Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. Play Magazine
    It's time to dive back in if you're already a citizen, and if you're not, gain access to the gaming world's most compelling simulated cyber space. [Nov. 2006, p.76]
  2. What .hack//G.U. throws at you is a brisk (well, compared to most jRPGs), well planned, somewhat clever but ultimately a bit generic romp through a MMORPG that resides in a unsettling futuristic world that you only view through electronic windows.
  3. 82
    Regardless of how the series pans out, as a stand-alone title .hack//G.U. Vol.1//Rebirth is a fun title to play, especially if you're stuck with a PS2 while everyone else spends big money on the next-gen consoles.
  4. 80
    Though sometimes slow and laborious, .hack//G.U. Vol.1 Rebirth is a well thought out update to the series, and is a welcome addition to the growing dot hack family.
  5. netjak
    Unparalleled graphics, improvements to the combat system and a longer gameplay experience don’t completely make up for a weak storyline and other annoyances, but the result is still solid.
  6. The action and plot are both intense and well-woven, as well. The cutscenes are lengthy and numerous, but don't really wow you. And the weird distortion of reality heralds back to a much-missed adventure hey-day where the plot mattered more than simply looking pretty.
  7. If they continue to improve the series as they have this time around, the final two installments of .hack//G.U have the potential to really make their mark in the RPG genre.
  8. But as far as sound investments go, buying up Final Fantasy XII, Suikoden V, Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne and Dragon Quest VIII will get you a lot more bang for considerably less money -- you might even have enough left over to go grab one of the oft-overlooked Shadow Hearts games.

Awards & Rankings

#64 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2006
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. TodC.
    Dec 19, 2006
    I think that the gameplay has improved from the first 4. However it is geared more towards fans of the .hack series.
  2. Jan 4, 2015
    Fantastic game. Story is amazing, characters are amazing and The World is amazing. What else is there to be said about this gem of a game.Fantastic game. Story is amazing, characters are amazing and The World is amazing. What else is there to be said about this gem of a game. Definitely worth playing. Full Review »
  3. Apr 4, 2012
    Still a better love story than twillight, that **** movie!Still a better love story than twillight, that **** movie!
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