I picked the game up today after school (and pre-ordered Radiant Historia with it), and did one playthrough tonight. I don’t regret dropping $40 here. I got a bad end where the main character got stabbed (wrong door choice?), but only getting stabbed is kinda reassuring in comparison to some of the graphic descriptions of gruesome character deaths early-mid game. If “only” getting stabbed is reassuring in this game, then I’ll definitely have nightmares tonight. Or I’ll stay up all night playing games (probably better than trying to sleep while seeing guts and blood in my head).
Anyways, word of warning, I think 999 legitly deserves the M rating. You don’t actually see the really gruesome murders, but the text describes it in detail, so think twice if you’ve got a weak stomach. Other than that, the rest of the game is pretty exciting, with the feeling that you’ll get stabbed or someone else will die or see blood with every step you take. The point-and-click gameplay is also addicting if that’s your type of thing. Most gameplay revolves around you and your group looking for objects to escape or move on from a certain room. Story is told in 3rd person narrative, in novel style where text covers up the entire bottom screen, but dialogue and character portraits show up on the top screen.
I haven’t solved many mysteries since I got a bad end (dammit, this is what happens when I don’t follow a choices guide in a visual novel), so I’ll give it another go! I’m liking how all the characters are useful and intelligent despite whichever character archetype they intitally seem to fit in. In this game, you truly feel that nothing can be done if everyone didn’t work together.
Ghost Trick, Radiant Historia, and Pokemon Black…I’ll be buying one game a month at the start of 2011, so I won’t go broke that quickly (I hope).