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Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward

I argued with myself a bit over whether to put this game, or its predecessor 999: 9 hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors, on my list. What eventually decided it for me was the technical superiority of Virtue's last Reward over 999. Regardless, I'm going to be talking about both games in here.

VLR and 999 are Visual Novel/ Puzzle games for the Nintendo 3DS and DS respectively. Both of the games have suspenseful stories, full of gut-wrenching twists and turns. I thought that I was immune to the shock value of gore after playing Borderlands. After playing these games, I have to say I was wrong.

When I mentioned earlier that VLR was technically superior to 999; when I said "technically" I wasn't referring to some kind of technicality. Both games have multiple endings, and require you to play the game several times through (making at least 1 different choice each time), to get the "true" ending. However in 999, every time you complete the game, you have to start over from the beginning (completing all the same puzzles multiple times just so you can see the next ending), whereas in VLR you get to 'jump' to the point in time right before you made the decision. This makes the game much less tedious.

Not to mention that the larger game cartridge of the 3DS was able to throw in Voice actors for all the characters. It was a good feeling for me to set the dialogue to "automatically proceed" with my headphones jacked in while I ate or did homework.  While I realize that it's a bit unfair for picking on the original game for something that (only?) the sequel could have done, it doesn't make it any less valid.


The puzzles in the game range from stimulating to mind-bogglingly difficult. I am going to say without shame that I had to look stuff up in both games; partly due to the occasional glitch, but mostly because I was just plain stumped. But on the subject of glitches, I'm sorry to say that VLR had its fair share, while 999 had none (that I came across/ were significant enough to remember). When a puzzle is impossible unless you can click on an invisible character, you've got a pretty bad glitch.

My Verdict: I give VLR a 9.2. Without a doubt it had the best story of any game on this list, and I would highly recommend it (despite the glitches) to anyone with a 3DS or Vita.

Well, that's it for today, sound off in the comment s and I'll see ya'll tomorrow.