Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward Game Review
I finally finished the second game in the Zero Escape series, Virtue’s Last Reward. Just like 999, I had no clue what was going on until the very end. Now, I cant wait to start Zero Time Dilemma.
Before playing Virtue’s Last Reward, I would suggest playing 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors. There are some things that go down in VLR that only become amplified if you have played 999. Things where my mind was blown.
Anyways, just like 999, 9 people were captured and forced to play the Nonary Game which is a series of puzzles where groups of three have to find a way to escape from a room, meanwhile finding clues to what happened to them and why they were there. Except this time, a thing called the AB game was put in it’s place. There, you have to choose to ally or betray someone who was in your group which tosses some risk into this game.
Thus, you solve tough puzzles and choose to ally or betray your friends. But naturally, it’s the story that will pull you in.
I hate the puzzles in this game. Mostly because I always miss clues to what I should do next. Admittedly, for a majority of the puzzles I used guides online to get though them. Plus, the first run I did of this game, the saved data ended up being corrupted and I had to start over even though I was 3/4 of the way done. That means that all of the safe codes I had already found were erased. I was so mad I almost quit.
However, I didn’t quit. I took a break from this game that was pretty buggy in areas for a couple of weeks and went back to it. Luckily I finished it in two days after that. The reason why I play this game though, is for the story line. I am so glad I didn’t give up.
Major spoilers. Read if you dare.
The first shock that I had, was that Tenmyouji was Junpei from 999. You don’t find this out until close to the end when he shows Sigma and Quark a picture of Akane Kurashiki, the girl he’s been searching for for a very long time. Which means that this only could have only been Junpei. Also meaning, that the old woman who was killed by Dio was Akane.
The next shock, was that Clover and Alice were still so young while Tenmyouji and Akane were both pretty old. Well, Akane did an illegal thing and kidnapped those two, putting them on ice and freezing them for a very long time. 45 years to be exact, until they were needed. Which explains the time difference.
Then, there’s the whole Sigma the character you play, is Zero situation. I had guessed this at one point in time. Though, I didn’t expect that young Sigma had jumped into old Sigma’s body and was there, consistently jumping around throughout the timelines. Also, that the consciousness of old Sigma is the real Zero.
The huge thing though, is that they’re on the moon and that Earth is dying due to the insane terrorist group called the Myrmidons. Dio is one of their leaders. The citizens of Earth were poisoned by Radical-6 that was set off by the Myrmidons, which makes individuals kill themselves.
To battle this, Sigma and Akane set up this Nonary Game to make Sigma’s powers, powerful enough to send himself back in time, in order to stop the Radical-6 from getting out. Which leads us to the next game, Zero Time Dilemma.
All the other characters were needed to help in this adventure. Plus, Phi is the same as Sigma and can send herself back that far into the past. She will be the one to help Sigma when this whole thing goes down with the Radical-6. They were strengthening her powers as well. Also, Luna is a robot, my mind was blown.
Either way, if you’re into story go play this series. It’s insane. How everything falls into place, and why everything happens is so premeditated and beautiful. It’s like looking at a piece of art that is so perfectly put together that you can’t help but cry.
Well, I’ll be starting Zero Time Dilemma. I can’t wait, this story line is amazing.