WHAT IS THIS?
-An Ace Attorney styled adventure game/visual novel series, with the social link mechanic from Persona 3/4 and a 999/Battle Royale-like setting
-The series contains 2 main games, and a third person shooter spin off that connects the plots of the two main games, called Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls
DOES IT CONTAIN DUAL AUDIO?
Yes, all games have dual audio, but the TPS spin off requires a separate free download for the Japanese audio track.
I'VE HEARD NISA IS HANDLING THIS SERIES. IS THERE ANY CENSORSHIP?
No. And yes, that includes Another Episode too.
WHAT'S THE STORY ABOUT?
-Note: this is a summary of the first game
-A group of super skilled high schoolers along with one ordinary one chosen by raffle
are selected to attend Hope's Peak Academy, an institution that only scouts the best of the best and promises its graduates a successful career.
They arrive, only to find that they've been imprisoned in the academy by a teddy bear called Monokuma, who tells them that in order to escape they have to kill someone without being found out.
After someone is murdered all the students must take part in a "Class Trial", to figure out who the culprit is.
HOW DOES IT PLAY?
-The game has a linear structure with only one alternate ending towards the end
-The story is split into chapters and each chapter of the game is split into 2 portions: (n)everyday life (fan translation)/Daily Life (official translation) and neveryday life/Deadly Life.
During (n)everyday life you can explore the academy, talk to the other students
and progress with the story.
There's also a section called "Free Time" during which you can hang out with the other students
give them gifts, learn more about them and gain skills for the class trial.
During neveryday life, or after someone gets killed, you have to "Investigate"
the crime scene and other related places and collect "Ammunition"/"Truth Bullets", or evidence
for the class trial.
In the "Class Trial", you have to debate with other students in order to catch
the culprit of the case.
This is the most gameplay-filled portion of the game, as it's mostly made up
of minigames. You can read about them in detail here: http://pastebin.com/8bXQiRnb
HOW DO I PLAY THESE GAMES?
-The PSP version of the first game has been translated by Project Zetsubou and is avaiable here: http://danganronpa.wordpress.com/downloads/
The Vita port has received an official English release by NIS America in both the US and Europe
-The second game can be played both on PSP and Vita, but the Vita version is the only one that's available in English. And no, any links you find to a "fan-translation" of the PSP game aren't real
-Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls can only be played on Vita
I DON'T WANT TO BUY A VITA; ISN'T THERE ANOTHER WAY TO PLAY THE OTHER TWO GAMES?
You can watch YouTube playthroughs of both Danganronpa 2 and Another Episode if you don't mind getting half of the experience.
Alternatively, you can try to play the PSP version of DR2 alongside a youtube playthrough or one of the following text LPs:
Orenronen's LP. Canceled. Got up to chapter 3: http://danganronpa2mirror.tumblr.com/post/55269573689/table-of-contents
birdmanronpa's LP. Has chapters 4 and above translated along with some of the character's Free Times: http://birdmanronpa.tumblr.com/masterlist
Kuzuhiko's mirrored LP. Original blog was locked by password and only the entirety of chapter 3 and a bit of chapter 4 have been salvaged: http://kuzuhikomirror.tumblr.com/masterlist