Danganronpa 1.2 Reload (PS Vita)
What Is It?
A murder mystery adventure game that combines a unique 2.5D motion graphic art style with a twisted scenario. Fifteen students are trapped in Hope’s Peak Academy, and according to a talking robot bear called Monokuma, they can only get out by killing one of their own and covering up their tracks. Players unravel the story through the eyes of the student Makoto as they have to unravel murders through investigations and evidence-hunting, with each case’s culprit decided through a class trial.
If players guess the culprit's identity correctly during a class trial, he or she will undergo capital punishment for disrupting the sanctity of the academy. Fail, and the killer walks scot-free while everyone else gets the axe.
Dating simulation aspects do creep up, as Makoto can hang out with the remaining students, bond with them via conversations and gift-giving. Think the Ace Attorney adventure game series combined with anime high school tropes and the “whodunit” aspects of Saw, and that’s Danganronpa in a nutshell.
The verdict for this crime caper being in English is a resounding “no”. Despite the unconventional-yet-brilliant combination, there has not been a publisher from North America or Europe daring enough to bring this niche title overseas. However, the game’s publisher Nippon Ichi said during a TGS press event that the American branch will announce something really soon, so fingers crossed.