Do I have to play 999 to understand Virtue's Last Reward?

#1g6260Posted 2/17/2013 5:40:18 PM
I just downloaded it for Vita. But I'm hesitant to play it after I found out its apparently a sequel. -_-

How directly related are they? Do I need to play 999 to understand most of the plot, or are the connections between the two games simply minor easter eggs?
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#2RayzerTagPosted 2/17/2013 5:47:39 PM(edited)
Play 999 first.

The story of VLR is still great on itself, and you don't need to have played 999 to understand it, but some twists won't carry the same impact if you haven't.

Also, it will probably tie in to the upcoming part 3 of the trilogy.
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#3g6260(Topic Creator)Posted 2/17/2013 5:42:46 PM
****
-_-

Why couldn't the game be called 18-18-18 if it was a direct sequel?
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#4RayzerTagPosted 2/17/2013 5:46:01 PM(edited)
Don't be sad, 999 is effing amazing, and still holds up really well thanks to the artstyle.

Also, about the sequel naming; technically they're called Zero Escape: 9 Hours 9 Persons 9 Doors and Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward.
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#5WiiFan77Posted 2/17/2013 5:46:14 PM
It isn't essential that you play 999 first. However, I guarantee that you will enjoy it at least 3x more, if you have played 999 first. It does have many connections to the first game, as well as a few returning characters.

999 isn't too expensive now, so unless you absolutely want to play VRL soon, I highly recommend beating 999 with the True Ending first.
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#6temgunPosted 2/17/2013 5:52:45 PM
YES

Initially there are very few connections, but as you get deeper into the story, you'll be extremely glad you played 999 first.
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#7Gandalf the IstariPosted 2/17/2013 6:44:06 PM
RayzerTag posted...
to the upcoming part 3 of the trilogy.


Zomg. How did I not know about this? Awesome.
#8nintendoggerPosted 2/17/2013 7:18:37 PM
18-18-18 wouldn't help the plot.
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#9SoeroahPosted 2/17/2013 7:27:11 PM
g6260 posted...
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-_-

Why couldn't the game be called 18-18-18 if it was a direct sequel?


It's a quirk of localisation.

In Japan, the first game was called Extreme Escape Adventure: 9 Hours 9 Persons 9 Doors.

In Japan, the second game is called Extreme Escape Adventure: Good People Die.


So in Japan, you've got part of the title that could be used as a series name, like The Legend of Zelda, or Uncharted.

When the first game was localised, they took the series title out complete, released it as 9 Hours 9 Persons 9 Doors. Then a sequel came out, and they had to make something up, called it Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward in the US.

In Europe and Australia we don't even have Zero Escape. The titles on their own do not reference their relationship in the slightest.


So, I 'blame' localisation, though in their defence they didn't know the series would continue past one game at the time.
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#10JulesNeciPosted 2/17/2013 7:28:45 PM
YES. please do yourself a favor and play 999.

You'd be SO LOST not playing it first. And the sequel to VLR will basically solve all the unresolved amazing cluster**** in 999 and VLR
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