, and every twist, there is still just so much to enjoy here. So many funny moments, great characters, fantastically surreal situations, a superb soundtrack - it's just all so good. So good, in fact, that the lack of any new content can even be overlooked. It's even better for those new to the franchise that can experience all the twists and surprises that are there in abundance. This is a release that even the home audience of Japan hasn't got yet (nor has it even been announced!), and one that Western fans should snatch up.
I previously told all Vita owners that they owed it to themselves to play the Danganronpa games. With the move to PS4, I urge the same of all console owners. It’s really exciting that non-Vita players are finally getting a chance to play this series with Danganronpa 1&2 Reload. Even having played them through multiple times before, I found that I couldn’t put the controller down as I experienced them again on PS4, and not just because of my review. Though they start off a little slow, the pace at which they begin to move is exceptionally thrilling, and you’ll find yourself drawn in until the very end, especially if it’s your first time through. My hope is that you’ll give in to the despair that is Danganronpa.
To the uninitiated to the wild world of Danganronpa, at the bargain price point only $39.99, there is really no excuse for any PS4 owner that isn't severely adverse to the idea of reading to not pick this up. This collection features some of the most exciting and mind-bending adventures I've had the pleasure of reading, and it remains just as it was three years ago, highly recommended.
The Danganronpa games are wonderful visual novels with excellent casts of characters, so I highly recommend that you give Danganronpa 1-2 Reload a go on PS4. This is especially important since that way you can prepare for the release of Danganronpa 3 later in the year!
Danganronpa 1.2 Reload on PlayStation 4 collects two of my favourite games in a long time into a single package that is immense value but the port could’ve been a bit better.
Danganronpa 1.2 Reload provides two fantastic visual novels for anyone who likes murder-mystery adventures. This is the best chance for PS4 owners to finally enter the mysterious world of Danganronpa
Review in Persian | Read full review
Danganronpa 1•2 Reload offers something entirely unique for Playstation 4 gamers, with an experience that mixes up a gripping visual novel narrative with a series of deadly murder investigations. The fact that it’s incredibly well written, features some fantastic artwork, and has a great cast of colourful characters only strengthens its appeal, ensuring that you’ll be entertained throughout all of the forty plus hours the package offers. There’s no doubting that it won’t be for everyone – I’m sure some gamers won’t enjoy all of the reading involved with a visual novel – but those who give it a chance will fall in love with the nefarious escapades of Monokuma and his poor students.
Danganronpa is like a mashup of Persona’s social interactions with Ace Attorney’s trial gameplay. What you get is a satisfying blend of story, characters and gameplay that doesn’t get stale.
If you are looking for a game with a great story, art, characters, and makes you feel like a detective, this is the best game out there for that. I’ve played these games to completion twice now, and I would gladly do it all over again. Now we enter the final six month stretch until Killing Harmony! At least we have Ultra Despair Girls to look forward to on the PlayStation 4 in June until then.
Danganronpa 1-2 Reload is the perfect visual novel to play if you like murder mysteries. It has surprisingly great writing for a visual novel originated in Japan and it is a must play for fans of the genre.
One of the best visual novels series out there. A gameplay similar to the Ace Attorney games that achieves it’s own identity. A great storyline filled with violence, intrigue and amazing plot twist.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
I really loved my time with both Danganronpa games. It's a special series that does a great job at presenting very interesting tales. I'm glad the games got ported to the PS4, especially before the upcoming release of the third title in the franchise! It's a great way for people to catch up on the series, particularly if you don't own a Vita. There's a huge amount of content to enjoy in this collection, and I hope you get a chance to play it soon!
Danganronpa 1-2 Reload is a port of two amazing visual novel games that engulf you into an engaging story with deep character development that will keep you guessing at every murder or revelation that takes place.
With its strong artistic direction and the captivating story, Danganronpa 1·2 Reload is a must have for fans of visual novels and detective stories. The only problem - and the only reason why you shouldn't play it - is that it's a collection of games developed for portable consoles: if you own a PS Vita, you'll probably have already in your collection.
Review in Italian | Read full review
Essentially, Reloaded is the pair of games, bundled on PS4. The port's pretty solid — when you're playing, things are crisp, clear and look great in 1080p. Cutscenes don't fare as well, sometimes looking stretched and blurry. Still, those instances are hardly noticeable, as you're engrossed in Danganronpa's story by then.
Danganronpa 1-2 Reload is an incredible value for fans both old and new. Those interested in a darker tale with some of the most unique anime flair ever created could do far worse than these two titles.
Throughout the 30+ hours I’ve poured into Danganronpa 1.2 Reload’s two games, I’ve discovered an absolute gem of a video game series that rewards players not with action-packed gameplay, but superbly-written, sinister tales that had me hooked from start to finish.
For the ones who don't own a Vita (and, unfortunately, there's a lot of them), Danganronpa 1-2 Reload is a great chance to experience two of the best visual novels around at a bargain price. But for the ones that already played them , this PS4 package doesn't bring anything new to the table.
Review in Italian | Read full review
Interesting combination of Persona and Ace Attorney, with a pinch of Joker character from Batman series. Two wonderful games which sadly brings nothing new in the PlayStation 4 version.
Review in Polish | Read full review
One part Persona, one part Ace Attorney, and one part Battle Royale, Trigger Happy Havoc and Goodbye Despair are two of the very best murder mystery titles available for PS4 right now, together in one pack. While the games may move just a tad too slowly for some players, those willing to take a chance on a visual novel with a difference will find Danganronpa to be a fascinating, multi-faceted, frequently surprising story that's among the most compelling on the market, full of engaging characters, anarchic humour, and jaw-dropping twists.
Although the first title grabbed my attention more than the second, Danganronpa 1.2 Reload are a pair of games that engulf you quite effectively into their worlds. These two titles come highly recommended.
A double-whammy of madcap murder mysteries with compelling twisting stories and complex whodunnits with an over-the-top presentation. Danganronpa 1-2 Reload's memorable cast and great writing bring genuine laughs in a thoroughly entertaining game.
Asides from confusion, one thing that Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is good at is providing interesting, well written character dialogues and interactions between it’s varied and colourful cast of 16 school students – From Akane, the Gymnast with the heart of a tiger, to the eccentric and folklore-spewing Ghundam, to the calm, quiet and reference-spewing Chiaki, each character has their own unique charm, quirk, and memorable piece of backstory that’ll stick with you throughout even the final moments of the game.
Danganronpa 1 & 2 are two excellent games, but this PS4 port is a lazy one. You should prefer buying the two separate games on Vita if you have one. If you don't though, then consider buying this PS4 collection and discover a wonderful Visual Novel series (the 3rd episode is coming soon !).
Review in French | Read full review
We already know both titles are good games for anyone interested in murder mysteries or dark, tense videogames. They've been around for half a decade now, and there's still more in the franchise on the way.
Two of the greatest visual novels of the last ten years are collected in Danganronpa 1&2 Reloaded, a rich remastered edition released on PS4. An unmissable chance to discover the world of Danganronpa.
Review in Italian | Read full review
For those who already owned both Danganronpa games in handheld or PC, this PS4 collection offers little-to-no additions, and becomes a case-by-case basis of whether it's worth dipping in again. For newcomers, this is a bargain price for two of the most memorable adventure games in years, featuring all sorts of stylized artwork and utterly insane twists and turns. It may be more of an extracurricular than a mandatory course, but this collection tour of despair is still worth enrolling in.