Why I love 999.

#1 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

999 really surprised me. I didn't think it'd be bad or anything. I heard enough good things about that made me believe that I would at least enjoy it. I didn't expect it to consume my life for the last couple of days. I've been thinking about the plot, the characters, and a lot more from this strange Chunsoft joint. What I love about 999 is the plot and the scenario that all of these characters are in. I have some strange love with stories that revolve around different characters that have to work together in order to survive. This is what initially intrigued me about this Nintendo DS visual novel puzzle game. I soon feel in love with most of the characters in the game. After my first bad ending which ended with a bad ending(axe), i just had to keep playing. Everything changed for me during the true ending. Everything was revealed which flipped my world upside down including my 3DS. I won't spoil what happens here, but it is one of the most memorable gaming experiences that I've had in a long time. It's all thanks to for giving me the final push into playing this game. So I'm here to thank folks for talking about this game for so long. I truly do feel guilty for not playing this game sooner. I would've certainly talked about it to death like I am right now.

My obsession will soon die down as I'm awaiting the arrival of Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward from Amazon. My life will probably be consumed once again and i'm all for it. I can't honestly wait for me to explore the Zero Escape universe once again. I'm hoping that many of the plot threads that were left unfinished in 999 are explored in VLR. I know that i'm 3 years late with this blog and I apologize for my negligence. I won't be as late this time with VLR. So hopefully the video and this blog have piqued your interest in playing 999. Give it a shot as it may surprise you. Be patient while playing 999 as the best is yet to come with that game. I'm sure you'll find it to be interesting at least. If you want to see more of my thoughts on 999 be sure to watch the video above. It's mostly me talking about my experience with 999 with my dumb face. You can get 999 on the DS and you can play it on the 3DS like I did. Be sure to try it out.

#2 Edited by Jimi (1126 posts) -

I had a bad experience with the game my first time through, I was really into it but I wound up getting the axe ending I think, either that or the knife. I felt completely ripped off that the game ended so suddenly and I would have to retread old ground.

I picked it back up a week or two later cause I read about everyone going ape-shit about the true ending and it was completely worth it. One of the best stories that has been told this generation in gaming.

Moral of the story: If you're reading this and thinking about giving it a go please commit to getting the true ending, it really is worth it.

#3 Posted by Ducksworth (662 posts) -

Glad to hear you enjoyed it. I also ordered a copy recently that showed up Friday, I haven't opened it up yet because I'm saving it for my commute and I can't wait to see what all the ruckus is about.

#4 Posted by GetEveryone (4455 posts) -

just recommended me this, too.

Intrigued. Very intrigued.

#5 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

Glad you guys are giving it a shot. If you want to see what the fuse is about be sure to commit to the true ending.

#6 Posted by TooWalrus (13237 posts) -

999 is pretty damn good. I'm playing through VLR right now, it it's been great so far. I did the first 5 puzzles myself, then got frustrated with something stupid and decided to use a FAQ. The stories with these games are where it's at, the puzzles are fine, but I'd rather just see what happens next.

#7 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -
@TooWalrus

999 is pretty damn good. I'm playing through VLR right now, it it's been great so far. I did the first 5 puzzles myself, then got frustrated with something stupid and decided to use a FAQ. The stories with these games are where it's at, the puzzles are fine, but I'd rather just see what happens next.

Agreed. I'm hoping the puzzles are better in VLR.
#8 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5841 posts) -

I actually love that I got a bad ending (knife) the first time around. It was so completely shocking, I still remembered how stunned I was, haha. It pushed me further to clear up the rest of the story and find out just what the fuck was actually going on.

I think the best part of the Zero Escape games is how the events from all the different story-lines need to be tied in together to explain the big mysteries. It's a really unique form of storytelling.

#9 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -
@FancySoapsMan

I actually love that I got a bad ending (knife) the first time around. It was so completely shocking, I still remembered how stunned I was, haha. It pushed me further to clear up the rest of the story and find out just what the fuck was actually going on.

I think the best part of the Zero Escape games is how the events from all the different story-lines need to be tied in together to explain the big mysteries. It's a really unique form of storytelling.

Those bad endings are really fucked up.
#10 Posted by OllyOxenFree (4976 posts) -

To get the true ending the first time through you pretty much have to use a walkthrough, no? Or is it kinda obvious which are the "right" choices?

#11 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -
@OllyOxenFree

To get the true ending the first time through you pretty much have to use a walkthrough, no? Or is it kinda obvious which are the "right" choices?

I used a FAQ just incase. You should use one.
#12 Posted by Linkster7 (1036 posts) -

@OllyOxenFree said:

To get the true ending the first time through you pretty much have to use a walkthrough, no? Or is it kinda obvious which are the "right" choices?

You have to play through it at least once to get the true ending the next time. And no the right paths are anything but obvious, so the best thing to to is play through it without a guide the first two or three times and then coming back with a guide.

#13 Posted by TooWalrus (13237 posts) -

@Phatmac said:

@TooWalrus

999 is pretty damn good. I'm playing through VLR right now, it it's been great so far. I did the first 5 puzzles myself, then got frustrated with something stupid and decided to use a FAQ. The stories with these games are where it's at, the puzzles are fine, but I'd rather just see what happens next.

Agreed. I'm hoping the puzzles are better in VLR.

I'd say they're better. I'm about 15 hours into it, and so far there haven't been any puzzles that left me thinking "This would have taken me FOREVER to figure this out without a FAQ." I'll say that I felt pretty fuckin' smart figuring out the puzzles by myself, but I just don't have time for that.

#14 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -
@TooWalrus Cool. I'm jazzed to be able to VLR real soon.
#15 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

@GetEveryone said:

just recommended me this, too.

