Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward

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  • santashi 29 Feb 2012 09:37:42 5,167 posts
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    What is it?
    A mix of visual novel and puzzle solving, this game is a sequel to the DS game 9 Hours 9 Persons 9 Doors and is for the 3DS and Vita.

    Nine people have been kidnapped by Zero and must choose whether to cooperate or betray each other in order to survive and escape. You can find a more detailed explanation of the Ambidex game online but I won't post it here in case people consider it a spoiler.

    It is fully voiced (in both Japanese and English) and has 24 endings.

    Links?
    Aksys's official Virtue's Last Reward website.

    When's it out?
    16th November in the EU.

    Who's releasing it here?
    Rising Star Games.

    Where can I buy it?

    3DS version:
    Amazon (£22.50)
    HMV (£29.99)

    Vita version:
    Amazon (£22.50)
    HMV (£29.99)

    *Prices correct when I last edited this post. :)

    Edited by santashi at 11:18:22 08-10-2012

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  • santashi 9 May 2012 22:03:14 5,167 posts
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    Curious as to whether anyone else on the forum has preordered. The first game was brilliant and I'd be surprised if this one was a disappointment.

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  • JinTypeNoir 16 May 2012 23:58:43 4,392 posts
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    I recently replayed 999 because it connects in a few ways to this game, and I've been having a blast playing over the last few months.

    It's both very different and very similar to 999. But its also quite a leap forward in certain ways. For instance, the controls are way better. The whole overhead camera with arrows on the side of the screen for movement is ditched for something much smoother. You can skip entire scenes and gameplay sequences and move back and forth through the plot at your leisure (in a rather amazing change of pace, you can even read some of the endings right after the beginning of the game, though obviously I didn't do that). There's more granular controls for skipping dialogue within scenes and so on. Better yet, you have a memo function within the game to write down stuff, which anyone can tell you in a Zero Escape game is very, very helpful. You can also display hints or files while you are solving puzzles this time. As well, there are optional puzzles this time around which lead to a kind of developer commentary feature and you can opt to get more hints for puzzles from the characters if you so choose, but doing so lessens the amount of rewards you can get from the optional puzzles.

    The game's puzzles are in a whole different league as well. Much more well thought out than 999's, which weren't bad, but eventually suffered from being a little too similar in approach. They're also quite a bit harder in several cases, though the puzzles do range in difficulty. The plot branches way more than 999's did, which means there is a shit load more endings in this game and its overall way, way longer.

    As for the story, without Ishii Jiro, it's true that its more esoteric and subversive than 999's was. Make no mistake, this is NOT the same game. It's a sequel that tries to do something different, so you shouldn't expect the same tone, though there are of course similarities. I feel like it would be ruining a great surprise to give details on the tone other than to say that the voice acting is absolutely stunning and brings the game to another level. This time the Nonary Game is easier to complete, but harder to play and the dynamics involved mean that the plot is so stunningly vast that sometimes you want to re-read sections you already just to re-orient yourself.

    I haven't won the game yet, but at this point, there's no question which I like better. Virtue's Last Reward > 999.

    Edited by JinTypeNoir at 23:59:33 16-05-2012
  • Ziz0u 17 May 2012 08:09:46 8,598 posts
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    @santashi

    Any decent screens of this?
  • santashi 17 May 2012 13:14:55 5,167 posts
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    @JinTypeNoir I skimmed your post because I'm trying to avoid finding out pretty much anything more about the game until I can play it myself but it's great to hear such positive words about it.

    ZizouFC wrote:
    @santashi

    Any decent screens of this?
    There are some here: http://www.neoseeker.com/Games/Products/vita/zero_escape/screens.html

    I don't think I've seen any English screens yet.

    Edited by santashi at 13:17:05 17-05-2012

    PSN ID: finn1
    3DS: 3497-0005-6756

  • rock27gr 17 May 2012 13:56:57 5,739 posts
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    Any one know where I could buy the first one? The usual places don't seem to even know it exists.
  • santashi 17 May 2012 14:02:38 5,167 posts
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    It wasn't released in the UK, unless you knew that already and were checking import sites. :) Videogamesplus have it for £23 on their ebay store if you don't mind waiting a little while for shipping.

