Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Macabre mature whodunit where nothing is as it seems.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 56 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Driving force of game is survival, with students all given a "kill or be killed" ultimatum. Though you build relationships with your fellow students, they could be killed or may be secretly plotting against you at any given moment.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though cast of characters is diverse in personality, it's hard to consider any of them "positive" role models. All of them are flawed in their own way, and due to the nature of the story, none of them are ever quite what they seem to be.

Ease of Play

Progressing through story requires learning a number of wildly different mini-games, features, including a car driving mini-game, a hangman-style mini-game, a rhythm mini-game, etc. Players also need to use deductive reasoning, observation skills to pick up on clues scattered throughout each chapter.

Violence

Continues Danganronpa's tradition of brutal violence with graphic scenes of torture, death. Students are murdered in a variety of ways, including being impaled, crushed, drowned, even boiled, burned alive.

Sex

Although no full nudity, scenes of characters in underwear, making overt sexual comments, advances, references; fair amount of sexually charged language, insults.

Language

Frequent use of  "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "d--k."

Consumerism

Latest installment of Danganronpa franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Occasional references to drinking, drug use.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is a mystery/adventure game for the PlayStation 4, Windows, and PS Vita, and it's the third main title in the Danganronpa series. The game is presented in a visual novel format, with players following events as they unfold and participating in key moments. Although it has an animated and somewhat cartoonish style, the game features intense scenes of death and torture, many of which are committed by and against the high school-age students of the Ultimate Academy of Gifted Juveniles. The plot and dialogue also include a number of overt sexual references, as well as liberal use of profanity and occasional alcohol and drug use references.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12-year-old Written byThatOneEmoGuy October 22, 2017

Danganronpa did it again!

Like with other Danganronpa games, this is violent, but of course the blood is pink so it doesn’t seem gory and wrong. For all those people worrying about sex i... Continue reading
Adult Written byyoshindo July 17, 2019

HWHXSVJUJX this is absolutely my life.

I can't think about anything else. I love the Danganronpa series so so so much. I recommend it for people who enjoy tragedy, horror, whodunit, fun-to-play... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byTeebN March 1, 2020

Quick summary

This game is targeted at a 17+ audience as a text-heavy detective game. However if your child is mature and over 14 this game and series should be fine. The sto... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old October 1, 2019

Ok what.

Why is this rated 18???I watched gameplay of this and im 9,The violence is nothing compared to gta and stuff,Jeez. edit:I think its just me because for some rea... Continue reading

What's it about?

DANGANRONPA V3: KILLING HARMONY brings a new group of students to the Ultimate Academy of Gifted Juveniles, for yet another round of deadly machinations staged by the homicidal robotic teddy bear Monokuma and his equally demented cubs. The students are challenged to commit the perfect murder, killing a fellow student and escaping detection by their peers. Using deductive reasoning, quick reflexes, and a little bit of luck, players must survive a series of trials, find the murderers amongst them, and uncover the true identity of their warped game master and the shocking secret behind their imprisonment. With a plot that full of twists and turns, there are only two lessons you can count on in the life-and-death class of Danganronpa: Trust no one, and nothing is ever quite what it seems.

Is it any good?

One of the hallmarks of any great suspense tale is unpredictability, and this mystery adventure game is loaded with lots of random elements to keep players on their toes. Face it: A mystery simply has no appeal if you already know everything that's going to happen. While the Danganronpa serious is no slouch when it comes to surprises, the plot in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony has more twists than a pretzel factory. Without revealing any spoilers, it's safe to say that after the credits roll and the game's final secrets are revealed, you never feel cheated. Although nothing is ever quite what it seems, you can still see how a series of innocuous clues, unconnected events, and shocking reveals are actually connected in the grand scheme of it all. The end result leads to a rewarding payoff that's both entertaining and satisfying.

The insanity of Killing Harmony doesn't stop with its story. The gameplay is just as warped, forcing players to alternate between calm moments of interaction and observation and almost manic action. You never quite know what to expect, as one minute you're driving a car through the streets of someone's subconscious, and the next you're putting all the pieces in place in a literal puzzle game, and after that, you're trying to make sense of the chaotic ramblings of your fellow students all pleading their cases at once. It's high stress, high anxiety, and yet all still highly entertaining, if not completely disturbing. Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is a macabre experience and a scathing look at modern society, but it's presented in such a way that it leaves you fully satisfied, sticking with you long after the credits roll.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. How does disturbing imagery of violence, even presented in a cartoonish manner, affect younger gamers and what should parents watch for?

  • Talk about decision-making in difficult situations. What are some ways to keep calm and make reasonable decisions under pressure? Could and should tough decisions compromise your personal beliefs and morals?

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