Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony

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Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is ranked in the 86th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 74 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

83

Top Critic Average

81%

Critics Recommend

Based on 74 critic reviews

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Unscored Reviews

Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 3, 2017

When class trials get heated up and I'm staring at a screen, trying to piece together in my head how or why something could have happened, what could possibly disprove an airtight alibi, what deus ex machina allowed for this series of events to unfold, it feels like the Danganronpa I know and love. Danganronpa V3 still gives me those moments, if only a little less frequently than I would have liked.

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Scored Reviews

Destructoid
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2017

One week isn't enough to really understand everything about this game. The campaign is complete, but there is much still to do with the post-game content, trophies and what I can only assume are many more mysteries I can solve. Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is not a game you should just read about or watch a Let's Play of on YouTube. It's a game that absolutely demands 40 hours or more of your time. You must experience it first-hand if you truly want to understand what Team Danganronpa is trying to tell us.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Oct 6, 2017

Groundbreaking and unforgettable, Danganronpa V3 is set to become one of the most relevant titles of the generation for many people. Supported by an intelligent and hilarious script, this visual novel presents the most delightfully complicated mysteries, and shocking plot twists that put in question philosophical concepts like the truth and reality.

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Digitally Downloaded
Sep 19, 2017

Keep me guessing, Spike Chunsoft, and I'll forever love you for it.

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Hey Poor Player
5 / 5.0
5 / 5.0
Sep 19, 2017

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is the culmination of both the franchise’s greatest strengths and flaws. Each class trial builds upon the rock-solid foundation of its predecessors, changing the formula just enough to keep players on the edge of their seats. If you think that Danganronpa V3 just looks like more of the same, the only thing I can tell you is: No, that’s wrong!

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MonsterVine
5 / 5.0
5 / 5.0
Sep 19, 2017

Thanks to fascinating characters that are some of the strangest in the series and gameplay additions that further improve the court segments, Danganronpa V3 is proof that a series can still thrill and surprise you three entries in.

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Saudi Gamer
5 / 5.0
5 / 5.0
Sep 18, 2017

The game is relentless in surprising you and cranking up the tension, and you will spend many hours trying to unravel its mysteries. This installment solves the series' biggest flaw, which was usually its ending, and instead offers up the best, and craziest, possible conclusion to the series.

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Dragnix
98 / 100
98 / 100
Sep 19, 2017
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DualShockers
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2017

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony relies heavily on its characters and plot, so if these two things aren't of interest to you then you might not agree with this review. However, returning fans and those with an open mind will clearly understand why Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is one of the greatest visual novels I have ever played.

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TechRaptor
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2017

Danganronpa V3: Killiing Harmony not only gives fans more of the Danganronpa they know and love, but it elevates the series to new heights and leaves old players scratching their heads and reeling in shock at the twists the story takes.

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Use a Potion
9.4 / 10.0
9.4 / 10.0
Sep 21, 2017

Despite the series setting some serious high standards in previous games, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony manages to exceed them in almost all facets of design. The story is exciting and full of twists, the Class Trials are spiced up with some all-new features, whilst it also happens to be the best looking game in the series so far – seriously, it’s just brilliant. Whilst I’m not sure it’ll be the case for everyone, for me Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony has earned its place as my favourite entry in the series. Its brilliant combination of bizarre murder mysteries mixed with a great variety of different gameplay elements made for a fascinating experience that I simply loved being a part of.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2017

I have been a fan of the Dangranonpa games since experiencing the very first episode on my PlayStation Vita. The first game was better than the two subsequent ones in my opinion, but all of them were enjoyable in a dark and twisted kind of way. I expected more of the same with Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony - a quality adventure game that never quite reaches the heights of the original. So imagine my surprise when this game exceeded my already high expectations and manages to be every bit as memorable as the first game in the series was for me.

