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- Hi-res graphics bring the savage world of Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors to life with stunning clarity! Experience full immersion with English and Japanese dual voice audio!
- Your choices dictate the fate of you and your "teammates" and offer multiple paths to unique endings.
- Both Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (999) and its sequel, Virtue's Last Reward (VLR), are together in the same collection for the first time ever
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Both Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (999) and its sequel, Virtue's Last Reward (VLR), are together in the same collection for the first time ever!
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999 is a more mature entry into the market, coming along in 2010. It is a far more mature game in every way – the subject matter, violence and themes demonstrate this. The plot doesn’t shy away from discussing mental illness, child kidnapping or betrayal. Don’t let the cute anime-style character designs fool you – this is absolutely not for children.
As has been mentioned before here on Amazon, the plot is akin to Saw, but with more characters and a more labyrinthine story. The player character is Junpei, a young college student who finds himself on a ship. His last memory is of him being abducted by a mysterious individual wearing a gas mask. Almost immediately, his cabin fills with water. And this is just the first cookie of suspense in a massive adventure with six endings.
Obtaining the final two endings require specific decisions, so a walkthrough is incredibly helpful.
The storytelling is essentially flawless, which a sharp and crisp translation that makes the player feel like they really are experiencing all of the emotions the characters are. The sheer volume of text (well over 300,000 words, making The Lord of the Rings look like a 3rd-grader’s novel) paints an incredibly vivid picture. By splitting the group into three teams, the plot is only doled out in bite-sized portions, with only little snippets filled in by the other teams once they are reunited. Obviously, this leaves room for doubt, betrayal and deceit, making the tension almost unbearable.
When you aren’t filling in pieces of the plot or learning more about the cast (character development is one of the game’s strengths), you’ll be solving fiendish puzzles. Most of them can be overcome through observation and simple arithmetic. They’re akin to the puzzles in the old Sierra Dr. Brain games.
Virtue’s Last Reward is an incredibly ambitious graphic novel with puzzle, adventure and horror elements. Trapped with eight other participants (which is why the Nonary Game is thus called), you must obey Zero’s sadistic instructions (made even more unsettling given that they take on the visage of a cute yet creepy rabbit) and try to escape.
This is easier said than done, since every room has puzzles (some of which make Fiendish Sudoku puzzles seem like a casual weekend picnic) that require careful analysis before the answer can be teased out. Add in a prisoner’s dilemma decision game that takes place after every room is completed and you have a recipe for tension that rivals the best scenes of the Saw horror movie franchise. In a nutshell, solving an anagram is the closest thing you’ll get to an easy puzzle.
Multiple endings, more plot twists and shocking revelations than there are secret passages in Hogwarts, and complex, three-dimensional characters make this an unforgettable experience that will eat hundreds of hours from your life. And you probably won’t regret a single second unravelling the layers of mystery alongside Sigma, Phi, Luna, K, Dio and the others. There is just so much information and so much to experience that it would be impossible to reveal more without ruining a great deal of the experience. But besides the obvious themes of trust and betrayal, quantum theory also makes a brief appearance (though greatly simplified).
The first game (999) really benefits from the addition of the flowchart that wasn't present in the original DS release as it makes repeat play throughs much easier to maintain. Also, the voice acting is top-notch (kudos to Junpei's voice actor who seriously reminds me of Parks and Rec's Adam Scott, even though it isn't him, haha). Finally, I highly recommend playing the game in the novel mode as the writing helps fill in a lot of the subtle clues you might miss by just playing in regular mode (with the text boxes).
The premises reminds me of the film 'Saw' a little bit, but in more of tasteful and thriller way instead of downright obvious horror. The game made me gasp and gave me chills. As of now-- It's one of my favorite PS4 titles next to FFX+X-2 and Overwatch. I am a huge fan of diverse and well thought of out casts/characters. Give this one a chance.
My favorite character is Alice. <3