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Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward Bug Infects Save Data

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Uh-oh

Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward is a recent 3DS release that — though unlikely to be a big-seller — will have attracted a committed group of enthusiasts that enjoyed 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors on DS. While a number of gamers are no doubt enjoying the experience and its many, many endings, it's emerged that a save-breaking bug could potentially ruin hours of play.

As discovered by a user on NeoGaf, if you save your game while in the Pressure Exchange (PEC) puzzle room or Crew's Quarters puzzle room, it can cause a corruption of your save file that can only be resolved by deleting your data and starting again; considering the fact there's only one save slot, that's a big problem. It's possible that the error can also occur in other puzzle rooms, so the advice is to save before entering them. There are other crashes that occur outside of this that kick you out of the game, but if you restart right away and check your save data you may, if the gaming Gods are smiling on you, be fine to resume your game.

At the time of writing there's no suggestion of a patch from publisher Aksys Games — the bug is only on 3DS, not PS Vita — and it's an issue that was in the Japanese release from February this year. It's disappointing that it wasn't resolved before localisation, and based on its presence in the North American version we expect the same problem to exist in the European equivalent, which arrives on 16th November.

So remember, don't save in any puzzle rooms.

[via neogaf.com, destructoid.com]

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nechestriah

#1

nechestriah said:

I just got through this room last night with 1 freeze, and one total crash. Luckily I didn't save as I had seen people mentioning this bug previously. Hopefully Aksys will be able to patch it, because this game is too good to have such a game breaking bug in it.

WiiLovePeace

#2

WiiLovePeace said:

I feel sorry for the person who lost 24 hours of gameplay to a save bug :( At least they can re-enjoy those 24 hours again haha

zipmonStaff

#3

zipmon said:

Oh man, that's horrible - that really is the worst error message ever! =(

TheDreamingHawk

#4

TheDreamingHawk said:

Oh god.

Oh god.

First Aksys games messes up the multiplayer in Blazblue 3DS by making it lag 3 minutes out of sync that it crashes, then they make this game have tons of file corrupt errors! WHAT THE HECK?

Luckily it's price:TBD status on the 3DS eshop means it may be a DD, and if so, they better update it ASAP.

ouroborous

#5

ouroborous said:

Sheesh, well if I bother to try this game, I'm just going to play the DS version.

moomoo

#6

moomoo said:

Somebody's a bit late to the party. I've known about this for over a week.
Anyways, this one happened to me a day after I got it. 12 hours down the drain. Still, I beat it all the way through and it is an absolute masterpiece. Don't miss out on it because of this.
@ouroborous Considering that this is a direct sequel to the DS version (999) then you should play it because it's awesome rather than becuase it is an alternative. The only other version of this game is on the Vita (which doesn't seem to have these glitches.)

x-mas_mii

#9

x-mas_mii said:

i've had that second error screen happen in re:r before n multiplayer after beating the ghost ship :(

Birdman

#10

Birdman said:

Encountered a screen freezing (but not save-file-deleting) bug 3x last night in the Archives room last night. Guess it'll be a glitchy playthrough then.

JavierYHL

#12

JavierYHL said:

glad i buy the vita version...if same game i would always buy the vita version...

Torchwood

#13

Torchwood said:

I thankfully heard about this when I got stuck in the PEC room and looked up what to do online. All of the results were about this save bug, and they saved me from having my game corrupted. I think this is the one time where cheating and looking up what to do online would have paid off, as I would have probably saved in that room. :)

Kimiko

#15

Kimiko said:

I'll be buying the Vita version too (and a Vita to play it on). It's good to read that doesn't have this bug.

Mk_II

#17

Mk_II said:

I dunno, in my opinion a game with bugs like this is not "an absolute masterpiece". This should have been flagged during testing and patched before it was released worldwide.

DrKarl

#18

DrKarl said:

This is simply unacceptable to me. As someone who paid $40 for this title, I will not be satisfied until Aksys offers a cartridge replacement program to correct this bug. I will not accept a downloadable patch. I will be emailing them, and I urge everyone else who purchased this title to do so as well.

Skyward Sword was bad enough. This sounds like a much broader issue.

Dizzard

#22

Dizzard said:

I had been interested in this....but I might not bother now.

It probably won't ever come to Europe anyway.

