Now, I have written three other .hack reviews in my time. This is, of course, because this is the forth .hack game there is. If you have read my second and third reviews, you may be expecting me to drill into your skulls a certain important message, but not this time. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go read them and find out. Otherwise, rest easy knowing you are not going to be seeing it here.
With that business out of the way…
CONTROLS! This game has one of the greatest control setups I have ever experienced. By the time I played this game, after playing the other three, the controls were so instinctive that I could actually forget which buttons I was pressing and such. In other words, there was absolutely no fumbling with the controller or forgetting which button did what or hitting the wrong button in some situations. I would just think about what I wanted my character to do and then *POOF* it would be done.
This seems like the perfect controller setup, and it would make sense to assume that I would be giving this game a 10 for controls. However, since the controls do take some learning, and such intuitiveness is not automatic for most players (and since I can’t actually expect everyone to have played the first three games…*grumble*), I am forced to say these controls are just very good. Not perfect.
The visuals have not improved much from the previous games, except with some characters that are new to this version and look very nice. The lack of improvement is not a flaw, though, since anything but a minor improvement to graphics in this, the last installment of the series of games, would make as much sense as changing the back half of a cartoon to CGI. If you have yet to catch my drift, the visuals are good. Very pretty.
The music and voice acting are as great as ever in this installment, with more Grunties and whatnot. They were also nice enough to stick one of my favorite .hack songs of ever into the game, as an unlockable bonus feature thing. Kinda like Lucca, in Chrono Trigger.
The value of the replay of this game is almost immeasurable. As is the fun. Coincidentally, they go hand-in-hand here. This is one of the most fun games I’ve ever played, and as such I just want to play it again and again and again. And I do. This series has officially probably drained the most hours out of my life of any game or game series ever. Not only is it extremely fun to play, but it has a lot of extra things to keep you playing, so you don’t just have to replay the game from the beginning if you want the fun to keep going. Of course, all of the other .hack games also have extras and such, but this installment has MORE. That’s right, more. And who among us doesn’t love more? Liars, that’s who.
This game is definitely worth buying! Eeeeeeeeeven if you are a giant turd and, despite the warnings of certain people, haven’t played the other games first. There, I said it. EVEN IF YOU HAVEN’T PLAYED THE OTHER GAMES FIRST (refer to my previous reviews to see what you actually should do) THIS GAME IS STILL WORTH BUYING. You could always rent the first three games, and then BUY the fourth, since you’d be able to keep all of your data and such with the fourth game! But, I digress. This game is amazing. Buy it.