Intrigued. Very intrigued.

You should play it!

#16 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5841 posts) -

@Phatmac said:

@TooWalrus Cool. I'm jazzed to be able to VLR real soon.

just a random tip, remember not to save during puzzle section on the 3DS, because apparently it can corrupt your save.

#17 Posted by InfiniteGeass (2056 posts) -

999's crazy plot is nothing compared to VLR's crazy twists IMO. Both are fantastic games.

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#18 Posted by killacam (1285 posts) -

i also just finished this, last week. sounds like we had similar experiences; all i did that week was live and breathe that game, and i really missed that world and its characters once it was over. taking a little break now before starting vlr.

#19 Posted by amlabella (323 posts) -

Looks like we're in the same boat. Couldn't stop playing it these past few days and I ended up getting the true ending earlier today. Lots of noticeable flaws that can make playing through the game multiple times a chore, but the story is so damn good. Loved getting the bad endings first because it just built up the anticipation for the true ending even more.

Ordered VLR right after beating it. Really looking forward to that, especially after hearing about some of the improvements Patrick mentioned in the 999 Spoilercast.

#20 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

@amlabella said:

Looks like we're in the same boat. Couldn't stop playing it these past few days and I ended up getting the true ending earlier today. Lots of noticeable flaws that can make playing through the game multiple times a chore, but the story is so damn good. Loved getting the bad endings first because it just built up the anticipation for the true ending even more.

Ordered VLR right after beating it. Really looking forward to that, especially after hearing about some of the improvements Patrick mentioned in the 999 Spoilercast.

Yeah, that's been me for these past couple of days.

#21 Posted by TooWalrus (13237 posts) -

SEEK A WAY OUT!

#22 Posted by Random45 (1233 posts) -

I played through it several times without a guide, trying to figure out how to get the true ending. I finally just gave up and looked up a guide, and then waited a few months to come back and beat it.

It was an interesting game, but I am NEVER playing anything like this again without a guide, losing and getting the same bad ending that explains nothing over and over just isn't fun at all. If you could skip the damn puzzles it wouldn't be that bad - I think I have the first puzzle completely memorized at this point. The ending was worth it though, I kind of figured something was going on, since you could 'start with memories', but that caught me off guard.

#23 Edited by Psykhophear (939 posts) -

I'm currently playing Virtue's Last Reward and originally, I was turned off by its game design. The dialogue put me to sleep and the flow of the game was too slow for me. However, I've gotten over it and have learned to appreciate it. I look forward in playing 999 once I'm done with VLR.

#24 Posted by ValiantGrizzly (498 posts) -

Finished 999 last week, and went to find a copy of VLR for the Vita the next day. 999 is the best story in a video game since.. well.. I'm havimg a hard time thinking of a better one. Blew my mind.

About 15 hours into VLR now, and the intrigue and connections to 999 are slowly trickling in. No idea how it's all going to wrap up yet, but I absolutely can't stop playing. A shame I didn't finish it before the year ended, considering it'll probably end up being one of my 10 favorite games from 2012.

I wonder if this surge of popularity has any effect on 999's sales. As far as I know, it didn't do bad for a VN/puzzle game, but there's been so much buzz lately it almost feels like a second life. Hell, I'm European and imported the game from the U.S.

#25 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -
@Psykhophear that's really weird. I can't imagine playing VLR first over 999.
#26 Posted by Joeyoe31 (820 posts) -

@TooWalrus said:

SEEK A WAY OUT!

YOU FOUND IT!

#27 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

@Joeyoe31 said:

@TooWalrus said:

SEEK A WAY OUT!

YOU FOUND IT!

*music cues*

#28 Posted by OllyOxenFree (4976 posts) -

OK I'm about to try it out using this spoiler-free walkthrough:

http://www.gamefaqs.com/ds/961351-nine-hours-nine-persons-nine-doors/faqs/61405

Let's see how it goes...

#29 Posted by Psykhophear (939 posts) -

@Phatmac said:

@Psykhophear that's really weird. I can't imagine playing VLR first over 999.

Haha! That's what I taught too. I didn't know VLR was a sequel of an already existing game so it caught me by surprise as well.

#30 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

@OllyOxenFree said:

OK I'm about to try it out using this spoiler-free walkthrough:

http://www.gamefaqs.com/ds/961351-nine-hours-nine-persons-nine-doors/faqs/61405

Let's see how it goes…

Good luck! :)

#31 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

@Psykhophear said:

@Phatmac said:

@Psykhophear that's really weird. I can't imagine playing VLR first over 999.

Haha! That's what I taught too. I didn't know VLR was a sequel of an already existing game so it caught me by surprise as well.

That's nuts :o

#32 Posted by OllyOxenFree (4976 posts) -

OK just finished with the true ending and all I have to say is: WHAT. I just don't know what to believe anymore.

#33 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -
@OllyOxenFree

OK just finished with the true ending and all I have to say is: WHAT. I just don't know what to believe anymore.

Welcome to da club! :D Now move on to VLR!!
#34 Posted by rentfn (1282 posts) -

Nice read!!! I love reading and I love games. I am going to check this game out. Thanks a lot!!!.

#35 Posted by Ducksworth (662 posts) -

This game is really interesting, I actually JUST finished my very first play through and got the knife ending. I found the game so interesting that I'm probably going to go back and start my second playthrough as soon as I'm done with this post. There are still so many questions I have about stuff that happened but in spirit of keeping this thread spoiler free I'm going to leave them out. Specifically, there were a lot of cryptic and seemingly random observations made by certain characters that I want to see explained. Back to the game!

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