Bandai .hack//G.U. Vol. 2 - Reminisce

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Completion without satisfaction is what this game is all about, but that isn't a bad thing.

Plot

In 'The World', players are promised an unlimited fantasy experience, but over the past few years, the game has turned into a shadow of its former self. Player Killers (PKs) are taking over in great numbers, hurting the game for new players, but there is something much more insidious under the surface.

Part two of three in this new chapter of the .hack franchise, Haseo continues his hunt for the legendary PK Tri-Edge, the character who killed his friend Shino in game, sending her into a real life coma.

Old friends become dire enemies while old grudges heal to fire tried alliances in this chapter, and while it may be slow to start and filled with jargon, the game's emotional side quickly shows itself and redeems itself as a marvelous new kind of RPG.

Visuals and Audio

The graphics, while the same as the first volume, prove to be a little less impressive this time around. The thirty second cut scenes using the highly rendered art are a thing of the past. The most disappointing thing about this entire game was how they left behind the evocative facial imagery for drawn out scenes where the character models would stand fast in one spot talking to each other without motion.

Experimentation

While this episode may lack a bit in stunning visual imagery, it more than makes up for in cajones. The first .hack game series was plagued by what may be called a final sort of outer boundary or fourth wall. While terrible things happened within that world, they were isolated and scarce. This version of "The World" has a much more insidious outlook, where the powers of this malignant AI are not only senient, but predatory.

While the OVA series .hack//LIMINALITY hinted at "The World's" ability to reach out and touch the real world, .hack//G.U. makes it perfectly clear, between the rampant losses of players to comas, system anomalies and the news show "Online Jack", that this AI is out to learn and control the outside world.

It [sometimes unabashedly] jumps outside of even the farthest reaches of what would be programmed in a game for the sake of plot development, and the result is something completely and wholly human, which is the subtle subtext.

The surprises at the end, of friends, foes, and Haseo's gradual change into a likable, if rough, hero, leave us itching for the final volume: .hack//G.U. - Redemption.

Final Verdict - 8.9/10
Keywords: comas, world, enemies, friends, tri-edge, player killers
Sound & Graphics Very Good
Entertainment Value Excellent
Approx. Retail Price $39.99
Genre (e.g. Action, Adventure) RPG, Action
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  1. 7/7/2007 2:32pm
    1. Bio-link
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      Would you recommend the product? Yes     Price you paid? None indicated     Rating: 10
      Pros: great storyline improved battle system over the first series
      Cons: graphics arent as impressive as vol.1
      the music score on this game is as good as some of the final fantasy games and the skill trigger system is awesome ( buy the first vol before this)

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  1. 22/11/2007 5:39am
    1. bosstoad13
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      Would you recommend the product? Yes     Price you paid? None indicated     Rating: 10
      Pros: good graphics stylish game play
      Cons: can be alittle togh
      it is so cool
         


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