Danganronpa V3 has been a pretty wild ride. Even when you think you’ve got the game figured out, it’s still got a bit of a curveball. That applies to all aspects of the game really. Gameplay, story, modes, etc. Even the finale still had something ready to explode, but that’s the price of playing this game.
I’m still in a bit of shock after having finished the main story of this particular iteration of Danganronpa V3. There’s quite a bit to still process. I also didn’t expect there’d be much else to do beyond the dating sim mode that the previous games have had. Boy, was I wrong in that regard! One of the modes unlocked after completing the main story of Danganronpa V3 is “Talent Plan” which allows you to play as any of the students from all three main Danganronpa games, which could best be described as a Monopoly-esque RPG across three school years. Surprisingly, it’s pretty addictive. You can initially pick any 16 students from the latest game, but I haven’t unlocked the others yet. It’s a pretty fun series of random events with funny writing and a level-up system. As far as I’m concerned, that’s a net win.
The other post-game mode introduced is Salmon, which functions as the dating sim mode that’s shown up in prior iterations of the series. The story of course is that the Killing Game is cancelled in favor of a reality TV dating show, and it’s not that much different from the other versions. The sole difference being that the dating sim gets exclusive focus, as opposed to being broken up with resource-gathering mini-games. As rather short as this mode is, it does work if you’re into the shipping part of the series. No fan is really going to walk away disappointed (unless you’re a stickler on playable characters), and the goofy romances are as much a part of the series as the tragedies of the main story.
As far as extras go, both modes are pretty jam-packed. There’s even an additional one that’s still yet to be unlocked. For a game that’s mostly story, it’s pretty gratifying that Spike Chunsoft filled this game as much as they did. As always, Danganronpa is a bit of a bizarre jack of all trades, and that also even applies to events outside of the game.
Next week, we’ll be dealing with the ramifications of the game’s finale and what that means for it and the series as a whole. I look forward to seeing you all then.