PS Vita Review: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

When I say, “let's just be friends,” penetration is out of the picture!

When I say, “let’s just be friends,” penetration is out of the picture!

By: Uma Smith

NIS America brings over to the PlayStation Vita a high school adventure experience that you won’t soon forget. That’s because we’re including murder in the equation! It’s Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc; but will gamers enjoy this visual novel on-the-go?

CONTROLS (4.5/5)

While you are just pointing and selecting for the most part, the implementation is quite interesting. You are given a couple of ammo, which you’ll want to aim at the dialogue that you believe is telling a lie. Pressing the left shoulder button will shift through your ammo while holding down the right shoulder will slow time. The game’s use of the touch screen is very responsive and accurate. However, if you prefer to use the traditional method of pointing and selecting, you can always revert to the left stick. Either way, the controls are simple enough for you to get through the game with no problems.

GRAPHICS/SOUND (3.75/5)

Danganronpa is littered with anime-style artwork. Everything from the character models to the background is presented in a 2D fashion, whether you’re within the game or during cut scenes. The degree of detail in terms of the visuals is what you’d expect from a typical anime cartoon, which can look pretty standard and ordinary if you’re already used to that sort of stuff.

Audio wise, the voice acting is where the game shines. Whether you choose the original Japanese or English dubbing, you’ll find that the characters are given life with the sounds of their tones and emotions. Additionally, the music may be a bit overused, but the tracks are well composed for the most part.

GAMEPLAY (4/5)

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc takes place in the Hope’s Peak Academy where the most elite high school students must face their academic challenge thanks to the psychotic Monobear. Specifically, they’ll need to murder another student without anyone discovering their actions. Taking on the role of Makoto Naegi, you’ll need to find a way to escape from the high school of terror.

Through interactions with other characters, there will be dialogues to read in hopes of uncovering the mystery that lies within the high school. Essentially, you’ll need to find out who you can trust as betrayal is common amongst the characters. The gameplay incorporation is creative when you consider how you do things such as shooting at letters to reveal clues and creating comic strips of events summarizing what you believe has occurred. Hence, Danganronpa does throw in a little variety to help players who may get tired of the point-and-select adventure.

Since the game can be a bit heavy on dialogue, keeping the story lively is important. With the somewhat light-hearted conversations and puns that you go through, there will be a chuckle or two as you read on. That being said, the humor plays a significant role in getting players glued to this game.

Without giving away a lot from the plot in Danganronpa, as the story unfolds you’ll be wanting to find out what will happen next. The anticipation and suspense will get definitely retain your attention span. Although it’s your typical action title, it’s got enough interactivity to provide entertainment for hours on end.

OVERALL (4/5)

Filled with a lot of color and charm, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is a fulfilling adventure that shouldn’t be missed for your PlayStation Vita. You’ll be “happy” with the amount of “havoc” this game brings to life.

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