Identity V is a survival-horror game in which one player is a monstrous Hunter, and the remaining players take on the role of survivors struggling to escape from them. Its mechanics are extremely similar to Dead by Daylight, with the overall aesthetic changed from Slasher Movie to a Tim Burton esque design and atmosphere.
It was put into a Framing Device by story of a detective suffering from amnesia and multiple personality disorder, being sought to find a missing person by a mysterious benefactor in a mansion and reconstructing cases of twisted games documented in the library of the mansion.
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Identity V provides examples of the following tropes:
- Bowdlerize: In the beta version, survivors were hung by a noose (equivalent to DBD's Hooks) when caught, and the hunters had more menacing features. When a hunter knocked down a survivor, they would transport the survivor via dragging them by the leg. In the current version, the noose has been changed to a Rocket Chair (a chair with rockets attached to it that will either blast into the sky or descend into the ground), and hunters now transport survivors by balloons (or in slightly different ways, depending on the accessory the hunter carries). The hunters themselves were changed, with their menacing looks being heavily toned down and receiving more cartoonish weapons (ex: Hell Embers shark club).
- Clingy MacGuffin: The Holy Key that Fiona Gilman/The Priestess carries around allows her to make portals; however, thanks to her oath, she can't pick up any other items.
- Constantly Curious: Kurt Frank/The Explorer is so curious that he can't resist tinkering, raising the chances of calibration checks and lowering the chances of success. Notably, his profile implies that he joined the life-or-death game not out of some particular driving need, but just to see whether or not he could win.
- Costume Porn: And how! Identity V lets you dress the characters with skins and cosmetics, ranging from C-Tier to S-Tier. The A-tier (SSR in the JP/CN version) and S-tier(UR in the JP/CN version) skins and accessories comes with incredible details, special effects and are as pretty as they are rare and/or expensive, but damn don't they make the characters look good. Some skins ended up being popular and iconic to the characters as well.
- Some Collaboration Events the game has had include the works of Junji Ito, featuring Dreamwitch as the Manga/Tomie, Lucky Guy as Shouichi, and Wu Chang as both Intersection Bishounens. Another collab with Edward Scissorhands features Ripper receiving two skins of the titular character, and Female Dancer as Kim.
- One surprising Collaboration Event was with Persona 5, of all things. Meaning, yes, the game had two Jokers. The collab features Acrobat as Joker, Embalmer as Fox, Female Dancer as Panther, Forward as Skull, Coordinator as Queen, Mechanic as Oracle, Gardener as Noir, First Officer as Crow and a Morgana pet.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Many of the characters, Survivors and Hunters alike, have gone through some rough times. Most of the Survivors are participating in the Deadly Game in hopes of winning a reward or otherwise reversing their fortunes.
- Four-Man Band:
- Doctor, Gardener, Lawyer, and Thief's diary stories take place within the same time at the manor, as the first set of guests.
- Forward, Mercenary, Magician, and Explorer's diary stories take place within the same time at the manor, as the second set of guests.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: All of the Hunters, save for perhaps Hastur/The Feaster and Yidhra/The Dream Witch, whose careers are listed as 'Deity'.
- Honor Before Reason: According to The White/Black Guard's backstory, Xie Bi'an told Fan Wujiu to wait under the bridge while he went to get an umbrella. While he was waiting, Fan saw that the water was rising, but chose not to move so that he wouldn't break his promise. Xie returned to find the bridge fully submerged and his friend nowhere in sight.
- Lighter and Softer: Compared to Dead by Daylight.
- Magical Camera: Wielded by Joseph/The Photographer. It allows him to move through time and space through the Camera World.
- Monster Clown: Joker/Smiley Face
- Older Than They Look: While the Survivors look like lanky, button-eyed ragdoll children, the backgrounds and careers of many imply that they're adults. Some even have yarn facial hair.
- Riches to Rags: Tracy Reznik/The Mechanic has spent all of her inheritance upon various projects and found herself in debt, and is drawn to the manor not just for the promise of riches, but the chance to examine the various gadgets there.
- Margaretha Zelle/The Dancer recently lost her husband, and with him her financial security.
- Taking the Bullet: If struck while carrying a female Survivor, Kevin Ayuso/The Cowboy will take double damage, sparing her the hit. Guys he might be trying to help out aren't so lucky.
- Tragic Villain: Most of the hunters are this. Some examples being:
- Hell Ember/Leo Beck. Had his wife stolen by someone he considered a friend, tricked into poverty by said 'friend', had to give up his daughter to an orphanage before finally burning himself in his own factory.
- Geisha/Michiko, who fell in love and married a foreign man only to be murdered by her racist in-law when her husband was away.
- The Gamekeeper/Bane Perez who had the moose he took care of killed, was betrayed and tortured by a boy he once tried to help, and was left for dead.
- The White and Black Guard/Wu Chang (Xie Bi'an and Fan Wujiu). They were slighted by their governor for an accident, ending with Fan Wujiu drowning in the Nantai Bridge to shoulder the blame. Xie Bi'an was so distraught over this that he hanged himself on the same bridge where Fan Wujiu had drowned.