Following on from Danganronpa 1.2 Reload, which came to PS4 earlier this year, Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls is the final piece of the Danganronpa puzzle to come to PS4, with Danganronpa V3 releasing on Vita and PS4 from the get-go in September.
Playing as a third-person shooter rather than a visual novel, Ultra Despair Girls seemed like it would benefit from a PS4 port more than the previous two games, and that remains true with its release. It’s a very different experience from the other two games in how it plays, but it’s fun in its own right. It also takes place between the previous two, so it’s a nice opportunity for some extra story and has plenty of references to and cameos of familiar characters.
As with Reload, there’s not a huge change in the graphics, and Ultra Despair Girls looks a little fuzzy sometimes in both the anime cutscenes and in-game. The execution-style scenes, however, look excellent, and it’s wonderful to see them in all their disturbing glory on a bigger screen. Even just wandering around benefits from this too, as there’s a lot to take in while you traverse a world in ruin and bat off Monokumas left, right, and center to survive.
Ultra Despair Girls is a lot more comfortable to play on PS4.
There aren’t many differences between this port and the Vita version, but Ultra Despair Girls is a lot more comfortable to play on PS4. The DualShock4 controller — particularly its analogue sticks sized for actual hands — makes aiming with the Hacking Gun, as well as moving around and controlling the camera in Manual mode, a lot easier. There’s a whoooole lot of Hacking Gun aiming to be done, so that’s definitely a big plus. All in all, the game just plays and feels better on PS4.
One notable change this time around, however, is the inclusion of dual audio in the base package. While the Japanese voiceover was available as a free download on Vita, it’s nice to have the option there from the beginning without having to go to any extra effort for it, if that’s your thing. If that’s not your thing, well, nothing’s changed, so that’s good too!
Ultra Despair Girls becomes a more enjoyable and more manageable experience on PS4.
While it’s still not the strongest game in the Danganronpa series, Ultra Despair Girls becomes a more enjoyable and more manageable experience on PS4, and is a worthy addition to the PS4 collection.
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