.hack//Outbreak Part 3 PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: Bandai
  • Release Date: Sep 9, 2003
Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
Buy On
  1. The absorbing plot and compelling gameplay held my interest the whole time. But, please remember, this rating is based on playing the game with a character that completed "Mutation."
  2. 84
    For those of us who have accepted the collection for what it is, however, and have allowed ourselves to be drawn into its phony online world, .hack//OUTBREAK can provide plenty of thrills and spills for 20 to 25 hours.
  3. GameNow
    83
    Forgive me if I wanted more. I still love this series, but I had higher hopes for this sequel. Nonetheless, it's great fun. [Oct 2003, p.58]
  4. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    80
    Despite the terribly repetitive combat (broken up by an absolutely terrific trio of boss battles), I still had lots of fun - although it was largely due to the way I played the game. [Oct 2003, p.115]
  5. It’s surprisingly disturbing and scary.
  6. netjak
    78
    While the plot does advance quite a bit, Bandai got a little sloppy with some of the threads, and you get the sense that they fell in love too much with the idea of a cliffhanger.
  7. The added AI intelligence helps out a lot though, and made it a little more enjoyable ... and more challenging at the same time.
  8. Game Informer
    75
    The entire mood is much darker than the earlier games. I appreciate the scope of this tale, and it makes up for some of the bad feelings I have about the cost of playing the whole series. [Sept 2003, p.109]
  9. 75
    The story continues to simmer nicely if unexcitingly in Outbreak, but it's finally and truly dawned on me that we are paying Bandai $200 for one game. Yeah, I knew that going in, but the extreme lack of improvements from volume to volume is going from merely irritating to downright exploitative of the fans.

Awards & Rankings

#67 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. [Anonymous]
    May 3, 2004
    10
    This is by far the best RPG I've ever played.
  2. JustinB.
    Jan 17, 2004
    10
    Dude this game rocks!!!
  3. FrankR.
    Jan 8, 2004
    0
    This game was a complete disappointment.