Excerpt: Although the series has really never lived up to its potential, I've always generally liked .hack - or at least the underlying premise behind it. For whatever the reason, the idea of an MMORPG being a major threat to its player's real world lives interests me. .hack//G.U. Vol. 3// Redemption is the final game in the G.U. series. Similar to the second volume, the series makes a few minor changes but keeps everything generally the same.
Summary: .hack //G.U. Vol. 3: Redemption logs gamers back into the engaging MMO setting where the lines of reality are blurred and danger lurks around every corner. Delivering an epic action-RPG experience, gamers must overcome evil and restore balance to "The World.
Excerpt: MMORPG without the MMO or a fun RPG Compulsion is gamers’ nicotine . It’s our drug , our dark side. We’re suckers for a dangling digital carrot . We’ll willingly bang our heads against a thousand different brick walls if it means our Gamerscore will improve. Whatever our aim might be, the most compulsive games give us the misguided sense that we might accomplish the nearly impossible (or at least the senselessly difficult).
Pros: Well-defined concept, Compelling story, ...that we've seen before., ...that we've seen before., Mediocre gameplay, ...that we've seen before., Far too short for the genre, ...for what we've paid before.
Summary: The tedium of the G.U. trilogy comes to a welcome end.
Pros: The story wraps things up nicely, New avatar attack mode is fun to pull off
Cons: Almost all the areas and environments are exactly the same as in the other G.U. games, The combat is as monotonous as ever, Dungeons are boring and repetitive, Requires playing the previous two games to get anything out of it
Excerpt: Haseo and friends have fought against Tri-Edge, AIDA, and a myriad of other opponents for two volumes now. Along the way, Haseo has grown and evolved in more ways than simple character level and strength. Now, finally, .hack//G.U. Vol. 3//Redemption brings the last chapter of this storyline. One important note is that though each title in the G.U.