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Level Down Games
91 / 100
91 / 100
Sep 19, 2017

If you are a fan of Danganronpa, you're in for a treat. This is without a doubt an excellent continuation for the story and the characters, and as a nice little bonus, it's also the longest game in the franchise so far. If you managed to get through this entire review and you haven't played a game in the series yet, again, it's very important that you start with the first, which is Trigger Happy Havoc. From there, work your way up until eventually getting back to Killing Harmony. Doing so will allow you to really appreciate what Spike Chunsoft has achieved in this masterful example of storytelling and character building. Only one question remains at this point. How long must we wait until the next entry of Danganronpa?

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Quillstreak
91%
91%
Sep 18, 2017

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is a fantastic addition to Spike Chunsoft's quirky murder-mystery visual novel series. It's a school trip that's definitely worth attending.

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Game Revolution
Sep 19, 2017

Whether you are a newcomer or a hardcore fan, you can jump in right now and have an experience that you won't soon forget

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 21, 2017

I've been excited for and anticipating Danganronpa V3 for a long time, and after playing it,  I can say it was absolutely worth it. Danganronpa V3 is an impressive culmination of nearly 8 years of twists, turns, heart-breaks, and murders, and is an amazing entry in a consistently well-written and addictive franchise.

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ZTGD
9 / 10.0
ZTGD

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2017

It's an unforgettable journey full of love and betrayal- one that steps past the point of no return and bravely takes another leap forward to a world without hope or despair.

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Wccftech
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2017

A new cast, a new school year, and the same, sadistic Monokuma. All of these come together to create another unforgettable series of killing games that will have even seasoned Danganronpa veterans guessing.

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USgamer
Sep 19, 2017

Danganronpa V3 might end up being a controversial entry for fans close to the series, but its twists and turns are worth seeing through. With additional minigames and mechanics, the trials are more exciting than they've ever been before; its cast is even more endearing than past games; and best of all, its murders are still a delight to solve. After all, there's no better feeling than personally realizing something before the game even points at it directly.

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GamingBolt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2017

Danganronpa is completely silly, deranged, weird, terrifying, awful, ironic, depressing, hopeful, wonderfully written, emotional and engrossing. It's an experience you absolutely need to try as blind as possible.

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GameSpew
90%
90%
Sep 20, 2017

Despite its garish, over-the-top veneer, Danganropa V3: Killing Harmony is an emotional, involving, brilliant game that will yank out your heart and run it over with its brightly coloured tricycle.

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Rice Digital
Oct 3, 2017

Danganronpa V3 is a game full to bursting that somehow left me still wanting more.

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Pardis Game
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 9, 2018

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is an unforgettable experience and thanks to it's daring approach to sensitive social topics and also it's unbelievable surprises, we have the most controversial danganronpa game to date. Although the structure of the environments doesn't have the identity and regularity of the first two games and also overuse of flashbacks hurts the experience, but the almost flawless narrative and plenty of gameplay improvements, makes this entry a must play for fans of the genre

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Gamer Escape
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 25, 2017

If you're a series fan, and still have a strong stomach, Danganronpa V3 can't come any more highly recommended. If you haven't experienced the franchise yet, now's the time to jump in…but start with the first game.

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Checkpoint
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 2, 2017

A story full of the plot twist that made the franchise so iconic. The class trial system is the best so far and developers improved every aspect of the game as well. Whether some people will like some of the most arguable decisions that the story takes, it´s no doubt it is a great game and a great sequel to this long running series.

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GamePitt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2017

If you enjoy visual novels, dark humour or puzzle solving then you can easily sit down and get lost in it (it took me 56 hours to complete my playthrough of this) and I can't recommend it enough. The graphical style won't be for everyone, but for me it fits in with the previous games and the whole comic book/graphic novel style it is trying to pull off.

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NEOsite
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2017

The biggest, the best and the most complex Danganronpa with the ending I sincerely love to hate.

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GameCynic
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2017

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is the strongest game of the series so far, evolving both investigation and class trials nicely. The trials are a lot of fun and do offer more challenge than before, especially when looking for the alternative routes. If you're looking for a quirky, eccentric murder mystery title, Killing Harmony is a fantastic choice to dive into.

