YMMV / Virtue's Last Reward

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • According to Ben Bateman, who was involved with the English localization, he has said that he found Luna a fascinating character because she treats the Three Laws of Robotics as more of a belief system.
    • Zero Jr scolding Sigma for betraying Luna. Given that they're both creations of Dr. Klim and that this is the only time after the first round when he appears, it's possible that he saw Luna as his sister. And considering that Sigma is the one who created them, and earlier he refers to Zero Sr. as his "parent", his scolding may come across as Calling the Old Man Out.
  • Awesome Music: We have the full list here, but three of them come to mind:
    • Clarification. Especially awesome because it plays during... well, guess.
    • Divulgation, a mysterious, slow-build, unsettling track reminiscent of "Chill and Rigor".
    • Demise, a surprisingly upbeat tune for the Bad Ends. Probably because it also plays when everyone escapes in the true end.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Not in the game itself but in one of the Golden Files. While Sigma's cat pun habit is just innocent quirk, the story behind this quirk is ridiculous even by Zero Escape standards and never referenced outside this file.
  • Broken Base: Sigma's pervertedness. It's either extremely funny, or really creepy with how insistent he is (plus, Junpei from 999 was far more subtle). Doesn't help that Sigma is actually 67 years old with the mind of a 22 year-old throughout the story.
  • Contested Sequel: Not as much as other examples, but there's some debate over whether it's an Even Better Sequel or a really good follow up that doesn't quite match the previous installment. While some prefer VLR's new mechanics and greater scope, others prefer the more focused narrative of the previous. The characters are a frequent point of contention, as many see VLR's cast as primarily a bunch on Jerkasses whereas the cast of 999 had its share of Hidden Depths.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Luna, because she is by far the nicest and friendliest person in the cast, to the point that she never betrays you. This is an especially notable dark horse since traditionally feminine, submissive characters USUALLY tend to be unpopular in the West.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Alice/Clover has a surprisingly large amount of fans.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In a lot of the bad endings, someone manages to escape and then promises to contact the police to come and save everyone else left behind. The problem is, as you play through all the routes you gradually learn that the world is now post-apocalypse...as Tenmyouji (who knows about the Radical-6 pandemic) snarks in his own first bad ending, let's hope there's someone left out there to contact for help...
      • Not to mention THEY'RE ON THE MOON! It'd be lucky if they ever saw another human being at all!
      • Made better by the fact that, somewhere on the moon, there are 53 other Rhizomes, presumably filled with people that escaped from Earth.
    • Betraying Luna, as Sigma is unknowingly her creator and Luna herself has quite a bit of angst relating to the fact that she's not human.
  • Inferred Holocaust: Every single ending except the Golden Ending almost certainly results in everyone involved dying not too long afterwards, even if they get out of the Nonary Game, as they are all infected with Radical-6. Only Alice in her bad ending has much of a chance, as she has nine points and has already been cured of the infection, although it's easy to imagine the other players not allowing her to leave after seeing her kill Sigma by accident. Quark, in his ending, has also been cured of the infection, although he's likely to end up alone in the facility after everyone else kills themselves with no way to escape.
  • Narm:
    • K's "shocked" animation pose has him clapping his hands to face not entirely unlike the iconic Home Alone cover. His pupils turn vertical too. It looks more silly and adorable than shocked.
    • Tenmyouji reaching for Akane's hologram might've been more dramatic if it didn't look like he's trying to grab her boob.
  • Player Punch:
    • The game definitely makes you feel like a jerk any time you choose "betray", but it's especially bad if the opponent is Luna or a comatose Quark.
    • Learning that the dead old woman is Akane.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Alice becomes this if you are on her path to her ending; After you betrayed her the second time when she's responisble for your death by -1BP when picking ally, she will eventually regrets about this decision out of fear of losing the Nonary Games and succumbing to the Radical-6, Signma will forgive her and learns about her past which in return, she will help him discover only the #2 bomb code after physically restraining Dio.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Persona 5's Sojiro voice comes through quite distinctively in this game, as random speaking roles like the Detective example of the Prisoner's Dilemma given by Phi and, more importantly, Zero Senior.
