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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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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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  • sudatantalus 2023-10-26 19:48:16.443234+00
    im baffled. i completed the first game and was hooked for every single minute of gameplay and story, but im not even halfway with all of this and i cant even bring myself to finish the route im on. the idea that this does anything better than 999 is really surprising to me
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    • sudatantalus 2023-10-27 04:32:50.95558+00
      oh and they made clover into a CIA agent so fuck that
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  • inunonaizo 2023-10-29 22:08:42.466718+00
    sheer twist/reveal density of this one makes my head hurt
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    • Michael_1604 2023-11-10 09:26:14.099894+00
      honestly one of the best parts
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  • Kittyhat 2023-11-30 23:19:39.379641+00
    the minutes to plot twists ratio of the last 3 hours of this game is truly, impressively staggering
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