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Video Chums
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2017

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is the ultimate murder mystery experience with many new ways to get through the class trials, a large world that expands the more you play, and an interesting story behind it all.

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Areajugones
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2017

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is a risky bet by Kodaka in the Danganronpa saga. It has a superb story and has one of the best set of characters of the whole saga. Outstanding.

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IGN Italy
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2017

Danganronpa V3 is more than a simple visual novel. It's a game that superbly outlinesa microcosm artfully prepared by the developers; the third episode of a mature and fascinating series, Able to dealing with strong themes and a great sense of irony. A small pearl that should push you to look prequel and play the whole saga.

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RPG Fan
85%
85%
Sep 19, 2017

Aside from a few divisive plot points, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is yet another excellent entry in the series.

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CGMagazine
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2017

Danganronpa V3 unravels the series' tightly wound coil of bloody intrigue in spectacular fashion.

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GearNuke
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 19, 2017

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony continues the series tradition of a great story with a memorable cast of characters. The plot twists this time are the craziest yet and the game never takes a moment to slow down after a relatively slow paced start.

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PS4Blog.net
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 20, 2017

I'm happy to report that Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is absolutely worth your time and money – you will be enthralled from start to finish. The game is massive, fun and has an interesting story with a lot of freedom for you to explore during the free time you have for each in-game day. If you're a fan of the series, then getting this one is a no-brainer.

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PSX Brasil
85 / 100
85 / 100
Oct 10, 2017

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony literally stood by its name and kills any harmony that may exist at the beginning of the game. With a sorta new chapter for the series, prepare yourself to question everything and everyone up until the credits end, in what promises to be the biggest killing game of the franchise.

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PS3Blog.net
85%
85%
Oct 16, 2017

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is a great visual novel with trial elements, and is fun to play through. Given its style, it will definitively not be for everyone, but if you give it a try, I'm sure you'll be in for a treat as this offers dozens of hours of gameplay – not to mention very long trials to take on each potential murderer!

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GameGrin
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 30, 2017

I would give this higher, but I know later down the line and looking back this is by no means a 9 or even 10 in terms of the game's scope. But if the writing kept its pacing from start to finish, it would've matched the astonishing soundtrack, blistering court cases, impeccable murders, and superb characters. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to find myself a tissue for the tears I shed to those lost in this Killing Game.

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Gaming Gamma
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2017

At its core this is Danganronpa no doubt about it. Like DR2, the highs are incredibly high, and the lows are incredibly low. In this scenario though, the developers took everything about the series and just cranked it up to the next level.

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Pure Playstation
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 21, 2017

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony takes the best ideas in the series, runs wild with them, and manages to create a new killing game that still feels fresh while satisfying fans. The production values are the highest in the series, and, even though the game takes a little longer to get going, the journey and final conclusion are amazing. Although I would not recommend it to someone new to the series, if you have enjoyed Danganronpa games in the past, this one should not be missed.

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Respawning
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2017

Overall, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is a fine visual novel that improves greatly on the Danganronpa formula – The only things holding it back however are a somewhat fractured, filler-ladened plot and some poor characters.

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IGN
8 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2017

Ultimately, Danganronpa V3 doesn't add too much new to the series. But that's okay – it doesn't need to reinvent the wheel when the wheel we already have still rolls out eclectic characters and shocking moments so reliably. It's a great rollercoaster of hope and despair with a climax that made me sit back and think about everything that just happened. The road to the end of Danganronpa V3 is long and twisted, but the ride is well worth it.

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Polygon
8 / 10.0
Polygon

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2017

Danganronpa V3 is one-of-a-kind. It got me attached to characters within minutes before ripping out my heart. It twisted and turned in every direction, and there was always something new and even more terrifying on the way, leaving me little time to mourn my fallen friends. This may be a game that's mostly about reading text, but it still managed to make my heart race.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 19, 2017

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is a fantastic sequel which will have you thinking about various plot points long after the credits roll. There's a great new cast of characters as well as five new adorable little bundles of mono-craziness to get to know. School life has never been so deviously deadly.