  • That One Level: The dice puzzle in the Q Room. Unlike the same puzzle in the Archives, it's not enough to have the right number on the top of each die, they also have to be aligned properly, which requires a specific combination of moves for each die.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Many people were kinda put-off by how different Clover was personality-wise in this game from the first installment. A pretty ironic turnaround when you consider that Clover returned in this game because she was a fan favorite in the first game.
    • Alice is seen this way as well, mainly due to her Jerkass attitude in her character path as well as the infamous act where she stealth-betrays you, leaving Sigma with -1 BP (death) unless the player had the foresight to pick betray beforehand. Ironically, outside her character path minus her ending, she is less of a Jerkass and is a helpful ally...when she's not committing suicide due to Radical-6.
  • Self-Plagiarism: Of Ever17, wholesale. Literally every plot twist is reused or reimagined in some way, except for the recreation of a past event as a means to facilitate Time Travel in order to Set Right What Once Went Wrong by saving a person who died in the first event (and that one was used in Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors).
  • That One Puzzle: The Q Room contains revamped versions of some of the hardest puzzles across the game, but what stands out is its dice puzzle. Like before, it provides the player with clues to where the dice need to go, and the player has to roll the dice to the indicated locations. However, instead of matching one face and the die's position, the entire die's orientation must match the clue.
  • The Un-Twist:
    • Dio is so repugnant that finding out he's the antagonist of the scenario is...really surprising because it's so unsurprising. You keep expecting him to have some sort of hidden redeeming value. Nope. He doesn't. He really is as bad as he appears to be, and then some. Particularly surprising in the sequel of a game where the biggest jerkasses turn out to be caring and selfless people
    • Accordingly, Quark is such an innocent and well behaved child and Luna such a nice and caring woman that anyone who played the first game will become immediately suspicious and may even for a while believe Dio's story that Quark is the one who picks "Betray" against Tenmyouji. They turn out to be, respectively, even more adorably innocent and heroically selfless than initially apparent
    • The True End, for some players. If you know Prisoner's Dilemma, then you know from the start of the game that there's only one way for everyone to survive: cooperate. Unlike 999 and the "q/9" twist, VLR has no way to disguise this.
  • The Woobie: Luna, especially on her ending route.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • Clover falls into this with her unemotional perpetual grin mixed with the soulful voice acting she can come off as quite creepy. Her actions don't help either.
    • Some people feel this way about Luna as well, due to her stiff movements and occasional monotone voice. This becomes a bit of Fridge Brilliance following The Reveal in her route.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Phi is something of a secondary protagonist, but she urges you to betray in the first round, even against Luna, even after mentioning that the best way to win the Prisoner's Dilemma for the whole group is to ally. And if you take her advice and betray, she blames the vote on you. If you ally and you're right to do so, she still chews you out.
  • What an Idiot!: You've just inspected the Laboratory with Dio and Clover, found Axelavir in the safe, and had Dio steal it from you, who tells you to vote Ally in the next AB Game and tell nobody that he has it, or else he'll smash it.
    You'd expect: Dio to stay where he can see them and hear what they're talking to the others about.
    Instead: He leaves their side no less than three times
    Even Worse: He goes into one of the soundproof AB Rooms prematurely, leaving Clover and Sigma with everybody else, and no way for him to know if they tell the others about the Axelavir
    You'd Expect: Sigma and Clover to tell everyone, especially the physically intimidating K, that Dio stole the Axelavir, and perhaps ask K to grab and search him after he leaves the AB Room
    Instead: They never do this, and they're forced to risk either Sigma dying, or Quark to never have any hope of being cured from Radical-6
    There is also no option to point out to Dio that if you told others and he did smash the Axelavir, most if not all of the other players would want him dead after that, with nothing to hold them back.
  • Woolseyism:
    • The game's Japanese title was generally translated as Good People Die, but it also could be read as I Want To Be a Good Person. To preserve this double meaning, the English title was changed to Virtue's Last Reward to play off the phrases "Virtue is its own reward" and "The last reward" (death). The scenario writer liked it so much he had the game's main theme on the soundtrack renamed to "Virtue's Last Reward".
    • Myrmidons were originally called Clay Dolls, another way of saying golems. It is implying that Dio and the other Left clones are similar in nature to the gaulems. Myrmidons on the other hand are a reference to "ant people" from Greek mythology which also suggests that while autonomous, they are a hivemind like the gaulems. It also has a double meaning as "fanatical warrior".