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Virtue’s Last Reward follows up on 999 wonderfully and delivers everything you’d want in a sequel. It’s got the same kind of creepy soundtrack and cerebral gameplay 999‘s fans will love, but done far better. Part of that is due to it being more user-friendly, making VLR an easy recommendation for anyone who missed out on 999. Everything about how VLR plays is improved, resulting in a better experience in every way imaginable.
Gaming Nexus (Nov 30, 2012)
By the end of Virtue's Last Reward I was ready to just start whatever game was next, but that's obviously a long way off. I really can't emphasize enough how much I enjoyed this game and how much I think it will be enjoyed by Vita owners. The library is slowing getting some quality titles and this is one of them. Gamers shouldn't let this game slip away and in a crowded holiday season it's tough to set aside money for a niche game like this, but this is one of those games that is absolutely worth every dollar spent on it. Chunsoft, I hope you're working on a new game, and Aksys, I hope you're ready to pick up the next game when it's ready. An absolutely amazing experience from start to finish, I couldn't put my Vita down without going through withdrawal a short time later. Zero's Escape: Virtue's Last Reward has a fantastic balance between story and gameplay that is somewhat rare these days.
IGN (Oct 23, 2012)
Two years ago, Aksys was shocked by 999's success. This year, they shouldn't be shocked when VLR matches, then exceeds, its predecessor. 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.
PlayStation Universe (Nov 07, 2012)
Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward comes with the highest recommendation as the very best game on PlayStation Vita and one of the greatest games of this generation. No game is perfect, but this thrill ride comes damn close. If you're looking for another rehash of the same old tired genre conventions, look elsewhere. If, on the other hand, you want to push the medium of video games and test the limits of your engagement with them, Virtue's Last Reward should be the first one on your list.
94 (Oct 23, 2012)
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.
Digital Chumps (Nov 06, 2012)
I recommend a lot of games to friends, but this is one of those "okay, if you only play one game on this list, make it this one" type of games. I'll go as far as to say if you don't own a Vita, Zero Escape is one of the best reasons to get one.
Gaming Age (Nov 02, 2012)
For the most part, I think you’ll find Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward to be a step up from 999, and really, that’s saying something considering how excellent 999 was. It’s not flawless, no, but well worth your time, especially if you’re the type of person that enjoys new gaming experiences that are far from the norm. And while the current release slate is quite busy, there’s nothing quite like a fresh, palette cleaning experience, which is exactly what Zero Escape offers up.
RPG Site (Oct 23, 2012)
Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward may not be for everyone, but if you love well-written, intelligent stories, and a lengthy adventure that keeps you on the edge of your seat at every turn coupled with an outstanding localization – this game is for you.
RPGFan (Oct 29, 2012)
Despite some aesthetic hitches, VLR is a contender for Game of the Year.
Pocket Gamer UK (Nov 20, 2012)
Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward is a mature, sophisticated, and delightfully dark whodunnit adventure
Vandal Online (Jan 07, 2013)
Es un título único dentro del catálogo de 3DS y PSVita, al menos en Europa. Virtue’s Last Reward es un juego que a poco que poco que probéis os dejará pegados a la pantalla durante muchas horas, para sacar todos los finales y comprender la historia al completo se nos pueden ir unas 30 horas. Los personajes y sus trasfondos, los enrevesados puzles, la trama y cómo nos la va desvelando, las decisiones que tomamos. Todo está muy bien hecho y eso lo convierte en uno de los mejores y más originales títulos que podemos disfrutar tanto en 3DS como en PSVita.
90 (Apr 12, 2013)
Virtue's Last Reward è un gioco davvero notevole, in grado di entusiasmare letteralmente coloro che non si faranno intimidire dalle centinaia di linee di dialogo presenti. Una storia avvincente e ben narrata, tanti protagonisti strambi e affascinanti e qualche enigma piuttosto impegnativo vanno a formare un'esperienza originale, altamente consigliata ai possessori di entrambe le console, soprattutto ora che grazie alla versione scatolata è possibile avere il gioco ad un prezzo meno proibitivo.
RPGFan (Oct 29, 2012)
Despite some aesthetic hitches, VLR is a contender for Game of the Year.
90 (Jan 17, 2013)
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).
88 (Mar 13, 2013)
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!
Game Informer Magazine (Oct 23, 2012)
Virtue’s Last Reward kept me addicted, challenged, and constantly guessing. As the sequel to 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors, it lives up to its legacy and invigorates the graphic adventure genre. Don’t let this one pass you by; VLR is one of my favorite games this year.
Meristation (Mar 13, 2013)
No encontraremos un juego tan completo como este en el catálogo de 3DS o de PSVita, que se pueda enfocar como una novela digital o como un videojuego de puzles en el que es crucial compaginar la inteligencia con las aptitudes sociales. Indistintamente de qué versión sea la que más nos atrae (PSVita tiene algo más de definición que 3DS, aunque la de Nintendo se controla mejor), Virtue's Last Reward es un producto altamente recomendable para todo jugador que busque un guión apasionante, quizá no del todo exento de clichés, pero único en su especie. Eso sí, tendremos que hacerlo completamente en inglés. Al menos, y a diferencia de 999, este sí lo podemos disfrutar en nuestras tierras.
