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  • Summary: Choice is your only method of salvation and your only method of escape. How much of your humanity will you sacrifice to gain your freedom? As a new age of ruin looms large on the horizon, you have to make impossible decisions and weather unimaginable consequences as you straddle the lineChoice is your only method of salvation and your only method of escape. How much of your humanity will you sacrifice to gain your freedom? As a new age of ruin looms large on the horizon, you have to make impossible decisions and weather unimaginable consequences as you straddle the line between absolution and damnation. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 100
    Zero Time Dilemma wraps up the long-running Zero Escape series in style. Presentation issues aside, it's the masterpiece we've been waiting for, and the one that the fans deserve.
  2. Jun 23, 2016
    95
    I encourage everyone else to give Zero Time Dilemma a try -- just make sure you play the first two games in the series before you do.
  3. Jul 12, 2016
    90
    Spike Chunsoft does it again, combining intuitive, puzzle-based gameplay with one of video gaming’s best narratives in the wonderful Zero Time Dilemma.
  4. Jun 30, 2016
    80
    I absolutely have frustrations and disappointments in different aspects of the game, but they all come from a place of investment in this series. Is ZTD completely satisfying? No, but it’s still very, very good.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Sep 6, 2016
    80
    A fantastically outrageous conclusion to a remarkable story, albeit one that doesn't quote recapture the highs of Virtue's Last Reward. Don't even contemplate playing until you've finished VLR. [Sept 2016, p.104]
  6. Jul 11, 2016
    80
    Kotaro Uchikoshi thanked his fans for helping him get the third game in the Zero Escape series completed, and in return he has brought a memorable conclusion for his final act.
  7. Nov 30, 2016
    50
    Although several welcome elements return, some undesirable changes to the established formula and exasperating design choices make Zero Time Dilemma a lackluster send-off to a cult-favorite series.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Jun 28, 2016
    10
    Honestly this game is a 10/10 i have been a fan of the series since 999. All i have to say is this game is amazing and i highly recommend itHonestly this game is a 10/10 i have been a fan of the series since 999. All i have to say is this game is amazing and i highly recommend it to anyone. The story, the puzzles, the despair inducing emotions it makes you go through. It is a great experience and the creator deserves nothing but praise for this masterpiece. I'm happy to be part of a fan base that pushed so hard to help this man get his work out. Please support the team at zero escape by picking up this game!! Expand
  2. Sep 7, 2016
    10
    Excellent game, the puzzles are balanced just right, and the storyline is original and quite deep (you'll often find yourself looking up stuffExcellent game, the puzzles are balanced just right, and the storyline is original and quite deep (you'll often find yourself looking up stuff on Google that the characters talk about, like the Sleeping Beauty paradox, for example). Animation isn't great, but this really doesn't matter at all in this type of game. If you want a mix between a story-driven game and a puzzle game, and you like Japanese sci-fi, then go for it. Excellent music too. Expand
  3. May 19, 2017
    9
    This is an excellent but highly improbable story that brings to light a series of philosophical concepts surround perception and reality,This is an excellent but highly improbable story that brings to light a series of philosophical concepts surround perception and reality, Very well written and voice acted with a series of well designed puzzles. Getting to all of the endings, however, requires some bizarre combination of events that are not easy to create or choose.

    For those who enjoy puzzles and great narrative this is a must play game and is perfectly suited to the Vita.
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  4. Oct 29, 2016
    7
    The game overall structure (random story parts), weaker puzzles than the previous games and the unsatisfying ending makes this game lessThe game overall structure (random story parts), weaker puzzles than the previous games and the unsatisfying ending makes this game less enjoyable that it's predecessor. You MUST have played Virtue's last reward before playing this because if you don't, you will be lost as hell in the story. Expand
  5. Aug 27, 2016
    7
    Without a doubt the worst of the series. It's interesting and has a few surprises, but none of the payoffs are great. The new characters areWithout a doubt the worst of the series. It's interesting and has a few surprises, but none of the payoffs are great. The new characters are so so annoying. Expand
  6. Feb 6, 2018
    6
    This is the worst game of the trilogy. The choice to use cutscenes as opposed to the VN style used in the previous installments was a mistake.This is the worst game of the trilogy. The choice to use cutscenes as opposed to the VN style used in the previous installments was a mistake. The cutscenes look horrible. The puzzles are still good. However, the story is dissapointing and the new fragment flow makes it really confusing as to where you are in the timeline. Overall I'd say play if you are a fan of the series. If not give it a miss and play the first 2 instead. Expand
  7. Jul 24, 2016
    0
    The game sounded interesting enough to give it a shot.
    What followed was an hour of pure boredom that annoyed me because the music is so damn
    The game sounded interesting enough to give it a shot.
    What followed was an hour of pure boredom that annoyed me because the music is so damn loud in this game that you can't hear the characters. And adjusting the sound levels doesn't do anything in this regard.

    Before you purchase this game, here's how you play it:
    Watch clips listening to some ultraboring dialgoues - I mean, seriously boring - as in - wtf am I doing with my life kind of boring. Plus - it feels super slow.
    Then you make some choice. Back to boring dialogues again. Then the game gets a bit weird because it looks like you broke it. Basically it ends really.
    Then you have to open up some menu where you can see some tree which shows the paths to certain outcomes. There you can go back to a certain part and make a different choice.

    And then the game continues and you select which person you want to play, then you play another person, and another. Basically it combines story parts.

    All this sounds interesting enough if it weren't for the fact that it feels so slow. The dialogues are so predictable and boring and again - slow, really slow - that you get tired from playing it. And on top of that the stupid music being so loud that you can't h ear anyone anyway so you gotta read subtitles.

    I like interactive movie kind of games but this one was rather special. I guess you have to know the other games to like this one.
    All the positive reviews suggest this anyway. I thought I could just jump right in but I fell flat on my face doing so.

    I guess it can be a good game if you want it to be. All I can say is that I like the genre, but this one was absolutely crap to me.
    To be fair though, I only played it for some 60-90 minutes. It made me really sleepy and refunded it afterwards.
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