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VERSUS: The Elite Trials

by Zachary Sergi

Episode 2 of Versus
Superhero
2016

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About the Story

Will you infiltrate the gods' Elite Courte, stealing their superpowers, or turn double agent and join them, taking your place among the divine?

"VERSUS: The Elite Trials" is a thrilling 140,000-word interactive novel by Zachary Sergi, author of our best-selling "Heroes Rise" trilogy. Your choices control the story. It's entirely text-based--without graphics or sound effects--and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

In this sequel to "VERSUS: The Lost Ones," as one of the prisoners trapped on planet Versus, you must vote for who will fight in deadly gladiatorial battles. Thirteen prisoners have formed a voting bloc, the Elite Courte, to ensure that they choose who lives and who dies.

But one of their so-called "gods" has a plan for revolution. Your power to steal superpowers and memories makes you the perfect spy--or the perfect double agent.

MemoryTravel through time and space--keeping one step ahead of the enforcer agents who want you dead. Play the gods against each other in games within games. Design your own planet in the halls of the gods.

On Versus, nothing and no one is as they seem, perhaps not even you.

• Play as male, female, or non-binary
• Create a planet and culture in your own image
• Romance one (or more!) of ten different characters
• Subvert the corrupt Elite Courte, or join them to suppress rebellion
• Learn the shocking truth about your home planet, Prisca
• Rejoin Lady Venuma, Grog, and Breeze; meet a new cast of alien characters


Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: December 16, 2016
Current Version: Unknown
License: Commercial
Development System: ChoiceScript
IFID: Unknown
TUID: yaj6l7wd7430gkvn

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Worldbuilding, building a world, and a huge personality test, March 14, 2021
by MathBrush
Related reviews: about 2 hours

This game highlights Sergi's unique approach to choicescript mechanics.

This is book 2 in a series. You are in an alien competition among the most powerful beings in the universe, and you have to pass three intense trials to see if you can join a powerful faction.

Unlike most successful choicescript games, there is definitely a right and wrong answer to every question (based on your past choices). But what Sergi does is constantly give you feedback about your stats so you are at all times aware of your strengths and of what your possible strategies are.

Each choicescript game is both story and game, and this feedback makes the game part significantly more engaging.

There is a lot of worldbuilding in this game, including literal worldbuilding. As the description states:
-Create a planet and culture in your own image

This is a big chunk of the game (at least 15-25%), and is pretty fun.

Another big chunk of the game is being sorted into different personality tests, essentially like horoscopes or Meyer-Briggs or Harry Potter houses, but with bigger consequences. There are at least 3 or 4 major sortings that happen. I found it pretty fun.

Overall, I look forward to the finale, but I enjoyed this game by itself.

I received a review copy of this game.


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