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  • Summary: Years after the events of the first .hack installment, the most popular MMORPG in the world has returned from the ashes as "The World: R2". As Haseo the Terror of Death, players are thrown into his quest for revenge in his search for the mysterious PK (Player Killer) Tri-Edge. This time,Years after the events of the first .hack installment, the most popular MMORPG in the world has returned from the ashes as "The World: R2". As Haseo the Terror of Death, players are thrown into his quest for revenge in his search for the mysterious PK (Player Killer) Tri-Edge. This time, players will interact in the real and virtual worlds with fellow "The World" players through various chats, mails, and fully voiced video news clips. Together with Haseo’s virtual partners, login to challenge and solve the mysteries of "The World". [Namco Bandai] Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Play Magazine
    90
    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. 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.
  3. netjak
    79
    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.
  4. PSM Magazine
    70
    While definitely not ground-breaking, fans of anime and the ".hack" series will most certainly enjoy this. [Holiday 2006, p.82]
  5. In the end, playing .hack//G.U. Vol. 1//Rebirth is like drinking fine wine from a plastic sippy cup. It has a compelling story and premise, served up with repetitive dungeons and stale battles.
  6. It's fascinating the game goes to such lengths in the narrative and it is this that keeps the .hack//G.U. interesting. It's a little open-ended as it's the first in a series of three games, but you can continue to play other levels after the story ends.
  7. 50
    When making a video game of any kind, it's important for the developer to keep in mind gameplay. Rebirth lacks this rather core element, which makes it hard to recommend despite solid graphics, great sound, and a much improved battle mode.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Apr 4, 2012
    10
    Still a better love story than twillight, that **** movie!Still a better love story than twillight, that **** movie!
    hahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahahha!!!!!! Anyone agree?
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  2. Jan 4, 2015
    10
    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. Expand
  3. TodC.
    Dec 19, 2006
    10
    I think that the gameplay has improved from the first 4. However it is geared more towards fans of the .hack series.
  4. Feb 21, 2017
    7
    .hack has freedom. You can beat em up, try to find the best items, etc etc. I think it's fun in its own limited ways.
    This game has a lot of
    .hack has freedom. You can beat em up, try to find the best items, etc etc. I think it's fun in its own limited ways.
    This game has a lot of content. I spent the first half hour just reading the in game news and forums.

    PvE is simple mash em out. Just a few repeating tactics usually end up winning you the fight.
    PvP in the arena is a bit more fun. If you are leveled evenly against an opponent, I even lost one fight just to the right type of opponent. I had to learn from my mistakes. Likewise, one can overcome higher leveled opponents by developing tactics on the fly.

    Excellent work on:
    Can skip cut-scenes, but at the end, they make sure to let you know exactly the important things you need to do. They have this "memoir" menu item to help you navigate.

    Annoying:
    You constantly have to "log out" to read your email to advance the story. Yet in game, there are examples of instant voice messaging. I know why they had to do it from a technical perspective, but they just should have gutted it out and made a better way than having to "log out" of the world only to read an email that says "meet me immediately!!!"

    Major Flaw:
    A simple narrative, animations, and probably the voice acting caused a serious lack of choices for the player.

    You basically aren't allowed to play solo the main story, but at least the PvE and PvP are difficult enough to incentivize you to have a party.

    There is this major build up to the first big battle. I felt fairly invested in the characters and story. I built up my character to be strong, however when the big battle came, the plot didn't take into account that I was way more powerful than my opponent.
    It assumed they'd kick my ass. This pattern repeated a few more times and became annoying. They had animations and voice acting locked in, so one just have to live with it.
    I would have rather fought out these battles to the end without the crutch they assumed I'd need to lean on.

    Final fun note:
    There is a new type of battle that I'm guessing was introduced in "G.U.". You see hints of it early on and they do a good job building up to when you finally get to participate in this battle.
    I really liked this part and it was far and away the best part of the game.
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