The weird world of Danganronpa: a starter guide

2017 is a big year for the Danganronpa series. The first two games made their way to the PlayStation 4, Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls showed up on the PlayStation 4 and PC, a tech demo made its way to the PlayStation VR worldwide and the third installment is showing up everywhere in every region this year. This means it is a good time to consider enrolling in Hope’s Peak Academy. School is in session!

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The proliferation of Persona-likes

When Atlus released Persona 3, it hit upon a formula that resonated with people. Players were doing the typical “save the world” thing, but in a modern environment that required them to also interact with other people and maintain something of a normal life when they weren’t involved in dungeon-crawling and life-or-death battles. In the years since, we’ve seen multiple games that attempt to capture the magic of the Persona series.

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Final Fantasy Tactics series’ job systems beautifully intertwine

Final Fantasy Tactics is a gorgeously intricate game. It’s not only one of the best installments in the Final Fantasy series, but one of the best tactical titles ever released. It’s a beautiful game. But, it isn’t just the graphics and storyline that are so impressive. Even the job system is delicately designed in such a way that, while it may seem complex and intimidating, is pretty in its own right.

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Honoring Kingdom Hearts’ Aqua in 2.8 HD

Kingdom Hearts is a series that’s been meandering for the last few years. We’ve seen a lot of running in place, rather than actual movement forward. When it comes to Kingdom Hearts 2.8 HD Final Chapter Prologue, we’re getting a rare bit of progression. While the meat of this meal is an HD port of Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance, there’s something more substantial here too. A Fragmentary Passage will finally advance Aqua’s story.

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Shin Megami Tensei: Persona’s demon negotiations still make sense

Demon negotiation is a Shin Megami Tensei staple. Ever since Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei was released on the Famicom in 1987, players have been able to talk with their supernatural enemies and attempt to get them to join their ranks. Each game offers its own variation on this unique form of communication and recruitment, but Shin Megami Tensei: Persona has one of the most interesting and realistic approaches to the mechanic.

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