The visual novel is a difficult concept for us to swallow in the West; for all we reminisce about a misspent youth consuming Choose your own Adventure and Fighting Fantasy books we tend to want our video games to be, well, a little more interactive. It’s a different story over in Japan where the genre is big business – big enough for smaller offshoots such as the erotic visual novel to be massive money-spinners in of themselves. In fact, it’s only very rarely that even the best visual novels manage to get a release over here, leaving many fans bereft of any gaming at all. Unless, of course, they can speak Japanese and are rich enough to import a constant stream of games. It’s a significant buck to this trend then that Rising Star have decided to release Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward in Europe.