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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
All about survival in world where violence is prevalent, where kids have no problems with killing in brutal, vicious ways, where people essentially take whatever they want through any means necessary.
Positive Role Models
No positive role models.
Ease of Play
Simple controls, managing inventory can take some practice.
Violence & Scariness
While some attempts to censor violence (bodies are colorful silhouettes, blood is neon purple, etc.), it doesn't take away impact of violence. Images of characters getting stabbed, impaled, slashed, killed in other brutal ways, corpses litter street in pools of blood. Big part of story centers around children blatantly hunting, murdering adults simply for fun.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
While no nudity, lots of sexual references. Characters make numerous sexual remarks, one protagonist constantly shown having sexual fantasies about another character.
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Aside from insults, demeaning dialogue between characters, includes multiple uses of profanity, including "f--k," "s--t".
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Products & Purchases
Spinoff from popular Danganronpa series, which includes video games, anime, manga, other merchandise.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One particular robot bear, Kurokuma, constantly shown smoking a cigar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls is an action/adventure game for the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4. The game is a spinoff of the popular Danganronpa series. Set in a dystopian future, violence is a part of the game's environment as much as any set piece. Bloody corpses litter the street, children commit murder for fun, and robot bears are killing people around every corner. Most of the characters the player interacts with showcase some of the worst traits in people, ranging from insulting and bullying to cruel and violent. The game makes frequent sexual references and strong profanity is used occasionally throughout the script.
Is It Any Good?
For every Oscar winning epic drama that hits the big screen, there's some cheesy B-movie flick that's just a blast to watch for no real discernable reason. Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls is the gaming equivalent of that B-movie. Make no mistake about it, the graphics and animations aren't the sharpest or the most fluid, the dialogue and acting is corny at best, and the story is likely to leave most people scratching their heads. It's messy, confusing, twisted, strange, and so far out in left field that you almost need to send a search party to find any sense to it. On paper, nothing about Ultra Despair Girls should work. And yet somehow, despite all of this, it does.
Ultra Despair Girls is one of those games that knows not to take itself too seriously, but still stops just short of being the punchline of its own joke. It's an oddball offshoot of an already quirky series, but it feels like it belongs. It doesn't hurt that the game's controls are easy to pick up and play, or that the division of gameplay elements and story progression are balanced out surprisingly well. Even though the story is warped and often confusing, it's got enough substance to get you invested in the characters and their adventures, leaving you waiting to see what crazy direction the plot will take next. And before you start to forget that this is an actual video game, there's a new action sequence that puts you right in the thick of things and keep you feeling like you're an active part of the craziness. Ultra Despair Girls is like an insane ride through a carnival sideshow. It's weird, it's warped, and it's rough around the edges, but at the end of the ride you still leave entertained, even if you can't exactly explain why.
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