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JVL
16 / 20
JVL
Julius007

Top Critic

16 / 20
Sep 27, 2017

DanganRonpa V3 is a great visual novel, but doesn't renew its formula. The fans of the series will be delighted. Finding the sadistic bear again with its children along is always a pleasure, especially since the game has numerous new developments in its scenario. We would have liked a slightly better general direction for the PS4, and a french translation with less mistakes and above all, no annoying glitches for now. However, we hope that they will be corrected when the game will be released in stores.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 19, 2017

V3's best improvements aren't in its mini-games, the way it handles, or in high-fidelity visuals, but in the way it embraces the series' DNA and brings it to the forefront of the experience. Though there are some missteps along the way such as the almost cringeworthy hyper-sexualized dialogue revolving around Miu, or the filler ‘Free Time' segments, Killing Harmony has me desperate to see where the series goes next.

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We Got This Covered
Sep 19, 2017

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony's twisted helter-skelter ride of bloody murder and dastardly bears is a thrilling concoction of whodunit high jinks imbued with some surprisingly deep social satire, and to top it all off, it's terrifically written and marvelously presented, too.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2017

If you delight in the sense of drama and anticipation that arises from impossible situations, if you are engaged by a twisting mystery that is never quite what you expect, then the Danganronpa series is for you. I can't in good faith recommend that you play Danganronpa V3 before the other two, just like I would never tell you to enjoy Return of the King before partaking of Fellowship of the Ring and Two Towers. As the third part of an incredible trilogy of games, Danganronpa V3 deserves your attention in its rightful place after the other two. Make no mistake though, it's a title that's well worth arriving at when you get there, a vibrantly dark mystery that sinks its teddy bear claws in and won't let go.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 1, 2017

Danganronpa V3 delivers what fans of the series want, which is more Danganronpa. A text-heavy game centered on high school students killing each other certainly won’t be for everybody. If you loved the previous entries in the series and its mix of eclectic characters, however, you’re going to love this one to death as well.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 28, 2017

There are not many superlatives that does not stick to Danganronpa V3 : Killing Harmony. This third instalment in the series is more extreme, more meta, more amazing in its storyline, even if the core gameplay suffers from reals changes to surprise the old students. Unless the visual novel genre or its japanese style makes you want to run away, Danganronpa V3 : Killing Harmony is worth the school trip.

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EGM
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2017

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is a worthwhile new chapter in Spike Chunsoft's now-beloved series about the struggle between despair and hope, bringing some legitimate twists and shocking surprising with it. It also, however, serves as a sign that Danganronpa may be running out of steam—and that this should perhaps be the chapter where we say goodbye to that adorable psychopath Monokuma.

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Paste Magazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2017

But unless it's another one of the game's lies, Killing Harmony ends definitively enough that I'm content viewing it as more of a deconstruction of the killing game and perhaps a commentary on Danganronpa as a franchise than the beginning of a new story. It's not quite as profound, but it is daring. For that, Killing Harmony earns my respect, if not necessarily my adoration.

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Spaziogames
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2017

Even though it's not as fresh as it was back when the first chapter launched, the base concept around which Danganronpa V3 revolves is still very strong, and, aided by brilliant writing and strong character design, makes this visual novel hard to miss for all the fans of the genre.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 19, 2017

Overall, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is yet another excellent installment in the franchise, delivering up another set of grisly murders and the well-crafted conundrums and kangaroo courts that result from them while still keeping a focus on black humor and twisted school life.

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GBAtemp
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2017

An intellectually (if not aesthetically) pleasing visual novel that may only appeal to regulars of the franchise. While Danganronpa v3 has it's own unique story-line not connected to the other games and a good mix of quirky characters, I can't help but feel like I missed my ride on the hype train for not having played the other titles first.

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Gamers Heroes
8 / 10
Gamers Heroes
Johnny Hurricane

Top Critic

8 / 10
Sep 27, 2017

If you are a Danganronpa fan, then you shouldn't hesitate to pick this one up. If you are new to the series, however, try the demo first to make sure the game is right for you.

