With all of the fancy new hardware out and available for players to obsess over, 2014 sees the next generation of gaming in full swing. There’s no shortage of high-profile games that publishers are just dying to let us know about — we’ll likely be talking about titles like inFamous: Second Son, Watch Dogs, Destiny, and Titanfall well after they’ve released.
That’s all well and good, but let’s not forget about games that won’t have millions of dollars budgeted just for advertising. So we’re doing as we did last year by highlighting some under the radar games for 2014. These all warrant a second (and third) look, so bone up!
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
This is the only title on the list that’s already out (and only by a couple of days), but Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc epitomizes the spirit of what we’re talking about. Fans with an eye for niche Japanese games might have had their eye on it for a little while, but it’s going to take positive buzz to bring it into the mainstream consciousness.
That certainly isn’t impossible: franchises like Persona and Phoenix Wright have built dedicated fanbases as word spread of the quirky good times to be had. And wouldn’t you know it, Danganronpa has drawn comparisons to both of them: It’s an interactive story much like the Ace Attorney series, filled with characters and scenarios that will feel familiar to those who dove into Persona 4 Golden.
In a release week shared by Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, and even other Vita titles like TxK and Toukiden, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havok could use an extra push. If you’re truly clamoring for something different, then we encourage you to check it out.