The Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony Demo is Out Now!Aug 29, 2017 | 1 Votes by Mikhail 10 rate The Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony demo is now available on the Playstation 4, Playstation Vita, and on Steam - download and experience it now!
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony’s demo, whose full game is the third installment of the popular school murder mystery franchise, is available for free on Steam and the Playstation store. The highly-anticipated full game will be released on September 26th, and it’s the first time it will go mainstream from the get-go. Note that the first two games and the spinoff title, Ultra Despair Girls, were first released on the niche PS Vita and were later ported into the Playstation 4 and PC.
DRV3 follows the format of the first two games: you’re strapped into the shoes of the kidnapped protagonist trapped with 15 other gifted students in a school for gifted or “ultimate” high schoolers, each with special abilities and titles. For example, student titles include Ultimate Magician, an Ultimate Astronaut, and even queer ones like Ultimate Supreme Leader. The school is only known as the “Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles”, which is overgrown with vegetation and has been visibly neglected. It is a far cry from Hope’s Peak Academy in Danganronpa 1, and Jabberwock Island in Danganronpa 2.
Under mysterious circumstances, you will have no recollection of a certain time in your past, and you won’t be able to leave the school premises. The headmaster, in the form of a sadistic, two-toned teddy bear named Monokuma, will “encourage” the students to murder each other in order to earn the right to leave the academy. He acted alone in the previous games, but now, he’s accompanied by his children, the Monokubs. When a murder happens, there will be an investigation period and finally, a “Class Trial” to find the culprit. Bear in mind that if the killer isn’t found after this, everybody except him or her will be executed. If the opposite happens, the blackened will be the one on the chopping block and the other students will continue living out their school lives in the hope that another murder wouldn't occur.
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony’s demo includes a standalone scenario that does not spoil anything in the main game. You will play as Kaede Akamatsu, the blonde Ultimate Pianist and the game’s protagonist. Guiding you throughout this will be Makoto Naegi, the protagonist of the first Danganronpa title, and Hajime Hinata, the 2nd game’s main character.
The scenario involves the murder of a certain character in the first game. After which, an investigation period will ensue, followed by a Class Trial. Prior to this though, you’ll get to interact with most of the quirky and eccentric characters. Exploring a part of the school is included as well.
Danganronpa V3’s Gameplay
Danganronpa is a mix of several genres. Primarily, it’s a visual novel, especially since players will be reading lots of dialogue during character interactions. In a way, it’s also an adventure game, since you will be exploring a large environment in first-person, as well as an RPG, since you will be playing as a certain character.
The main meat of the game would be the Class Trials, which also include a few minigames. These include driving a car on a Las Vegas-esque highway and deciding which direction coincides with the right answers, as well as a board game where you will mix and match blocks to uncover what is underneath them. The demo only provides two to three hours of gameplay, but the Class Trials in the main one will be longer.
Debate and argumentation is done through shooting down other characters’ arguments and statements with “Truth Bullets”. These are pieces of evidence which happen to contradict what a character is saying. A few more additions are added, like simultaneous panic debates as well as an exciting lie mechanic, which are absent from the previous titles.
Plot and Presentation
Danganronpa V3 promises to be the most eccentric game in the franchise with more complicated murder scenarios, longer trials, and a robust cast of fully-voiced characters. Both Japanese and English voices are available, and actors of the previous games have returned to take on new roles. For example, Erika Harlacher who voiced Kyoko Kirigiri in Danganronpa 1 is now Kaede Akamatsu, while Christine Marie Cabanos is back as Yumiko Himeno, after her outstanding performance as Chiaki Nanami in Danganronpa 2.
The visuals are extremely detailed and stunning and the creator, Kazutaka Kodaka, mentioned that they were using a “psycho-cool” aesthetic theme. The anime art style remains, and the character designs stand out more here than in previous games. Moreover, the official soundtrack is also one of the game’s strongest points, but be sure to tone it down in the settings or else you won’t hear the voices!
Preparation for a Wild, Mystery-filled Ride
Danganronpa V3’s demo will amply prepare you for the main game, thanks to its comprehensive tutorials and understandable explanation of its various gameplay elements. Speaking of preparation, you don’t need to play the first two games to understand the story of V3, considering that it is an all new story. Furthermore, the first two games and the spinoff's respective plots have already been concluded by two anime series released last year. Finally, try not to look up wiki entries or even YouTube comments if you don’t want to end up being spoiled!