Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony

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Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
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Third time's the charm.
Protagonist: Kaede Akamatsu
Shuichi Saihara
Genre: Visual Novel
Platforms: Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 4
PlayStation Vita
Release Date: January 12, 2017
PlayStation 4
JP: January 12, 2017
NA: September 26, 2017
EU: September 29, 2017
AU: October 6, 2017
Trilogy
NA: March 26, 2019
EU: March 29, 2019
PlayStation Vita
JP: January 12, 2017
NA: September 26, 2017
EU: September 29, 2017
AU: October 6, 2017
Windows
WW: September 26, 2017
Android, iOS

Anniversary Edition
TBA

Developer: Spike Chunsoft
Publisher: Spike Chunsoft (JP)
NIS America (WW)
Made in: Japan
Franchise: Danganronpa
Previous Game: Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls


Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is a visual novel mystery game developed by Spike Chunsoft for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Windows. The game was released in Japan in January 2017, and in North America and Europe by NIS Americathat September. A Windows version was also released at the same time.

Why It Rocks

  1. It arguably has the visuals graphics in the Danganronpa trilogy.The backgrounds/character designs are very creative and intricate with every detail being visible in every frame and on every character.
  2. The executions are the most drastic and creative that they've ever been in the entire series.
  3. The music is widely regarded to be the best in the entire series. It was all made by the talented Masafumi Takada, the same man who worked on the music in previous games, and it ranges from emotional, upbeat, and scary.
  4. Like it's predecessors, the cast consists of a group students who are all extremely complex, interesting, and capable of having an entire story dedicated to themselves due to their distinctive personalities.
    • Kaede Akamatsu, the Ultimate Pianist, is caring, understanding, and a capable leader.
    • Shuichi Saihara, the Ultimate Detective, is initially shy and timid, but later grows into a leader following Kaede's death.
    • Himiko Yumeno, the Ultimate Magician, is introduced as a secretive and lazy girl, but later learns to open up to those around her and express her emotions more freely.
    • Kaito Momota, the Ultimate Astronaut, is passionate, comical boy with a habit of over-exaggerating his emotions and actions and dreams of going to space.
    • Kirumi Tojo, the Ultimate Maid, is a seemingly submissive but secretly manipulative woman who is determined to escape the school at any cost due to having the entire country dependent on her.
    • Korekiyo Shinguji, the Ultimate Anthropologist, is cool-headed and intelligent student who shares a deep love for human nature.
    • Tenko Chabashira, the Ultimate Akido Master, is an energetic martial artist with a hatred of men and a crush on Himiko.
    • Gonta Gokuhara, the Ultimate Entomologist, is an enormous but gentle and dim-witted boy who aspires to be a gentleman.
    • K1-B0, the Ultimate Robot, is a robot equipped with an advanced learning AI, invented by a robotics genius named Professor Idabashi.
    • Angie Yonaga, the Ultimate Artist, is accomplished artist from an island nation who considers herself a conduit of the god of her island, Atua.
    • Kokichi Oma, the Ultimate Supreme Leader, is a childlike and sly prankster who is is extremely deceptive and clever.
    • Miu Iruma, the Ultimate Inventor, is a brash and arrogant genius who often brags about her intelligence and books.
    • Ryoma Hoshi, the Ultimate Tennis Pro, is very serious and pessimistic, believing he has nothing to live for due to losing his loved ones and being a death row inmate.
    • Maki Harukawa, the Ultimate Child Caregiver/Assassin, is an initially cold and hostile girl, but over time warms up to those around her.
    • Rantaro Amami, the Ultimate Survivor (Ultimate Survivor) is a mysterious and rather cavalier boy who, for an unknown reason, forgot his talent but is determined to learn it.
  5. Speaking of the characters, it's almost certain the player will end up becoming emotionally attached to at least one of them, making the deaths all the more impactful.
  6. Incredible Japanese and English voice acting, especially from Hiro Shimono (Japanese) and Derek Stephen Price (English) as Kokichi.
  7. Heartwarming and touching moments like Gonta giving a sleeping Himiko a piggy back ride to her room, Maki inviting Shuichi into her lab where Kaito is learning how to put a crossbow together, and Himiko's speech about living positively from now on at the beginning of chapter 4.
  8. The new debates and mini-games were cleverly done. Debate scrums divided the courtroom into teams. That is awesome because it expands upon the characters and where they stand in a very simple mechanic. Once you have the killer cornered, you also have a one on one debate with them and they get a cool supervillain-like design during the mini-game.
  9. Hilarious dialogue like:
    • "You mean she's not my mom!?"
    • "I can't believe you didn't notice that. I guess that's why you're still an apprentice."
    • "The hydraulic press wouldn't stop when I lay underneath it. But it did stop for Kaito... This is obviously robophobia! I'll never forgive that bigoted hydraulic press!"
    • "Don't thrust the blame onto me! You degenerate males and your...thrusting! Ugh!"
    • "Gee, thanks for telling us that useless detail!"
    • "Sorry! Forgot! I definitely didn't keep it a secret to make the trial more interesting!"
  10. It does a grand job at its unpredictability. The ending is certainly not one a fan can just guess, and that goes for most of the trials as well. There are a lot of discoveries to be made and plenty of room for fans to think but a conclusion is hard to get to the earlier in a case you are in. It is awesome to see the truth slowly reveal itself with each clue.
  11. There's not once a dull moment in the entire game, not an opportunity to shake things up and keep the player on edge that the game doesn't take.
  12. The camera perspective issue in the previous games is fixed here, so now it's adjustable and not limited to being shown from a low level.

