Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony Review
This is a classic return to form for NIS America & Spike Chunsoft's 3rd major mainline Danganronpa game. The elements which originally drew me into the bizarre, yet touching world of Danganronpa are all returning attributes in V3. The intriguing, mysterious plot that invokes fear, paranoia, hope & yes of course despair. Although, Danganronpa 1-2 Reload is a far more satisfying & lengthy release, V3 features a cast of loveable (& hateable) characters who mostly are all charming & unique. This focus on characters brings the most realistic & humane qualities out in each of them. You will learn what each character is afraid of, their hobbies & even darker more well kept personal secrets as well. You do this by spending time with them in your Free time & also giving them their favorite types of presents the game offers via minigames. While the charming cast & sinister plot work wonders for the game as a whole, its the silly & bizarre Monokubs & Monokuma who sometimes become more of an annoying pest than supporting cast members. Also, some of the dialogue can be immature & profane as can the actions & events of the game. While this is become a known quality for the Danganronpa series throughout its brief life cycle, this one may push it too far as far as absurdity & ridiculous events go.
That being said, you play as Kaede Akamatsu or the Ultimate Pianist, and as usual in Danganropa, the cast wake up in a evil school with no recollection of their Ultimate Talents or how they wound up in this place. It doesnt take long for the cruel Monokuma to make his appearance & also the introduction of his cubs or MonoKubs. the students then are revealed that they will participate in a killing game and will be forced to begin a class trial to determine who killed who. As always, the game throws curb balls and plot twists nearly every 5 mins & the paranoia & despair of the surroundings & also some actions of some of the more evil characters soon proves to be too much for the once-upon a time friends. The Class Trials play out much like the original games before it, and have improved features & ways of making you use your detective skills & your brain. The Ultimate Detective, Shuichi Saihara is one of my more favorite characters from this title. The friendship bonding system returns & is as always a welcome treat that promotes replayable attributes. The main game will take less than 20 hours to beat but doing so unlocks a bunch of goodies & new modes to test out. There is plenty to love in this latest Danganronpa adventure, whether it be the colorful ensemble of characters or the shocking & sinister plot. I recommend with high honors anyone who is a fan of Danganronpa in the least.