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Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward

極限脱出ADV 善人シボウデス

Developer / Publisher: Chunsoft
16 February 2012
Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward [極限脱出ADV 善人シボウデス] - cover art
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#113 All-time
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Sigma Klim notices a masked figure behind him while trying to start up his car and is subsequently knocked unconscious by a mysterious gas. He then wakes up trapped in an elevator with a white-haired girl named Phi, and after making their way out they encounter seven other people and became participants in another Nonary Game. While he initially only thought of escaping, Sigma eventually discovers that his consciousness can be shifted through multiple realities depending on his actions.
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The conflicted process of sequel creation
This game and 999 I think perfectly balance out each other's flaws.

999 has the starker intentional atmosphere, but this one feels noticeably more uncanny.

This game has 999 beat on puzzle complexity but feels like you're trudging through it far slower.

The individual characters are stronger here but 999's cast is better as an ensemble.

The alternate endings aren't as scary but are far wilder and contribute better to expanding out the plot.

Everything in VLR is much better signposted when trying to get the true end but it blue balls you way more in the process of trying to wrap your head around it.

The dub here is better fit with the dialogue as it was planned further from the start rather than being inserted after two other games. The castings stand out a lot starker for their characters

To sum up, The Nonary Collection is a cool compilation and both games are worth playing. Just not one after another, you'll get fatigued for sure.
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Just as good as the first game.

Some of the puzzles are much harder, but the interface for doing them overall is more enjoyable. I felt the story dragged a little too much in the middle; you do want to explore all the choices and options you're able to perform, but it seems even more tedious to skip through the dialogue in this game compared to the first.

It's also kind-of a bummer that Zero Time Dilemma was intended to directly follow the events of this game, yet wasn't made directly after this game....and on a significantly worse engine to boot.

Despite its flaws this is a must-play if you are interested in video-game story-telling done right.
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Virtue’s Last Reward (VLW) takes place some time after the previous Zero Escape game, Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (999) ends. While I think it is possible to follow the plot without having played the first game, you shouldn’t. Characters return, concepts are revisited, and the story is geared for a third and final installment, so if you have any interest in the series, don’t start it here. 999 was one of my favorite visual novels, so I knew going in that I was going to love this game. I did. Heck, my wife even got in to the parts of the story she watched and expressed some interest in the genre. If a visual novel can pull off hooking in a non-gamer, it has to be doing something right.

VLW tells the story of Sigma, a young student who gets kidnapped by a mysterious figure in a gas mask and wakes up in a strange warehouse. After waking up, he and eight other individuals participate in “The Nonary Game, Ambidex Edition.” They must achieve a score of 9 on their wristbands and then escape through the Number 9 Door, but since everybody has their own wristband, there’s a chance not everyone will make it. To gain points, they can either ally with one another or betray each other to escape faster. If you played 999, you will notice this premise sounds remarkably similar. While they are both based around the Nonary Game, rest assured VLW is its own entity. Established early on, the story’s principle drama comes from the prisoner’s dilemma (a popular psychological/sociological concept). Who will betray who, and why? Will everyone play nice together, or should you not trust anyone?

Fairly significant mid-game spoilers ahead that you should only read if still on the fence: VLW demands a little more thinking than the average video game if you want to solve mysteries ahead of time, but if any of this confuses you, the game explains it in very digestible terms, so don’t worry about it. Not too far in to the game, you will inevitably get a Game Over or be unable to progress. After that, the game takes you to a flow chart, and this is where the brilliance of VLW comes in. Jumping around and trying different choices during the game is actually canon. The main character will realize that he is witnessing alternate realities, and needless to say your head will probably explode piecing together all the clues the game throws at you. Saying much else about this would ruin the game, but I will say this: you must traverse the entire flow chart to finish the game for various reasons. This allows you to learn all about the characters and see all different sides about them until the narrative finally comes together in the end. 999 did some similar things, but VLW feels much more streamlined.

