Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls is the latest Danganronpa title to receive a PS4 conversion, after the recent release of Danganronpa 1.2 Reload, which featured the first two games in the series.
As mentioned in our review of 1.2 Reload, Ultra Despair Girls was actually my first ever Danganronpa title – so to see it on the PS4 is a warm reintroduction. It was actually one of my earlier Vita reviews as well, and my thoughts on the game are available here. Since you’re getting the same game when you play it on the PS4, it’s probably worth a read and I’ll try to not repeat too much of what I said back then in this review.
Playing Ultra Despair Girls on the PS4 is instantly familiar, and it quickly brought back memories of the amazing music that was composed for the game – which of course sounds even better using a home stereo system. With such a distinct cast of characters and personalities, and a story that goes from hope to (for lack of a better term) despair, it’s great to hear that the music very often does match the occasion. There are variations on tracks as well, and tracks can be listened to outside of the game as well.
Gameplay is very story-driven, as is the case in all Danganronpa titles. Although many regard the two games in 1.2 Reload as the better titles, I’ve always enjoyed the story and gameplay in Ultra Despair Girls as well. As someone who’s not super fond of many “pure” visual novels, I appreciate the breaks that the game offers through its action, exploration and puzzle sequences – even though they’re not the best of their kind.
From a technical point of view, the PS4 version of Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls is well done but doesn’t push the envelope. It features higher resolution graphics, which results in crisper visuals during the 3D sections – but it doesn’t look too different in the 2D artwork department, which is what you’ll be seeing for about 40 to 50 percent of the game. In the 3D sections, the Vita origins of the game can be seen by how sparsely populated the game world is and a general lack of detail in the game’s environments.
So while this isn’t a title that will blow PS4 gamers away with revolutionary new gameplay or stunning visuals, the excellent writing, music and voiceovers should ensure that you’ll have a blast completing this adventure if you’re done with Reload 1.2 – a playthrough of Ultra Despair Girls should last at least 15 to 20 hours and possibly more, so you’re getting great value for money here.