Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony’s Free Time Events Again Provide Many Insights

By Jenni . September 29, 2017 . 12:00pm



What helps make the Danganronpa series so special are the opportunities to get to know the characters. After all, people have a tendency to die and disappear rather quickly. Getting the chance to go on dates, earn Friendship Fragments, unlock skills, and generally better understand these folks is a big part of the appeal. Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is no different with its Free Time events and opportunities,


The Free Time events in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony basically turn the game into a relationship simulator. In the main game, this involves making friends with people. You find them during their spare time, speak with them, pick correct responses during dialogue, maybe give them a gift if you have something they would like, and hope you keep earning their favor. At each level of friendship, you earn a new informative entry on their report card that gives details about themselves. You also earn Friendship Fragments, the currency used to purchase the skills your character will use in Class Trials, and even actual skills for Class Trials. (As usual, the names for said skills are on-point. Himiko’s is probably my favorite, though I like Tsumugi’s too.)


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I don’t know if it is just because I have become more accustomed to Danganronpa games or Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony does a better job of telegraphing characters’ personalities and peculiarities, but I feel like it is easier to ascertain the correct answers and gifts in this installment than ever before. I mean, of course Angie would love something supernatural or otherworldly, like an Immortality Drink or Monkey’s Paw. Gonta, who has shown his love of entomology, gets an insect trap. When you find a Moon Buggy, you’re going to give it to the Ultimate Astronaut Kaito. As for answers, it seems obvious Rantaro is talking about Keebo when asking about unusual students. And when Kirumi is asking about allergies and sleeping preferences, it is because she is doing research. A little more challenge would be nice, but then some may take satisfaction in knowing it isn’t all that difficult to get close to these characters.


What also helps is how well translated and localized these Free Time events are. The Danganronpa series always offer all sorts of references, in part because some of these characters have specialized interests and can draw upon those. I was especially impressed with Korekiyo. I have a fondness for folklore and fairytales. From the moment his first event brought up “Kagome Kagome,” a song I had studied in college, I was entranced. It handled the topic in an intelligent way. And really, a number of characters discuss things intelligently. Like Kaito’s talk about the Voyager Golden Record or Tsumugi’s thoughts on cosplay.


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Of course, the post-game is again the best for people who love this element of the series. Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony offers an opportunity to spend ten days just getting to know your fellow students. Even better, there is no resource management during these segments, like there were in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc or Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. On the other hand, you do need to get 10 hearts with a fellow student to get a good ending, which requires you to visit the Casino and spend Monocoins on tickets for dates. But in a way, it is nice to have this purely visual novel segment, complete with a more relationship-focused bent.


For people who really relish getting to know and understand the characters of Danganronpa, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony does a good job of giving every opportunity to get to know folks. I felt like each person had at least one interesting topic of conversation, either related to themselves or their Ultimate ability. The Free Time events give enough time to properly engage folks, it is rather easy to determine what everyone likes and wants to hear, and the post-game makes it easy and enjoyable to catch up with people you may not have had time for right away. It all comes together quite well.


Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is available for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and PC.

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