Bad Qualities

  1. The Monokuma Kubs are very annoying and serve as little more than unfunny fillers who interrupt the trials at the best parts.
    • Monotaro is the clumsy leader.
    • Monokid is a bear with rocker motifs who never shuts up.
    • Monophanie is literally just Monomi from Danganronpa 2, but with a ton of disturbing fetishes.
    • Monosuke is little more than a whiny jerk.
    • Monodam is the most robotic of the five (though he's also the most likeable).
  2. The Mastermind, Tsumugi Shirogane, is also incredibly unlikable to many fans, as she's little more than a one-dimensional Junko rip-off who has little to no personality or impact on the story until the reveal of her being the Mastermind. She also feels like a very weak and forced villain.
  3. The pace struggles at first, but luckily gets better as the game goes on.
  4. The twist near the end (that the entire Danganronpa series from this point was all just fictional) while there is some evidence that it isn't the case and that Tsumugi was lying about it, can still be negatively received by some people.
  5. The advertising and introduction make sit seem like Kaede's the protagonist, but after the first trial, she's killed off and replaced by Shuichi. This was very upsetting and disappointing for many people, as Kaede was a very likable, caring girl, a strong leader for the others, and the first female protagonist in the Danganronpa main game serie. Shuichi on the other hand, while still likable, is more wimpy and timid as opposed to Kaede's leadership and strong will, though he does grow over the course of the game.

Reception

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony received "generally favorable" reviews from critics, and was the second highest rated PlayStation Vita game and fiftieth highest rated PlayStation 4 game of 2017 on the review aggregator Metacritic.

Danganronpa V3 was awarded by Famitsu with a score of 37/40 Within its first week on sale in Japan, the game sold a total of 116,172 copies (PS Vita: 76,166 copies/PS4: 40,006 copies) with the PS Vita version being the second best-selling game of the week and the PS4 version being the third best-selling game of the week. This would be the highest debut for a Danganronpa game so far. By February 2017, the PlayStation Vita version had sold over 115,840 copies in Japan. The Steam release had an estimated total of 73,400 players by July 2018.

The game had sold a total of 194,300 copies in Japan as of December 2017 (PS Vita: 129,415 copies/PS4: 64,885 copies).

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Cecilia1945

24 days ago
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I heard the WIR section had to be updated, so I tried my best to add as much more detailed points as I could. Does it look okay to stay now?
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The7Guy

17 days ago
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"Don't you even understand something as basic as that, you filthy C U M D U M P S T E R?"
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The7Guy

17 days ago
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finally, that took me like 3 times to type correctly
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Asexual King Dice

15 days ago
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Gonta best boy :)
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Cecilia1945

10 days ago
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Agreed! I love Gonta!

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