Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Review - Grizzly Murder

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Review - Grizzly Murder

A ponderous, but undeniably mesmerizing, selection of eccentric murder mysteries.

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Good review overall, but I don't really agree with the game being sexist. The manliest character of the game is a woman.

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Sure a couple of characters might appear perverted, but they're teenagers. All teens are perverts. No exceptions.

Besides this is a game where children get brutally murdered, I think their sexual orientation is irrelevant.

I never said the "game was sexist."

This is why discussion of sexism always turns into an argument. People take a fairly reasonable statement and turn it into an extreme point of view.

Hmm, for people that liked VLR you say?
Me thinks I will give it a try, when I have money that is.

Indeed you didn't, I formulated that wrong, sorry.

What I meant is that this is a game where kids get brutally murdered and some of them have their dead turned into a farce and played for laughs (and messed up). So I think that's the point people could take offense with, not a more minor detail regarding a character's orientation.

Played it on an emulator a while back and it was fun as balls. The sequel is coming out in the fall and from what I've seen it's even better.

Yeah, it was pretty dang amazing.

Totally recommend that if you are interested in the game, go into media blackout around it to avoid spoilers. It's a better ride that way.

...f***in' sold! I've gotten a ton of play out of my vita, but very little of that time, comparatively, has been spent playing actual vita games, this seems like a worthy fifth game to add to my collection, especially since it sounds like Virtue's Last Reward, one of the most criminally under-looked games of 2012.

Thanks for the review, without it I may have never even noticed this game got a US release.

Waiting for my copy to come in the mail, I am patient...

*waits impatiently*

Jimothy Sterling:
I never said the "game was sexist."

This is why discussion of sexism always turns into an argument. People take a fairly reasonable statement and turn it into an extreme point of view.

This sounds like my absolutely ideal game - like playing "The Thing" (Carpenter version of course!)

I'm guessing it is and will remain a PS Vita exclusive? No chance of it coming out on PC?

Oh hey! I was excited for this awhile back. Lookin' forward to picking it up real soon.

Is there a more expedient path to win (i.e. actually committing the murder yourself) or is the player always locked into solving the murders?

No, the hero is a goody two shoes who would like everyone to work together so they all survive. He's always sad when unmasking a culprit because he would have rather that they became friends.

BlueJoneleth:
No, the hero is a goody two shoes who would like everyone to work together so they all survive. He's always sad when unmasking a culprit because he would have rather that they became friends.

Seriously... Dammit! I will have to satisfy my psychotic urges another way then..

First of all, don't even think about watching the anime that came out, because I did... And while it was engaging, the end made me rage about it for quite some time. The (real) villain was idiotic, his/her/it's motive even more so, and the whole thing just felt like "we didn't come up with everything from the beginning, so we'll end now, and figure things out for a sequel". I don't remember when was the last time I was so disappointed with an ending of a story. The only reason I picked up the game was because I refused to believe, that guys from the studio that made convoluted story masterpieces like 999 and Virtue's Last Reward would just stumble like that with another "Ontological Mystery".

And it turns out I was right... For the most part. I don't know if it's because of poorly translated subtitles, or compressed time of episodes, the different kind of stimulation and emotion accompanying playing the game (ie solving the mystery yourself de facto) or maybe even me going through the same story again, but somehow the ending this time made much more sense, and didn't look as half-assed as previously. There's still some points I'm bitter about, like the motive part...

But the rest seems much more clear, and I'm hopeful (heh...) that the sequel (or prequel, from what I gathered about DR 2 in my search fu) will eventually make this whole puzzle complete.

As for the game itself - whoever liked the Ace Attorney series will feel right at home in here, because gameplay-wise it's just that + add more reflex. Some elements are a miss (Hangman's Gambit is meh) but others (Bullet Time Battle nad Climax Inference/Closing Argument) are quite awesome.

Anyway, let's just say, that I knew EXACTLY how the story will turn out, who will be the killer in each case etc. but I still felt incredibly smug after doing all the stuff right.

Definitely worth checking out, huge thumbs up.

