On Stream:https://store.steampowered.com/app/525480/hackGU_Last_Recode/

About This Game

Log back into the .hack//G.U. trilogy and return to “The World,” as Haseo tracks down Tri-Edge in .hack//G.U. Last Recode, now with enhanced graphics, improved gameplay, and brand new modes!
This collection includes all 3 original .hack//G.U. titles, Rebirth, Reminisce, and Redemption, all fully restored and remastered. As well as an all new exclusive 4th Volume: .hack//G.U. Reconnection.

• 15 years of .hack – Celebrate the 15th anniversary of the beloved global cross media franchise that first released in 2002

• Fully restored – Graphically enhanced gameplay and cut scenes now in 1080p and 60fps

• Improved system features – Enhanced battle balance and game pacing to provide an optimal experience for new and old fans alike.
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
    • Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 940, 3.0 GHz / Intel Core i3-2100, 3.10 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon HD 6870, 1 GB / GeForce GTX 460, 768 MB
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 40 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible soundcard or onboard chipset
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Xennii

Posted: November 5, 2017
I played the GU series back when in the PS2 version, and I am primarily getting this for the nostalgia. So far, I do not regret getting it.

Two things I want to point out:
1) I find the price pretty fair as it is 3 (or 4 if you count the newest one, not sure how long vol 4 is) games into one.
2) People in the forum are saying this is a copy of SAO, I just want to refer those people to re-watch the intro. This game is being released as the 15th anniversary of .hack, which means the original .hack series goes all the way back 15 years ago. On the otherhand, SAO is from 2009 (light novel)…so yea…

RioDragoon

Posted: November 5, 2017
Welcome to The World.


Intro to .hack//Franchise
For those unfamiliar with the .hack (or dot hack) franchise, I’ll start with a basic, spoiler-free introduction. Dot Hack is a now 15 year old multimedia franchise with books, graphic novels, anime, and games, regarding a fictional MMO known simply as The World. This franchise started in the early 2000’s, just following the early days of MMOs, inspired by titles such as Ultima Online and Everquest, successful MMOs before World of Warcraft popularized the genre in a more mainstream level.

Each entry in dot hack tells a self-contained story about the fictional MMO and covers topics pertinent to online interactions, online indentities vs. real identities, identity politics, virtual reality, social media, urban legends, and so on. Very forward-thinking for a series conceptualized in the early 2000s. Each entry is also fairly self-contained, not necessarily requiring someone to pay attention to every book, game, anime, or movie to understand the one they are currently on, although consuming more of the franchise does paint a wider picture. It’s kind of like Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear franchise in that way.

On to .hack//GU: Last Recode

This game is a remastered package of .hack//GU, a trilogy of action RPGs for the Playstation 2 console. It is the second series of games in the .hack//Franchise but this is an ideal package to start with. The reason why is that it contains a series of ‘Terminal’ videos that explain the events of the first game series, so while it’s not a replacement for sorely needed remasters or remakes of those games, it’s a great alternative to ponying up $200-300 for that series, as it’s been long out of print. The videos covering the first games are not necessary to watch for .hack//GU but it provides some extra context and lore for those who care.

As for the game itself, from my experience so far it is a competent port. Not a lot of options on this PC version, but it runs well at seemingly a locked resolution of 60 frames per second, ideal for any high-motion action game. The graphics are way better and less muddy than the PS2 originals, although obviously polygons are still obvious, especially on rounded objects. The style of the graphics are in a cel-shaded style, however, so that aspect has not aged as poorly. You can jump into any Volume you want, including a new 4th Volume created specifically for this remastered set. There is also a parody mode I have no experience with yet, but it allegedly contains spoilers and is not meant for anyone who hasn’t completed the games.

