After 3 games and several anime entries, the third part of the main series for Danganronpa has arrived for the Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita. Yes, Spike Chunsoft has not forgotten about its Vita gaming enthusiasts.
In the world of Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, the government has introduced a special encouragement system called the “Gifted System.” The government has handed out “Ultimate High School Level” titles to those who have a promising looking future.
One day, 16 Ultimate High School students from around the country are imprisoned in the “Academy for Gifted Prisoners.” At the beginning of Danganronpa V3, we meet one of our 16 students of this adventure, Kaede Akamatsu, the “Ultimate Pianist.” You will begin the game playing as Kaede and meet another fellow classmate named Shuuichi Saihara, the “Ultimate Detective.”
As you explore and meet the rest of your fellow classmates, you finally come across Monokuma, an evil headmaster of the Academy and along with him you will find his children known as the “Monokuma cubs.” These cubs will be your school’s administrators. Monokuma explains that this school is a place where the very gifted compete in a mutual killing game. In the event that a murder does occur, a class trial will be held to debate, “Who will become the Blackened?” If as a group, you decide correctly, only the “Blackened” will be punished. If the result of the answer is wrong, only the “Blackened” will live and the remaining students will be punished.
In the academy, the windows are barbed shut and there is a huge wall surrounding it. This, along with the evil robots patrolling the halls, physically makes it impossible to escape. The story is great in Japanese and I cannot wait until it comes out in English too.
There are twists and turns starting straight from the first class trial. Who will survive? Who will be the blackened? That is up to you to find out. It is definitely a story to not miss. You will become connected to many characters only to have them be taken away from you; however, I still find that the original game, Trigger Happy Havoc, had a better cast and the story was better.
How is the gameplay? It is really much more than a visual novel. You have hidden monokumas to collect (just like danganronpa 2), relationships to form, hidden scenes, and much more as there are many secrets throughout the school.
Other than traversing the academy and building relationships, you will have your class trials. These are not boring at all. They can be very lengthy and difficult. If you are playing the game and have no understanding of Japanese, I would just try to hold off until the North American version of the game releases. The developers have really upped the ante as they have added a lot of new mini-games as well as keeping some old ones. Sometimes the blackened comes out as a surprise and will devastate players. Just don’t go into a class trial with high expectations because the killer could literally be anyone.
The death sequences, which I will not show in my video review to keep from spoiling everything to you, are fantastically horrifying and intense. I almost teared up during some of these. They can almost be too much and degrading to certain characters. If you are a fan of the series, you will probably enjoy these.
Danganronpa V3’s graphics are immensely improved over the several other games. The whole universe is kind of futuristic looking and the school seems to be like an apocalyptic wasteland. The characters look brilliant but familiar (similar to previous characters in other games). It runs and looks great.
Overall, Danganronpa V3 is a great game for past fans of the franchise. The story has unpleasant twists and turns. It should be characterized as a horror adventure game because it has horrifying events and evil bears. The graphics and gameplay have been improved and updated.
10/10 – Fantastic and is the best Danganronpa game that I have played since the first title in the series.