I was recently given a digital key for the game to review and with the holidays coming up, I’m sure some people will be wondering what latest video games they can get, either for themselves or their teenage friends. Allow me to try and convince those people to get this one. Danganronpa V3, the fourth in the Danganronpa franchise, is available on PSVita, which I played it on, Steam/PC, and for the first time in the series, on a major home console, the PlayStation 4.
The plot of the game is very similar to that of the original two Danganronpa titles. You play a teenage student who gets trapped in a school type setting with a large group of other students, where the headmasters tasks them all to kill each other if they hope to return to the outside world.
Warning: despite its Japanese-anime art style being somewhat inviting to a younger audience, this game is NOT SUITBALE FOR THEM and is suitably rated 16+.
It’s very mature and deals with incredibly gory content, mainly revolving around murder (I will get to that shortly), but also strong language, unsafe content/topics and other things of the like. So if you are under sixteen, this may not be the review for you. Unless you are somehow already fans of the Danganronpa universe, in which case, carry on. But to anyone underaged who finds the actual game too disturbing for them, I warned you.
As you would expect with the Danganronpa cast, each character is truly unique and out of this world, showcasing their ‘ultimate talents’ and having their characters either embody those talents or appear so far from them that it almost seems like they can’t be who they seem they are. Some characters are kind, others are cruel, whilst others are straight up evil and insane. But, I can guarantee you will find your favourites. But Do NOT get too attached to those favourites, because you don’t know whether or not they will be alive by the time the whole game plays out.
Danganronpa V3 follows the similar style it always has. Following along the lines of a visual novel, there aren’t that many 3D aspects to the actual characters themselves (apart from a few exceptions which relate to the story itself). But the rest of the game does play out in a 3D environment which you have the chance to walk around and interact with everything you see.
There are some additions and changes from previous games, one notable change is the transitions from the different characters talking during cutscenes, which seem to be much more like a comic-book or pop-up book feel, which I find very appealing.
The music, which was once again composed by long-running series composer Masafumi Takada, is truly one of the best parts that will constantly fit the situations that the characters and story present. It can be very jovial at times, but mostly rather dark and intense, especially during the class trails when the music gets you pumped up the most.
I won’t get into the story since this series is known for its fanbase spoiling all the key moments and I would rather readers experience the games first hand. However, I can reveal that the theme of the game deals with lies and deception. That theme itself stands out in so many different ways – it transitions into the gameplay, as I mentioned with one of the lying mechanics, but it also goes into the way the events of the game play out, which really have you gasping and wondering if what is happening is actually happening or not. It can follow some of the previous titles story in some aspects, the same plot of high school students being trapped and forced to kill each other, but that’s the consistent and recurring premise of the Danganronpa series as a whole.
Overall, this game is one you need to truly experience for yourself. As a long time fan of the series, it really is an interesting take on the series thus far and whether this is your first dive into the Danganronpa franchise or one you are looking immensely for, I say it is truly worth experiencing for yourselves.