Critical Chicken
FeatureOpinionFriday, 24th March 2017 by

You know what sucks?

Zero Escape: The Nonary Games came out on PC and PS4 today. It’s an HD remaster of 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, for the Nintendo DS, and Virtue’s Last Reward, which came out on 3DS and PlayStation Vita.

They’re classic visual novels and great games, and I’d been looking forward to picking them up. But, unlike Matthew, I’m staunchly a console gamer – and also a Mac owner so I couldn’t get the game on Steam even if I wanted to.

He did send me the listing, though:

Text in image: "Buy Zero Escape: The Nonary Games. £29.99"

OK, cool, £29.99. A little pricey for a couple of ageing visual novels, maybe, but hey! They added voice acting! I’d totally pay that. Let’s head to the PlayStation Store and pick up a copy!

Text in image: "The Nonary Games. £54.99"

Right, I’m going to level with you: I am less OK with this.

Just for shits and giggles, let’s look at the US store:

Text in image: "The Nonary Games. $49.99"


Siri tells me $49.99 is about £40 at the moment, so that’s an extra £10 on top of the Steam price just because, hey, I like to keep things simple. Settings screens terrify me. And then another £15 price hike just for being unlucky enough to live in the UK.

Fuck me, right?