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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: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 4 out of 19
  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. Oct 26, 2018
    9
    I am a fan of the series and zero time dilemma story wise and structure wise is brilliant ending of it. But I must say, that puzzles not asI am a fan of the series and zero time dilemma story wise and structure wise is brilliant ending of it. But I must say, that puzzles not as good as in previous parts of the series. Some of them are very annoying (rec room, I hate you) and they don't combined with a story as good as in 999 (sudoku is best example) or VLR (Q room).
    Whatever. I can recommend this game for people who want enjoy good story (especially fans of the series) but not for people who want play good puzzle game. But as fan of good story driven games and as fan of the series I can"t rate ZTD lesser then 9/10.
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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. Mar 22, 2020
    0
    Every decade, one might experience the rare phenomena that a game in a franchise comes out that is so disgustingly bad that it kills theEvery decade, one might experience the rare phenomena that a game in a franchise comes out that is so disgustingly bad that it kills the franchise and ruins the memories of the previous games. I could type out all the flaws with this garbage game, but it would be a waste of time. All you need to know is that Zero Time Dilemma is one of the worst games ever made in the history of gaming. Just play the first two game and pretend this game doesn't exist, that is the best way to enjoy this franchise if you are interested. Expand

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