Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward Review
- Posted November 7th, 2012 at 05:06 EDT by Kyle Prahl
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This mind-bending visual novel captivates with challenging puzzles and an intelligent story unrivaled in its ambition.
- Masterful narrative
- Unyielding puzzles
- Memorable characters
- A few visibility concerns
- So-so environmental design
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Equally impressive are the game's visuals, which tout a gorgeous character aesthetic that combines 3D modeling with anime influence. The interior environments of the facility setting are less memorable, but still served to sell me on the idea of a place that was once inhabited by others, a place with a great deal of importance that is above my understanding. And, throughout this nearly 40-hour adventure, you may come to discover what that importance is. That's the beauty of Zero Escape: every element serves the greater task of telling a mesmeric story, and the result is unlike anything you've ever seen or felt in a video game.
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.