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VLR, ao contrário de 999, possui expectativas mais altas. O jogo busca ser o mais acessível possível, com a distribuição multiplataforma, a dublagem das milhares de linhas de diálogo, facilitadores como o flowchart embutido e melhoria da função "skip", além da apresentação que lentamente introduz o jogador na história de 999, evitando alienar completamente o público. Ele constrói sobre um universo pré-existente uma nova camada com novos participantes e prepara o palco para o provável último volume de uma série que mexe com a cabeça de todos que se envolvem. VLR até utiliza truques de 999. O personagem desaparecido, a amnésia... Mas vai além, muito além. Mais de 30h com inúmeros possíveis resultados acontecem no confinamento. E surpresas e revelações bombásticas aguardam os virtuosos.
I spent over 30 hours with Sigma and company, and I'll be damned if a bizarre final act will spoil an otherwise fine adventure. Through our shared struggles, I connected with these characters. By skating the time stream, I charted my own narrative. I want to share my experience with other players and have them share their own stories in turn. To be able to compare how our individual tales unfolded is a gift that few other story-driven games can provide.
This sequel is more twisted, more brutal and more memorable than that first volume, it's solidified Zero Escape as a series, and it's an experience I recommend to every gamer – if you're over 18, and if you've played 999 first. Virtue's Last Reward builds an unforgettable story on the dilemma of a choice: Will you ally, or will you betray? There is no choice, though, when it comes to whether or not you should buy. Do it. Buy now. There should be no timeline ever created that doesn't contain you playing this game.
While Virtue’s Last Reward may not be for everyone, gamers that love a good story should definitely check this out. The writing is top-notch, puzzles are solid and the game is just a blast to play overall. If you have a 3DS or Vita, definitely check this out.
Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward calls itself a visual novel and that description couldn’t be more accurate. 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. While there isn’t much in terms of gameplay, those who pop the cartridge into their 3DS will enjoy one of the best narratives the system has to offer. As Zero would put it, “Have a nice tragedy…”
From the start of this review you probably already knew if this game was for you or not. Visual novels are a niche market, but if you like reading and solving puzzles and are looking for one of 2012’s best told stories then you can do no wrong with this game. Virtue’s Last Reward is a quality game that will surprise you. It will make you want to speak about it to people months after you have finished it. They aren’t many game stories that make you do that, but the ones that do are normally exceptionally well-written with stimulating plots and shocking twists. Virtue’s Last Reward covers all that, and for me, is a title I could not stop playing till I finished it. A remarkable tale that is one of my top 10 games of 2012.
Following on from a true masterpiece is never easy, and 999: : Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors was just that, yet Chunsoft Spike has come up with the goods once more. Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward may lack the initial punch delivered by its predecessor, but still brings an engrossing tale to the table, with a story that players will have to explore completely before finally putting the game back on the shelf. With a smattering of smart puzzles tying everything together, it will take something truly special to trump this superb visual novel experience
If I haven’t sold you on Virtue’s Last Reward yet, I don’t know what else to say. It’s a near flawless narrative experience wrapped in a bog-standard but necessary adventure game. It has more emotional depth than I’ve ever experienced on a handheld, and had 2012 not been such an outstanding year for emotive storytelling with titles like Spec Ops and The Walking Dead, I might have been inclined to extend this compliment to videogames in general. If you own a 3DS or Vita this is without a doubt, unequivocally a must-play.
All in all, Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward is a huge improvement over the previous game, 999. In fact, it’s kind of painful to go back and replay the first game, after playing the second one. They did a good job with this one, and now I’m looking forward to the third game in the series.
A l'instar de son prédécesseur, Virtue's Last Reward est un jeu d'aventure atypique à la construction narrative remarquable. Si vous comprenez l'anglais et que vous n'avez pas envie de passer à côté de ce titre ayant déjà fait l'unanimité auprès des joueurs, foncez découvrir ce Virtue's Last Reward avant qu'il ne devienne rapidement introuvable. Nul doute qu'il vous incitera à vous procurer l'incontournable 999, inédit chez nous mais disponible en version US sur DS (console non zonée).
Admittedly, intelligence and narrative structure are hardly the sexiest compliments. On the average gamer's list of priorities these things sit just below 'title menu design' and 'instruction manual paper stock', so it's great to see someone bucking the trend. Virtue's Last Reward is smart, compelling stuff. For gamers looking for something deeper - in the philosophical sense - this 3DS gem is nothing short of essential.
Virtue’s Last Reward ist ein sehr gutes Adventure! Zwar gibt es gerade zu Beginn einige zähe Textpassagen, leider keine deutsche Lokalisierung und ein etwas enges Erkundungskorsett. Aber wer Lust auf eine überraschende Krimistory mit Science-Fiction-Flair, dramatische Psychokonflikte, tolle Gruppendynamik inkl. Wettspannung und ebenso abwechslungsreiche wie knackige Rätsel hat, kommt um diesen Thriller nicht herum. Je länger man spielt, desto mehr Facetten ergeben sich hinsichtlich der Charaktere sowie der Motive der Geiselnahme. Und je nach Spielweise wartet ein anderes der vielen Enden - dreimal so viele wie im Vorgänger, die man jetzt komfortabler auch mit einem Spielstand erreichen kann. Dass man nach einem Durchlauf noch neugierig auf Antworten ist, unterstreicht die Stärke der angenehm mysteriösen und verschlungenen Geschichte. Ein Adventure-Highlight sowohl für 3DS als auch PS Vita!
Among the many games released each year, there aren't many that leave you contemplating and debating their story and worldviews long after the final set of credits has rolled. Virtue's Last Reward takes its place proudly among this crop of games. As fun and challenging as the brainteasers in the room escapes are, they're merely dressing for the fantastic writing, memorable characters, and stunning plot twists that could only be presented successfully in a game format. This is an adventure that anyone who appreciates quality storytelling should not miss.
Under the guise of a video game, Virtue's Last Reward unfolds an intricate story in which your participation is consistently worthwhile. In spite of the interruptions caused by its less engaging puzzle segments, this game stands out as an exceptional narrative experience unlike anything else on 3DS.
Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward spins one of the year's best yarns, tackling various topics with maturity, intelligence and even a little humour. Its smart puzzles can be a little fiddly, but if you have any interest in story in games whatsoever and can deal with its murderous subject matter, this is a must play that will keep you engaged for dozens of hours.
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.