Review by TheKeyblade

"A commendable job...... Not Final Fantasy, but not bad"

.hack//mutation is a wonderful game. There are definitely better games out there (i.e. Final Fantasy, Zelda) but this is definitely high quality.

Graphics: 8/10
The graphics in .hack: Mutation are very good. The graphics ARE SUPPOSED TO BE BUZZING AND STRANGE. It emphasizes the story of the game. The colors and shadows always support the overall solemn or happy attitude of the situation. However, the graphics don't give off the impression of gaming in 2010 (the year in which .hack takes place). Come to think of it, compared to other games (Final Fantasy X, Xenosaga) the graphics in .hack could have been much better.

Sound: 10/10
The sound in this game is very good. Whenever your character is trotting through a field full of daisies, the music is always happy and perky. Whenever the spooky, haunting drama approaches, a sort of choir-like theme plays.

Game play: 8/10
The game play is .hack is mostly good. The controls are easy to understand, but you may get annoyed by having to open up your menu every single time you want to use a magic attack or skill. It would have been better if there were shortcut buttons you could assign your skills to. Oh well :-( Also, if you did not play .hack//infection, you will need to become accustomed to the controls very quickly. The camera angles all overall nice, but sometimes you seem trapped in a corner and can't see too much.

Storyline: 10/10
The storyline of .hack//mutation is definitely the redeeming quality. I was sitting on the edge of my seat the entire game waiting to see what happened next. If you didn't play Infection, however, you will have only the clues given to you at the beginning of the game in the synopsis, which leaves out many vital details. If you liked the story in Infection, you will be blown away in Mutation, because Infection was really an introduction, but Mutation digs deeper into the mystery and makes you yearn for .hack//outbreak (the third volume) with its mind-bending cliff-hanger at the end........

The Anime DVD bonus .hack//Liminality: 10/10
The bonus DVD included with the game was a lot better than I expected. Liminality gives more insight into how the virus within ''The World'' is affecting the real world. It features the same characters from Liminality Volume 1 (included with .hack//infection) as well as two new characters, Yuki and a mysterious partner. Many outsiders are comparing the .hack disaster to the ''Pluto's Kiss'' catastrophe of 2005. And.... to top it all off, Liminality Volume 2 also ends in a cliff-hanger that will make you beg for the sequel to be released sooner.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 05/25/03, Updated 05/25/03

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