.hack is .gold

Action role-playing techno-geek game .hack//G.U. vol. 1//Rebirth finishes development, scheduled for October 24 release.

Often a game can be so engrossing that those playing it can momentarily see their lives intertwined with what's going on in their monitors. Namco Bandai has been attempting to do that one better with its .hack series, a game about a game that has repercussions in the real world.

The latest installment of the franchise, .hack//G.U. vol. 1//Rebirth, has gone gold and is on schedule to hack stores on October 24. The PlayStation 2 game was developed by CyberConnect2, the studio behind other .hack games as well as Naruto: Ultimate Ninja.

In Rebirth, players assume the role of Haseo as he ventures into the digital realm known as "The World." Billed as an "offline massively multiplayer online role-playing game," players will play the game within the game, which in turn affects Haseo's world.

Namco Bandai's vice president of localization said,"[Rebirth] is a simulated MMORPG, yet the game itself is not actually online and no Internet connection is required. The [artificial intelligence] is more intelligent and acts like real players would in a true MMORPG."

.hack//G.U. vol. 1//Rebirth is rated T for Teen and will retail for $49.99. For more information, jack into GameSpot's previous coverage.

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Theman132
Theman132

I have played most of the first .hack games.And this one looks awesome.

Nintendus
Nintendus

I never played the series, maybe i'll give it a try.

K1LLSWITCH
K1LLSWITCH

The previous 4 volumes of the .Hack series have been great as each installment was packaged in with an anime DVD which explains what goes on in the real world (not the in-game "world") where the infection started in which resulted in your friend Orca ending up a coma because of this virus that people can contract from the MMORPG.

Interesting story and character developement but the dungeons the player ventures through got a tad bit bland and rehashed. Overall the game was great. The ability to carry the save file over onto the other 3 games was a nice touch too.

Aginor_27
Aginor_27

awesome can't wait...however i do HAVE to wait till X-mas...bummer, at least you DO NOT have to have played the first series :D

gonzalezj1
gonzalezj1

What's fun about the .hack games is that, when you talk about them, you can put a dot in front of everything! How .cool is that?

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Big whoop... the first 3 .hack games .sucked

CheddarLimbo
CheddarLimbo

It's like a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a muffin. What the heck is this game supposed to be about? I'm going cross-eyed just thinking about it.

Raven_Yuri
Raven_Yuri

I had read that you don't really have needed to play the first 4 to get into this game..Just kinda helps if you did so your not totally confused on some things..though i'm curious about what they are packing for those that still have their data flags from beating the first 4 ^_^

yugimasa9999
yugimasa9999

This looks undeveloped...until there's FFXII :Collector's Edition !!!

sieg6529
sieg6529

Has any one of those .hack games received a good rating or even been accessible to the average gamer?

Santiago78910
Santiago78910

I heard that they bring out so many .hack titles that its a waste of money.. but this is interesting..

danbennett
danbennett

Act more like real MMORPG players eh? Great so the AI will be morons jumping around the screen an dancing :/

_AbBaNdOn
_AbBaNdOn

.hack has one of the most wicked storyline/environments of any RPG. However the gameplay and mechanics keep it from coming anywhere close to owning. We need a create a character mode, customizable weapons and armor, the ability to control how our character developes as they level and ways to become stronger. Otherwise once you get the best gear and max out your level there is no reason to play it anymore which is a shame since there are infinite fields you can visit. I'd never buy a game where the company plans on releasing sequels that should have come with the single purchase. (xenosaga, .hack, shen megami whatever). Those turds arent worth 3-4x the price of a normal game by any stretch of the imagination.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Depending on reviews, I might give this .hack a try.

ewjim
ewjim

I never played in any of .hack-series... Should I start now???

_Sam_
_Sam_

do you need to have played the previous games to understand this

Erebus
Erebus

If the headline is lame, then the game's actual title causes cancer.

Squids-Ahoy
Squids-Ahoy

I really hope this one doesn't suck.

WisdomLink
WisdomLink

errr don't feel like buying the same game 4x but I do love this game to death so I'm buying it...

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

Should I get it? Heard about it ... but still uncertain ...

zampzon
zampzon

I'm still waiting for these .hack games to come out for the XBOX. I liked the series and would love to play the games.

dragkill
dragkill

"I don't know I wonder why they couldn't make it into a true MMORPG" You'll have to ask the main creator on that one. The reason behind it is from the reasoning that he has. He purposely made it not to be a true MMORPG (cause it deals with the storyline and all). I think that from one of the games, there was a video of him explaining why it isn't a true MMORPG.

metdevthegamer
metdevthegamer

I totally agree with imautobot and Berserker_2, that headline is really lame.

masterchief375
masterchief375

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SephirothSyZtem
SephirothSyZtem

this game looks like the ugly sister of final fantasy

Berserker_2
Berserker_2

I agree with imautobot. The headlines are usually lame. IGN also has a few lame headlines, too. Don't try so hard. Not all headlines need to be catchy. The priority is to communicate the content. You aren't a newspaper that needs a bold headline to stand out against other newspapers.

imautobot
imautobot

Hey GameSpot, I'm getting really sick of your retarded headlines. Try ".hack goes gold." That might make you seem like less of a .moron.

ZabuzaR
ZabuzaR

Woot!!! I can't wait. I was waiting for this game since E3!

unreal_master
unreal_master

i had the first 2 concept got old too fast if it was multiplayer it be alot cooler why dont game devolpers get the message WE LOVE MMO GAMES!!!!!!!! LOL

phinsfan
phinsfan

If it's supposed to be like a real MMO, will there be n00bs who talk in 1337?

Juro4dark
Juro4dark

hmmm....yes this game will be great, and since there are so many Final Fantasy fans, so many will be a bit preoccupied w/ XII to remember G.U. volume 1, leaving me all the time in "The World"......Get it? .... ........ ............ .......... ................ ................ .....................*crickets* yea i know.

exedeath
exedeath

The best game of the year is here. In fact it will be the best until the next one comes out. I have everything .//hack ever released, and I dream about this game everyday. .//Hack is the best thing in the world. There is nothing better.

Neolucifer999
Neolucifer999

imo the first game series was a travesty and stolen money . It was basically your average rpg cut into pieces for the prices of multiples true games . But that's not even what killed it for me , the game was hideous in both graphics and gameplay , and a succession of the same boring dungeons with only the paintings of the wall and colors of the ennemies changing each level . Yet oddly , as turned off as i was by the game , and its marketing gimmicks , i'm expecting good things and even seduced by the G.U game

brightboy
brightboy

I loved the anime about .hack and I loved the first 4 games. So I can't wait to play the next series of games.

Slash_out
Slash_out

Totaly great !!! i am sooo waiting for the first one to come out in english. I loved the first story

muchmusic64
muchmusic64

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GMAN32X
GMAN32X

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BassForever2
BassForever2

Awesome, I loved the first four .hack games.

Raven_Yuri
Raven_Yuri

Yea Fragment wasn't all that great..The orginal dot hack series was pretty good and i'm looking forward to see how they've taken this one..w00t

fissure_ocarina
fissure_ocarina

Lol, GS spelled "effects" wrong...in that context, it should be "affects" I believe.