Ms. "She Knows Everything" Akane Kurashiki
explicitly states in Another End that Kyle's consciousness is integral
to the success of the Mars Mission and, effectively, saving the world. So where is this lil' [sonic slicer]?
While we're at it, what happened to Clover and Alice utilizing Shrodinger's Cat to be in two places at once? Where was the promised involvement of ? in ZTD?
Uchi claimed that Snake would get closure and we would see Dio "in another form"... None of this [parasitic bomb] made it in. Not to mention Sigma, Phi, and Diana don't even get
an epilogue like C Team and Q Team. We find out they're a family, and we get nothing???
Seriously, why the [tornado fang] does Q Team
get special treatment? The team full of one-dimensional characters with vague backstories.
Oh, and do you know the "brilliant" excuse Uchi came up with as to why none of Another End's material was in ZTD?"It's not canon"
No, I'm serious. Apparently, it was merely created to inspire hope that the player can make a difference. Bullshitting aside, we all know the truth, which is Uchi couldn't fit in these promised plot points in ZTD, and there was likely budget restraints.
What a disappointment.
Now, we come to the gameplay itself. While personally, I feel ZTD has the best puzzles of the trilogy, the cinematics were a mistake. Awkward animations and stiff action scenes, I literally couldn't take moments like Akane going yandere seriously. The intricate descriptions of the VN format is the definitive Zero Escape experience.
And can we take a moment to talk about the alien transporters? If this wasn't a huge steaming pile of Deus Ex Machina fuel, I don't know what is. Then there's Junpei and Akane having completely different personalities. According to Tenmyouji, Akane may not even be human anymore from all the death she's seen and experienced from living through thousands of timelines. That traumatic side of her was prevalent in VLR. None of that was seen in ZTD.
And the ending? The game ignores Brother's story from VLR, and Delta responds to unanswered questions with "My motives are complex"?
Hell, his reveal was sloppy, and it makes no sense that no one
in Q Team acknowledged his existence.
ZTD was a mess on various levels; the pre-order watch debacle being the cherry on top.