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  • Summary: Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward has players taking on the Nonary Game again, as it's back and more deadly than ever.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 100
    VLR builds on a pre-existing universe a new layer with new characters and sets the stage for the probably last volume of a series that messes with the heads of all who are involved.
  2. Nov 21, 2012
    100
    Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward is nothing short of a masterpiece. Riveting from beginning to end, it sets a new standard for interactive storytelling, and demands an emotional investment from the player that ultimately pays off with one of the most satisfying endings in recent video gaming memory. Unless you have yet to experience its prequel 999, there is simply no excuse for you not to play this game.
  3. Nov 12, 2012
    95
    Virtue's Last Reward is a worthy follow-up in the Zero Escape series. You need to play it. Just, you know, play 999 first.
  4. Nov 15, 2012
    90
    The excellent story hooked me in from the opening minutes and I didn't want to let go. With branching paths, multiple endings, and truly mysterious characters to interact with, Virtue's Last Reward will keep you thrilled for hours on end.
  5. Mar 14, 2013
    88
    If you want a suspenseful crime story with sci-fi flair, dramatic conflicts and puzzles that are as varied as they are challenging, look no further. This is a grand adventure.
  6. Games Master UK
    Nov 25, 2012
    88
    This is smart, powerful storytelling and one of 2012's shiniest hidden gems. [Christmas 2012, p.91]
  7. Dec 17, 2012
    60
    If you like seeing stories from various personal angles, Virtue's Last Reward offers many hours of value, but you might feel betrayed by the storytelling grind of this longwinded horror adventure.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 57
  2. Negative: 7 out of 57
  1. Feb 22, 2013
    10
    I don't think I could love this game more if I tried. This game is the visual novel/puzzle sequel to the DS game '999: 9 Hours 9 Persons 9I don't think I could love this game more if I tried. This game is the visual novel/puzzle sequel to the DS game '999: 9 Hours 9 Persons 9 Doors', and after loving the first game, this one completely surpassed my expectations. This one included increasing text speed and also being able to go to different points in the game, which were very frustrating in the original. This means you won't have to play a room twice if you don't want. It's heavily text based, but there are lots of good puzzles and escape the room type scenarios to enjoy. As far as the storyline goes, it's confusing at times, requires some thinking, but it's completely captivating. I enjoyed all the characters, and it managed to be funny and touching. There's only one save slot, but I can understand why, so it wasn't an issue for me at all. There's also a noted bug in the 3DS version where if you save in certain rooms the game becomes corrupted, this did not happen to me, as I followed advice to not save while in an active puzzle room. I totaled about 45 hours with the game and all paths completed. This is THE 3DS game for me. Expand
  2. Aug 30, 2018
    10
    An unparalled and increible accomplishment in gaming. This is a story which benefits highly from the fact it is told through a video game. TheAn unparalled and increible accomplishment in gaming. This is a story which benefits highly from the fact it is told through a video game. The soundtrack is incredible, and the puzzles are fun. I will not say much more, this is something that simply needs to be played without much knowledge. Expand
  3. Jun 16, 2016
    10
    Pros:
    - Amazing Story
    - Great Gameplay - Good Bad Graphics (this makes sense if you played it) - Complexity - Ability to blow your mind
    Pros:
    - Amazing Story
    - Great Gameplay
    - Good Bad Graphics (this makes sense if you played it)
    - Complexity
    - Ability to blow your mind
    - Lovable and hatable characters
    - Has funny, sad, confusing, mysterious, scary, shocking moments

    Cons:
    - 3ds version has a game breaking glitch DON'T SAVE IN THE ESCAPE ROOMS
    - Has a few weird character animations
    - Annoying map you can't skip
    - Could've explained To Be Continued Better
    - Spelled "DUNNO" "DONNO" (Yeah, I ran out of things bad about this game
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  4. Feb 13, 2018
    9
    Ok so this is the best visual novel game. This was the first game i pkayed from the Zero escape series and it just pulled me in.
    The story is
    Ok so this is the best visual novel game. This was the first game i pkayed from the Zero escape series and it just pulled me in.
    The story is well written and awesome to play through. I love the characters and the twist endings. The fact i never liked playing over the same section over and over is solved here by letting you jump to important choice sections and letting you try a different path.
    Obviously there is a lot of reading and there is a lot of puzzle i had trouble with. It was a joy though so you need to give this game a chance.
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  5. Nov 4, 2012
    9
    After playing through five of the over twenty different endings, here is my review. "Virtue's Last Reward" is the second game in Zero EscapeAfter playing through five of the over twenty different endings, here is my review. "Virtue's Last Reward" is the second game in Zero Escape series (with the first game being "999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors"). If you haven't played that game, it is HIGHLY recommended that you go back and get the final ending to "999". Like the game before it, "VLR" uses a mixture of heavy character and story involvement, multiple paths that lead to various endings, and challenging and sometimes punishing puzzles. The move up to the 3DS does little to change the formula of "999" and instead looks to improve upon them. The game has tons of full-voiced dialog (in both English and Japanese) and many more endings than in the previous game. The new characters you interact with are a varied group, each with different backgrounds and secrets to be revealed. The best way to describe this type of game to a newcomer would be to call it a mixture of Visual Novel (ala School Days or Corpse Party) and Puzzle game (like the Professor Layton series). I don't want to give too much away story-wise, as it's best to go into this game not knowing too much about what is going to happen. People who have played "999" knows where it's going, but the added twists and turns along the way will keep you playing til the very end. Expand
  6. May 6, 2016
    8
    Having played 999, I knew what I was in for when I got started. I was not disappointed in the sense that I knew it would not be anHaving played 999, I knew what I was in for when I got started. I was not disappointed in the sense that I knew it would not be an action-packed game (despite the frantic trailer that is associated with the game). The new features of the game (more endings, being able to jump between points quickly, more "memory segments" whereas 999 only had 1) are fantastic improvements, but the outrageous story (yes, more outrageous than 999) was well written and structured, but frankly too outrageous to be believable. Additionally, there was no sense of closure whatsoever (I'm only pretty sure I got all the endings), so I feel like that was a flaw in finalizing the game. The story has more endings this time around, but you'll find that about half of them are pretty generic, similar to how many of the endings in 999 simply involved you dying. There are a handful of meaningful and shocking moments, but not enough to give the game a 10. If 999 would have had the same features that this game did, it would have been superior to this one. Expand
  7. Aug 22, 2020
    0
    It is now the year 2020 and they still didn‘t fix the save game bug which will destroy the only save game you have!

    Besides that the game
    It is now the year 2020 and they still didn‘t fix the save game bug which will destroy the only save game you have!

    Besides that the game is just bad. I do not understand where all the good reviews are coming from. The story is bloated, the characters are flat and the pacing is extremely slow. The worst was that after 12 hour of playing I had reached one of the endings in the game where I was presented with a notebook screen on which I should enter an ID and a password. However there was absolutely no clue to what these might be. When I exited the screen I was presented with the message „..... to be continued“ and the game was over. After that I searched the internet to find out that you have to play other possible endings in the game to find the ID and the password! This is game design at it‘s worst!
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