Zero Escape: The Nonary Games, a remaster of the first two games in the Zero Escape trilogy, were released today on PC, Playstation 4 and the Vita. If you haven’t played 999 or Virtue’s Last Reward before, this is the release to pick up. And if you have, the remaster of 999 is still worth it.
Virtue’s Last Reward hasn’t seen many changes with the remaster, but 999 got two key changes that make the game a thousand times better. 999 was originally released for the Nintendo DS in 2009, and it’s incredible. It’s a fascinating thriller with compelling puzzles and great writing, but with gameplay problems that get more obvious the older the game gets. In order to fully understand the story, you have to get a specific set of endings in a specific order, but the path to those endings can be obscure. On top of that, this is a plot-heavy game with a ton of reading between puzzle solving, which can feel tedious.