The gameplay of .hack//GU: Last Recode is a story-driven action role-playing game, framed as an MMO. You have ‘servers’ which function as hub towns and another parameter to keep in mind for dungeons. Dungeons are accessed through key words acquired through your player character’s emails, the message boards of the world, or story events, and the dungeons generated with the key words change from server to server, so trying the same word combination in different servers will give you different dungeons to complete.

The Server hub worlds themselves are filled with shops, quests, events, and NPCs that roam around as if they were player characters in an MMO, and you can trade with them. A lot of effort was made to try and immerse you in the idea that you’re in an MMO. The combat in dungeons is honestly very simple; one attack button, a block button, and skill triggers. It plays out like a basic brawler with repetitive combos. Do not expect depth of gameplay akin to Dark Souls. Dungeons are generated with differing objectives, but honestly from my memory it’s just different floor layouts of maybe 3-5 specific types of dungeons with different aesthetic tile sets as you go along to at least change up the visuals from time to time.

If there’s two things that make this game (and usually, the entire franchise is strong in these regards), it’s the story and the music. If you read my summary of the franchise, the story part wouldn’t be too much of a surprise. It holds up pretty well with the topics and themes presented in the plot of these games becoming more and more relevant over the years. Again, I must compare the story to Metal Gear. Specifically, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, except with less pseudo-politics on a national scale. The music is very well-composed and catchy in GU, a large improvement over the soundtrack in the original dot hack games in my opinion. Not as stellar as the soundtrack for the first anime, .hack//SIGN, though, but it fits the action of the game well.

Conclusion

If any of what I have said sounds appealing to you, I would say that this package is worth the price of admission as it is at $50. Previously, the games were only on PS2 with no ports to other systems, and physical copies long out of print and produced in limited numbers in the United States, where I live. Saying that, before this I was only ever able to get the first two volumes, and a complete set nowadays of the physical copies would set you back over $100, WITHOUT the extra volume, Terminal videos recapping the original (also rare) $300 .hack//Games, new stuff like the Parody mode, difficulty options, and upgraded visuals. All that said, you could argue this is a way to get roughly $400 value of previously hard to acquire content at the much cheaper price tag of $50. Although I would still very much like it if Bandai-Namco and CyberConnect2 would just invest in remaking the original dot hack game series already.

If you’re on the fence, I would say wait for the eventual steam sales to take their course until you feel ready to take the plunge. This series has a long history and can be overwhelming for newcomers, so buying it on a sale is much less of a risk if you are unsure. As a fan of this often-ignored franchise I would definitely reccommend everyone to give it a try eventually. This franchise is especially fun to people with experience or interest in games and their development, tech, and AI, even if the series often takes creative liberties with the subject matter.

Shin-no-Ken

Posted: November 6, 2017
A solid port of a classic RPG series. As a veteran of the games, it took me 16 hours to beat Vol. 1’s main story, plus an additional 10 hours of (fairly repetitive) grinding for 100%. My playtimes for the other volumes were:
Vol. 2: Beat the game- 25 Hours. 100%- 38 Hours.
Vol. 3: Beat the game- 22 Hours. 100%- 45 Hours.
Vol. 4: Beat the game- 3 Hours.
Total: Approx. 112 Hours.
Again, I’m a veteran, so if you’re new to these games and want to go for 100%, you should probably expect 120+ hours of playtime across all 4 volumes.
(You may notice my actual playtime is higher, I played through Vol. 1 a second time on release for a stream.)

