.hack //G.U. vol. 3//Redemption Hands-On

The final installment in this latest .hack trilogy will offer fans a lot more of the gameplay they've come to love during the previous episodes.

If you've stuck with .hack this far, you'll undoubtedly want to witness the resolution in the episodic series' seventh installment--and the final third of the current //G.U. trilogy--called Redemption. In addition to bringing closure to the storyline featured in this latest trio of games, Redemption will offer gameplay improvements and new features across the board that sound like they'll fit the bill nicely for diehard fans of .hack. This one seems as though it's being crafted specifically for those fans who have stuck it out thus far, since they'll see upgrades in just about every category.

Haseo's Xth form affords him new powers.

The biggest new feature that we saw during our demo was a new "Xth" form for main character Haseo. This form comes about when Haseo's character data within the World (the fictional massively multiplayer game in which this series takes place) is accessed and modified by a mysterious hacker. The result, of course, is a new set of powers for Haseo that should be unattainable for normal players of the World. In practical terms, the Xth form will give you a pair of sizeable pistols with blades on their barrels that will do more damage the closer you are to an enemy when you attack them. You can also use these pistols to perform a "double trigger" attack after invoking one of your special abilities, which adds on just a bit more damage.

As an episodic series, .hack has always been big on reusing environments from one game to the next, but Redemption will offer a few new locales for you to adventure in. A couple of new root towns, Breg Epona and the Net Slum, will serve as the World's seedy digital underbelly. There will also be a couple of new dungeon types. One will be a junglelike environment, while the other, an "outer dungeon," will have a high-tech, Tron-like appearance. Finally, once you've approached the end of the game, you'll find a 100-floor dungeon that only the best players with the most powerful parties will be able to survive.

With enemies like this to contend with, you'll be thankful for the new level cap.

Luckily, the level cap in Redemption is moving up from 100 to 150 and the total number of playable characters will move up to 22, so you'll have plenty of room to expand your combat prowess. The developers are also adding a new awakening power, called the "avatar awakening," that you can use when your party is in dire straits in battle. This one actually serves as a data drain, extracting virus cores from your enemies that you can cash in to upgrade your weapons. All these gameplay upgrades will be joined by a new steam bike (along with new riding missions), new cards for the Crimson Versus game, and one new arena battle.

Redemption is slated for release in the fourth quarter, so fans can look forward to seeing .hack's latest multigame story through to the end at that time.

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Discussion

31 comments
hellpolice
hellpolice

I enjoyed the series while it was still on tv but never played any .Hack games.

cayne_phoenix
cayne_phoenix

OK, its great to see that they are making some in-game upgrades like the new awakening and the the new form and more playable characters... but is the game any longer than its predecessors or about the same? i think that if ur going to add butt-load of options like that, u should have PLEEEEENTYYYY of time to use and exploit them...

JuGgAlO_4_LyFe
JuGgAlO_4_LyFe

It's not really worth buying if you don't have the first two in the series. Just to let the people under me know.

Tsoutsounas
Tsoutsounas

i dont know about the game but want to now if you can if this game will came in greece ?

s0njas0n
s0njas0n

i have never actually played a .hack game....

DouglasBuffone
DouglasBuffone

There are so many of these games, but each time they are quite compelling

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

I will be watching this one. I hope they can make it a lot better than the previous entries.

hsuentatt
hsuentatt

can vol 3 import save data from vol 2, and continue adventure???

hsuentatt
hsuentatt

why this game release on Sep ??cannot earlier?? cant wait............. best game i ever play... but what is the total level in vol 3??

Jackboy11
Jackboy11

cant wait to try out the Xth form, sounds really interesting :P

garter_windwood
garter_windwood

...man I don't know if I can wait for september to get here. First Soul Nomad and now this! I'm a die hard dot hack fan and I've played every game so far and this looks to be the most promising.

Mobel
Mobel

It's the best game ever!I hope they make another .hack series

ihma
ihma

hmmmm avatar awakening or divine awakening

bvman8362
bvman8362

i finnished vol 2 ... and my heart saying : wanting more ,, wanting more... i hope after vol 3 they planing to make another .hack game....anyway i think i must play (the world 1),, dont know after playing this amazing 2 volume ,, am i going to like previous instalment...??? !!!!!!

Col-Neil
Col-Neil

Im with you Extra_Life i really hoped we in the UK would get the GU games but that really doesnt seem possible any time soon

ShuuMutou
ShuuMutou

Take your time on finishing vol 2 you guys. Cause you won't see this game till later this year. If you finished it already, do what I did, play the first series again the series with four parts. Anyway am looking forward to final part and finale to G.U

Extra_Life
Extra_Life

I just wish GU would be granted a UK release, I really enjoyed the first 4 parts and was looking forward to this series but at this rate it doesn't look like its going to happen :(

masori
masori

CAnt wait gottta finish vol2 and fast!!!

mjc
mjc moderator moderator

Looking forward to it!

shockster4life
shockster4life

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karahasan
karahasan

Less emo and more cool with regards to Haseo's look. Nice.

Juro4dark
Juro4dark

what Haseokicksass said. This game is a worth it no matter what. If you haven't played the first two I don't recommend starting with volume three, but if you just don't care then you have to play the series from wherever.

AnFangs_Endes
AnFangs_Endes

dammit, already knew when it was coming out, when I saw the update I was hoping for a few seconds that it'd be coming out sooner...GS-teases!

BrUnOdeFeNiX
BrUnOdeFeNiX

I have never played any games about this série... Is it good?