My problem with virtue’s last reward

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So I’ve been playing virtue’s last reward as research (and fun) while I’m enjoying the game I’m also a little annoyed with it. In order to progress though the game I need to backtrack and pick different choices.

The game branching is pretty amazing. At the start, the game will give me three choices to pick from, my choice turns into two which turns into another three.

To make things simple I’ll give a quick run down of the game. There are 9 people including yourself who are trapped in this locked warehouse building. Everyone is groups into colours and labelled solo or pair. There are these doors which need three players to open, so each pair has to team up with a solo player. You later need to vote to “Ally” or “Betray” the other person, ie. you are in a pair so you need to vote against the solo player you had teamed up with.

So for me my first play I picked to team up with Luna, and then I picked to Ally with her because I’m a nice person and didn’t want to hurt Luna’s feelings. In the second round the solo and pairs had been shuffled. I was originally paired with Phi but now I was paired with Alice.

With each action you take something different will happen.

However the game path you play eventually comes to an end and in order to proceed you “jump” to a past event.

The problem with this jump is that any actions or choices I do no longer effect me. On my second play though I and Phi teamed up with Alice who we later betrayed, I felt bad about it, so I jumped to “change” my vote.

While the game encourages this jumping, I no longer feel a connection for some characters. This has happened with Alice, after I betrayed her I jumped back and picked Ally only for her to betray me, same thing happened with Phi.

But there are characters I still like and I don’t want to betray. Take Luna for example. After Allying with her twice I came to a dead end and jumped back to the start of the game. In order to move forward with the plot I know I need to go down the path that makes me betray Luna. And I really don’t want to do that.

The game is fun, with each play more story is unlocked and I really want to know what is going on. Different choices I make also unlock different puzzles, however there are some story plots that keep repeating themselves and it’s getting a little old.

Anyways, while the game annoys me a little I’m still going to play it. It’s fun and has a good story >.> I just hope I can work everything out before I need to betray Luna.

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