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.hack, Part 1: Infection
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- It's the year 2010, and the most popular game ever is the World, a massive action/RPG game that connects people around the planet. When the newbie named Kite sees his friend Orca killed in the game, he finds Orca is left in a coma in the real world. Kite digs deep into The World to discover the reason why.
- Join up with a small group of hackers who are fighting to solve the mystery of The World
- Enter the real world and explore the mystery via message boards, e-mails, and online updates
- Once you've found the clues you need, you'll be able to explore The World more thoroughly -- killing monsters, exploring dungeons, and trying to keep an eye out for virtual strangeness
- Comes with a 30 minute anime DVD disc which details the events happening in the real world as people react to the video game coma phenomenon, adding true depth to the story.
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Dot Hack is the newest installment of the next generation of RPGs: live-action combat sequences, intricate plots, and complicated gameplay. You take the role of Kite, an eigth grade boy trying to discover why the online game "The World" caused his friend, Orca, to go into a coma. Split between the gaming world and "the real world" (which is represented by Kite's desktop), Dot Hack allows you to email in-game players, keep up with the news, and follow threads in an expansive message board that probably is the most creative way I've ever seen a game present its own instructions. After working your way through Kite's desktop, you then play Kite's character in "The World" (think a very big game-within-a-game).
"The World" is not unlike the Everquest style MMORPGs of today. You form groups, you trade with other players, you visit dungeons, you fight monsters, you find special items, and so on. Your parties rotate given who is willing to play and who is not; if you are friendly to your favorite partners, for instance, they will more than likely team up with you when you catch them online. Given that the game is entirely computer-based, this well-done simulation bettered my original expectations.
The game has its weak points, as well. Kite's character's class is not chosen, which is frustrating to those (like me) who find some of the other classes far more interesting. Also, the name-generated playing fields have the feel of those old-style random dungeon crawls for the PC. This gets old quick, but the well-done cut scenes and fields that actually advance the story are just enough to keep the game spinning in my Playstation.Read more ›
While formed from the interesting concept of a virtual gaming world gone psychotic, what .hack//Infection really is a dungeon based adventure game comprised of hack-and-slash travels through levels to get treasure. The classic RPG with a bit of a twist, it starts when Kite, a new player, is introduced to 'The World' by his friend Orca. On their first outing to a dungeon, Orca is attacked by a mutated monster and permanently loses consciousness. It is up to Kite, and the friends he makes to try to find out what is really going on.
Script is pretty minimal, especially when compared to the story lines of FFX or Suikoden III. Essentially, e-mails or board postings trigger events and supply the code names of playing fields and dungeons. Kite assembles a team of three and goes to each location for information. A fair amount of time is spent leveling up in order to be strong enough to accomplish the next task. To facilitate this, the player can compose his own keywords or even have a playing field generated for him at random. There is room for considerable variation, but the fields aren't really all that imaginative.
Despite a pretty face, the game engine is dated, and the game interface is a bit inconsistent. The same key doesn't always to the same thing. And it can take a lot of controller actions to run a real time battle. All in all, the game is entertaining, but not compelling.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a decent game but became very repetitive with the dungeon crawling and combat. The story was creepy and entertaining, even without being familiar with the TV show.Published 10 months ago by djn1094
Disc had quite a bit of cosmetic scratches, deeming it in acceptable condition rather than very good. However, the game did play nice with no skips or errorsPublished 12 months ago by Christian Diaz
One of the best RPG titles from back in the day next to the FF series.Published 14 months ago by George A. Greaves