If you and told me last year that I’d soon play a game that combined elements of Ace Attorney: Phoenix Wright, Persona 4 and Virtue’s Last Reward, I’d say you were crazy person. Those games don’t appear to fit together at all on face value, at least not in a way that makes sense. Thankfully, this did not stop the creators of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc from releasing one of my favorite games this year. With a dark and silly story, this game sucks you in and doesn’t let you go until the very end. The crazy thing is that the sequel also came out this year, though I only made it a short ways into that game.
Locked in a special school with “ultimate” students who are the best at what they do, the only way out is to get away with murder. Solving the various murder cases is immensely fun and satisfying, but even better than that is getting to know the characters of the story. A good story hinges on the characters within and this one does a great job of providing some colorful characters that just happened to not be as perfect as they might seem at the start. I’m personally a huge fan of courtroom drama, so this was an easy slam dunk for me, but I also highly recommend it to anyone who’s up for an awesomely dark and zany story. It clearly deserves to be my number 4 game on my top 10 for 2014.