Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is the latest entry in a series of visual novel games about groups of high school students who are forced to kill each other in order to “graduate” from a sadistic, mysterious academy. There are rules to the killing game, but the most important rule is that the student has to quite literally get away with murder to win the game and graduate. If a murder goes unsolved, the murderer (known as the “Blackened”) gets to leave, and the rest (known as the “Spotless”) are punished. The punishment, in this case, is death.
The conceit is reminiscent of other fictional works like Battle Royale or The Hunger Games, but Danganronpa’s greatest strength is the underlying mystery upon which the entire series is constructed. I played through the first two Danganronpa games earlier this year, and the unraveling of that mystery has easily been my favorite gaming experience of 2017 so far. But I wouldn’t want to ruin that experience for anyone else, so I’m going to avoid discussing the major story beats. Trust me -- it’s worth seeing this play out in real time for yourself.
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