Best PS Vita Games 2016

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

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Developer: NIS America

No one quite does “unique” like the Japanese, and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is on unsettling but incredibly enjoyable masterpiece. Like its forerunner – which was also released in 2014 – the game plays out like a visual novel. You’re placed on a seemingly peaceful island with a group of students who are told that their only hope of salvation is murder. However, should this heinous crime be exposed during regular “trials”, then the perpetrator is immediately executed. It sounds grim and depressing, but the excellent script, bizarre characters and strangely addictive puzzle mini-games make it remarkably compelling.

Those of you who have enjoyed Capcom’s courtroom drama series Phoenix Wright will appreciate the evidence-gathering and the tense nature of the trials, while novel use of the Vita’s touchscreen helps lend the game some welcome action. Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair certainly isn’t for everyone; trigger-happy players might find it too heavy on dialogue and too light on button-bashing excitement, but it’s still a standout title in the Vita’s library.

Price: £34.99