    Edit: removed Planet Axel link

    Edited by santashi at 14:04:13 17-05-2012

    Edited by santashi at 08:41:29 19-06-2012

    PSN ID: finn1
    3DS: 3497-0005-6756

  • Ziz0u 17 May 2012 14:17:23 8,598 posts
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    Thanks santashi!
  • CosmicFuzz 17 May 2012 14:29:42 25,313 posts
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    Ooh nice. Will have to replay 999 some more to get some different endings before trying this. Glad to see its coing out over here though.

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  • rock27gr 17 May 2012 14:34:20 5,739 posts
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    @santashi

    I didn't know that actually! Thanks for the links. :)
  • JinTypeNoir 17 May 2012 15:27:11 4,392 posts
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    You mean you've played 999 but you haven't played until the true ending??? I think I speak for everyone who has played until the very end of the game to say that's a colossal waste and to get on that complete playthrough stat!
  • CosmicFuzz 17 May 2012 15:47:20 25,313 posts
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    :-D

    I know! I think I only got (whisper) one ending!! I promise to get back to it and play it right!

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  • Deckard1 17 May 2012 15:49:12 29,192 posts
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    What the fuck is 999?

    Fish fingers and chips pretty straight forward.

  • santashi 17 May 2012 16:12:28 5,167 posts
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    CosmicFuzz wrote:
    :-D

    I know! I think I only got (whisper) one ending!! I promise to get back to it and play it right!
    You definitely get more clues the more endings you get and I found the true ending to be pretty satisfying, really. I keep trying to hound people to play it. :D

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  • JinTypeNoir 17 May 2012 20:15:29 4,392 posts
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    santashi, what I wrote above is almost entirely touching on the gameplay and interface of Virtue's Last Reward, I didn't write a single thing about the story. If you already know its the followup to 999, then nothing I wrote up above could possibly be seen as a spoiler.

    Deckard1 wrote:
    What the fuck is 999?
    The amount of times I've screwed your mom.
  • santashi 17 May 2012 22:47:39 5,167 posts
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    @JinTypeNoir Oh no, I wasn't saying that you'd written any spoilers. I did skim it in an overview-y way but didn't read it in a manner where I'd remember all the details because I want to be surprised by as much as possible, even gameplay aspects. I'm weird. :p You have reenforced my excitement for the game by the way.

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  • JinTypeNoir 21 May 2012 00:14:32 4,392 posts
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    HOLY SHIT!

    OH MY GOD!

    WHAT THE HOLY FUCKING HELL!

    @_@

    This game...
  • Ziz0u 21 May 2012 09:06:09 8,598 posts
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    Is that... a good reaction?
  • CosmicFuzz 21 May 2012 09:54:20 25,313 posts
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    Just should add I'm playing 999 again and loving it!

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  • santashi 19 Jun 2012 08:09:42 5,167 posts
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    Just got an email to say that my order's been cancelled. Apparently Planet Axel has gone bankrupt. Fingers crossed I can scrape together some more money by October. :-(

    Edited by santashi at 08:47:35 19-06-2012

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  • CosmicFuzz 19 Jun 2012 09:00:57 25,313 posts
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    Aw that's rubbish. I just finished getting the true ending to 999 and it was fantastic. Really really pumped for the sequel now!

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  • santashi 19 Jun 2012 09:15:25 5,167 posts
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    CosmicFuzz wrote:
    Aw that's rubbish. I just finished getting the true ending to 999 and it was fantastic. Really really pumped for the sequel now!
    Yeah. Don't think I'll be getting any refund but maybe if I can get another decent job by release... It's been my most eagerly anticipated game for a while now so hopefully! :)

    Glad you liked the first game though! It really was brilliant, wasn't it? Still slightly scared Clover topped the favourite character polls though, haha.

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  • santashi 11 Aug 2012 10:04:45 5,167 posts
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    Hurrah! The game is going to be released in Europe by Rising Star Games. They've pegged the release as November, which is pretty decent considering it only comes out in the US at the end of October.

    English screens to celebrate the news. ;)

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