IIRC the patch was made for the The Best version of the game, get that one to make sure you won't run into any issues.
Since the Let's Play of this game made me a fan of it, I figured this translation patch deserved its own topic.
What is Dangan Ronpa?
(from the translation team's website)
What is Danganronpa?
Danganronpa–developed and published by Spike and first released in Japan for the PSP on November 25, 2010–is a unique kind of adventure game. Described by its creators as “psychopop” and “high-speed action mystery,” Danganronpa takes your typical whodunnit mystery and straps it to a rocket, fusing puzzle-solving with real-time action elements inspired by shooting and rhythm games–and it does so to incredible effect. But novel gameplay isn’t the only thing Danganronpa has going for it: with music composed by the amazingly talented Masafumi Takada (killer7, God Hand, No More Heroes); a full roster of bombastic, eccentric, and shamelessly irreverent characters; and an intricate story clocking in at just under 1000 pages and jam-packed with twists and turns, there’s more than enough to keep you engrossed from start to finish.
Set in a private school in modern-day Japan known as Kibougamine Academy, Danganronpatakes fifteen “Super Duper” high school students and pits them against one another in a game of life or death. Just moments after stepping through the doors on his first day, the protagonist–Makoto Naegi–finds himself struck with a sudden bout of nausea and dizziness. He collapses, to wake up nearly an hour later in an unfamiliar, empty classroom, with thick, immovable iron plates over each of the windows.
Remembering he was scheduled to meet up with the other new students, Naegi steps out into the eerily empty hallway and searches for the entrance hall. There, he finds the other fourteen new transfers standing around a monolithic metal contraption–resembling the door to a bank vault or a military facility–sealing them in. Two large guns with cameras attached hang from the ceiling. Not quite sure what to make of the sight, and nothappy that they appear to be stuck inside the academy, the fifteen introduce themselves to one another, and Naegi learns he’s not the only one who lost consciousness when he stepped through the gates. As they finish, the television on the wall flickers on, and a half-black, half-white robotic bear called Monokuma orders everyone to assemble in the gymnasium.
There, he explains the situation: everyone’s trapped inside the school, for life. The only way to escape is to murder one of the other fourteen students and get away with it, at which point the “villain” will “graduate” and be allowed to leave. After a murder is committed and the body is discovered, the students will be given a short amount of time to perform an investigation–examine the crime scene, gather any evidence left behind, interview witnesses–after which a Class Trial will be held. During the Class Trial, the students will discuss the information they gathered, debating their conclusions and attempting to determine who the culprit is. At the end of the trial, each student casts a ballot for who they think the “villain” is. If the majority of students select correctly, the “villain” will be executed, and everyone else will be allowed to resume their lives within the academy. But if they’re wrong… everyone except the “villain” is executed, and he is free to leave, all by himself.
Faced with a declaration so outlandish and preposterous, many students express disbelief at Monokuma’s words, but as one student points out, the veracity of his claims isn’t what’s important. Unusually calm and composed, Byakuya Togami says, “No, the real problem… is whether someone here, in this room, took him seriously…” The gymnasium goes silent, and, as Togami’s words echo in everyone’s minds, the curtain rises on a harsh, unforgiving game of trust and betrayal, of friendship and rivalry, of life and death. Will their hope of escaping with their lives prevail, or will they be crushed, one by one, until nothing but despair remains?
(Note: The "Super High School Level" terminology is the one commonly used right now, however the translation team is using "Super Duper High School ________" instead. I would've used that too but I don't know what the final titles are yet.)
(From left to right)
Super High-School Level Luck
Voiced by Megumi Ogata
Super High-School Level Hall Monitor
Voiced by Kosuke Toriumi
Super High-School Level Literary Girl
Voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro
Super High-School Level Idol Singer
Voiced by Makiko Ohmoto
Super High-School Level Baseball Player
Voiced by Takahiro Sakurai
Super High-School Level Doujinshi Author
Voiced by Kappei Yamaguchi
Super High-School Level Swimmer
Voiced by Chiwa Saitou
Super High-School Level Programmer
Voiced by Kouki Miyata
Super High-School Level ???
Voiced by Youko Hikasa
Super High-School Level Fashion Girl
Voiced by Megumi Toyoguchi
Super High-School Level Gang Leader
Voiced by Kazuya Nakai
Super High-School Level Wrestler
Voiced by Kujira
Super High-School Level Heir
Voiced by Akira Ishida
Super High-School Level Fortune-Teller
Voiced by Masaya Matsukaze
Super High-School Level Gambler
Voiced by Hekiru Shiina
The Headmaster of Hope's Peak/Kibougamine Academy
Voiced by Nobuyo Ōyama
It's similar to the Ace Attorney games with its own twist + a little Persona 3/4
The game's chapters are divided in 3:
Similar to Social Links in the Persona series, you choose one of the characters to socialize and bond with. If you give them gifts that they like, you will be treated to more of the characters' story and also receive new skills for the courtroom segment. The story progresses in between Free Time segments, and eventually a murder will happen, which leads to...
Investigate the school and question the surviving characters to gather evidence for use in the next segment.
The surviving characters will debate between each other to find the murderer and you must point out the contradictions in their statements. Unlike the Ace Attorney series however, the conversation keeps moving and won't wait for you, but most importantly, you must literally aim and shoot at the statements with your evidence (well, not literally for the characters themselves). There will also be other forms of gameplay like rythm minigames and shooting at letters to complete the word that you are looking for. At the end, you will be timed and graded.
Where to get
Tutorial for acquiring the game legally
Link to the patch and how to apply it
Screenshots (taken from Gamefaqs)
Also, a very important spoilery petition to all of you that will play and discuss the game here that's related to a main plot point of chapter 2.
Please for the love of god keep all discussion about Chihiro's gender civil