It is a PS Vita game, one of the only good ones out at this time which also explains why it’s a top seller but if you want to get technical it is an anime as well because there is an OVA for it. Virtue’s Last Reward is a story driven game of the mystery/puzzle persuasion and is the second in the Zero Escape series following 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors; an amazing Nintendo DS game of the same genre.
The story follows a unique timeline which splits at certain points allowing you to make important decisions more than once. Of course what makes it so brilliant is that if you make a decision you don’t like you can simply jump back to that point in time and pick the other choice. What’s beautiful about this is that the character you are controlling Sigma is also aware of this and after making a decision which may result in his death or the death of others he can jump back in time and make a different decision. I’m a nutter for a good time travel/ alternate dimensions story and this is a perfect example of those things.
But a good story is always held together with good characters and those characters which are pictured above aren’t your average anime harem. They all have hidden secrets and you’re interactions with them are important for you and everyone else’s survival. In the end what I’m getting at is that getting to know them was a pleasure and a very rewarding experience.
I spent exactly 33 hours and 33 minutes, hence the title playing this game over the last two weeks (Which explains my absence) and during that time I was forever trying to find answers for questions the game posed. The kicker is that while trying to get answers I just ended up with more questions. Piles and piles of questions that would drive a man insane if he couldn’t find time to play the game as much as I did. Question after question built up until the breaking point at the end where you are met with an explosion of answers causing an overload of information so satisfying I had to put the game down and sit in silence to comprehend what had just occurred.
Case in point. See the guy/girl with the mask in the image above. The whole game you want to know his/her identity and then when you discover the truth it just poses more questions which nullify the answer you just received.
So all in all I’d say go play it and anyone who has played and finished it should be my best friend because you good sir/madam have outstanding taste in storytelling.