GameSpot (Oct 25, 2012)
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 fans of the genre--or those who appreciate quality storytelling in general--should not miss.
TotalPlayStation (Nov 11, 2012)
Zero Escape is the very definition of a niche title. If you have experience with visual novels you'll be in love with the game, and if you like puzzles and don't mind a LOT of narrative it's still great. If you want nonstop action, move along!
Impulse Gamer (Dec, 2012)
If you are after a thinking man's game than Virtue’s Last Reward is easily one of the most thought provoking puzzlers of the year. With a strange story that is reminiscent of an adult themed anime movie, this game will make you curse and at times cry with frustration and joy when you've solved some of the challenging puzzles.
85 (Nov 27, 2012)
Un titolo profondo, appassionante, lungo e assolutamente ben scritto, che ha il coraggio di osare in un mercato che ormai sembra aver perso la carica innovativa che l’ha sempre contraddistinto. Come i migliori film, poi, è un gioco che rimane in testa, che continua a riemergere tra i pensieri, spronando a riflettere da punti di vista differenti, in base alle scelte che si è deciso di compiere. Virtue's Last Reward tiene insomma compagnia anche a distanza di giorni dall’ultima volta che si è accesa la console, spingendo nuovamente a riprenderlo, per vedere tutto ciò che ha da offrire, fino all’ultimo -forse definitivo- finale.
Game Critics (Feb 10, 2013)
Virtue's Last Reward takes everything that 999 did well and does it better. The story is more focused (even if still a little convoluted), the characters are better developed, the gameplay mechanics have been greatly improved, and the twists will keep players on edge until the end. Those with no prior knowledge of 999 may be at a slight disadvantage when it comes to grasping the plot's nuances since it's technically a sequel, but players in the market for a fantastic visual novel bolstered by interaction and choice would do well to try it out anyway.
3D Juegos (Mar 11, 2013)
Teniendo en cuenta que estamos ante un título muy especial que puede no gustar a todo el mundo dada su apuesta por lo argumental frente al apartado jugable, sería injusto no valorar como se merece a Virtue's Last Reward. Y es que hay muy pocos juegos con un argumento tan sólido y sorprendente como el de esta novela interactiva que, sin hacer demasiado ruido, se ha convertido en uno de los lanzamientos importantes de PS Vita y 3DS.
80 (Nov 27, 2012)
An excellent follow-up to 999, with a thought-provoking plot, compelling characters, and some of the hardest choices this side of The Walking Dead.
Push Square (Nov 28, 2012)
Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward is a deep, engaging, and incredibly intelligent visual novel. It's a shame that the game doesn't do more with the hardware, but its meaningful player decisions, taxing puzzle elements, and unforgivably mature themes fuse to create one of the best Vita titles so far.
80 (Jan 21, 2013)
Elke titel die zich zo zwaar richt op pure verhaalvertelling zonder gameplay moet een nagenoeg feilloos script hebben en Virtue’s Last Reward heeft dat. Dat neemt niet weg dat dit er wel een is voor de fijnproever, want de absurd Japanse personages, af en toe niet te plaatsen motieven en bizarre plotwendingen zullen niet bij iedereen de juiste snaar raken. Zonde, want de bijzondere setting en de interactie met je lotgenoten hadden een beter lot verdiend dan dat. Al zal het gros van de gamers toch nooit weten wat ze gemist hebben.
The Escapist (Oct 29, 2012)
Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward's story is absolutely bonkers, but untangling its many secrets is an addictive enterprise. There's tons of plot to discover, and the many storylines cross and reference each other in subtle ways that reward the diligent player. Puzzle fans will undoubtedly wish there were more Escape rooms, but those that are there are strange and fun.
70 (UK) (Dec 17, 2012)
To reveal how it does so would be to ruin the fun and take away the dizzying, off-kilter moments that make Virtue's Last Reward such a frequent joy. A strange, frustrating and incredibly smart game, then. Virtue's Last Reward's fiction can tend to be a little over-ripe, but it weaves a web that's a pleasure to get lost in.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Nov 28, 2012)
Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward bouwt verder op zijn voorganger en is eveneens een "visuele roman" die negen gevangengenomen personages introduceert die gedwongen worden een spel te spelen waarbij ze moeten puzzels oplossen, proberen te ontsnappen en elkaar vertrouwen of verraden. Pittig detail: iemand verraden levert je meer punten op en meer kans om het er levend vanaf te brengen, maar ook de anderen kunnen jou wantrouwen en uiteindelijk verraden. En dus ontstaat een ongemeen spannende psychologische strijd die bij het beste hoort dat we ooit al hebben gespeeld op een mobiel toestel. Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward is te krijgen voor PS Vita en 3DS. Beide versies zijn identiek qua inhoud, al heeft elke console zijn typische voordelen. Het beeld van de Vita is mooier en scherper, wat het lezen van de grote hoeveelheid tekst die wordt opgevoerd een stuk aangenamer maakt. De 3DS heeft dan weer 3D-effecten en laat toe makkelijker notities te nemen met de stylus. Aan jou de keuze.