Analog Addiction writes: "Maybe I am the weird one, but there is something really captivating about a high-stakes game trope. I never get tired of it; the struggle for life, the want of hope, the reality of despair – it is fascinating! Even though it’s a concept that has been done over too many times to count, it arguably provides some the best stories – or as I said – the most captivating ones. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is one such story. Fifteen students caught in a game of death, clinging to the hope of escape yet manipulated into despair by an evil monochromatic bear; it’s bizarre, compelling, funny, and unique. So unique, in fact, that I couldn’t imagine a scenario in which the same type of game could be played out in a sequel without seeming derivative. But here we are, seven months later with the direct sequel – Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair - and my goodness, it is fantastic."