I finished the game like an hour ago.
There were things I loved, and things I didn't like. (Not hate, I didn't hate anything in this game.)
I'm a bit too tired to go into it so I'll just give some positives and negatives.
Diana, Phi, Sigma scenes. Well, that's all of D-teams scenes, but I mean specifically the ones relating to them being family.
+ I think the game looked good. It was cinematic, more like an interactive movie than a visual novel. I did miss some of the introspective of the other two games though, as we got to hear the thoughts of our protagonist. However
I understand why we couldn't listen to the thoughts of the person whos perspective we were following, as it was actually Delta's eyes we were viewing the game from.
+ Speaking of which
The Delta reveal was fucking scary. Sean turning around and pointing at the camera, it was just not what I expected. I thought he was going to point to Eric or even fucking Gab lol. I wonder what my reaction would have been like if during the 3-way Standoff between Eric, Mira and Sean if I imput Delta's name before I saw the scene where it is fully revealed. I mean it's totally possible, you could view Diana and Sigma sending Phi and Delta into the past and just say fuck it, lets see what happens if I put Delta's name in here. The heavy foreshadowing, the hints, the shadows in the cutscenes. The Status screen never showing Q's face, Q getting his X-pass revealed even when Sean is still technically alive. It's awesome, I can imagine some people saying it comes out of nowhere, but it really doesn't. It's not even called the Nonary Game (9). It's the Decision Game (10). Everything is marked with an X, the roman numeral for 10. There are even blatant bits of dialouge where they talk about Q being a disabled person who can't hear nor see when we know for a fact Sean can hear and see.
+ The game feels like it was held back a lot less than VLR in terms of violence. I agree with Zeron, I felt I was becomming immune to the violence very quickly, but it never really was about the violence for me. I mean, I was incredibly fucking bored watching Alice getting stabbed in the chest with a scalpel/knife every 5 minutes. However, I still found myself shocked at violence in OTHER ways. For instance
Sean, the child character dies multiple times. He's a robot so not technically a child, but still very much in body and soul a child. Media usually gives children plot armor, like Quark had. I was genuinely unnerved in The Pantry puzzle because I knew Junpei's body parts were strewn around the place and the shot of his decapated head just peeking into shot. Chilling.
+ It was a more philosophical game. It posed moral questions that the other Zero Escapes really didn't because in those games every minute detail was part of a master plan, and while technically true for this game, certain choices you make you do knowing it might be the amoral one. i enjoyed it.
+ Theres lots, lots more, but I need to sleep so lets come back to this later.
Some Negatives before I go.
- I did not like the voice acting. Carlos irked me a lot.
The scene where Junpei is punching his face in and he just has this blasie tone. like he doesn't even feel it. The same when he's walking around after Akane fucking SAWED HIS HAND OFF. Doesn't even look like it bothers him int he least, and his voice shows no hint of pain.
Zero II was hard to hear in cutscenes, I had to mess with the voice and music options to stop him getting drowned out. Thank god for subtitles I guess. There were some good performances. Phi, Sigma, Diana and a couple others.
- I think Junpei and Akane's personalities got misrepresented in this game. Akane MIGHT be alright, I've not decided yet. She's a cold-motherfucker at some points across the Zero Escape series, so her coldness towards what she put Junpei through in 999 might be in character, but Junpei man. He's a totally different person, Akane mentions it several times but seriously, he isn't a hint of what he was before. Are we sure Dio didn't SHIFT into him? Bleh. 999 Junpei and VLR Tenmyouji were 10x more appealing and had more depth than ZTD Junpei.
- Alright, let's be real
Who the fuck is this super-terrorist that Delta cannot fucking catch. The man is a 124 year old genius with the power to read millions of minds across multiple dimensions and he STILL cannot catch this guy and needs the help of CQD to catch. What are we gonna do, exactly, that he cannot. Not being able to SHIFT himself didn't seem to stop him conducting a multi-dimensional death dungeon trap experiment with his other selves.
- I was ready to get my mind blown one last time, but it didn't come. Maybe a personal fault, but I just needed one more awesome mindfuck right at the end to make me totally satisfied. Instead I poked around the game for about half and hour searching for the secret ending. Oh well. The ending is still good and fitting in its own right.
We ALL know who the real villan is
Fuck you snail.X
Gab is best character confirmed.X
Eric is a loser (but I liked the ambiguous way his backstory was told, and it's a fucking dark one)X
One thing I don't understand
WHY IS JUNPEIS STATUS SCREEN PICTURE SO INCREBLY DISTURBING. I spent 90% of the reveal waiting for that to be revealed for me. Evil Junpei? Imposter Junpei? Halloween Junpei? I DUNNO. Anyone wanna fill me in?
That was longer than I intented, but I'm going to bed now. Nini