The game’s puzzles will also destroy your brain. I was stuck on this one about putting together a parallelogram for about an hour, and it wasn’t even the toughest puzzle. In fact, I would almost complain that the game is too challenging and could scare casual gamers off. Then again, we live in an age when anyone could just look up the answers, so perhaps the higher difficulty is for the best. Aside from that, my only real structural problem with the game was this awful slow animation that takes place every time you travel from one room in the facility to another. Apparently the game designer intends to improve this in Zero Escape 3, so that’s a relief at least.

Overall, I highly recommend Virtue’s Last Reward to anybody on the fence after playing 999. The game has pleasing visuals and an appropriate soundtrack that sets the mood quite well. Likewise, the English voice acting is of very good quality (and only in the Vita version! I lucked out), and I have few complaints about the story other than it maybe getting too complicated toward the end. I felt that 999 was the more focused game and had a more entertaining cast, but in all honesty the two are both strong and I can accept someone thinking VLW has the better story. The Flow Chart feature does speed up the required replaying, so for some that could be the deciding factor between the two. Good luck, and watch out for strangers wearing gas masks.
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  • scaryness 2021-04-06 09:18:53.939248+00
    Luna End is the highlight of this game by far
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    • heavymetalthunder 2021-04-06 16:25:24.531706+00
      That ending broke me
    • okayfrog 2021-07-01 21:26:02.284586+00
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  • unj 2021-04-07 13:45:08.400596+00
    So much better than any Danganronpa game that it's criminal.
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    • batubalci 2022-02-11 22:15:29.718489+00
      i've only played the first danganronpa but even that game is better than this. why do people hate danganronpa so much? i adore 999 tho
    • unj 2022-03-14 17:46:07.878146+00
      Traditional hater value of "it's more popular and has grander flaws"
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  • batubalci 2021-05-23 02:03:17.82828+00
    how come they improve on everything about the first game and yet it feels somehow worse?
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    • ... 2021-05-26 20:36:19.544107+00
      it drags a lot around parts, feels sluggish to go through
    • Aurochz 2021-05-30 09:34:33.004953+00
      I think the first games mysteries feel more compelling and coupled with the fact that most people go into that game blind makes it easier look upon that game more fondly even in hindsight knowning that the "gameplay" is worse. Also the soundtrack was way better in 999.
    • batubalci 2021-06-11 09:38:55.892176+00
      i guess you're right, while playing the 2nd game you're much more familiar of the twists that could happen. also i love some of the dnb songs off of 999 ost (and morphogenetic sorrow of course) but sound quality and some cheesiness kinda hold it back. i think virtue's last reward has some real bangers like consternation, cabin etc. but also have some gut punches like blue bird lamentation, confession. it's only a small superiority anyway
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  • suicidepoetry 2021-07-01 10:21:17.994132+00
    i think the most annoying thing in this game is how much time you spend just watching yourself move in the map every time you make a choice. it's so slow and some of them take sooooo long
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    • unj 2021-07-04 04:50:28.260845+00
      I'm thinking the map moving scenes are secretly loading screens.
    • new_you 2021-08-02 15:12:59.66306+00
      It's not that bad
    • HughCross 2022-04-26 13:01:24.929951+00
      same here, i had to active skip text just to go faster on those sequences, i hate them. Also useful to skip gibberish or little ditails non essential to the plot. After beating one ending you have to increase the pace somehow
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  • Tyraffe 2022-05-18 22:31:51.595996+00
    ugh the 3d graphics are so bad, they should have just stuck to the style of 999
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  • Surskit 2022-05-20 16:00:04.234184+00
    Somebody in here saying 999 has the better soundtrack when this has Pantry and Recreation in it? No.
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  • zazztheboy 2022-07-13 19:54:01.548562+00
    i played this game before 999 and i think i liked this one more, curious if id have a different opinion if i played 999 first
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    • Tyraffe 2022-08-06 03:45:25.842429+00
      i liked this game better than 999 and i played that one first
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