Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is just a month away from release and oh, how the wait burns us. The first Danganronpa, Spike Chunsoft's answer to the question, "What if we turned the 'Japan' knob on Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney all the way up to 11, is my surprise favorite title on the PS Vita. All I really wanted from Danganronpa 2 was more of the same, but its apparent in the latest screenshots provided by NIS America that the game has been changed.
Today's half of a dozen screenshots focus in on the Class Trial feature of the game, the portion where the player must find the murderer amongst his friends lest the entire group be killed instead. Where Ace Attorney focuses entirely on evidence and discourse, Danganronpa goes wild with real-time arguments and mini-games mixed throughout.
Some of the new mini-games added in Danganronpa 2 are as follows, as described by NIS America:
- Logic Dive - You'll skateboard through a glowing path, interrupted by questions. Answering correctly will lead you down the right path, but the wrong answer will throw you off course and reset the Logic Dive!
- Hangman's Gambit - Letters are flying across the screen, and you have to pick out the ones you need to spell out your key evidence! Correct spelling lands you points, and you can fuse like letters together to form larger yet stationary letters that are worth even more points! But these big letters will detonate if you're too slow to use them, and if mismatched letters collide with each other, your health bar will take a big hit!
- Rebuttal Showdown - Characters won't just sit back and let you talk this time around. Your arguments can be interrupted, and you'll have to use evidence to cut down their arguments in this frenetic, one-on-one debate! The tropical sun's bringing some serious heat to the Class Trial!
Comparing the descriptions to their respective screenshots will do little to set your mind at ease. The Logic Dive looks like some maniacal mix of Tempest and the bonus stages from Sonic, while the Hangman's Gambit looks like Spelling Blaster on LSD. Hell, if Danganronpa literally turned into WarioWare for five minutes during a case, I'd still be hugely supportive. I can't wait to play this game.
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is planned for release on September 2 in North America and September 5 in Europe, exclusively on the PS Vita.