To give some context, I played 999 after Patrick was hyping the shit out of this game in one of the Bombcasts. I completed 999 with all the endings and the game blew my expectations. After that, I did some post-game research to learn about what others had to say about the true ending and discovered that 999 was a spiritual successor to Uchikoshi's Ever 17. I completed Ever 17 and noticed some similar plot devices used in both games.
2. The player unknowingly at first, is able to see the past and current time.
3. The player starts in a situation in the current time that is nearly identical to the past.
4. There are people connected to the past event who guide the player in the present time into saving the victim.
5. The player saves the victim in the past to prevent a time paradox in the current time.
Not trying to hate on 999, I thought the game was pure genius in how it told the story but kind of bummed knowing that most of the plot devices were already done in Ever 17 and IMO done better in Ever 17 than in 999.
I know duh that's what a spiritual successor means, but to use almost the same exact plot devices for both games!?
Learning about this diluted my appreciation for 999. I was wondering if anyone else had a similar experience? Or maybe this is what a spiritual successor is supposed to do. I still haven't gotten a chance to play Remember 11 (the next game after Ever 17) and VLR (the next game after 999) so maybe completing those games would change my mind.