A few comments, take them as you will:
-Except in certain instances, characters’ mouths do not move when they talk.
-There are a few very minor glitches and I have experienced the occasional crash while playing; not nearly enough to stop me from continuing.
-The previously-limited-edition Terminal Disc is included, which will help bring you up to speed on the lore and the story of the original series for new players, and expand on the existing lore for veterans.
-The trailers claim to have taken the various improvements made in Volumes 2 and 3 and applied them to the first game. This is only partially true; some features from the 2nd and 3rd Volumes are still not present in Vol. 1, such as the improved combo mechanics of the twin blades or better charge attacks of the broadsword, or, perhaps most importantly, the quick-switch mechanic.
-Some of the Bonus Content cutscenes (Terminal Disc included) are not updated to HD, and are displayed in a small window within the game. This does not apply to the cutscenes seen throughout the games themselves; only the extra ones you unlock at the end.
-The game’s EXP, Skill Points, and Attack Power have been rebalanced to provide a much smoother leveling curve. This version, therefore, is much easier than the originals.
-Features a "Cheat Mode" that allows you to play through the story at max level. Considering the point above, this is mostly inconsequential, as you will rarely have to grind in a normal playthrough anyway.
-Textures and models still look decidedly old, but passable. The lighting engine and cel-shading go a long way to help this.
-The game was made for the PS2, as such it is meant to be played with a controller. It does support DirectInput, as well as all the modern controller APIs.
-Keyboard controls can be re-mapped, but mouse and controller cannot.
-There are 6 new BGMs (available in Vol. 4) and a total of 31 new Backgrounds (Throughout all 4 volumes) that can be used to customize your ingame Desktop. The original Desktop Backgrounds are not updated to the new widescreen format, and are letterboxed in order to maintain their original aspect ratio.

Volume 4 is EXTREMELY short, and many of the features of the first 3 volumes are missing. It is entirely focused on the story, with the only side-content being one final dungeon after beating the game. Its story and presentation are decent, but because of the short runtime it falls flat in my opinion.

The game also features "Parody Mode", a series of cutscenes from the games with edited dialogue. It’s probably the best new addition in Last Recode, to be honest.

All-in-all, I think this collection has been well worth my $50 so far, if only for the first three volumes.

(Edit: Updated to reflect my playthroughs of the second, third, and fourth volumes.)

Saibot

Posted: November 4, 2017
Congratz Bandai Namco and CyberConnect2. You made it. Now can you do all of us a favor? Port the Rest of the Franchise to Steam. Oh by the way we also need more Tales of Games.

Gameplay is 10/10. If you’ve played the Game on PS2 you can’t go wrong.
Oh and the Price is also a huge pro argument. For 50€ you’ll get 4 Volumes and each of those are 20-30 Hours long.
So feel free to put in atleast 100 Hours of Playtime to complete all 4 Volumes.

Soundtrack wise this Game is pure… heaven… Like… Sometimes I just stand still and listen to the music.

You can’t go wrong with .hack//G.U. Last Recode. Period.

「Epitaph」

Posted: November 7, 2017
Having beaten .hack//G.U. Vol.2//Reminisce, and eagerly awaited Vol. 3. My PS2 broke, first it went black and white, then it failed to start and eventually never even turned back on. I still purchased .hack//G.U. Vol.3//Redemption in hopes I would one day own a PS3, or buy another PS2…But that never happened.

I lent a buddy my original series games, and after he finished he wanted more. After some reluctance I let him borrow the entire GU series. I never saw them again. I assume he found out how much they were worth, I haven’t spoken to him in years either.

Now its been 10 years since I purchased Vol.3 and I am finally able to finish the story, better yet they came out with an entirely new game. I am very grateful they came to steam as I don’t own a PS4, I have been waiting for this for so long.

Thanks!

:3?

Posted: April 15, 2018
need first 4 .hack franchise too!!!!

DOY

Posted: August 2, 2018
Well, if only steam would give me a mixed review option. Because that is what this game truely is. A Good game, bare minimum port with random crashing every few hours and has texture pop-in if you don’t mod your game with Kalaiden’s special K mod tool. Not so much a remaster and more so just a retexture with some basic PC graphical functionality and redone cutscenes to be a bit more modern? Hard to say, as i haven’t played the originals, though i did watch some videos of the original ps2 cutscenes and noticed some improvements in this game.