Jasper van Heycop:

BlueJoneleth:
No, the hero is a goody two shoes who would like everyone to work together so they all survive. He's always sad when unmasking a culprit because he would have rather that they became friends.

Seriously... Dammit! I will have to satisfy my psychotic urges another way then..

Yeah, there's no choice in this game. It's a visual novel, and has a distinct story it wants to tell. You're there to be told that story, not do much to change it.

Jimothy Sterling:

Jasper van Heycop:

BlueJoneleth:
No, the hero is a goody two shoes who would like everyone to work together so they all survive. He's always sad when unmasking a culprit because he would have rather that they became friends.

Seriously... Dammit! I will have to satisfy my psychotic urges another way then..

Yeah, there's no choice in this game. It's a visual novel, and has a distinct story it wants to tell. You're there to be told that story, not do much to change it.

Really?

Oh damn it, never mind then. *Goes off in a huff.* I thought it'd be a randomized murder mystery game or something, where anybody could be the killer under different circumstances... not that. :(

I'm willing to applaud just about any game these days that tries to present social dynamics as something other than a branching dialogue tree. (Not that branching dialogue trees are inherently bad, or anything; just feel there's a lot of unexplored ground out there.)

Pity I don't have a Vita. Wonder if it will ever be ported elsewhere? Doesn't sound from the description like there's anything about it that demands the particular capabilities and controls of the device.

Eh...it's not really transphobic. Well, not as bad as Jim implied.

BTW: The Anime is AWESOME!!!!!

Sounds fantastic, enjoyed the first couple of Phoenix Wright games, but haven't played any in a while. This should be a nice substitute. Am going to buy it tomorrow when it releases down under.

Yaaaay.

Sounds fun, if I ever get a psp vita I'm probably going to buy this game.

And the reason this wasn't released on the MUCH MUCH more Western-ubiquitous iOS/Android platforms isssssssss...?

I preordered the hell out of this game, and pretty much played it non-stop once I got it. I love it. The characters are all pretty amazing (Even though I knew which deaths were coming, I was still pretty sad when they happened), The "Blackened" are all played in a pretty sympathetic light, and that pink blood. Oh how I do love that pink blood.

Although no game is perfect, and this one has some pretty glaring flaws. For example, there's a lot of gifts, and it's pretty much impossible to tell which gifts to give to which character. Sure, some are obvious, the Otaku likes anime figurines, the Swimmer who likes donuts loves the flotation ring that looks like a donut, but others... well, let's just say I needed a guide to tell me that some are pretty much worthless (no one actually likes the sunflower seeds)
Also, what's with some of these weird translations? Genocider Syo becomes Genocide Jack? why?

EyeReaper:

Also, what's with some of these weird translations? Genocider Syo becomes Genocide Jack? why?

I haven't played the game yet but I assume it's a reference to Jack the Ripper or something like that.

Wait, transphobic?
If its the character I'm thinking about, it can be just as problematic to assume one must be a transexual.

Grenge Di Origin:
And the reason this wasn't released on the MUCH MUCH more Western-ubiquitous iOS/Android platforms isssssssss...?

Because buttons.

And anyone who still is saying "But the Vita has no gaaaaaaaaaames" should be shot into the sun.

PMAvers:

Grenge Di Origin:
And the reason this wasn't released on the MUCH MUCH more Western-ubiquitous iOS/Android platforms isssssssss...?

Because buttons.

Enough. I am sick and tired of this outdated excuse. You're honestly making the argument that visual novels can't be done on mobile platforms? Seriously?

Grenge Di Origin:
And the reason this wasn't released on the MUCH MUCH more Western-ubiquitous iOS/Android platforms isssssssss...?

Because this game was originally made for PSP in Japan, and it was just that much easier to add a couple of touchscreen/rear touchpad features instead of implementing a whole new interface and movement scheme.

Also, probably to promote Vita.

PMAvers:
And anyone who still is saying "But the Vita has no gaaaaaaaaaames" should be shot into the sun.

Damn right. I bought it basically for (then upcoming) Danganronpa and Virtue's Last Reward, because I decided I had enough disposable income to not cry about that decision in the future, but as it turned out, PSV's library is pretty damn awesome.

 

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