LittleKing

#23

LittleKing said:

@DrKarl Haha. Cartridge replacement program, that's a good one. I guess Bethesda should've been mailing millions of Skyrim players with new game disks every month after every patch, eh? o_e

KodomoGaSuki

#26

KodomoGaSuki said:

already finish it 100% yesterday, after playing for 33 hour, it only crash twice in room called PEC, but my save file is okay, well i never save inside puzzle room

gefflt

#27

gefflt said:

Yes, the game crashed on me a few times... and then my save file got corrupted after 15 hours of play.

But I've been avoiding saving in any puzzle rooms since I restarted and I haven't experienced any problems since. Hopefully this bug won't discourage people from buying this amazing game! :)

ArcanaXVI

#28

ArcanaXVI said:

No crashes and no corruptions so far. Even if they do happen, I'll forgive Aksys--the game, as with 999, is spectacular.

HaastMK7

#30

HaastMK7 said:

There was obviously not a bug check before the game was released. I am not getting this now
because I expect a bug free game, which is kinda impossible, but oh well :)

@Retro_on_theGo
One bug does not make the Vita better than the 3DS. I am sure the Vita will have plenty
of bugs to.

c1pher_c0mplet

#32

c1pher_c0mplet said:

I decided to pick up Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask last week instead of this (I forgot it had even come out). While I'll still be getting it before Paper Mario: Sticker Star, I also hope a downloadable patch will eventually be in the works. But it sounds as if the Nintendo Life team isn't all that hopeful of such from Aksys... =0/

shonenjump86

#33

shonenjump86 said:

Yup, this happened to me about a week ago. Got in about 12 hrs of play then I get hit with bug.

DrKarl

#34

DrKarl said:

@Jamouse @Metabble_King

First, there is precedent for replacement carts:
<a rel="external" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SNK_vs._Capcom:_Card_Fighters_Clash">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SNK_vs._Capcom:_Card_Fighters_Clash</a>

Microsoft and Sony have already hoodwinked their player bases into paying top dollar to be beta testers. I fled PC gaming for consoles around 2000 because I was sick of doing that. Now, 12 years later, it has crept into consoles as well.

As soon as we stop getting mad, and accept these bugs as inevitable, the companies will get sloppier and sloppier. We need to hold them accountable, and demand a physical replacement. Doing so will send a message to the entire industry that the extra QA effort is required.

I still play old NES games to this day, and I plan on playing my DS and 3DS games far into the future as well. What happens in 15 years when the servers containing the patches go off line? Think about it. Get angry!

Windy

#35

Windy said:

Bummer. I'm still going to get this after beating some Back burner games i've been trying to finish lately. So many games so little time Hee Hee

ueI

#36

ueI said:

It would have been nice to know about this before I bought the game. At least I found out before playing through the PEC room and knew to make a special effort not to save in there. I also saved many times in other rooms, including the crew's quarters, and did not experience a single crash.

wolfhound91W

#37

wolfhound91W said:

Such a shame. I just got 999 a couple months ago. I finally started playing it and it was such a good game that I had to see all 6 endings, and it was completely worth it. I was so excited when I heard this game was coming to the US. I will not be purchasing Zero Escape due to this save bug. It would drive me crazy to lose all of my time due to corrupted save data.

MagicEmperor

#38

MagicEmperor said:

Unfortunately, this bug happened to me, too. I invested sixteen hours into the game at that point. I've restarted and am catching up again, but I sent Aksys Games an e-mail (I'm sure many have by now) politely requesting a patch. As I put it, "This bug is game-breaking." This was the first time I ever encountered a 3DS game crashing, actually.

andreoni79

#39

andreoni79 said:

Be ready for more bugged game once the WiiU is out...
"They have Internet" the producers think, "we don't test the software and let them wait for patches..."

SyFyTy

#40

SyFyTy said:

If these companies make me wait for patches I will make THEM wait for money, simple.

SyFyTy

#41

SyFyTy said:

@DrKarl I could not agree more. Companies today need to be made accountable. We hold individuals to their word make them responsible for their actions, then companies need to be made to uphold the same standards too. All too often people forget that their 'inaction' send a message, that they may not intend to. Companies interpret the wrong idea from our acceptance as consumers. We need to stop being lazy and let these manufacturers know we care where and how our money is spent.
'If you let someone do it FOR you, often enough, eventually they will do it TO you.' ... and by to you I mean screw you.

skelly1331

#42

skelly1331 said:

I lost 22 hours from this... I emailed aksys but I didn't get a reply. Everyone else should email them also. support(at)aksysgames(dot)com
Is there anything that protects consumers against companies selling defective products? Like is it possible to get a refund or something?

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