Originally the game(s) were released back on the PS2 each as their own seaparate volumes and this is a ‘HD remaster’ bundled up with the original 3 volumes + a 4th new volume that is basically a TRUE ENDING. At a 50% the game is a decent buy considering all the technical troubles you’ll have plus require the use of a mod. There is also no proper mouse support so a controller is a requirement to play the game. The game natively supports Xbox controllers with the available button icons and you’ll need to mod in PS buttons if you use a ps3 or ps4 controller.

To reduce the frequency of crashing you’ll have to play on fullscreen and also disable Tabletinputservices if you are on windows 10; I use windows 10 so i don’t know about other OS problems. You’ll also experience slow downs in certain parts of the game and apparently its caused by shadows, so leave it on the low setting or turn it off. The shadows don’t really affect the graphical fidelity of the game all too much for the most part.

The game for the most part does not have any grind aside from trying to get alot of copies of specific items and the END game dungeon, on volume 3, that has really special items that you might want copies of just for ego sake. It’s your run on the mill ARPG with main focus being the main story. Story in my opinion is pretty good and there is a decent amount of character interaction along the story, but will wonder why some characters act the way they do despite some very minimal interaction with them. If you decide to grind you’ll be overleveled compared to the story and you’ll end up with really easy fights. END game is similar to an MMO, you are OP because you reached the level cap and by then you should have the best gear.

Don’t buy the game full price. Bandai Namco needs to improve on porting their older games, This did not turn up like the train wreck that was a Tales of Symphonia, but there is still plenty of room for improvement. As of now Tales of Vesperia Definitive edition is slated for release by end of 2018. Let’s hope they don’t butcher this port because it’s collectively agreed to be the best Tales of game to date in the franchise.

Anistezia

Posted: November 5, 2017
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Ever wanted to play an MMO game that isn’t quite an MMO but still has features like a good story and great characters? Then .hack//G.U. Last Recode might just be for you! This remaster of a classic series is like a wet dream for most people who played the original on the PS2, and understandably so since this series is absolutely amazing! For this review, I will go over the pros and cons of the game that I have greatly enjoyed thus far.

(At this point, I would say a joke like "LINK START" to get this review rolling since they’re both about MMOs, but that’s unoriginal at this point and SAO isn’t really good, so oh well.)


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+ ᴘʀᴏꜱ


+ Characters
//One of the many great things about this series is the characters within it. It’s weird that they are NPCs who are being portrayed as actuals players, but once you get used to that then it won’t really bother you. Each character is unique with their own personality whether it’s the friend who loves to observe the beauty around her and help her friends out, the twins sharing an account who act like total opposites, or the online ladiesman going out with people who are quite possibly guys crossplaying as girls. As for the character development, it’s pretty incredible! Remember shows like SAO where the main character never really changes/develops as the show goes on? Lots of shows and games have been doing that recently and it gets pretty boring, but in Haseo’s case he goes through TONS of development as the story goes on and it’s a great change of pace to be quite honest.

+ Graphics
//Even on the PS2, the graphics (especially in the cutscenes) were pretty good, but to have a remastered version of this come out is like a dream come true for the longtime fans of this series! When comparing the PS2 version with the Steam/PS4 versions, the difference is like night and day; the newer version is better in just about every way possible! Also, the system requirements aren’t too demanding. I managed to get the game running smoothly on my laptop (Dell Inspiron 3558)[www.cnet.com] although I really had to tweak with the settings for it to work out… Nevertheless, I managed to get it working well.

