Danganronpa V3 was a tough game to finish.

I started playing after watching the anime, and I liked what I saw. The story was interesting, the characters were as fun as ever, and the music was energetic and catchy. However, I put the game down after a while because I burnt myself out on the series.

I picked it up recently, and I'm happy to say that V3 may just be my favorite game of the series. I grew attached to the cast and was surprised by all the twists that the game kept throwing at me. I even liked the ending, despite being hard to follow at times. V3 is like a rollercoaster. It's an exciting ride from start to finish, despite messing with your head.

Sadly, some things keep this game from being perfect. The Monokubs are annoying and disrupt the flow of the story. They'll chime in and make some stupid jokes that halt the story. I know Monokuma (and the students) did that in previous games, but the difference there is that Monokuma was fun to watch. These little shitstains were not.

I'm also not a fan of how lengthy the trials were. I still enjoyed them a lot (in fact, some of these trials are my all-time favorites), but MAN do they drag. They follow the same pattern of examining evidence, arguing, occasionally lying, and having characters make jokes before discovering the culprit. Past games did this before (and in similar fashions), but V3 made it more noticeable and stretched it out quite a bit.

Danganronpa V3 may not be to everyone's liking, but I had a ton of fun with it. Even with the issues I previously mentioned, they weren't enough to drag down the experience for me. If you're a Danganronpa fan who somehow hasn't played this game, I implore you to play this game. You may not like everything, and some choices may piss you off, but it's worth it in the end.


Reviewed on Jun 07, 2020