Review by mewtwoshadow

"The Best Ending I've Ever Seen At Least"

The game is pretty much the same as all the other games. Find better items, open a new root town, trade, find better equipment, raise your level, find virus cores (which can get annoying sometimes), etc. The .Hack games are really great because they make you go back and say... ''Oh! That's what that was for!'' Especially with the DVD. Anyway...

Battle System: 7/10
Same as always... you only control Kite and you have to tell your party what to do... *Sigh* it gets old after three games... of course, if they would've combined all the games into one then maybe the battle system would've at least gotten one point higher...

Story: 10/10
Like I said, the story makes you go back and say, oh! that's what bla bla bla... the ending is also great. It also has TWO endings (is that possible?), but at the end Kite says, ''It has only begun...'' Chh... yeah, how original... but the whole story makes up for that.

Graphics: 7.5/10
The characters could be worked on just a little bit more. It's no Final Fantasy X-2 or anything like that but the magic is the best I've ever seen though, and the names of the magic are original... but that doesn't have to do with graphics does it?

Sounds: 9/10
The music is good and the voices kind of match each character. You can enjoy the sounds and the music at the same time too without it being too loud unless each character are using magic then it starts to slow on you. You can also choose from a various amount of music to listen to while you're reading e-mail so it's not all that boring.

Extras: 10/10
The item quest and the ryu books will really keep you busy if you wanted to complete the whole game. There are also a lot places *and I quote,''In theory, there's an infinite amount of places in ''The World''.* to explore, but it does get boring. Then... there's Mia's dungeon which has a lot of people panicking about the power of Data Drain! There's also a DVD that comes with it. .Hack//GIFT does actually show female nudity just as a warning.

Overall: 9/10
It's pretty good. There's a lot of fans now and even after finishing the game, people are still confused about some parts like the 8 phases. The story does take a short amount of time but the quests will keep you busy!

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 04/10/04

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