+ Soundtrack
//To say the least, this game has an amazing soundtrack! I love how it can be relaxing at places like the desktop and then can get intense/energetic in fights, especially in boss battles or in the Arena. The game has a great variety of songs that really helps for setting the mood which is something I appreciate for a heavily story-based game. (I couldn’t find a video featuring the whole soundtrack, so this’ll have to do.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jy0KGY7DKCM

+ Story
//The story is definetly one of the games greatest selling points! It’s suprisingly deep and is very consistent with it being based off of an "online game" and all. You’d expect it to be boring, but with how things play out at the start (especially within the first few cutscenes), I can guarantee that a good number of people will be interested with how the story plays out. (Also, for those new to the series, there’s an anime[myanimelist.net] that goes through the events before the start of Vol.//1, which definetly adds some more depth to the story. There’s also manga revealing who Haseo is in real life, but that’s not absolutely necessary to check out.) And with the addition of a fourth volume that’s exclusive to Steam and PS4, it’ll be especially worth the price!

//In short, if you want a game with a great story filled with tons of emotion that’ll last for +100 hours, then I would highly recommend you check this game out.


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– Combat
//While the combat can be fun for some people, it’s definetly not the reason people love this game as much as they do. It picks up as the game goes on, but it can still be repetitive and boring for most people. Combat mostly consists of Haseo using multiple weapons such as dual swords, a great sword that’s like a chain saw, a scythe, dual-weilding guns, etc. Each weapon has one combo through mashing one button and also has a charge attack which deals a great amount of damage. The most interesting mechanics are that you can freely switch between these weapons in a fight and each weapon has their own set of skills that can be used at any time as long as the player has enough SP to activate it. However, you only unlock these skills by using that specific weapon through battles overtime. I personally didn’t mind the combat and still found it to be quite fun, but I just thought I’d bring this up since the combat isn’t quite for everyone.

– Level Designs
//Even though the graphics and the backgrounds surrounding the maps are quite amazing, the designs for the dungeons are pretty stale. They seem pretty uninspired since they mostly consist of boxes and large amounts of straight lines for the level’s layout. As for the hub world, it’s nowhere near as bad as the dungeons but it could be better in my opinion. There’s a good amount of things to do and places to buy items in the town, but I feel as if a lot of the alleys are a little too…. empty. I just wish that there were more things going on around the towns.

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Final Verdict
//If you want a great story but value a games level designs and combat system, then this is a 7 through 9/10 depending on how you look at it. However, if you don’t mind the inconsistencies and focus mainly on the captivating story, then this game is easily a 10/10. It’s a solid port for an amazing series and that’s something all fans should be thankful for. After having waited for this remaster to come out for a while, I can safely say that it was well worth the wait.

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Squid-san

Posted: November 12, 2017
The World is probably the best MMO ever
>No lag
>No microtransactions
>Your choices actually affect the real world

Mik3z

Posted: February 16, 2018
– – -[ Audience: ] – – –

☐ Kids
☐ Everyone
Casual players
☐ Pro players

– – – [ Graphics/Animation: ] – – –

☐ Potato
☐ Really bad
☐ Bad
OK
Good
☐ Beautiful
☐ Masterpiece

– – – [ Price/quality: ] – – –

☐ Free
Full price
Wait for sale
☐ Average
☐ Refund it if you can
☐ Don’t do it

– – – [ Requirments: ] – – –

☐ 90′ PC
☐ Minimum
Medium
☐ Fast
☐ High end
☐ NASA computer

– – – [ Difficulty: ] – – –

☐ You just need 2 arms
Ez
☐ Easy to learn / Hard to master
☐ Hard (first few hours)
☐ Dark Souls

– – – [ Game time/length ] – – –

☐ Really short ( 0 – 2 hours)
☐ Short ( 2 – 8 hours)
☐ Few hours ( 8 – 12 hours)
Long ( 12+ hours)
☐ Endless

– – – [ Story] – – –

☐ It doesn’t have
☐ Still better than Twilight
☐ Average
☐ Good
Fantastic

– – – [ Bugs ] – – –

☐ Game itself is one big BUG
☐ Bugs destroying the game
☐ Lot of bugs
☐ Few Bugs
☐ You can use them for speedrun
Nothing (I’ve seen)

– – – [ Others: ] – – –
Multiplayer: No
Singleplayer: Yes

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