Remastered Zero Time Dilemma Coming to PS4

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Fans of Zero Time Dilemma, rejoice! Soon you’ll be able to enjoy the entire Zero Escape series on the PS4, with a glorious high-def upgrade.

What’s that? You’ve never heard of the Zero Escape series? Well lets remedy that…

Back in 2009, a visual novel game called 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (or 999 for short) was released on several mobile platforms and the PC. In the game, your character is abducted and finds himself on a sinking cruise liner where he, and other abductees, must solve puzzles to survive.

Think Saw, but at sea. Or a zombie escape room, which I’m still dying to try.

Sounds pretty intriguing, right? Well, Japanese gamers didn’t think so – it totally flopped in Japan. But strangely enough it was a hit in the US, where visual novel games have never caught on. Even western gaming magazines gave it high marks, earning a compiled Metacritic score of 82/100 (which is decent).

999’s developers then made a sequel for their international fans, and Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward was released in 2012 to even higher ratings – a Metacritic score of 88/100. It sold well, even after players discovered a game-breaking glitch days after launch.

With a certified hit on their hands, developers decided to make a third game, call it a trilogy, and stop while they were ahead. Zero Time Dilemma was released in 2016 with an aggregated Metacritic score of 81/100.

What a fine end to a great series! Just one problem though – these games were only available to owners of a Nintendo 3DS, PS Vita, or PC. We hardcore console gamers were shit-outta-luck. Lucky for us, in early 2017 Zero Escape’s publishers decided to remaster and re-release the series for the PS4! Score one for big screen TVs.

999 and Virtue’s Last Reward were bundled as Zero Escape: The Nonary Games and re-released on the PS4 in March 2017. We have to wait until August for the PS4 port of Zero Time Dilemma.

Fans of thriller games with a science fiction twist should grab all three games – they might be the best visual novels around. And I wouldn’t be surprised if developers brought this series out of early retirement to churn out more titles. Do yourself a favor, get on-board now.

If you know other visual novels games worth playing, share it with everyone in the comments below.



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