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Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

2 weeks ago

Feature: Novel visualisations

The 10 best visual novels on PC

On a rainy night, some people enjoy getting comfy, grabbing their beverage of choice, and curling up with a good book. Some others like doing the same exact thing, but with a game. I say, “why not both?” Visual novels are the perfect genre of game to curl up with. Here’s our collection for the ten best visual novels.

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8 months ago

Steam discounts all things Japanese for Golden Week

It's the first day of Golden Week in Japan, and while that may not mean much to those in English-speaking territories, it's one of the nation's biggest holidays. As Valve never miss an excuse for a sale, that means that there's some great deals on games from Japanese developers and publishers. If visual novels, fighting games or JRPGs are your thing, there's some good stuff…

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11 months ago

Feature: The truth will (shoot) out

Have You Played… Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc?

It translates, roughly, as ‘bullet refute’. Danganronpa, that is. Which makes more sense than it sounds, as the game is about taking part in murder trials and literally shooting truth bullets at lies as they spill out of suspects’ mouths. It’s not enough to say “If the glove doesn't fit, you must acquit”; the glove has to be loaded into the chamber and fired through…

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1 year ago

Feature: How a Japanese comic gave birth to a video game genre

How Battle Royale went from a manga to a Fortnite game mode

When you hear the words “battle royale”, most people in 2018 immediately think of the trigger-happy Plunkbat or the cheery Fortnite. But a decade ago, those same words only evoked bleak battles between crying teens, fought on the black-and-white pages of a manga -- a Japanese comic. Art doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Creators absorb ideas and translate them to different mediums, in a web…

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2 years ago

Feature: Fourth wall breaking murder-bear

The joy of Danganronpa’s Monokuma Theatre

Villain monologues: forever a trope to make the eyes roll. I tend to skip through them as quickly as I can, waiting my inevitable escape. I don’t enjoy self-aware villain monologues either; they’re even worse because the villains know that they’re clichéd yet they do it anyway. I'd prefer it if they just immediately murdered me instead. Danganronpa, a visual novel/detective adventure in which a…

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Feature: Danganronpa 101

Danganronpa: the murder mystery visual novel series in a class of its own

Bear with me if you've heard this one before: Danganronpa [official site] is a game about teenagers locked in a high school, driven to murder one another by a robotic bear. A tale as old as time. The eye-catching premise partly explains how the series has captured the attention of even those who would shy away from the majority of visual novels. The third game…

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3 years ago

Murder time! Danganronpa V3 PC release confirmed

That rapscallion robot bear Monokuma is at it again, imprisoning more schoolchildren in a school and forcing them to play a life-and-death game of murder and mystery-solving in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony [official site]. Developers Spike Chunsoft have now confirmed that yup, the next in their adventure-o-visual novel will indeed be coming to PC too. While past Danganronpa PC versions have followed a while after…

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Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls bringing robobear-busting to PC

Both of Spike Chunsoft's Danganronpa wacky horror visual novels arrived on PC earlier this year, escaping through the portal from Consoleland, and now their spin-off is following too. Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls [official site] is quite different to those other two, mind. While they were murder mysteries with trapped students investigating killings incited by a robobear, Ultra Despair Girls is more of a…

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4 years ago

Sun, Sea & Slaughter: Danganronpa 2 – Goodbye Despair

Danganronpa 2 [Steam page] is a game about students killing one another because a teddy bear tells them to. They're on an island rather than in a locked-down school building because this is a sequel. New game, new environment. If you've played the first game, you'll have a good idea of what to expect - lots of conversations, occasional investigation scenes when someone does a…

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Danganronpa 2 Heading To PC Next Month

It feels like just last month we were telling you about the PC release of Spike Chunsoft's part murder mystery, part visual novel spectacle Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, doesn't it? Hang on a second, it was just last month! Despite having been previously released on both the PSP in Japan in 2012, and on the PS Vita in 2014 in the west, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair…

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Solve Murders, Befriend Schoolgirls: Danganronpa Out

Fifteen students are trapped inside a school and told they may only leave if they murder another student and can get away with it. As one of the students, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc [official site] will have players investigating each murder, searching for clues, interviewing people, and trying to win folks over to catch the killers. That's a fine premise that, isn't it? Then people…

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Phoenix Wrong: Danganronpa – Trigger Happy Havoc

Whenever I hear someone talking about the bizarre brilliance of the Danganronpa games [official site] I'm tempted to stick my fingers in my ears and run as far away as possible. The only current English language release is on the PlayStation Vita, a device just below pocket spiraliser on the list of things I'm likely to buy at any point in the near future, but…

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