Sunday, August 8, 2010

.hack//G.U. vol. 1//Rebirth comments~

Wow, been a while since a post, huh? ^^; Ah, such busyness and other stuff. Anyways, this be my post about GU volume 1 that I beat not too long ago. I've already started volume 2 so that'll be along soon enough after I beat it as well. This entire trilogy is basically set in real world Japan. A bit into the future anyways. And the MC, whatever his real life name is cuz I don't know, plays an MMORPG called The World: R2. I know all these .hack games have this kind of premise. You don't really do anything in the actual real world in this game. Everything takes place inside the MMORPG he's playing. You can visit your desktop though when you log out of the game xD

The desktop is for checking email from other players and stuff, reading forums (yes, you read forums in a game and it's amusing), reading the news (also interesting because this is really futuristic stuff they've made up), viewing the in game movies, looking at wallpaper you're collected as well as music, and last but not least Crimson VS, which is a fun little card game. And that's pretty much what you do outside The World.

The MC's character in the game is called Haseo. He used to be part of a guild called the Twilight Brigade that was searching for something. One of his guild members, a girl named Shino, was pk'd (player killed) by someone called Tri-Edge. Ever since that happened, the real player for Shino fell into a coma in the real world. The game starts off showing you the MC creating his character then logging in. He meets two people who show him how to play the game then proceed to PK him for sheer amusement. That's when he meets Ovan who pwns the two people and allows Haseo into his guild somewhere down the line.

From those experiences, Haseo became known as a PKK (a player killer killer). I know it sounds funny xD Everyone knows him as The Terror of Death and he searches for Tri-Edge. He ends up meeting him and getting defeated and Tri-Edge reduces his level back to 1. From there, the adventure really begins. Haseo is definitely not the friendliest guy in the world to start out. He's got alot of issues bugging him. And he finds out his character has a power hidden inside of him called an Avatar. Basically, he can transform into this thing but it's dangerous to do. He could send another player into a coma if he uses it. At first he doesn't care and uses it on some of the other players in the arena. But he's taught a lesson there by his friend Kuhn. He chills out quite a bit towards the end of volume 1.

He meets another player called Atoli who looks exactly like Shino. She irritates him like crazy at first because of how she looks and the fact that she's nothing like Shino. But she becomes an important person later down the line. The real enemy in this game is something called AIDA. It's outside the normal parameters of the game and nobody really knows what it is. But it's what is sending people into comas and just creating a real mess. Turns out Tri-Edge is infected by it and that's how Shino ended up the way she did. The Avatars are the only things that can defeat AIDA. And not just Haseo has one. And I'll just say that Avatar battles are really fun and intense. Normal players in the game cannot see Avatars when someone summons them. Only if they possess one themselves.

The final boss is indeed Tri-Edge and you have to defeat him in a normal battle and an avatar battle. Both being the hardest ones in the game. And Atoli has her Avatar stolen by AIDA at the end of volume 1 which damages her character data. But I'll get into that in volume 2 as it's explained there. I thought she was gonna become another lost one after that scene. The Lost Ones are the people in comas. That's what people refer to them as in this game. Anyways, there's lots to do in game besides the story. Haseo is part of his own guild called Canard and you can level it up and get special features. Quite useful really. Having your own steam bike is pwnage xD There be sidequests and achievements that aren't annoyingly hard to do but still provide a pretty good challenge. They have a good mix with that I must say.

So that be it for volume 1. Volume 2 is well underway and I'm enjoying it alot. Lots of good features added and the story keeps getting more interesting. I'll update when the time comes. Till then~

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