I don't recall what it was that made me finally sit down and start playing 999; all I know is that I had heard that the Zero Escape series was very good, which honestly is often all it takes to get me into something, no matter the genre. As a result, the entire first hour of 999 left me reeling — whatever I was expecting, it definitely wasn't this.
That feeling persisted throughout my entire playthrough of 999, as I tried to figure out just was going on in this story, only to realize each answer led to more questions. What this game did with narrative structure was absolutely phenomenal, and the way it wove together so many disparate plot points into something cohesive was incredible. Honestly, it's one of my favorite gaming experiences ever.
What was even more astonishing was that the sequel, VLR, managed to be just as much of a wild ride. Some of its twists and turns are my favorites in the series, which is why it's ended up as my favorite, although I love all three titles a great deal. While the third game, ZTD, didn't fully deliver on all of the plot threads I would have liked it to, the journey it took me on was fantastic; I honestly haven't played any game as quickly as I did ZTD.
It's difficult to talk about this series in any depth without spoiling it, and so all I can do is urge you to play it. Seriously, you won't regret it.
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