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The Game Fanatics
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2017

It goes without saying that Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is for longtime fans. Everything fans love about the series is present in this installment but it's definitely not a good starting point for newcomers since the story does continue from previous entries.

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Easy Allies
Nov 3, 2017
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Gaming Tree House
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2017

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony will be loved by past Danganronpa fans and new ones as well as there is a lot here for everyone. If you have never played a Danganronpa game before then I highly suggest you check it out!

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Readers Gambit
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2017

Twists and turns are sprinkled deliberately, with information paced to support them without giving too much away. Honestly, V3 is best experienced as fresh as possible.

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ani-game.com
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2017

I had a blast playing through Danganronpa V3. It's full of hilarious moments, brilliant characters and even better writing. It is slightly let down in it's first person moments and the structure of the narrative can feel a little repetitive at times. But if you're feeling like playing through a great quirky murder mystery story than I'd say you should probably give Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony a go.

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Rely On Horror
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2017

A familiar tune of discordant harmony.

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Goomba Stomp
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2017

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony brings back a lot of what made the first two games great. Class trials are fun and tense, the visuals are weird and quirky, and it has the best leading cast in the franchise. It still has a lot of the same issues as earlier games too with frustrating plot twists and some characters being less useful than others. If you played the first 2 games, expect more of the same in every aspect.

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GameCrate
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2017

As a Danganronpa fan, I liked Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, but I hesitate to call it a must-play. It's a great puzzle game to keep you busy while you wait for the next Phoenix Wright or Professor Layton, but you won't walk away from this one happy. What did you expect from a series obsessed with despair?

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

7 / 10
Sep 29, 2017

The Danganronpa formula feels like it's starting to get a little stale, but it still manages to pose interesting moral quandaries with a large dose of black humour and anime style weirdness.

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Game Informer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2017

Even with new characters in a new setting, Monokuma's killing game feels familiar and doesn't deliver on the payoffs

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 28, 2017

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony's murder cases aren't the series' best, but they lead to a stunning ending.

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God is a Geek
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2017

It suffers from various issues that make the experience feel more padded, but Danganronpa 3 still has memorable characters and a kickass soundtrack holding it up.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
Az Elias

Top Critic

7 / 10
Oct 15, 2017

Although Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony borrows heavily from the entries that have come before it, feeling like more of the same, it does a great job of staying engaging throughout the majority of the story, thanks to the appealing characters that the series has always been known for, and due to the murder cases that continue to keep players guessing right through each trial. The ending is going to be a talking point for the foreseeable future, but while it is probably time for an evolution of the franchise, devotees to the previous games will find just as much enjoyment here as before.

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Explosion Network
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 27, 2017

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is everything I love about the franchise: getting to know a group of interesting and crazy characters, ultimately having to watch my favourites die off in horrible ways, investigating complex crime scenes, and getting the final clue to the case to find the murderer. Oh, and of course, the lovable psychopath that is Monokuma. However, this is the third entry into a franchise that already feels like it’s retreading too much familiar ground and not doing enough new, or to move the series forward.

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TrustedReviews
Sep 19, 2017

Danganronpa is lunacy personified where games are concerned but does do a very good job in keeping the series going and make it accessible to newcomers, too. A crazy RPG experience.

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RPG Site
6 / 10
6 / 10
Sep 19, 2017

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony will test your patience in more ways than one, and rarely does so for good reason.

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Cubed3
6 / 10
6 / 10
Nov 5, 2017

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is a good game. It manages to deliver a cast that lives up to previous alumni and stories that are on par with the best the series has produced. The Class Trials are just as fun, mostly, and the murders smart little enigmas. This should have been a home run, but, it isn't. The narrative choice made is going to be massively divisive in the fan base. It's a bold choice; it's an interesting choice; it's the wrong choice. Sometimes it can be about the destination and not the journey, especially if the driver suddenly swerves into a wall.

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Geeks Under Grace
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Oct 9, 2017

Forget this game exists and go play Danganronpa 2.

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